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Mint Pesto Pasta

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
Pesto sure has come a long way from the usual suspects of basil, pine nuts and Parm; now pestos are made from a myriad of ingredients ... and I'm not complaining. While basil itself is so summery and fresh, the addition of mint in this creamy pesto is a brilliant way to add some zing and liveliness and works especially well with tomatoes. One minor caveat - this recipe appears to have been re-created like most of us cook, using a 'handful of these' and a 'few of those' as measurements instead of precise amounts (my 20 basil leaves were on the skimpy side as I had just cut back and stripped the plant earlier in the week, so I knew I needed to supplement with store-bought leaves). No matter, though, the end result was delicious and proclaimed a winner by all who tasted it ~ many thanks to MASTER815K.
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Spinach and Rice (Spanakorizo)

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
The ingredients are spot on for a superb rice dish, but the cooking instructions seem ... off. Take the advice of the Most Helpful reviewer (ReneeFS) and you won't be left with overcooked spinach and crunchy rice after 20 minutes. And thanks to submitter Kathy W. for recommending the feta and squeeze of fresh lemon -- it really makes the dish.
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Jamaican Spinach Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
Just by a quick glance at the ingredients list, one would never guess how delicious this soup really is. I followed the directions as stated ( subbing sweet potato for the white potato ) but hesitated when it came time to blend the soup... almost. Blending the soup made for a bisque-like texture due, in part, to the potato (winter squash would work just as well) without the usage of heavy cream. And the flavor... the flavor is light and fresh (thanks zucchini!) with just a hint of warmth from the ginger and dry spices. Thanks, SYNCHORSWIM, this soup will easily fit into regular rotation.
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Fresh-Squeezed Salty Dog

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Move over, Rover, there's a Salty Dog in town! This recipe alone gives one reason to keep gin in the freezer and grapefruit in the fruit bowl all summer long. Cheers.
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2010
Since I'm a huge fan of warm spices, I did not hesitate to add the full amount of nutmeg (freshly grated for maximum flavor). And after a quick melt, brief mix and short bake, I was greatly rewarded with little pop'em sized goodies. Skipped the dip in melted butter, opting instead to sugar the muffins while still warm (I used the recommended white sugar / cinnamon on half of the batch and powdered sugar / cinnamon on the other half -- both versions are delicious!). Thanks, Dianne, for my newest midnight snack (guilty) pleasure!
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Green Bean and Feta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
The longer the beans marinate in this tangy dressing, the better they taste. I opted to smash the garlic cloves, leaving them to infuse the dressing, but removed them before serving. Also, I swapped crushed red pepper flakes for the hot sauce, just adding until it looked 'spicy' enough. And, as noted, this recipe does yield more dressing than needed for 1.5 lbs of green beans.... so thank goodness my garden produced a bumper crop. Thanks to you, LIZ1888, I now have yet another winning recipe the family enjoys.
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Plum Clafouti

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
While some clafoutis are more cake-like in texture, this one is more of a creamy custard / pudding. The plums are a nice change from the more traditional cherries (not to mention they were much easier to pit) and I'm sure other seasonal fruits would work just as well -- apples, pears or even cranberries. Quick to whip up using common pantry items is a bonus, too. Thanks GibsonsGirl.
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Zucchini Ribbons With Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2010
Taking a smidge of liberty with this recipe, I created an amazing appetizer AND a main dish. Instead of breaking out the mandoline to make ribbons of the zucchini, I simply grated it then followed the rest of the cooking directions. I did add a hearty sprig of fresh thyme along with the shallots (fished it out before serving) as well as the submitter's recommended squeeze of lemon. Once finished, the squash took on a buttery, almost 'melty' quality without being overcooked and mushy. I served some atop toasted garlic-rubbed croistini with big Parmesan curls -- delicious. The remaining zucchini I mixed with cooked linguine (plus a bit of the pasta water to make a bit saucier) and topped with the fresh basil and goat cheese -- Wow. I'm now eyeing the two zucchini that are ~almost~ ready to be picked from the garden... Thanks so much SweetBasil.
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Grilled Tomato, Onion, and Bread Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2010
This grilled version of a classic Italian summertime salad is worthy of the ripest garden tomatoes and freshest herbs. A brief char over a hot grill (easy to do while the grill is pre-heating for the main entree) gives the bread, tomatoes and onions a depth of flavor which is nicely offset by the tangy vinaigrette. Delicious with big shards of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2010
This is, without doubt, the quintessence of comfort food. Oftentimes I make this with a smoked ham hock or a ham bone, adding the andouille for a meal-in-one. Or I turn this into a vegetarian option by simply omitting all meat and doubling the veggies. Make the beans as spicy or as mild as you wish...or smash the beans for a creamier consistency...or even cook all day in the slow cooker. For versatility and adaptability, this recipe is surely deserving of 5 solid stars. Thanks MIAMI BEACH.
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Pineapple Coconut Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2010
Delicious variation of zucchini bread. I used leftover grilled pineapple instead of the canned (as I had none) along with about 8 minced maraschino cherries (had to find something to use them in) and toasted coconut. Since the pineapple was rendered of a lot of moisture from the previous night's grilling, the bread had little pockets of concentrated pineapple flavor with flecks of cherry. The toasted coconut, however, got lost with the shredded zucchini, so next time I'll reserve the coconut as a topping since I really wanted that flavor to come through. Thanks, SuzyQ, for a bread I'm sure I'll make often this summer.
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Always A Winner Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2010
This marinade yielded extremely juicy and tender chicken breasts straight off the grill; however, despite the lengthy list of spices and herbs, most of the flavors got lost in the mix. I do appreciate the originality of this southwest-mojo even though the results were not what I had anticipated. Thank you for the submission Lily'sMama.
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Creamy Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Basil

