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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2006
This was really good, simple and easy to make too! My peppers may have been small, I'd like a little more of the pepper taste so I may add an extra pepper. I might even play around and try just a little tomato in it. Its really good as is though, I sprinkled some baked tortilla strips on top. Yum Yum Yum! OK, I had to revise my review. With my changes....I prefer using great northern beans (not sure why they made a difference to me?) and I used 4 roasted peppers and put in a small can of whole tomatoes. Perfection! I also use veggie boullion cube instead of chicken broth as I am a vegetarian. I love this soup!
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2006
I made this soup vegan and while it is good it seemed to be lacking something. I used fresh peppers, two red and one orange, and a fresh onion. I think I may try roasting the peppers and maybe adding a little chili powder. I'm thinking stewed Mexican tomatoes blended up would be better than crushed tomatoes. I also put in one can of black beans, it would even be good with two. So its definitely worth your time to make (its very simple) and then you can modify to your tastes. I've come back two days later to add to my review. This soup definitely tasted better the next day, and I also pureed the rest in the blender and liked it even better! I ate without any tortilla's and it was delicious!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2006
Maybe I did something wrong? Mine were bland and dry...I couldnt even finish one. With all the great reviews I'm tempted to try the recipe again, just incase, but I dont want to waste my time if they come out the same. They sure smelled good as I was making them...just didnt cook up how I thought they would.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2006
Quick, simple, inexpensive, healthy and YUMMY! Who would've thought just a few ingredients could make such a delicious soup! I put just a little less broth in and pureed about 3/4 of it, I didnt add the sour cream or green onion and it was wonderful! It would be good with tortilla strips sprinkled on top. I'll be making this soup regularly, thanks for the great recipe! I tried the soup again....this time with Sarah's salsa! I added 2 cups of veggie broth and pureed half of the bean and broth mixture, then I probably put 2 cups of Sarah's salsa in. Even better than the first time I made it. You've got to try this soup!
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2006
This was my first time cooking with quinoa. Mine turned out pretty mushy and soupy. It could be the pot I used, it doesnt cook rice well either. This dish was just ok to me, I added a bunch of salsa (Sarah's salsa) and it tastes better. I'm wonering if I'd like it better if I cooked the quinoa separate, then added the ingredients. I think it would be good with green onions and red peppers, black beans, corn and garlic...that would be my preference. ETA: so its a couple years later and I've finally learned how to quick quinoa correctly. I will have to give this recipe a try again, I've learned to watch the quinoa as it may cook quicker and then I can dump out the extra liquid if need be. I bet this recipe is good done correctly.
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Sarah's Salsa

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2006
This was pretty tastey. I used lime juice instead of lemon and added extra onion and a tsp of salt. It would be good with some fresh tomato mixed in with the canned. I think a finely chopped green pepper would be a nice addition also. After reading the warnings about blending it too much...I blended it in small batches to get the consistency right.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2007
I made quite a few changes, as I was searching for something a little bit different then this. I made the dressing as written except I omitted the paprika and sesame seeds. I used red wine vinegar and added extra (maybe 1/3 Cup), then I put about 1/2 tsp salt, some fresh black pepper and maybe 1/2 tsp or so dried mustard. For the salad, I mixed baby lettuce with baby spinach and chopped up a couple green onions. Delicious :) It makes a lot of dressing!
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BBQ Chicken Pizza II

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
My hubby gives it 5 stars (I'm vegetarian, so didnt try it). Easy! I made a homemade pizza crust, dumped on some bbq sauce, the cheese, chicken and veggies. My hubby does not like chicken and I'm desparately trying to find chicken recipes he'll like to rotate in with all the beef he eats! This was a winner with him and me as its is soooooo easy!
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
This is good if you play around with it to suite your tastes. I used veggie broth and a lot more than called for as I wanted it soupier. I doubled the spices like many have suggested and used balsamic vinegar (a little less than called for, it's a bit overpowering to my tastes). I added extra spinach as it really cooks down and the whole 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. Much better than canned lentil soups, but I did feel it was missing something.
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Ice Cream Cake Roll

