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Vegan Fajitas

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
YUM! I added 1 portobello mushroom to add some "meatiness". I also added half a packet of "fajita" seasoning dissolved in water. I also skipped the corn & beans opting for a cold corn & bean salsa on the side. Next time, I will reduce the amount of olive oil as even drained, the serving dish had a ton of oil in it - which made the final few servings way too oily. Definitely great & will make again!
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Artichoke Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Good and easy. I easily covered 5 medium to large chicken breasts with the mayo/artichoke mixture. I cooked mine for 45 minutes at 375. They were most and flavorful. I did crack some sea salt on my chicken before putting mixture on top. I also added buttered panko bread crumbs that also had basil flakes mixed in, on top....This added a nice golden color to the top and additional flavor. I will make this again.
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Mushroom Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
I found this recipe very bland....Added extra garlic and fresh thyme and still felt like something was missing....it needed one more "layer" of flavor....The chops, however, were very moist.
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Mushroom Orzo

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
Um....could we say super yum! I used chicken stock in lieu of water....dried parsley instead of fresh (didn't have any)...and 1/2 chopped onion replaced pearl onions (again, didn't have any)...Very pleasantly pleased....Wish there was a way to cut down on the butter...Any recommendations welcome...
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Ratatouille

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
Absolutely delicious!! What a wonderful way to use my summery, garden veggies. I followed recipe to the tee with the exception of omitting the green peppers (I didn't have any), I used vineripe yellow tomatoes, and I sprinkled grated Italian Blend cheese on it layer in addition to the grated Parm. I served with Salmon but definitely substantial enough for an entire meal. I did not have any "soupiness" that others described....
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Chicken with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
I served this dish over sun-dried tomato cous-cous. Changes I made: Rubbed the chicken breasts with a poultry rub and sauteed that one side before placing in the broth. These lent to more flavor, better texture, and a huge improvement in visual appeal. I also had to use 2 cups of broth (made from bouillion cubes)...had I not, the liquid would have completely boiled down. I added it as necessary. I also added extra minced garlic, 1 tbl of dried basil, and 1 tbl crushed red pepper flakes. Additional comments: LOVED the balsamic vinegar. Since it was not specified in the recipe, I added it on top of the chicken/asparagus after I had plated it and then added the cheese. I thought the balsamic vinegar added a wonderful "layer" to the flavors. We will make this again.
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Chewy Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: May 12, 2009
YUM-O....I thought these would be really plain...which was so wrong - they were just sweet enough & just enough coconut flavor...Also, when I first saw the mixed batter, I thought that we would be making only a few cookies....or just a bunch of small ones....One tsp or so really spreads out...making a cookie that is about 2 inches wide...My chocolate chip cooking loving husband really really loved these, too....Thank you & will make again Very simple.
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Spaghettini Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2009
I found this recipe to be very bland. I used 2 cups of broth & can't imagine using more...I even tried to thicken it up with cornstarch but it was still very liquidy. I used fresh basil and 3 handfuls of spinach but other than that, I followed the recipe to the tee. Next time, I will season the chicken, add more onion, add green pepper, and less chicken broth. It was very attractive with the wilted spinach. I will make this again with more seasoning.
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Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
Very yummy but I did a lot to the recipe to make it the way I envisioned it tasting best...and it worked out well! 99% Fat Free Turkey (1 lb) made 4 good sized burgers...I mixed 2 tablespoons of feta, garlic sauteed spinach (1/4 cup), 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 splashes of Worchester sauce, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and 1/4 cup italian bread. Served with tomato, bacon slices, bibb lettuce, whole grain mustard, pickles, and mayo. My hubby has never had good turkey burgers before and really loved this. Will definitely make again but I would imagine that without my additions, the recipe would have been pretty plain - thus my rating of the recipe.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2009
My husband - a big guy - loved this recipe...So did I. I added diced tomatoes to the sauce with fresh basil as well as garlic powder. I also added additional shredded italian blend cheese during the last 10 minutes so the cheese didn't all get too dried out from 35 minutes of baking. I served the over creamy polenta with sauteed garlic spinach. Very "meat" like. The consistency was also very appealing...Will definitely make again....Super loved that it was baked rather than fried.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2009
Be sure to use thin asparagus. I did not have prosciutto so I used bacon. Delish! I broiled for a few minutes prior to serving so the bacon would get nice & crispy....My husband loved it! We love asparagus roasted so this was a nice change.... Super simple, too!
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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2007
Super yummy, super moist - made as directed but halved the recipe. I ended up putting in one large loaf pan & baked at 300 degrees for 75 minutes. Came out perfect. A winner !
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Pumpkin Apple Butter

