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Pasta Hot! Hot! Hot!

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2012
SO GOOD. I typically halve or quarter this recipe, and it's still great. I also like to keep a cup of the starchy cooking water and stir a little bit of that in to loosen the mixture, especially helpful as the cheese starts to melt. I also add a little more salt and lots of fresh cracked black pepper, and it's perfect!
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2011
I was very excited about this, but I have to say that this recipe as written is just okay. I pretty much followed the ingredients/instructions exactly, except that I didn't puree black beans prior to adding them to the pot - I let it all simmer for about 20 minutes and then used my immersion blender briefly so everything wasn't quite whole. The flavor was a little bland, but also a little too sharp from the vinegar (and I only put 2 T. in!). I ended up adding another can each of beans and tomatoes to cut the vinegar, and then a bunch of chili powder and cumin (and a dash of cinnamon) to give more flavor depth. I really liked the idea of the pumpkin in this, but I just don't think the recipe as it is written is great without adding your own touches. Thanks, but I don't think I will make this particular recipe again.
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2011
Outstanding! Like others, I made some changes - I used far less oil, more Cajun seasoning, chicken stock instead of water, and andouille-style turkey links... this tasted amazing! Not necessarily a work-night meal due to the cooking time, but definitely worth the wait - the overall flavor was surprisingly authentic and just simply delicious. I even left out the celery and it was still great. Highly, highly recommend.
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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Hummus

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
YUM! Made it just as written, except used dried parsley (I don't ever buy fresh because we don't like it) and added a clove of garlic. I also saved the bean juice, and ended up adding a few tablespoons to get the consistency I wanted. First time I made it, we were blown away! The second time, I forgot to add garlic... and we were sorely disappointed. It is not NEARLY as good without it... so make sure to add garlic and you will have a 10-star recipe! :o)
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Carrot Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2010
This was a great recipe! I wanted to make rice, but I wanted to dress it up a bit without having to go to the grocery store... and this pretty much fit the bill. I halved the recipe for 2 of us, didn't use the peanuts (didn't have them), and used that cilantro in a tube instead of fresh and just mixed it in along with the ginger. I think I used more ginger, too. Regardless, it was very tasty, and I bet it would have been even more fabulous if I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for a creative spin on rice that made me look good!
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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
This pie could be really good, but unfortunately I followed the recipe's instructions EXACTLY and ended up with a very strange pie. It says to mix the lemon zest and juice into the flour and sugar, but the moisture from the juice makes that mixture really clumpy. And then you add the blueberries, but the mixture does not get fully distributed among all the berries because there are just clumpy bits of flour and sugar. I thought it might melt and distribute in the oven, but it didn't... As he was eating it, my fiance asked if there was "lemon pudding or something in here"... which was the lemony clumpy parts. This pie definitely has potential, but I strongly advise not adding the ingredients in the listed order. I'll try a different recipe.
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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
YUM! Made it just as written, except used dried parsley (I don't ever buy fresh because we don't like it) and added a clove of garlic. I also saved the bean juice, and ended up adding a few tablespoons to get the consistency I wanted. First time I made it, we were blown away! The second time, I forgot to add garlic... and we were sorely disappointed. It is not NEARLY as good without it... so make sure to add garlic and you will have a 10-star recipe! :o)
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Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
WOW! This was absolutely delicious. I substituted fat free half & half for the heavy cream, but it was still amazing. This came across as a very impressive meal, but it was SO easy! We will definitely have this one again! Thanks!
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Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
This was soooo good! I can only give it 4 stars though, because... rosemary? Really? DEFINITELY leave that out. But otherwise, amazing! I added mushrooms, used 16 oz. spinach, plain feta, and sprinked some dried italian herb mixture into the pan while everything simmered. Everyone loved it, with approval from my fiance to make it again. I didn't miss the meat at all, though he said it would *also* be really good with sausage in it. ;o) Thanks for this great recipe!
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
We loved this! I followed the recipe exactly, but to be fair, I topped it with some leftover home-made BBQ sauce, and it was AWESOME! I don't think that tomate paste would be good. BUT, I loved the flavor and moistness of the meatloaf itself. My fiance was a little put-off by the squiggles from the quinoa, but admitted he liked the taste. I'll likely make this again, using BBQ sauce to top it (or at least a ketchup/mustard/brown sugar mix). Thanks for the great recipe!
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Oriental Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
This was pretty good... we dipped our dumplings in it and it worked pretty nicely with them. I didn't love the flavor by itself, however. I thought it was very sweet, and didn't have much depth of flavor. I couldn't figure out exactly what it needed... it worked well for the dish, thus 4 stars, but I don't think I'll make it again. Thanks though!
