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California Crescent Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
We all really enjoyed the combination of ingredients and the texture and flavor of the "bread". It also had a nice presentation. We didn't miss the cheese (that we always put in sandwiches) but I did add tomatoes because I had some I needed to use up. My husband asked me to make sandwiches with this "bread" again but for breakfast, like a bacon egg and cheese type of thing. This was a good variation from the norm.
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Coconut Cheese Flan (Flan de Coco y Queso)

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011
PERFECT! I loved it. I always make the caramel in the microwave (not the ideal way, but it works). 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup water in a pyrex. 15 minutes later (microwaves are all different though) I've got the perfect colored amber caramel. I bought just one 8oz block of cream cheese because I didn't pay attention, so I used that and it was still great. I loved the flavor, the texture, the consistency, the ease to make...everything. I only had an 8 X 3 pan, so it ended up taller (thicker) and therefore I had to bake about 30 min longer. No biggie. Thank you for yet another delicious recipe, Milly!
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Out of this World Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2011
I wasn't very succesful at cutting out shapes so I got frustrated and basically diced everything. I used regular broccoli because I couldn't find romanesco. After tasting the salad, I decided to throw in some minced red onion because I really like the touch it adds to salads of any kind. I liked the crunch of the vegetables and the colorful presentation.
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Puerto Rican Carne Guisada

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2011
Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine made easy. Delicious and very filling. Great combination of recipes. All go together very well. Thanks!
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Extra-Yummy Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
Great consistency. I only used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon though. We liked these pancakes a lot.
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Mongolian Beef and Spring Onions

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
I used light brown sugar (the full amount) and top round instead of flank steak. I had a bit more than a pound of meat (1.3) but the amount of sauce was still good. We loved the dish. It tastes authentic and it was easy to prepare. I served it over brown rice and topped with some fried rice noodles.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
I decided to cut down on the butter by half (1/4 cup) as suggested by many, and I sauteed the onion on a bit of olive oil and added the spinach to the onions once they were traslucent. I cooked them in the skillet until they wilted and proceeded with the recipe. Because I only had 4 oz of mozarella in the house, I completed the cheese amount with some shredded gouda but I think feta would work well or any other cheese combination for that matter. We enjoyed the taste but a tad more salt (or a saltier cheese) and some more spinach would have made it even better.
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Minted Carrots

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
These carrots are delicious. I usually make candied carrots with maple syrup but decided to give this one a try and it was very good. I had leftover mint from some mojitos I made, so I used that instead of the dry kind, chooped finely.
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Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake I

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
I just had a slice of this cheesecake and I feel like I need a bag of Doritos now in my system. It's so rich and sweet that I don't see myself getting another slice, not even tomorrow. I even reduced the amount of caramels and it is just way too much. Super easy to make and very pretty to look at but sickenly sweet. I used a waterbath as I do with all my cheesecakes, flans, and custards. Seriously, I am searching the house for something salty to have ASAP. I'm going on a coma!!
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Shrimp Pizza

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
I do not think this pizza is light. I didn't even used the entire amount of cream cheese mixture and found it quite heavy. It has a good flavor but in my opinion, the garlic needs to be roasted first. It was way too strong. Also, I would prefer the mixture to be heated up rather than just eaten cold with the hot onions, peppers and shrimp on top. Overall, a decent and different pizza but not perfect as written.
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Toasted Caprese Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Yummy!! I didn't change anything at all. It was perfect. I love caprese salad but I wondered if the roasted garlic would be an issue. Well, it wasn't. The garlic MAKES this sandwich! I did add the balsamic as well. Will make again (and again, and again...)
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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Very delicious and refreshing. I loved adding honey instead of sugar. If your berries are very sweet you might not need to add the honey. Instead of adding ice, I made sure my berries were frozen. You can substitute flax seeds for the wheat germ as well. YUMMY!!
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Angie's Polenta Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2011
I prefer the taste of beef but for health reasons, I use lean ground turkey for all dishes that require ground beef. It's delicious, regardless. I used Classico brand four cheese pasta sauce, which I love when I can't make my own. However, I could not find cottage cheese with chives ANYWHERE! I looked, looked, looked... So, I had some ricotta in the refrigerator and just went ahead and used that. I also sprinkled some parmesan on top. I had some spinach occupying space in my refrigerator so I threw that in there too. Yes, I changed it up a bit but like the author said, this recipe "can be a start for so many variations". That's definitely true. Make it your own. It is a great base recipe and I loved the change of pace when it comes to texture on an italian dish. I pour some sauce in the middle of a serving plate and placed the polenta on top, made it look pretty and served it with a side dish of steamed broccoli. Yum Yum!
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Slow Cooker Stout Stew

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
I had no clue what stout beer tasted like. It is kind of strong and slightly bitter. The stew has a bit of a bitter after taste to it and my husband noticed right away. He wasn't too crazy about it. He gives it a 4. However, the stew is good, hearthy, and very easy to make. I served it over brown rice.
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Greek Couscous

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This dish was great. I have made something similar before with orzo instead of couscous but couscous is outstanding and looks very pretty on the plate. I did use whole wheat couscous, and because it is dark the other ingredients didn't stand out as much. Regardless, it was pretty to look at and delicious. I also used all chicken broth (3/4 cup) , no water. As is, this is a very light lunch but if you cook some chicken breasts strips on the side seasoned with salt and pepper you can make this a more filling dinner entree. I say "salt and pepper" because the flavors in this couscous are complex enough and a heavy seasoned chicken might be a bit too much. Of course, it depends on your own personal taste and that of your family. Opa!!
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Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2011
I used whole wheat pasta, Giada's (Target) Pesto and about 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers. I think this was ok. We ate it, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. Maybe using another pesto brand or a homemade pesto.
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Grilled Sea Bass

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
For 2- 7oz filets I used 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper. I omitted the salt completely and did not use the garlic herb butter. I lined a baking sheet with aluminum foil, sprayed with PAM and baked the filets at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then flip them and baked for about 5 more minutes. It was outstanding!
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Light 'n' Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
Great. I skipped the cream cheese though and I don't think it needed it. Loved the seasonings.
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Traditional Osso Buco

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
I loved the sauce part of this dish but I think it would have been better to sear the veal with salt and pepper rather than just flour. It really helps more than just seasoning it later.
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Luau Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2011
Needs a little extra, but it is good. What I did to make it better, was to shake the raw chicken chunks in a bowl with flour and a bit of salt. Then I cooked the pieces in a skillet with a bit of olive oil. I proceeded as directed but when it was all done cooking I tasted it and something was missing. I didn't have pineapple chunks (it needs it) so I added pineapple preserves and crushed red pepper flakes. Then, it was much better.
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