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Plum Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
I've made this once as as a bread and once as muffins (more like cupcakes). I think I preferred the bread but both were good. For the muffins I baked at the same temp but for 27-28 minutes. I wasn't sure if I should grease and flour the muffin tin like I did the bundt pan so I did some that way and some with muffin tin liners, the liners worked better. Good way to use up an excess of plums from the csa.
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Indian Saag

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
I used about 1/3 mustard greens and the rest spinach - still too bitter for me.
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Fat Free Refried Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2011
These were much more interesting and tasty than the refried beans I get from a can, mix, or even restaurants. Like others, I used pintos (1 can, drained), 1/2 cup of broth in place of water (following the advice of another recipe, used hot broth to make less starchy), only a dash of salt and pepper, and only a few drops liquid smoke. Also some canned chilis. Sauteed the onion and garlic in olive oil (I know, this adds some additional fat), then mashed all the beans in the pot with a potato masher. Could have done with less onion. These would be good in burritos, I think.
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Fluffy Pancakes with Wheat Germ and Applesauce

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
I liked these. I agree with another reviewer, these are more thick than fluffy. I like thick pancakes, but I'm not sure it's worth it for me to get out the mixer. I would make them again, but w/o beating the egg whites (I wonder how I should change the recipe/ratios?). They are a little bland, but with syrup it hardly matters. My 16-mo-old doesn't seem to care. I did add some cinnamon, I think it was a good touch. And in answer to somebody's question, I think the oil in the recipe is just for frying.
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Chickpea and Eggplant Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
Disappointing. Having read the other reviews, I took some extra steps to add flavor - added basil too, used broth instead of water, used fire-roasted tomatoes, cooked in slow cooker... (omitted salami though, as we are veg.) Wasn't horrible, but still quite bland.
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Apple Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2008
Ditto with what many others have said. Used macoun apples but I think Granny Smith would have been better. Used 1/2 brown sugar, and double the apples - good suggestions. Again, more of a cake than a bar, but held it's shape when cut into squares. Best thing about this recipe? Simple, easy. My 4-y.o. helped me make it.
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Cranberry Salsa

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2008
Wow, interesting and different and... really good! I wasn't sure about this at first, it had a strange bitter taste. But I'm glad I followed the suggestion of making it ahead of time (made it in the AM), put holes in the cream cheese, and put it in the fridge to let the flavors blend. Much better with some time. My guests loved it! Also started with 1/2 the sugar and added more to taste.
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Mini Pumpkin Muffins with Orange Drizzle

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
I skipped the step of simmering the pumpkin and spices but wish I hadn't, I think it would have given these a stronger flavor. Still, they were very good. A strange thing though, I had some regular and some nonstick mini-muffin tins; the ones in the non-stick tins burned on the bottoms.
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Concord Grape Pie I

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
I experimented quite a bit with this recipe and surprisingly it still turned out awesome. I only had 1 small carton of Concord grapes from the farmer's market that nobody in the house seemed to want to eat. So I scaled the recipe down to 2 servings, baked the filling in a small glass dish, and put the filling into mini puff-pastry shells. I had added a little cornstarch but still a little runny. But so delicious! And pretty. Now if only I had some vanilla ice cream to serve it with...
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Indian Eggplant - Bhurtha

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
Tasty! We used 2 med. eggplant though, and 1/2 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (I think it needed the whole can) instead of a fresh tomato. Also added 1 seeded, minced jalapeno. Only added 2 dashes cayenne and it was still a little hot for me. Had to broil eggplant 45-60 min. Followed suggestions and simmered 2 hours and blended in food processor at end, texture/consistency were perfect! The spices were a little off for me, not bad but not like in the restaurant. Next time I might omit the ground cumin and add a little lemon juice & garam masala. Also I would double the recipe as the portions are small. Served it over basmati rice and mixed in a little plain yogurt at the end per another baingan bharta recipe on this website. I didn't expect to like the yogurt but I did. Oh, and I might add some peas next time. All in all definitely worth making again!
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Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
Great recipe! I used 1/2 can lite coconut milk and I think it did need the whole can. I used sweet potato diced small in place of the squash. That was good but I think next time I would puree it or maybe used canned pumpkin as I wanted it to have a slightly sweeter taste. Also added chopped carrots and celery per somebody's suggestion, that was good too. I also agree with others that the recipe needs to be doubled though, and I also enjoyed it even more a bit thicker over rice.
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Vegetarian Moussaka

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
Very tasty. But it took me 3 hours to make, not 2. I grilled the veggies, which gave it a nice flavor, but added more time. Next time I will oven roast them so I can do other things while they cook. Also, the veggies were a little mushy - I wonder if I could cook it just once, not twice, for 25 minutes?
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Matar Pulao (Rice with Peas)

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
I found this recipe very bland. I don't know what would fix this - doubling or tripling the spices? Using the ground version of the spices? I also doubled the peas, and still wanted more. Oh, and I added cubed sauteed tofu for protein, which worked pretty well.
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