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Thai Noodles

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2010
Very good! I used the peanut sauce recipe mentioned in the first review, but it was VERY thick even when I kept adding water and a little lime juice. Finally I added about a 1/2 c. of chicken broth and that was better. Still, it thickens over time. I skipped the cucumbers because my husband hates them and I didn't think I'd care for them cooked. I substituted broccoli and snow peas for the mushrooms too. I had no oyster sauce, so I skipped that. I couldn't find anything that said "red chile sauce" but I did find a "thai-style chile sauce" and it was very good. This has a great flavor. I toasted the sesame seeds which are a great touch. Crushed peanuts would also be delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I'll definitely make this again. It would go great with rice too.
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Crispy Orange Beef

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
Very tasty! It gets 5 stars for taste, but 3 stars for preparation. It is messy and time consuming. I used 1/3 c. of orange juice since I didn't have any concentrate. I was out of fresh ginger and broccoli so I substituted powdered ginger and carrots and bell peppers. Also, instead of frying it in cups of oil, I sauteed it in small batches in a couple of tablespoons of oil. As a result, it wasn't particularly crispy, but still very good. Oh, and I used peanut oil which I think was perfect for this, gave it an authentic Asian flavor. I served this over brown rice.
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Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
This was a super fast and simple recipe. The taste is very fresh, but slightly on the bland side. I served it with red pepper flakes which added a nice kick, but I think it could use a little more garlic, a little more cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice. It's healthy and yummy though. A keeper recipe!
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Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
Very good stew. I followed the directions to a T, except I used a little less onion and chopped it in smaller pieces. I also threw in a little chopped celery just so I could use it up. I didn't have any red wine so I used cooking sherry. The preliminary work (i.e. you don't just toss everything in the crockpot) is worth it. This stew has more flavor than my usual recipe, but I think it could use a little more, not sure what though. My husband LOVED it, said it was the best meal he's had all year. I found myself very thirsty afterwards, perhaps from all the onion soup mix?
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Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
These were okay, but I've had better wheat rolls. I followed the recipe except I increased the wheat flour a bit and decreased the bread flour. I added a little more yeast to compensate. I also skipped the melted butter at the end since I was making these as dinner rolls and offered butter at the table. I found them a bit heavy and dense and the flavor was a little blah. A perfectly good roll, but nothing fantastic.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: May 11, 2009
What a great sandwich! Made this exactly as directed. When the crockpot time was up, I shredded the meat and ladled it on sub rolls. Then I put sliced of provolone on the meat and put the subs under the broiler until the cheese melted. Unbelievably delicious! I didn't put any pepperoncini on the sandwiches because I thought it would be too spicy for us. The meat and sauce had plenty of kick in my opinion. Tonight I am reheating the leftovers for quesadillas as a previous poster recommended. Mmmm! So easy and so good, I will make these often!
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Turkey Pot Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2008
This is great comfort food. I made the recipe as written, though I did prebake the crust as someone mentioned. Next time I think I'll increase the sauce ingredients as I prefer turkey pot pie with a little more gravy. Thanks for the recipe. This is a keeper!
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German Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2008
Loved it! I can't stand cold, mayonnaise-y potato salad, but I love potatoes and with summer cookouts going on, it's nice to have a quick easy side salad. This is delicious! I didn't have any onions on hand so I used a few shakes of onion powder. I also used cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar. I needed to cook my potatoes (medium sized red-skin) a lot longer, probably 25-30 min. I also added a dollop of country-style dijon mustard like a previous reviewer recommended. I will definitely make this again!
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Rio Grande Quesadillas

Reviewed: May 31, 2008
Really I'd like to give this 4 1/2 or even 4 3/4 stars. These were great. I made them as described, just cut a some of the taco seasoning since I was serving it to my little kids and they are very wary of spice. I also skipped the pimientos since I didn't have any. Instead of oil in the skillet, I just used cooking spray. The cilantro and green onion make it taste very fresh. I served mine with salsa and sour cream. Next time I'll probably use the full amount of taco seasoning to get the full flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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Tangy Chicken Fajitas

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
These were good but not phenomenal. I often marinate my chicken in bottled Italian dressing. Not sure this is any better, but I did enjoy the fresh lime juice. Next time I might add a little fresh chopped cilantro to the marinade. I served these with Best Black Beans from this site, Guacamole (from Bob Cody) on this site, sour cream and shredded Cheddar.
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Spanish Rice Original

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
This was okay for me. It was my first taste of Spanish rice, so I don't have much to compare it to. I followed the recipe exactly, just used brown rice instead of white. Oh, and I skipped optional ingredients. I liked it well enough but I'm not itching to have it again.
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Honey-Oat Pan Rolls

