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Fresh Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2006
This is the best soup recipe I have ever found. It took me about 3 tried to get it just right. The first time it was very stringy (used too much of the asparagus bottom) and the second time it had flour lumps in it (make sure flour is desolved before bringing to a boil). I bought the asparagus ready to use (the bottoms cut off) at Trader Joe's. That fixed the stringy problem. I also used a steamer to cook the asparagus (for about 12 minutes) and the onions (threw them in at about 6 minutes). From there, I put that into the blender with 1/2-3/4 c. vegetable broth. Everytime I make it, it's gone by the end of the day. My family loves it and so do my co-workers.
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Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
I made this today and it was GREAT. I didn't have pine nuts, so I used walnuts instead. It's so simple to put together and tastes like it came from a gourmet restaurant. It definately isn't missing a thing, but if you insist on a parmesan style mix-in, nutritional yeast would work great, although I think it's perfect the way it is. I served it tossed with fettucini and slices of a homemade "French Baguette" (from this site). Also, it says it takes 30 minutes, but I had it made in less than 10 minutes.
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Hoot Owl Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
I followed the recipe to the letter and my cookies turned out DELICIOUS. I cut the recipe in half and within a few hours, half of the cookies were gone (my boyfriend and I can't get enough of them). One tip: Don't preheat the oven as step 1, the dough has to chill for 2 hours, what a waste of energy. Will be making these many times over.
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Broccoli Ham Ring

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2007
This recipe was in a "Cookin' the American Way" cookbook back in the mid-90's. While my Mom sold the products, she would go to the houses where the party was hosted and cook this. Making this again brought back some great memories. I'm a vegetarian now, so I used Worthington's Wham (which is so much like ham that it's quite creepy). I also used yellow onion instead of green. Be careful when putting the cresent roll in a ring. If you overlap them too much, the thick spots will not cook all the way through. While shopping for cresent rolls, I recommend reading the nutritional facts and try to find the one with the least trans fat (all have it, but some have minimal amounts).
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2008
This recipe is FANTASTIC! I use apple cider vinegar instead of the white and added about a teaspoon of onion. For the dressing, the easiest way to mix is to put everything in the blender. The extra dressing I store in a mason jar in the fridge. When I'm ready to use it again, I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to bring it back to the original consistancy (won't be paste-like anymore).
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Dark Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2007
I made this cake for a birthday party and it was a big hit! I accidently used 11-inch pans, but it worked out fine, just cut a few minutes off the cook time. This is a great substitute for the trans-fatty box cakes (as long as you don't add trans-fat margarine). For the frosting, I used the "Chocolate Frosting I" from this site. UPDATE: I made this recipe vegan by substituting the butter for trans-fat free vegan margarine (Nucoa or Smart Balance Light) and using 3 tbsp applesauce for each egg. It turned out even better than the original recipe because the applesauce made it VERY moist!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2007
This is, by far, the best salad recipe I've tried. I'm a vegetarian and I've just about tried them all! My boyfriend's mother made this for me and got me hooked! If making this for a vegetarian or vegan, make sure to use a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (one that does not include anchovies). Serve as a side dish or as a main dish. The best time for this salad is during the summer when fresh strawberries are affordable. I originally found this recipe on another site where it is instructed to puree the dressing in a blender, which works perfectly! This is the first recipe I've had where I didn't have to make any modifications to the ingredients.
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Black Bean Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2007
This recipe was delicious and very simple! I took the advice of some of the others. I increased the chili powder by a teaspoon, added 2 extra garlic cloves, and cut back on the vegetable broth. I added some extra corn as well. The carrots didn't get soft as quickly as the recipe said they would, so I had to increase the end cook time by about 8 minutes. The soup seemed like it would freeze great as well (not that you'll likely have leftovers). I will make this again and share the recipe with my vegan friends!
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Rustic Multi-Grain Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2010
Very good! I added extra flour because my dough was really wet, but I think I added too much in the end. It still tasted great. I love the braided effect. Thank You for sharing!
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Turtle Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
This recipe is awesome! My bread came out very crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. It was easy to assemble too. The eyes popped out while it baked, so I had to poke a hole in and stuff them back in. I used soy milk, not cow's milk, and instead of an egg, I used an egg replacement called Ener-G. Definitely a keeper recipe, thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Hot Cross Buns

