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Grilled-Salmon Lemon Basil Cream

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2006
Five stars, hands down! This sauce is one of the best things that I have found on this site. Rich and creamy and the lemon-basil flavour is just the perfect combination for fish. Makes quite a lot too so there's no need to double the sauce. Served it with plain boiled potatoes so as not to overwhelm the flavours. If I ever need to impress someone, I'm making this!
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Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Reviewed: May 9, 2006
This was fabulous! I followed the recipe exactly but used sour cream instead of the half-and-half. I love how the dill gives the soup a fresh twist. Part familiar, part exciting. Warm, creamy and tasty with chunks of veggies. Thanks for sharing!
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Clark's Quiche

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2007
This is the best quiche I have tried so far! I have made Quiche Lorraine and mushroom & spinach quiches before, but this one is the perfect combination of those two. So flavourful. I made my own crust, and skipped a step by sauteing the mushrooms, onions and some fresh gralic with the bacon. We are having this for lunch all week and I plan to make another one for a potluck this weekend. Thanks so much!
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: May 10, 2006
Oh scratch the 4 stars I gave it before! I just used some fresh basil and added some cream too this time and it was mindblowing! I just didn't want it to end. Ever!
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Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup I

Reviewed: May 16, 2006
Very tasty and SUPER CREAMY! I used a vegetable stock cube with the water and cut down on the milk a bit to get a nice thick soup. We absolutely loved it. I can't wait to make this in the winter as rich and creamy comfort food.
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French Onion Soup VIII

Reviewed: May 16, 2006
This was wonderful. The half an hour spent on cooking the onions is absolutely necessary as it gives a fantastic creamy taste and texture. With a splash of cream it is magic. Didn't have any white wine on hand but didn't seem to miss it. Like others have said the recipe "for 6" makes enough for 2 really, which was perfect for us.
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Bean, Bacon and Pepper Soup

Reviewed: May 26, 2006
Delicious! I love beans but my boyfriend is not the biggest fan so I added more bacon for a compromise - doubled the amount actually. As I was cooking it I was thinking that there were a lot of vegetables in there, and when I added the beans and saw the ratio I was worried that the veggies would overpower the beans' taste. But it came out wonderful: the tastes blend so well that you actually can't pick out any of their individual flavours. After blending, the soup gets a wonderful babyfood-like quality that makes it so very comforting. When it was over I was wishing I could lick the bowl clean - a 5 star indicator!
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Amazing Italian Lemon Butter Chicken

Reviewed: May 27, 2006
There is so much to rave about, where to start? The most outstanding asset of the dish is the sauce: so delicate with subtle wine and butter flavours. I may have used a little less butter (didn't measure by the cup) but it certainly didn't turn out too greasy nor did it overpower the flavours. I also added all the lemon juice called for - when I tasted the sauce I thought it had a pleasant citrus flavour but mixed with the pasta and chicken in the end I thought it could deal with EVEN MORE lemon for a nice summery dish. So don't be scared of it, it's very nice! I also loved the crispiness of the chicken and it was a great trick to fry the mushrooms and bacon in the drippings! Everything came out golden brown and flavourful! I left out the artichokes and capres simply because we don't like them, but it didn't seem to miss anything. All in all it was fantastic!
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Leek Potato Mushroom Cheddar Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
Very tasty. I skipped the whole flour and liquids in a seperate bowl business, and just added everything to the pot (minus the flour, the potatoes eventually thickened the soup up nicely enough). The mushrooms and the cheeses make this a 5 star soup, a lovely addition to my favoutite leek&potato. The only thing I missed a little is maybe some herbs for extra flavour. I toasted some sunflower seed bread slices, cut them into cubes and threw them on top of the soup with some extra grated cheese. Very satisfying.
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Vichyssoise

