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Spinach Ziti

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2005
This is so good! The nutmeg gives it a different but good taste. I doubled the red pepper flakes, used 6 oz. of baby spinach (definitely do the 6 oz instead of 4), and used fat free cream cheese. I also added 1/3 tsp. black pepper, a dash of salt, 1/3 tsp. oregano, 1/3 tsp. thyme and 1/4 tsp. garlic powder. Helped a lot. I have also made this when I did not have cream cheese by doing 3/4 cup skim milk and 1/3 cup margarine to make a cream sauce and added parmesan directly to it. Tastes a little different but is a great substitution. Works fine with macaroni noodles too.
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Hearty Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2005
This was only okay until we added lots of black pepper to our bowls. DEFINITELY add a lot of black pepper to this. I also think it would be better with Italian-style stewed tomatoes and not regular ones, and that would give it a lot of flavor. As would topping it with Parmesan.
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Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
This was still really good, even though I over oiled mine and it didn't rise very well. Despite its dense texture, we couldn't stop eating it. I was out of Parmesan, but doing just mozzarella was good too.
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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
I like sweet potatoes, and I like potato pancakes, but this was too greasy and had way too much curry. Smelled nice though, and my toddler liked having a few bites, so that's something.
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Stout Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
I halved the recipe and did 1 pound of New York strip steaks. I used lite soy sauce and Sierra Nevada Stout (ok for cooking, not so much for drinking). I cooked the two steaks on a grill pan, but finished up my own in the broiler to get it well done. My husband, who had his medium done, said cooking it only on the grill pan made it a tad greasy, but I thought mine was perfect. He wasn't wild about the marinade, but I liked it ok.
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Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2005
Really delicious. I needed about 45 minutes to get the chicken cooked though. Instead of breadcrumbs, I used crushed reduced fat ritz, and I used reduced fat margarine instead of butter. Although I had only 4 chicken breast halves, they were very large, so I used all the same spices, but eyeballed the amounts, using 3 garlic cloves. I used closer to a full cup of cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan. We ate this with mashed potatoes and it turned out great. Loses a little something reheated in the microwave the next day, but it's stil good.
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Fideo (Mexican Spaghetti)

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2005
I had a hard time getting everything to even fit in the pan (a 12 inch skillet no less), even with the noodles broken. It definitely needs more than 1 1/2 cups of water to cook... maybe more like 2 1/2. I used six roma tomatoes instead of 5. I also think this would benefit from cilantro. Overall this was kind of so-so, but the cheese on top was nice.
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Cowboy Hash

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2005
I think this recipe made as-is would be horrifically boring, so I added taco seasoning (using Taco Seasoning I recipe on this site) to the beef after I drained the grease. I used 2 cans of ranch beans, so I'm not sure how many cups that was, but it seemed right. We ate this over mashed potatoes, but I think it would have been better over cornbread. My husband thought it was much more tasty with a drop of sour cream on top. Next time, I think I would make this using chili beans in sauce instead of the ranch beans because you really can't get any easier than this for a quick dinner.
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Savory Onion Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2005
I unfortunately did not have enough milk for this recipe (only 1/4 cup) so I had to sub water and a little extra margarine. I was also short on time, so I subbed dried minced onion. I did add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, as another reviewer suggested. I'm sure this bread is much better with real onions and all milk (maybe even a bit more than 1/2 cup), but my turn-out was so-so. I did like how the bread came out a bit like a cross between biscuits and a cheese-onion bagel. I will have to try this one again, following the recipe closer.
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African Curry

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2005
This was really good, but maybe a bit heavy on the lemon, and there's not nearly enough curry. I made this with a pound of shrimp, basmati rice, and diced (not whole) tomatoes. I omitted the bay leaf because I did not have one. I upped the garlic to 4 cloves and upped the curry to 1 tbsp, but I think it could have used even more. I liked it, but it was also better the next day.
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White Chili I

