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Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
Shh... don't tell. I threw in a little arugula and kale since I only had 2 cups of basil. I liked it fine and it adds nutrition. Pine nuts were toasted as other reviewers suggested and 1/2 sm lemon's juice to brighten it up and add a bit of acidity. Thanks.
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Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
ESPRESSO Oatmeal Mini-Chocolate Chip Cookies - Add 2T instant espresso coffee powder to the dough and also sprinkle the dropped cookies lightly with the powder before baking for another layer of flavor. Next time I will half the chocolate chips because it is plenty sweet.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
Great for game day! Nice & spicey which I love. Have never tried Frank's Redhot Pepper sauce before. It's good. As the highly recommended reviews state, I used home cooked chix. I blended 8 oz Neufchatel cheese with blue cheese dressing and another pkg with ranch, then used these for the bottom layer on half of the pan so we had 2 flavors to choose. Yeah Seahawks won 13-10. c",)
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Cornbread Muffins II

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
I doubled the recipe and it made 24 muffins & an 8x8 pan. 400 degrees for 15 minutes and the muffins were done - maybe 5 minutes longer for the pan. It could be jazzed up a bit more or serve with spicy chili. Split and topped with honey would also be good. I decorated the tops with a flower design made from shelled pumpkin seeds - that dressed them up a bit. The recipe adjustments I made were to replace half the flour with whole wheat pastry flour, the vegetable oil was substituted with Smart Balance Omega (a blend of canola and olive oil for a healthier fat). Didn't quite have enough buttermilk so I rinsed out the buttermilk carton with nonfat milk. Spraying pans with Pam had them slipping right out - I think that was a better choice than using paperliners that other reviewers said stick too much to the final product.
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Chinese Broccoli Slaw

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
Absolutely delicious! Skip the butter and halve the oil (used olive not salad oil) and sugar. I'm sharing this recipe with a friend who doesn't like the mayo slaw recipes. Perfect.
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Penne All' Arrabbiata

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2010
Tasty & spicy. Whole wheat penne, kalamata olives and chopped smoked sausage are what I used. Omitted anchovies. Fairly economical if you have some of those pantry basics on hand.
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Cafe Mocha Mini Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2010
First off, I doubled the recipe and then added 1/3 more coffee granules so a full 2T. Didn't have quick oats just used regular cooking oats and let them soak longer in the coffee. I too wanted to cut the sugar a bit so I removed 2T from the 1/2 c measure. Used 2 full eggs without texture issues. Into the 1c to measure the flour I used about 2T almond meal and 2T ww pastry flour and the rest all-pupose flour. The chips I had were regular sized so I zipped them in the Ninja processor along with some dried cherries I had left. They were plenty sweet for me. Next time will sprinkle the tops with a combination of turbinado or raw sugar mixed with some more coffee granules to increase and layer more of the coffee flavor. I love coffee.
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Pesto Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2010
I added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to maintain the bright green color. It really didn't effect the taste much so I hope it is a good idea. After filling the container I floated a thin layer of EVOO on top. I used much less olive oil in the recipe itself.
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Pesto with Arugula

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2009
I am a huge arugula fan (it's always in my fridge - sometimes I forget to use it and it goes bad) and I enjoy basil pesto. It took owning a food processor to get me to try this recipe. I usually do my own thing depending on what I have on hand - didn't have fresh basil since the local farmers market just ended. 4 cloves of chopped garlic that I threw in with 1/4c pine nuts that I toasted in a pan on the stove. I added parm cheese and omitted the olives. I think I used about 1/4-1/3c olive oil which was plenty for me. It made a great spread on my tomato sandwich and I'm looking forward to trying it with other things.
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Salmon Patties I

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
Doubled the chopped onions, added 1/2c chopped yellow pepper, 1/2t McCormick Grillmates Salmon seasoning and an additional egg. No prepared bread crumbs on hand so used crushed crackers. Served on a bun with mayo and pesto. The basil pesto video on this site is worth watching.
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Ramen Coleslaw