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
Not bad, Not bad. This was my very first Hot Cross Buns experience.... never tasted them, never made them. I don't eat eggs, so I substituted Ener-G in place (that worked out great). Overall, they were pretty good. I can't make the cross look good to save my life (haha), but the bun part was good. I decided to use a plain glaze instead of an orange glaze. Extra glaze is a must.
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French Baguettes

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
The fact that I've made this 3 times in a week is proof that this recipe is fantastic! It's SUPER easy to make and is honestly the best bread I've ever tasted. The only con is that it's hard to resist... the bread will call your name when you're in the other room :) I left out the egg wash (to make it vegan) and instead, poured on some Agave Nectar which made the bread a little sweet. To rise, I put the dough (both times) in an oven that was set to 200 degrees and turned off (once the dough went in). This recipe is a keeper!
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Homemade Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2008
This was my first time making homemade focaccia and it was excellent! I'm used to plain focaccia (this recipe with sea salt), so think of it as the standard focaccia where you add what you like to it. I made it to go with my homemade vegan chili. Will make this again since it was SO easy with excellent results. USE SEA SALT! Also, you can make it into a rectangle shape and cut it up with scissors.
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2007
This soup turned out pretty good. I just made a few minor changes... used veggie broth instead of chicken, used white wine instead of red, and used dried oregano and basil (a little fresh basil too). I cut the recipe in half and it made about 5 servings. The large pot I used wouldn't have been able to fit the entire recipe in. I will be making this again and adding it to my recipe book! **Tip: Cut the carrots thin or they'll take about an hour to cook!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2007
I first want to start off by saying... I hate cinnamon rolls. Yeah, I'm a weirdo. I simply made these for fun (even though I honestly don't like the smell of sweet baking pastries). When they came out of the oven looking so beautiful, I decided to give them a try. For the first time in my life, I've enjoyed eating a few bites of a cinnamon roll! I will definately make these again (not for myself, but others). I couldn't find bread machine yeast, so I bought packets of Active Yeast. I used a packet and it worked! I used my bread machine simply for kneeding. I followed the suggestion to put the oven at 200, turn it off, and let the dough rise that way. It worked PERFECTLY (I've never made bread products before out of the bread machine). I also didn't end up using all of the brown sugar mixture. After I cut the dough into rolls, I used the oven again to help those rise. They baked for 15 minutes and turned out perfectly! I HIGHLY recommend this recipe.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2007
While I've never been a huge fan of eggplant in the past, I was rather impressed with this recipe while my boyfriend won't stop eating the leftovers. I took the advice of the top rated review (by NDG42200) and didn't have a problem. I didn't end up using a zip lock bag as a bowl worked fine for the breadcrumbs. Also, you only need about 2 cups of breadcrumbs, 2 egg whites (cuts close though), and 2 medium sized eggplants. I prefer covering all of the eggplant pieces with sauce (even on top) because it was easier to eat/cut when it was soft. I served this over angel hair. I will make this again soon!
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Quick Breakfast in a Pita

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2007
Not bad at all! I added too much potato, but that was my own fault. I added ketchup and guacamole to mine. Yum! :) Very easy too!
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Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
5 stars with one modification: tomato paste. I used a little less beans, so maybe that was a factor, but the chili wasn't as thick and the major thing, it lacked something. Tomato paste is the missing flavor. I also only used 2 onions, 5 would have been way too much. I added the faux meat at the beginning, but next time I'll add it towards the end. Thanks for sharing!
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2007
With some modifications to make this vegetarian, it turned out great! I substituted the ground beef with soy crumbles and the beef broth with vegetable. This recipe definately requires you to multi-task and dirty some dishes, but it's worth it. I added some celery (to the onions) and some frozen peas to make it a more nutritious meal. Best when served with ketchup and/or gravy. Even though I wasn't cooking with beef, I added a splash of vegetarian Worcestershire sauce based on recommendations (never really used it before). This is definitely comfort food. I recommend this recipe.
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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2007
I thought this recipe was pretty good, but didn't taste like pumpkin at all. I think the potatoes dominated the flavor. Next time, I'll add more pumpkin or less potatoes. Plus, maybe a little extra nutmeg and salt. Overall though, it was good. Since I'm mostly vegan, I used vegan butter, veggie broth, soy milk, and bac'n in place of the animal products. Since I didn't have soy sour cream on hand, I used regular. I will definately be making this again!
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