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2010
Not much of a scrambled egg lover, I found this surprisingly delicious even with using fat free sour cream. The fresh basil is a nice finishing touch as well. Thanks, timbertiger, for a new breakfast idea.
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Briam (Greek Mixed Vegetables in Tomato Sauce)

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2010
Never having tasted briam, I found this to be the Greek answer to ratatouille with the concept of allowing fresh veggies to shine on their own in this rustic dish. The uncooked tomato sauce was especially good with the briny capers and fresh herbs, but I did cut back a bit on the olive oil as well as the sugar. Once baked, I served this as a side dish to grilled chicken for some, but enjoyed my portion vegetarian-style along with some feta and crusty bread. Thanks, Aggeliki, for a dish I will make often this summer.
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Slayer's Sweet, Tangy, and Spicy Kabobs

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
This was interesting... reminded me of a mai tai with the cherry juice and pineapple. I did add all of the optional ingredients, but lessened the amount of soy sauce a bit. Threaded marinated chicken pieces alternately with fresh pineapple chunks on skewers then grilled. The finished dish was less mai tai and more of a spicy sweet and sour... quite tasty with the grilled pineapple. Thanks ~Snacks~ for the recipe.
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Eh... just a middle of the recipe-road marinade. While boneless skinless chicken breasts DID come off the grill moist and juicy, they lacked any substantial flavor punch other than sweetened vinegary mustard. The chicken was good made into sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomato and bacon... but bacon makes everything better. Thanks for the submission.
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BBQ Feta and Hot Banana Pepper Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Since turkey burgers are the default 'burgers' at my house, I'm always on the lookout for something different. And this is it. No extra binders or fillers to muddle the taste of the feta and banana peppers (I used the hot variety). Topped the burgers with tzatziki sauce, lettuce and tomato... fantastic! ~thanks JENA-RATOR.
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Herbed Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
I chose this recipe because of the the fresh mint (and the lemon... and the feta). I followed the listed recipe, using a bit less olive oil than instructed, but added about 10 (sad-looking) grape tomatoes right before roasting. Topped the roasted lemony potatoes with the fresh mint and fresh oregano (the garden is going crazy with the stuff) then chunks of salty feta.... Delicious! (even cold straight from the 'fridge). Many thanks to Cat Lady Cyndi for a new family favorite.
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Curried Walnut Rice Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Actually 3.5 as I received mix reviews on this one. The dressing was 'good' as listed, but 'really good' when a tbs of sour cream was added (in fact, I'll make the dressing for other salads). However, when mixed with the rice and veg, the overall dish was missing something ... perhaps a sweet, chewy element ?... or maybe more veggies ? The toasted walnuts were a very nice finishing touch, though. Thanks for the post Rhoda.
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Baked Rosa Maria Fries

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Simplicity at its best. While I'm sure these baked fries would be wonderful using the listed dried herbs, my garden is abundantly full, so I chose to mince fresh instead ~ rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, sage and dill. Finishing the dish with a light sprinkling of salt, pepper and garlic powder made these fries sublime. Many thanks to HottKoko81 for the submission.
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