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Spinach and Rice Alfredo

Reviewed: May 12, 2011
I agree the heavy cream can easily be replaced with half 'n half (or even milk) with little sacrifice in flavor. A good quality Parm (no green can here!) makes all the difference, too. And as an added bonus, there is really no need to start with hot cooked rice if there is some hanging around in the fridge from a previous night's dinner... I used cold white rice from take-out and the final dish was still proclaimed awesome.
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Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
Made with just pineapple juice, the vinaigrette is watery and not lettuce leaf cling-worthy. But whiz a few fresh pineapple chunks in the vinaigrette with an immersion blender and your tastebuds will think they took a vacay to Maui. A nice summer salad with character... yeah, a little on the sweet side, but well balanced with the salty bacon and pungent green onions. Try grilling the fresh pineapple prior to adding to the the salad...ono.
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Zucchini Pasta II

Reviewed: May 10, 2011
I really, really like this pasta dish. Just the mere 2 tbs of cream cheese gives the sauce such a richness... I swore I was indulging in a more calorie-laden cream sauce. This dish is easily made meatless as well simply by omitting the chicken and replacing veg broth for the chicken.... and even without the pasta, the flavor-packed sauced veggies stand on their own as a side dish. Super job, njmom!
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Mojo Roast Chicken (Pollo Asado)

Reviewed: May 5, 2011
This is the little black dress of chicken marinades -- suitable for the oven or the grill. The first time I made this, I roasted a butterflied chicken using a short marinade time (maybe 4 hours). Fantastic flavor with a crispy skin. The second time I used this recipe, I cut the oil amount by half, used the citrus zest and marinated skinless bone-in chicken thighs overnight. Grilling low and slow produced *the* most flavorful grilled chicky. This has quickly become a favorite - thanks karmicflower.
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Stovetop Granola

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2011
An easy recipe for small batches of granola -- perfect if needed for a recipe or a few yogurt/fruit parfaits. Dry toasting the oats works well as does cutting back the butter to 2 tablespoons. Try stirring in a heaping dollop of peanut butter with the honey/br. sugar syrup for a different flavor.
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Chunky Veggie Chowder

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
This was a pleasant surprise as it is reminiscent of a pot pie filling, but in soup form. Using homemade roasted veggie broth kept this a vegetarian option and topping each serving with shredded cheese kept mouths happy (always a bonus among my meat-eating crew).
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Slaw-mmin' Wraps

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
I always appreciate a new twist on a favorite, especially one which utilizes beans and fresh cabbage rolled in a handy wrap. Unfortunately what looks good on paper, is not always so once made. Starting with just 2 garlic cloves made the bean puree garlicky enough.... couldn't image adding the other two PLUS the two in the slaw. And I could have done without the mayo -- really didn't add to the flavor -- would have been tastier using olive oil. The zing from the dijon and cumin was enjoyable; however, the bean puree could have benefited from the zing of fresh lemon juice instead of that in powdered form. Once assembled, the textures of the cooked slaw with cooked chicken with soft bean puree in a soft flour tortilla were rather... well, boring. The concept is a good one and deserving of another go-round... just with a few tweaks.
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Poached Eggs and Asparagus

