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Pleasant Pork Chops

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
These were super easy and very yummy. I used smoked spicy paprika that I purchased at our local spice shop. This would be excellent over rice.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
Oh yum! And no worries of BPA in my food from the canned version. Made the following alterations: used 1/2 black beans as others stated, and only used 8 cups of water by accident, but that was plenty. Also used a whole jalapeno. Next time I will add more seasonings. These are incredible and I can't wait to try with other beans!
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Pasta Shells with Portobello Mushrooms and Asparagus in Boursin Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
This was good, average. The sauce was indeed very light, and I even cut down on the broth. I would recommend reducing the broth more before adding the cheese. The cheese melts quickly and becomes very thin when mixed with the broth. I made mine with chicken as well.
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Chicken Tequila Fettuccini

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2010
I followed this recipe almost to a T, and we found it to be extremely bland. It also required a bit of work, so I was diappointed. I did follow one review and made more of the chicken stock/tequila paste. We found it so dull we even added cayenne to try and pump up the flavor.
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Crepes

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2009
Geez - could this be any easier? Now that I know how easy it is, I'll be making crepes all the dang time!
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
This was really good for a chocolate fix, and easy to make. Would love to try it with ground chili pepper to give it a kick. The only downside are the artificial ingredients in the cake/pudding mixes. Bummer.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
I thought this was average. Easy to make, but nothing out of the ordinary.
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Egg and Cheese Puffs

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
Very good and easy to make. I used about half the called for butter, but will also leave it out next time. I think they will be better and not as moist without the butter. I used green peppers and ham as substitutes.
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Cajun Style Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
We thought this was good, but won't be filing the recipe. It didn't wow us, and we have other meatloaf recipes we enjoy more.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2008
I was disappointed in these and surprised by all the great reviews. Followed the recipe to a t, until the cooking time. Even at baking for 10 minutes and resting for 5, they were mushy and greasy and I had a hard time getting them off the pan. I cooked the second set/sheet for 15 minutes, rest for 5, and this seemed to work better. I found the cookies to be very greasy. I think this is where the soft comes in, too much butter. I have a recipe for ginger cookies from my local spice shop that I will stick with.
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Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
I did not use this recipe for the tenderloin, but for the roasted shallot sauce. I didn't have bacon. I used other reviewers' advice to make the port/broth first, and blend, then I added the pan drippings to the saucepan and brought to a boil. One thing to be mindful of; I thought my sauce seemed too thin, so kept boiling it off. When it sat for a bit on the meat and cooled, it thickened up; almost too thick. So a thinner sauce will be fine. Think of it as au jus! It will thicken as it cools. I also cut down on the butter by about half, so also flour accordingly.
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Roasted Duck

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
Sadly, this didn't do much for us. We were very disappointed. Could have been that we just had an ugly duckling, but I followed the recipe to a T, our it turned out very average.
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Baked Scallops

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
Very yummy. Mine also turned somewhat soggy. I used the dredge in butter then shake in a bag method. I think I would cut the butter by about 1/2. That seemed to be the trouble with my recipe. This would also make it healthier. I didn't have onion powder on hand, and they definitely needed it. Too sweet without.
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Asian Salmon

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
This recipe just wasn't for me. I used Sockeye Salmon, and would have preferred to stick to my old standby. I have tried many versions of Asian Salmon, and just don't like the flavor. However, I cam giving this recipe four stars because it does turn out quite well. I didn't add ginger but would next time. I also broiled the fish towards the end and boiled down the marinade to thicken slightly. For those that feel the fish doesn't soak up enough flavor, marinade it flesh down - not skin down, so the marinade permeates the flesh. Then flip it before cooking.
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Healing Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
This does have a very good flavor. I did add a bit of soy for a more salty flavor, and kale for some greens. I think it would be good with some grains added as well, maybe barley or rice.
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Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2008
This was very easy, yummy, and tasted quite healthy. Of course you can make all of your own additions to it, such as sauteed onions, celery, mushrooms, etc, as well as customize your spices. I like crushed red pepper in my sauces. I'm a huge fan of Paul Newman's marinara and sauces, so I'd love to try to copy Sockarooni! I made it with white wine this time, but will do red wine next time, which just seems to make more sense with a red sauce. I also used fire roasted crushed tomatoes as my local health food store didn't have stewed!?
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Roasted Beets 'n' Sweets

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2008
I made this for a healthy lunch we do at work, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It included 3 of the ten vegetables that Dr. Weil highlighted in an article. I think I am just having a hard time getting past how I usually eat beets and sweets. The recipe was easy to make and turned out very good, but I think I would sub something else for garlic powder next time, maybe cayenne?
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Creamy Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2008
I wasn't as impressed with this recipe, though I did love the trick of using tofu in place of cream! I used poblanos in place of green peppers, roasting them first. I also used fresh corn, and used water in place of the liquid that would have come from canned. This may have altered the taste. I just wasn't crazy about it. Also - if you like your soups more stew-like, don't puree as much - only puree about a cup or so to havea chunkier soup.
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Chicken and Asparagus Bundles

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
Very good and relatively easy. Needed a bit more spice/seasoning for my taste.
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2008
Wow. This is the first batch of cookies I've ever had to throw out. I don't know what went wrong. I followed the recipe to a t. After 12 minutes they really didn't look done. I let them cool 5 minutes on the sheet as the recipe stated, and then I couldn't even get them off the cookie sheet. I tried putting one sheet back in the oven to see if cooking longer would solve the problem, nope.
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