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2007
Yum! This was a big hit with the family! I did find that 15 min was too long, my cake probably baked in 10 min, so watch it close. I was worried about the cake as the batter had a very wierd texture, but it turned out just fine. I made the chocolate sauce, easy and delicious and it makes a lot. I thought it was much better then store bought chocolate sauce. And yes, the cake is low fat, so if you are watching fat intake, use low fat frozen yogurt in place of ice cream and you'll have a delicous treat...I bet some fresh strawberries or bananas would be wonderful on top.
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Tantalizingly Tangy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2007
My husband LOVED this meatloaf (I'm vegetarian, so I didnt try it). It's the best meatloaf he's had and its probably the simplest one I've ever made. I doubled the sauce, cooked the meatloaf 30 min, took out and poured sauce on and cooked 25 more min. The only drawback is that it didnt make much...8 servings? Minus a small piece for my boys, my husband ate the whole thing in one sitting :-)
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Simple Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
What did I do wrong? All the reviews were so good. Mine were way too soft and I couldn't even spread frosting on them without them breaking. They puffed up while cooking, but then flattened out, so they are very thin and fragile. I tried to decorate them without ruining them, but ruined about half as they just fell to pieces when decorating or moving. They did taste good, but didnt work for me.
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Buckeye Cookies III

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
Easy and delicious! My four year old enjoyed helping me roll them into balls, and then he poked them all with toothpicks. Nice and creamy, we ate them all and now need to make more for Christmas.
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Vegetarian Tortilla Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2007
I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this. Very good and so easy! I did add the whole can of tomatoes by mistake, but think I'll always do that. I also added a can of black beans along with the pinto, no veggie chicken and I added extra cilantro, a little extra chili powder and cumin. I bet this soup is very easy to suit to your individual taste.
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Jamaican Spinach Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2008
Unique soup, I love the ginger. I tripled the spinach and could even add more as it really cooks down. I went ahead and pureed it all but found a few potato chunks which were nice, so next time I'll leave some more chunky. I'd actually like a little more garlic and maybe some black pepper as well, I went lite on the cayenne just incase :-) I'm looking forward to eating it tomorrow and seeing if its even better.
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Pizza Crust I

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2008
Very good. I also made it for 17 servings and got two 9 inch round pizza's and one that just fed me, done on a pizza pan with holes in it. Its light and crisp on the outside. I'll have to wait to see how the 9 inch ones turned out, they are deep dish and for the hubby. The texture is perfect but I might like a little more flavor. Updating : the crust was great right out of the oven, but just so/so after it sat and cooled. It seemed to lose the lightness/crispness.
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Bratwurst Potato Skillet

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
I made this for my husband and he loved it. I didnt have any orange juice, so I substituted lemon juice and added extra green pepper. Instead of adding salt to the soy sauce mixture, I sprinkled a little over the potatoes while they were cooking. He thinks it would be better over rice so I'll do that next time. It was so quick and easy, thanks for a great recipe.
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Simple Maple Syrup

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2008
This is so good (brings back childhood memories). I also used half brown half white sugar since so many reviewers did that and 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp maple flavoring. I added the corn syrup too (1/4 cup). Its still very thin, but the taste is great. I dont think I'll be buying Mrs Butterworths anymore.
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Black Bean and Corn Salad II

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2008
I've been making this salad for about 4 years now and love it. I use less oil and a little extra lime juice (fresh). I also put in extra corn, about the whole bag of frozen super sweet white corn. I put in extra garlic and I leave out the cayenne. I love the cilantro, but leave out sometimes depending on who I'm making it for. I always get requests for the recipe when I bring it to bbq's and potlucks. I like to eat it as a salad and my hubby likes to use it as a dip for tortilla chips. My only complaint is with the leftovers the next day..they taste good, but the texture is weird.
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2008
I left out the cinnamon and put in a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I loved the chewiness and the taste of honey. Perfect treat for those that are craving a chocolate chip cookie, but cannot have dairy. Update to review - I'm a chocolate girl, but must say I like them better with the raisins and cinnamon. Watch out if you are not used to eating wheat germ....if you are like me and eat one too many of these delicious bars....well, lets just say next time I'll cut the wheat germ in half :-)
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