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Red Wine Flavored Beef

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2005
4 stars for the recipe as-is, FIVE++ stars for the recipe with user suggestions and a quality wine. As suggested, I used a full packet of onion soup, added rosemary, garlic powder and black pepper, and I wanted to do 2 cups of wine, but I only had 1 cup of Founders Reserve Port. Instead of 1 cup of water then, I added 2 beef bullion cubes to the mix with the water. The end result was DELICIOUS. I cooked the meat all day (well over 5 hours), and added yukon gold potatoes for the last 2 hours, and everyone loved it. Best roast I've made.
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Easy Greek Skillet Dinner

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2005
This was pretty good, but my zucchini turned out a little rubbery, unfortunately. I was expecting the tomato soup flavor to be stronger, so maybe next time I would add some fresh or canned tomatoes to the mix. I can't eat feta cheese, so I topped it with Parmesan instead. Overall, it was pretty good, but my husband thought it was very tasty. I used ground round steak and drained off all the fat.
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Hummus Pizza

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2005
This was really good, but I have to say I do still love a red sauce. I used the Quick and Easy Pizza Crust recipe off of this website instead of the pre-made kind, and I think this pizza would get even better once I get better at making my own crust. I really liked the bell peppers and broccoli though, and I have enough extra to where I could make this again. Nice alternatice to the regular kind of pizza though!
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2005
This was pretty good. It was my first time making pizza crust, and this recipe was indeed quick and easy. I'm not sure how it compares to other crusts on this site, but it is certainly better than the store brand. I added a touch of parmesan cheese to the mix, but I don't think it was a enough cos you could hardly tell. I used the crust for the Hummus Pizza recipe on this site, and it was quite good.
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
Good, but man do the spices try to kill your sinuses! Maybe it's because I was using fairly fresh dried spices from the bulk section, but I don't see how anyone could call this bland. After reading the reviews, I divided the spices between the rice and the turkey, and cooked the cilantro and parsley with the turkey. I only had 1.25 pounds of turkey, but it worked out fine, and I thought that the full amount of beans was perfect. I was concerned about the amount of broth, but if you let the rice sit there for a few minutes after it is done cooking, it absorbs the excess broth nicely. Overall, this was tasty and filling, but nothing I'd rave about or make all the time.
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Monterey Chicken with Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2005
Pretty tasty, though it took me WAY longer to cook the chicken because I didn't have the right dish. I had to add additional lime juice to keep it from getting too dry. Whether you have it cook right or not, I still would suggest adding a bit extra salsa. I used black bean and corn salsa and it was tasty.
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Logan Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2005
The only thing I changed was using dried cranberries instead of raisins. These are very delicious and do perk you up a bit. I only needed 40 minutes to cook each one using silicone bakeware.
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Cavatini II

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2005
Delicious! Even though it takes a little while to finish, it's still very easy to put together. I left out the mushrooms though and had to sub garlic powder for the fresh. My rotini pasta was wheat and I used half turkey pepperoni and half regular. I don't like ricotta cheese, so instead I did 16 oz. of fat free sour cream and it turned out perfectly. I will definitely make this again. Smells great too!
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Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2005
Good, but I think I will use more glaze next time to really get a strong flavor. Easy though.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2005
Awesome and perfect for one pound of hamburger. The only thing I changed was using regular salt and reducing it to 1/3 tsp.
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Garlic Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2005
Mmmm... I halved the recipe and used calcium-enriched country crock, so that made it healthier and it was already softened. Just did some additional garlic powder instead of the garlic salt, but other than that, didn't change a thing. Ate it on corn on the cob, and then today had it on some bread broiled in the oven topped with tomato slices. Delicious!
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Meatloaf California

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2005
Very delicious, though I did have to make amends for what was in my kitchen! I used yellow onion and red bell pepper. Didn't have celery, so did about a tbsp or so of dried celery flakes. I didn't have enough ketchup, so I thought I'd use BBQ sauce for the rest, but then I didn't have enough of that either, so ended up finishing off the 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup with the end of a bottle of 57 sauce, and even then it wasn't quite enough. I still had enough sauce to cover the loaf. Didn't have liquid smoke, but I think the BBQ and 57 sauces made up for it. I used about 2/3 cup of the oats. When it came out of the oven, I thought it was really crumbly, but then I realized that I had forgotten the eggs! So with the eggs, the full cup of oats probably would have been fine. Overall though, this was really tasty and we ate it with corn on the cob.
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Baby Spinach Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2005
Pretty good, although I used spicy greens instead of spinach. I also did not have fresh oregano so I added some dried to the dressing mix. A bit heavy on the dressing, but otherwise good and fairly filling.
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Potato Cutlets

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2005
I will admit that I didn't fry these. I used all the same ingredients (subbed dried cilantro), but instead diced the potatoes and shook them and the spices up in a bag with oil. Then, I baked them for an hour at 350. These were good, but too much black pepper so I ended up not eating much of them. I would try these the fried way, or bake them again, but I'd lessen the spices some. They were better with ketchup.
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Vegan Crepes

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2005
Really good. I haven't eaten a lot of crepes in my life, but my husband said he slightly preferred these over the "real" kind. I didn't make these totally vegan though-- used regular margarine and sugar. I used vanilla soy milk and added chocolate chips, and they were really rich, but tasty. Easy to get the hang of flipping them after one or two "sacrificial" mishaps. ;)
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2005
Really good! I doubled the recipe. They do fall apart a little, but I think I did a pretty good job of getting them to stay together by adding an extra egg and refridgerating them for about 2 hours. I chopped up the pepper and onion myself, and used a garlic press, since I don't have a food processor, and I think it worked out fine. I didn't completely double the breadcrumbs. The beans, I mashed with my hands after discovering a fork wasn't too effective. I must have made larger burgers because my doubled recipe made 5 patties. I baked them for 15 minutes on each side.
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Easy Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2005
This was pretty good. I added green pepper and did tomato sauce, not puree. I had a can of refried black beans, but none of the regular, so I ended up doing 1 1/3 cups prepared dried black beans. I'm sure it's better, texture-wise, with the canned ones, but these worked. There's another black bean soup recipe on this site that I like a bit better, but this one was good.
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Sweet and Dark Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2005
I halved the recipe, but it seemed like there was way too much of the sugar/salt/flour mixture for the amount of potatoes. Also, I used german butter potatoes, and they cook faster. This isn't the fault of the recipe's, but I'm glad I checked on them because they were burning halfway through the broiling. They probably would have been good just after the 40 minutes at 350. Before they started to burn, they smelled really really good, and actually they weren't too bad as they turned out. I'm sure I will make them again, and hopefully this time I'll be better able to taste the sugar. However, I will reduce the amount of mixture I shake the potatoes around in.
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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2005
Really, really good! We used German Butter potatoes (fresh from the Farmers Market, even!) and ended up with a bit more than 2 cups... maybe closer to three shredded cups. I kept the amount of egg the same, but doubled the flour, using one tbsp of whole wheat flour. I used dehydrated onions instead (about 1.5 tbsp), did not even half the amount of salt, and the end result was great. We ate them with salsa on top. I know I'll make these again.
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Thai Chicken Balls

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2005
I used 1.25 pounds of ground turkey, and subbed dried onions and dried cilantro. Instead of frying these, I baked them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. We ate it with brown rice that had the thai chili sauce mixed into it as well, along with some dried parsley and a few dashes of light soy sauce. Overall, this was delicious and would also make a good meatloaf with sweet and sour sauce.
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