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2005
This was good, but not great. I cooked it in a crock pot, so I omitted the oil. Like other reviewer's suggested, I did two cans of beans and I didn't drain them. I was afraid of getting something too soupy and not enough like chili, so I put the chicken breasts into the crock pot whole, and after the 8 hours was up, I shredded them and put them back into the mix, which thickened it up pretty well. I also added some white pepper. Overall, good, but I think I have another recipe I like better.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2005
This is 5 stars IF you shred the chicken into the sauce when it is done cooking. Otherwise, the sauce does seem a bit thin. I only had 1 tbsp. of worcestershire sauce left, but I think it was still fine. Smells delicious. We ate the shredded chicken over mashed potatoes. Can't get any easier than this.
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Eclair Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2005
I made this almost as-is, except I made my own frosting (Chocolate Frosting II on this site) and used low fat cool whip. I found that you did not need a full package of graham crackers --- more like 2/3rds, so if you don't have a full box on hand, don't worry about it. Overall, this is really rich and delicious and does actually taste like an eclair. I used lactose-free milk.
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Chocolate Frosting II

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2005
Delicious. I used lactose-free skim milk and margarine. I only had 1 tbsp. of vanilla left, but I added a tbsp and a half of vanilla flavored coffee, and that made it up for it. I used maybe a touch more milk than was stated and used the frosting for the Eclair Cake recipe on this site. It went over well with everyone who ate it. Also, I made it another time with a chocolate cake, but was out of milk, so I used 1 tsp. of white chocolate raspberry non-dairy creamer and a little bit of water, and that worked ok too!
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Best Hamburger Ever

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2005
I'm sure these are 5 star if they are actually made on the grill, but I don't have one and broiled mine 9 minutes on each side. They came out so-so that way, but overall were tasty. I used red onion and sharp cheddar, and I didn't have any rosemary.
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Parmesan Broccoli Balls

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2005
Easy and delicious! I saved myself a dish and some time by just covering the frozen broccoli in a large bowl w/ saran wrap and microwaved for 7 minutes, then let it drain and cool in a collander while I mixed the ingredients in that same large bowl. I used 16 oz. of chopped broccoli, 3/4 cup Parmesan, and 1.5 pkgs. of the stuffing, but kept the eggs and margarine the same. I subbed 1/4 cup dried minced onions and did garlic powder, not garlic salt, at 3/4 tsp. I made the balls slightly larger, so I ended up with 26 total. Everyone at a potluck gobbled them up and one person asked for the recipe. For something that looks like "nothing special," it sure turns out great.
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Norwegian Pancakes - Pannekaken

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2005
Very tasty, but rich, so you wouldn't want to eat them all the time. I used lactose-free skim milk, but kept everything else the same. I ate mine with margarine and syrup, and my husband had his with peanut butter and jelly.
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Mom's Beef and Beer

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2005
This was pretty good, though a little heavy on the rosemary. I had just over 2 pounds of beef, so I proportioned everything to a 6 serving amount. Even though it takes awhile to cook, it's actually pretty easy. I cut up 2 top round steaks which had very little fat, subbed dried parsely and garlic powder, and added carrots for the last 45 minutes. We ate it with mashed potatoes. I used Black Butte Porter for the beer.
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South-of-the-Border Pizza

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2005
I used 2 of the crusts from the Pizza Dough II recipe from this site instead of the bread loaf, but kept everything else mostly the same-- the exception being that I used 1/2 a yellow pepper and 1/2 a red pepper in the mix. Black bean and corn salsa went well with this and it all came together very easily. Good the next day too, which is always a good sign for pizza.
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Pizza Dough II

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2005
Ohhhh, yummy. I'm always looking to use whole wheat flour in things, so I was glad to see it. For this being the second pizza dough I've ever made, it turned out great-- both rolled thick and thin. We ate 2 of the crusts with the South of the Border Pizza recipe on this site and the third is in the freezer for another time. Highly reccomended.
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