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Pork Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
These were great! I halved the recipe, and used ground turkey (it was on sale) and a bag of cabbage/carrot slaw mix, and it was delicious! I also boiled them (don't have a bamboo steamer) for 6 minutes, which worked just fine for me. I'll try steaming once I eventually acquire a bamboo steamer. Next time I will definitely try pork, but the turkey was great too! Served with that Asian Dipping Sauce that lots of people recommended and it was a nice match, but next time I'll probably try something different to dip them in. I froze the leftovers on a cookie sheet and threw them in a ziploc bag... can't wait to eat them! Thanks for demystifying the preparation of this delicious dish for me!
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Feta Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
Outstanding. The flavors are incredible together! Everyone loved them. The only thing I will do differently in the future is to make this more often! ;o)
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Creamy Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
YUM!! My fiance requested a blueberry pie for his birthday, so I chose this recipe... and it was fantastic! I ended up using about 4 cups of blueberries, so I used the full 1 cup of sugar, and slightly more sour cream and flour. Also added vanilla extract and lemon zest to the mixture - which was really lovely and added a lot to the pie. Used a mix of white/brown sugars for the topping, and also added about a tsp. of cinnamon. I used the full amount of topping, but you could definitely get away with less. My fiance loved it. Thanks!
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Home-Style Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
AMAZING. My fiance asked for scalloped potatoes as part of his birthday dinner (I had never made them before), and these turned out INCREDIBLE! I halved the recipe - but used the full amount of onion (more, actually), flour, salt, and pepper. I also added about 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Used skim milk, and just let the mixture bubble on the stove for a good 5 minutes. 60 minutes in the oven was perfect for my thinly sliced small red potatoes. I also grated some gruyere on top (about 1/2 cup), but these would have been equally delicious without it. I will never use another recipe for scalloped potatoes again! Even with the skim milk, it was incredible rich and creamy and delicious. My fiance said he would have been thrilled to be served these very same potatoes in a fancy steakhouse. :o) Thank you!
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Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
We really liked this! I've gone through countless stir-fry recipes, trying to find one that we want to have again... this sauce was great! I used fresh ginger (I think it added a lot), and garlic chile paste (it's what I had). Like others, I also doubled the sauce (except for salt), which was perfect. I added mushrooms in addition to the broccoli and chicken, and I definitely overcooked the broccoli, but the sauce was awesome. We'll definitely make this one again, but not make it quite as spicy (fiance doesn't like really spicy). Thank you!
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Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
While I didn't follow the recipe exactly, I feel it was similar enough to rate! I followed another reviewer's suggestions and butterflied & pounded thin a 1 lb. pork tenderloin, and then I also added sauteed onions, mushrooms, and spinach to the mixture. Rolled up and secured with toothpicks, and then browned in a plan before putting it in the oven at 375 for about 20-25 min. As written, this recipe is a 4, but with these additional flavors, it is 5! We loved the Gouda in it. My fiancee loved it, and we're making it again this week for company. Thanks!
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Garam Masala Seared Salmon with Coconut-Curry Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
I was a little disapppointed in this recipe. I loved the idea, but it didn't exactly work out as planned. I did enjoy the garam masala with the salmon - that part was delicious. But the butter sauce was not good... perhaps my choice of white wine was not good, but that's all I could taste, and it overwhelmed any butter or coconut milk flavor. I was only able to save the sauce by using a couple teaspoons of white sugar. After that, we enjoyed it on the salmon, but I'm not sure we'll make this again. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to use garam masala, though!
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Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
I made this last night for a dinner party and it was delicious!!! Very glad I read all the reviews, though, because the recipe as is falls a little flat. I ended up baking the squash at 375 for 50 min, which was perfect. I used a Granny Smith apple instead of celery, half an onion, the whole can of beans, more like 3/4 cup of raisins, and added probably about a tablespoon of cinnamon in addition to the cumin. Highly recommend this - it REALLY makes the flavor more complex and adds another dimension. Lastly, I added... ground turkey! It was so good! I'm sure it would have been good without it, but this way it was a full meal in and of itself. Served with a salad, and it was a hit. Next time, I think we'll try lamb instead of turkey. Thanks for the wonderful idea - this will absolutely be a repeat in our house.
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Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2009
These are exactly what I was looking for! Delicious muffins, with a good pumpkin flavor, but the apples keep them from being boring and "predictable". Thanks to all the reviewers - I took a lot of your advice! Used 1.5 cups of AP flour, and 1 cup of WW flour, only used about 1 cup of sugar, used the whole can of pumpkin, applesauce instead of the oil, and just a shake more pumpkin pie spice. Also didn't peel the apples. And I did do the streusel, but used 2 T. of butter total (it needed it). We both love them! I can't imagine making the recipe as it was written, so that's why it's not 5 stars. But definitely recommend with these changes! (and by the way - this recipe is exactly the same as the other one on this site with the identical title... not sure why there are two of the same!)
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