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2006
Mmmm delicious. It is basicly a cold leek&potato soup, but the genious of it is the idea of serving it cold. I would never have thought of that. Very nice, smooth and pleasing in the summer heat. Must serve with a big chunk of bread for dipping.
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Apple Bacon Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2006
Uh! This is so good! I have had my eyes on this for a while because it sounded interesting and today I finally made it. Absolutely delicious. I browned the bacon in a sauce pan then sauted the onion, garlic and celery in the bacon juice. After this, I followed the recipe exactly. I loved the way the apples smelled as they simmered in the red wine. This is definitely a nice complex soup and the flavours blend so well. It does come out thick and 'stewy' but I think that's how this soup should be. Thank you. I'll be making again and again.
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2006
This was great! My boyfriend wasn't sure about eating raw broccoli when I told him about the recipe but in the end he devoured it and almost licked the plate clean. Tasty sauce and we loved the cheese and bacon in there. I used white wine vinegar and doubled the dressing to coat evenly. I chopped and crisped just one chicken breast and topped the salad with it - made a great, healthy feeling meal. Thanks.
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Cucumber Sandwiches III

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2007
Oh, these are great! What a fantastic spread. I found fresh cream cheese (as in no preservatives) and it tasted extraordinary. I was wondering if it was really necessary to mix it with mayonnaise, but I'm glad I did because after you get rid of the lumps with some viguous stiring, it gets a lovely cream consistency. The dressing powder and dill makes it delicious. I made this just for myself for dinner, so I spread it onto some sunflower seed blackbread and added lots of cucumber slices. So good! So easy! So cheap! So fast! I'm in love.
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Chicken with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
Very impressive-looking for how little work it is. Beautiful colours and the balsamic adds great flavour. The chicken didn't come out as tender as I would have liked, so next time I'm going to cut it into thinner pieces for reduced cooking time. Definitely add more broth to be able to enjoy the delicious sauce.
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2007
Perfect! 5 star taste and texture, especially after I added some garlic powder to the spinach. Very nice in its simplicity, I wouldn't go adding lots of stuff to it. My quiche dish is quite large so this came out quite thin but it's not a huge problem. It'll make it easy to double the recipe if necessary. As it stands, I think it feeds 3 people as a main cours. UPDATE: Here's a nice idea for the leftovers. I cut a poppy seed bagel in half, toasted and buttered the top, layered the bottom wih squares of the quiche (as I said, mine was very thin) and cheese and toasted it in the oven. Put the two halves back together and ate it with garden tomatoes on the side. It was great!
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Zucchini Alfredo

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2006
This is so fast, easy and delicious! Not to forget healthy. My meat-eater boyfriend loved it and wants to have it again and I pretty much could eat it for a week straight. I added an onion to the sauce and more milk. Next time I may double the garlic to be able to really taste it. I served it on red tomato linguine and it looked very pretty. I also see how this could be nice with the addition of chicken or ham, but it doesn't really need to be messed with. Fantastic and light, as is.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2007
Oh yes! This is a truly lovely curry and so little work. I have made a more complicated curry from this site before but I think I actually enjoyed this one better. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except for a few changes: a little less tomato puree and only 2 tbs sugar as the sauce was quite sweet from the coconut milk already. When I put everything in I tasted it and thought it was pretty good. Then I kept coming back to it during the 45 minute simmering time and couldn't believe how it was getting more and more amazing as the flavours were coming together. The end result was delicious. Served it with white+wild rice mix, I wish I had naan bread to mop the sauce. Yumm! UPDATE: I have tried this with some chopped cashew nuts added to the sauce for variety and it worked very nicely.
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1-Pot, 3-Bean Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
This is one of the best stews I have ever made or eaten! I used kidney and borlotti (white) beans and upped the red wine a bit. As others had a problem with consistency I used a bit less stock and simmered it until it was nice and thick. Served with a side of cous-cous which was a nice compliment, made it heartier but didn't overpower the stew. Can't wait to make this in winter, I will remember it.
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Spanish Cod

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2007
This was outstanding! Made me wonder why I had never eaten fish in a tomato sauce before. I used green olives, sundried tomatoes and marinated zucchini for the sauce and I firmly believe that even without the fish or any other addition it would make a wonderful pasta sauce. Served this one with rice. Loved it! Will serve it to company. Thank you.
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French Spring Soup

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Both my meat-lover boyfriend and I loved this light but complex veggie soup. The asparagus and spinach make a delicious combination and the potatoes make it hearty. Following the suggestions here I used a combination of chicken and vegetable broth instead of the water. I added the cream at the end, and I think it certainly adds another layer to this soup so I wouldn't skip it. Also sprinkled it generously with cheese. Will get a nice crusty bread for the leftovers for tomorrow. Next time I make this I think I'll up the rice a bit so that it's noticable. With these changes it is an amazing restaurant quality recipe.
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