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
While I use a different poaching method, this is my idea of a top-notch breakfast -- there is nothing else like oozy egg yolk combined with creamy cheese, crunchy toast and crisp tender asparagus.... heaven on a plate. When fresh asparagus is in season, I often enjoy this for lunch or dinner as well... yes, it's that sublime.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
I think I have found the perfect cookie! Just enough peanut butter (not too much) with just enough oatmeal (it's not an oatmeal cookie). Oftentimes I double the recipe using 1 1/4 C oats ground in the food processor to make 1 C required oat flour -- same flavor, smoother batter. And along with the chocolate chips, I add same amount of raisins. These never last more than a day in the house.
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Jalapeno Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
Hummus is an awesome snack in and of itself, but add the fruity heat of jalapenos... and it's down right addictive. I used fresh jalapenos and added olive oil to make up for the lacking canned juice. Served with homemade baked tortillas the first day and the next day for lunch, I schmeared the remainder in a veggie wrap. Delicious.
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Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
Omitting the fungus from this recipe made it much more palatable for me, but other than that... this is a basic black bean chili with the right amount of heat and spice from the jalapeno, chili powder and cumin. Keeping with the meatless theme, this was easily made all-vegetarian with a swap-out of veggie broth for the chicken broth. Left to simmer until thickened eliminated any need for pureeing (thus washing another gadget) and made the perfect topper for crispy tostadas.
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Cheesecake Crepe Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
The high egg to flour ratio makes these crepes sturdy enough to fill then refrigerate for a few hours before serving. I chose fresh berries over frozen and grated orange zest into the cheesecake filling for an extra lift of flavor. And because I didn't require bite-sized portions, I folded the crepes instead of rolling and cutting. Very nice make-ahead brunch offering.
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Asparagus 'n' Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I would have been more pleased with a straight-up red wine vinaigrette with no teriyaki. Even replacing the red wine vinegar for rice wine vinegar would have worked more harmoniously with the teriyaki. I wanted to enjoy this, but it just didn't jive for me as written. Not to mention, when the asparagus was left to marinate, it lost its vibrant green and turned a funky brownish red from the vinaigrette.
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
It's like an oatmeal cookie in a bowl! Cutting back the sugar allowed me to top the baked oatmeal with sliced banana and ff vanilla yogurt without being overly sweet. Almost dessert-like for breakfast -- fantastic way to start the day!
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Easy Delicious Old Fashioned Coleslaw Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
Using the recommended amounts of buttermilk and milk, this dressing has far too much liquid -- which is fine for a slaw served as soon as it's dressed, but left to sit for a while (especially overnight), this became far too watery and tasteless. And even tho the pickle juice adds just enough salt, it also adds more acidity to an already tangy blend, so some sugar is needed for balance. Very quick and easy to put together -- just needs a few modifications.
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Lemon-Dijon Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
With such strong and prominent flavors in the recipe, I was hoping this would replicate a bistro-style roasted chicken, but it just fell a little bit short. The generous amount of parsley needs to be coupled with more (fresh) rosemary, maybe some thyme, as well as more than 1/2 tsp of salt for any type of flavor to pop. A little splash of white wine to the bottom of the roasting pan wouldn't hurt either... A decent roasted chicken for an easy weeknight meal.
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Haricots Verts Lyonnaise

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
This dish comes together faster than how the directions read -- the beans can be quickly par-cooked in the microwave while onions are caramelizing then added to the pan while hot. I used frozen green beans (from last year's garden), which were blanched prior to freezing, so cook time was next to nil. While the vinegar adds a nice tangy flavor, the nutmeg (even a mere pinch) is sooo aromatic and worth not skipping.
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Curried Corn

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2011
Unless it's fresh-off-the-cob, corn on its own is generally an average side dish ... just ok. So I was expecting lively, dancing flavors with the bell pepper, onion, curry AND sour cream. While this is a visually appealing side, it just fell a little short of spectacular for me. Thanks for sharing.
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Flash-blasted Broccoli and Feta Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
Superfoods, unite! Great pasta dish with or without the broccoli (ate most of the roasted fresh broccoli as it came out of the oven -- it's that inviting). Nutrient rich as well as flavorful, this dish is delectable even at room temperature. I *will* make this often -- it's fantastic!
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Apple Cinnamon Turnovers

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
Props for inventive treats using refrigerated biscuits ... but unfortunately not very flavorful because of them. I had no issues with undercooked or raw dough (it helps if apple mix is warm to hot when filling) nor leakage (use fork tines and really press to seal). My issues were with the dough; there was just too much of it and not enough sweetness in it. But.. just for fun, I did make apple pie/turnovers on a stick.
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