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
These are great and quick and easy. I think I've found my new go-to dinner rolls. I actually used a bread machine to mix the ingredients and to do the first rise. Then I formed the rolls (I got exactly 24) and they rose to double in 30 min. Baking took 20 min. for me. The only changes I made were to use 1 3/4 c. whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 c. bread flour. I tossed in a T. of vital wheat gluten to help out the wheat flour, and I skipped the drizzled butter since I planned to serve butter to spread.
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Thai Pineapple Chicken Curry

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2008
I am shocked. Based on all the glowing reviews PLUS the fact that I LOVE Thai food, I thought I would love this. Nope. I found it okay at best. I followed the recipe exactly except that I had no green pepper so I substituted carrot. I used the concentrated red curry paste so I used only 1-2 tsp. Oh, and I served it over brown rice instead of jasmine. I just don't understand what all the fuss was about. It seemed to be missing something. Like a previous poster said, I think there was too much pineapple. 8 oz. would have been plenty (and I love pineapple too!).
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Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2008
Excellent!!! I will be adding this to the rotation definitely. I feel like inviting people to dinner just so I can make this for them. As others have said, one egg and half the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder was plenty. I reduced the red pepper flakes to only a couple of shakes --just the right amount of spice for me, but still too much for my kids. I didn't have any fresh basil so I used dried. I thought the breading on the chicken slices would get mushy from being in the sauce, but that wasn't the case. All the flavors blended so nicely. This is a keeper! Thanks!
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2008
These pretzels come very close to 5 stars. They are about 90-95% as good as mall pretzels. I'm guessing mall pretzel dough contains some fat which gives it that really good but oh-so-bad-for-you taste. Next time I might try adding a few tablespoons of butter to the dough. I prepared the dough in my bread machine. When I took it out it was VERY sticky and I had to add a good bit of flour to make it workable. Shaping the pretzels was a pain. I think next time I'll just make sticks. My kids loved these! I made 8 topped with butter and kosher salt and 4 topped with butter and cinnamon/sugar. Both are delicious!
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Chococonut Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2008
These were very good, but, as another poster mentioned, I guess I found them a bit ordinary. I was expecting more based on all the rave reviews. They are very good chocolate chip cookies that happen to have some coconut in them.
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2008
These are very good cookies. I'm not over the moon about them, but I really like them. I used used 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose. I also increased the oats to 3 1/2 c. and decreased the salt to 1/2 tsp. as some reviewers suggested. I doubled the chocolate chips because I omitted the walnuts. I also added 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. I didn't have any trouble with them spreading. In fact, next time I make them, I will probably flatten them a bit on the cookie sheet before I put them in the oven. These are VERY rich cookies (2 sticks of butter!!!). I think the next time I make them I will substitute a half cup of the butter for 1/2c. of applesauce. I might also cut back on the sugar a bit too. Thanks for the recipe!
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Beef Barley Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
Very good! Very savory! I omitted the mushrooms since no one in our family likes them much. I also added a whole can of beef broth as opposed to just a cup. I doubled the barley as well because the 1/3 c. didn't seem like enough. It was delicious! The flavors of the red wine and balsamic give this a restaurant quality you might not find in the average beef/barley soup or stew. You could serve this to guests on a cold evening and you'd be sure to get raves. I served this with homemade french bread. Yum, yum, yum!
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2008
Wait a day before making an opinion on these brownies. Something happens over night and they are way better the next day. Day One they are more cakey, but by Day Two they are definitely fudgy and moist like a brownie should be. I agree with the others who mentioned they taste a little salty. However, this was more noticeable the first day. I didn't really detect it the second. The "batter" is very dry, "sandy" really. I guess I should have pressed it into the pan more because, after baking, the top and sides remained a bit gritty (I didn't make the icing, I bet that hides the grittiness). The best part is that my kids gobble this up. You can't taste the zucchini at all and they would never eat zucchini if it weren't disguised by chocolate. I would definitely make this again when I have leftover zucchini.
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2008
Wow, I really must be a slave to refined sugar. I found these very blah. They definitely taste healthy, but they're not especially tasty in my opinion. I don't like dates, so took the advice of other posters and added diced apple instead. I also substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil. I added several shakes of pumpkin pie spice too. These smelled delicious while baking. In an effort to tempt my kids to eat them I piped icing (confec. sugar and milk) onto them but my kids still didn't like them! I don't have a dog, but perhaps the birds and squirrels in my backyard will enjoy a winter treat. Thanks anyway. Other posters seem to have enjoyed these, so I'm not dissing the recipe. But I think this will appeal more to the hardcore healthy eaters out there.
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