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
Delicious !
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Sarah's Applesauce

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
Delicious & easy ! I used Splenda instead of sugar & added a couple dashes of nutmeg & cardomom. This is a wonderful fall condiment/side. Delicious paired with ham or pork chops. I blended half the mixture in a blender & mashed the rest so that the applesauce still had nice chunks of apple. Lovely garnished with some crushed walnuts.
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Thai Chicken Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2007
Absolutely delicious ! It was more like Vietnamese Pho (noodle soup) then Thai food. I skipped the noodles completely, though. I didn't want the carbs or the calories. As a huge fan of Pho, I didn't miss the noodles at all ! The cabbage substituted nicely. As the stock boiled down, I did add about 1 1/2 cups of water. This did not diminished the flavor at all. I shredded the chicken instead of dicing it. I also added diced jalapeno, an extra tablespoon of Thai chili sauce & topped with mung bean sprouts (like served with Pho). I topped off with Sricacha sauce (I aptly call "rooster sauce" due to the rooster on the bottle.) I don't think I will ever want the sodium or carbs/calories of vietnamese noodle soup ever again. Next time, I will also added shredded fresh basil to garnish.
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Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2007
Way too vinegar-y for my liking. Prefer other porobello mushroom recipes to this one.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2007
I was really disappointed especially with the ratings that this recipe has gotten. Banana bread is a love of mine but I have never made banana bread muffins. I found the muffin extremely bland & boring. It needed nuts & cinnamon - maybe a hint of nutmeg & vanilla extract. Boring, boring, boring. The topping wasn't even that exciting. I will not make this again as the recipe states but may add my own spin (items mentioned above, maybe raisins or dried cranberries, shredded coconut, etc)
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Hummingbird Cake III

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
I made this cake as healthy as I could: Substituted all but 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 1 3/4 cups lite apple sauce. I substituted eggbeaters for eggs & splenda for sugar. The result was a very dense but absolutely DELICIOUS cake. Very, very sweet so best with a cup of coffee or even coffee ice cream - to tame the sweetness. I made this as a layer cake (2 9 inch cakes). I layered smooshed banana & crushed pineapple as the in-between layer. Very very good to get that punch of flavor but be sure to thoroughly dry the crushed pineapple otherwise it gets kinda leaky. I cooked the cake at 325 in a confectioner's oven for 45 minutes. I watched it very very closely to ensure it did not burn. I topped with toasted coconut. My dad could not stop raving. Thank you.
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Grilled Zucchini I

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2007
Tasty but mushy. I used cooking spray instead of butter. I added fresh chopped italian parsley in addition to the oregano. I also added vidalia onion. It was okay - would have grilled the zucchini rather than wrapping it in foil & steaming.
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Lemon Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2007
I thought this was pretty tasty but was not perfect. I loved the lemony flavor but felt that it could have used something else - maybe coconut or chopped dried cranberries. It was too much of the same taste. I followed all directions & ended having to bake it an additional 10 minutes because it was still loose & damp in the middle. Please remember to let cool before taking bread out of pan. Since the recipe didn't state that, I ended up breaking the bread almost in half because I didn't let it cool. The glaze was tasty, too, but as mentioned by a few others, it needs about 2 tablespoons more of conf. sugar otherwise the glaze is very, very runny. I would make again but tweaked it.
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