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
Shred the cabbage in a food processor. I did this about the same time I was making breakfast so shredded potatoes for hash browns = two jobs/one food processor cleaning. Rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, 1/2 the packet ramen seasoning, some diced yellow pepper for more color. Toasted the almonds & crushed ramen in a pan - be careful not to brown. Economical, nutritious & tasty.
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Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
I have made these twice now - both times with expellor pressed canola oil substituted for the butter (a heart healthier fat) something I do not see in previous reviews. Really need to watch the liquid ingredients but they turned out great. The scones I have purchased in the grocery store are way too sugary. The cafeteria where I work charges almost $2 for a big scone so I'll be saving $$ by making them myself. One previous reviewer thought that since milk was used and not buttermilk, that was a health advantage. Not so - buttermilk has the same calories as skim milk, it just tastes richer due to the thickness and name. Time to make a second batch while I have the oven warm and all the ingredients out. This time with half of the flour whole wheat pastry flour.
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Apple Strudel Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
This is a good recipe to use up a lot of apples. The apples I used had been in cold storage for months and were cooking quality only. I cored, sliced and chopped them up with minimal effort in a blender (one apple at a time, since I don't have a food processor). 4 cups of chopped gala apple is what I used as well as half sugar & half Splenda and extra spice as many other reviewers suggest. Valentine cupcake liners made them festive for the occasion.
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Scrambled Tofu

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2008
Easy, delicious and good for the planet. I have used tofu since my college days when I read about Island Springs Tofu, a manufacturer located on Vashon Island. Back then, I often made tofu lasagna for special dinners. Always keep tofu in the fridge for a quick high protein meal. A recipe like this is very versatile. One could even add eggs to disguise the tofu for those who have repulsion to it. .
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Easy Spinach Souffle

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
Microwave cooking saves energy and doesn't heat up the kitchen so try that method of cooking. I doubled the sauce ingredients and used a one-pound package of spinach. Next time I'll triple or more for a better soufflé consistency.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup VII

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2007
This is a good recipe to encourage a reluctant broccoli eater especially if they like cheese. I have been trying to copy Quizno’s (a fast food place) broccoli cheese soup and this comes close. While the cheese was melting in a smaller pot, the frozen broccoli was simmering in a soup pot with the instant chix stock (I used 3t of chicken base like a previous reviewer)and the water used to reconstitute it, about 4 oz. Extra cheddar cheese and milk took the place of the cream since I rarely have it. Turned out great.
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Corny Corn Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2007
I made these before I read the reviews and thought it wise to cut the oil by half. I substituted some buttermilk for the other half cup oil. Good decision as that was plenty of oil. This recipe made 12 corn muffins and an 8x8 pan.
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Mini Eggplant Pizzettes

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2007
To save time if you're making this just for yourself, skip the peeling of the eggplant. You can peel it as you eat it or just eat the peel too! You can't get poisoned from eating eggplant peel can you? (I know rhubarb leaves are a no-no.) What memories! I made a recipe similar to this in the 70's when I was a weight conscious teen. Store bought pasta sauce wasn't around back then so I used a simple tomato paste or even ketchup w/oregano. Okay, we were poor! :-) Experiment with toppings - this time I used pepperjack cheese and tempeh. I am a low-carb lifer after a 20 lb loss on South Beach over 2 years ago that I've maintained. Yeah!
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Green Beans With Walnuts

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2006
Any recipe that helps us eat more tasty veggies is good. I did splurge for the small bottle of walnut oil for this and found myself throwing it away 1 year later since I left it in the cupboard with this recipe attached to the bottle. Much better to keep in the fridge so it doesn't go rancid.
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Babi's Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2006
As usual I did my share of substitutions for what I had on hand. Lime for lemon, dried parsley for fresh, cumin for coriander, and Equal for brown sugar. I was happy to put to use the mint growing in the yard. Bean salad of any variety is great in the summer!
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