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Italian Bread Bowls

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2006
The only reason why I am knocking off a star is that I think you should make the recipe int0 SIX bread bowls, not 8... the size you get making six seems perfect. I also did olive oil instead of veg., and I added 1 tbsp. of sugar. I used entirely bread flour, not all purpose. I took the advice of another reviewer and let it rise with a steaming pot in the oven-- worked great! We ate this with "Super Sloppy Joes" (search for it) in the middle with cheddar cheese on top. Deliciously filling. One thing to remember though-- making six bowls means they need a little extra time in the oven, maybe 5 minutes or they are a tad doughy.
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Spicy Beef Curry Stew for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2006
Really delicious! Instead of curry powder, I did 1/2 tablespoon of red curry paste and 1/2 tablespoon of roasted red chili paste, omitted the jalepenos and it was still plenty spicy. I skipped the first stovetop step entirely. Just put everything in the crockpot and let it cook for nearly 10 hours on low. The beef practically shredded itself. We ate it over basmati rice to which I added turmeric and black pepper for color. Highly reccomended.
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Fried Plantains

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2005
I love making plantanos. I add a touch of sugar while frying and serve them with black beans. Delicioso!
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African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2004
I thought this was rather tasty. I cut the recipe in half, as there were only 2 people going to be eating it! On a whim, I added 1/4 tsp. of chili powder instead of the 1/8 it would have called for, and I did closer to a half cup of peanut butter. The extra chili powder was excellent. The extra peanut butter was ok, but what it calls for would be fine too. The only complaint I have is that I need about double the time to get the rice cooked-- 15 minutes wasn't nearly enough time. I will still make this again.
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Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2005
(this is my own recipe, just noticed some omissions in the final published version)... You can use 1/2 lb. of soaked dried black eyed peas if you want. This is more of a main dish than a side dish, but I didn't pick the catagory it ended up being listed in. This is also good with salsa on top.
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The Best Meatballs You'll Ever Have

Reviewed: May 19, 2005
Mmm...very tasty. Instead of crushed croutons, I crushed ritz crackers and added some dried parsley and basil. I used Creole seasoning instead of Cajun, and my mustard was of the dijon variety. Instead of cooking them on a skillet (no patience for that constant turning), I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes and they turned out perfectly. The end result was very good and I will definitely make these again.
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Chicken and Pasta in a Mango Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2004
The end result of this recipe was delicious. I had some preparation problems with not having a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients together for the tossing, so I ended up dividing it in half, and tossing it in the pan I cooked the chicken in and the other half in the pot I cooked the noodles in. I might use penne pasta next time, though I liked the change in using rotini. Instead of heavy cream, I used 3/4 cup of lactaid skim milk and 1/4 cup margarine. The sauce isn't as thick that way, but it cuts down on the fat and is lactose-free :)
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Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
I added garlic, a chicken bullion cube and only had brown lentils to use. As with it seems every lentil recipe, I had to increase the amount of water. A very good soup, and quick to put together.
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Beezie's Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: May 1, 2006
This is probably the best black bean soup I have made on here. I definitely reccomend using veggie or chicken broth in place of water. I halved the recipe and it still made around 6 generous servings. However, in halving it, I still did 1 full carrot, 1 full (but not large) sweet onion, and 1 stalk of celery. I also did an extra tbsp. worth of red lentils because 1/8 cup hardly seemed worth it. The rice, I also kept at a 1/2 cup. It took a bit longer than 20 minutes to cook-- more like 35, really. I was out of cumin, so I used cilantro. Overall, this was delicious. I had no trouble with the beans softening up and I followed the directions listed.
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Potato and Vegetable Frittata

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2005
I thought this was pretty good, my husband thought it was ok, but would be better with spinach instead of zucchini, which I think would also work. I used a touch more cheese than called for, left out the olives, and had a combo of fresh and canned tomatoes mixed in. I had to cook it for a bit longer than it seemed like the directions indicated-- the timing wasn't exactly clear, but it turned out well. It was ok reheated in the oven the next day, but not as good.
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Soul Smothered Chicken

Reviewed: May 22, 2005
Really good! I used just over a pound of chicken breasts cut into strips and went light on the salt, but kept everything else the same. For whatever reason, it took me a lot longer to cook than the time said, but it was worth it in the end. However, I think this would be better with mashed potatoes instead of rice.
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Chicken and Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2006
This was pretty much perfect. We ate it over penne pasta and sprinkled a little parmesan on top. I used half regular balsamic, and half tomato-flavored balsamic and it was delicious. I know I will make this again.
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Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2006
This was really, really tasty. I subbed just over a cup of sliced bell peppers that I sauteed with the chicken instead of the zuchinni and mushrooms (no decent zuchinni around here in Jan. and I don't like mushrooms). I did closer to 2/3 cup of carrots and did a mix of cheddar and monteray jack cheeses. The end result was great and I will definitely make this again
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Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2005
This was good, but nothing spectacular. I cooked the rice and lentils in the same pot, and instead of sprinkling the second half of the spices over top, I mixed them into the remaining tomato sauce. Instead of a fresh tomato, I used half a can of petite diced tomatoes. This has a great combination of vegetables, but I think it could benefit from a little extra tomato sauce on top, or perhaps some cayenne pepper in with the spices. Still, I thought this was pretty good, very healthy and I'll probably make it again.
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Hamburger Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2005
This is really great, but I was out of basil and subbed marjoram and I actually think it may be better this way. 1 tsp of salt is too much though, once you figure in the salt from the broth and the tomato sauce. I did 1/2 tsp and it was fine. I also added 1 tsp of black pepper and three small cloves of garlic. I was out of celery, so a tbsp. of celery flakes was fine. To make up for the lack of veggie chunks, I did a full 16 oz of shoepeg corn. I will definitely make this again.
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Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2005
Good, but I had to add spices-- I added 2 tsp of Creole seasoning and 1 tsp of cayenne, but that was too much cayenne, so if I were to do it again, I'd do half. I had some dried black eyed peas to use instead, so I soaked them for 4 hours and then simmered them for around 45 minutes before making the gumbo. Since I didn't have the liquid from the cans to use, I doubled the chicken broth. The end result was seriously spicy, but filling and easy.
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Grilled Orange Vinaigrette Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2004
This was very good, and I even forgot to put in the mandarin oranges! (I kept eating it, thinking "Did I miss something? Well it still tastes good, but still...") My only complaint is that I didn't cook up enough chicken! Instead of a garlic and herb seasoning blend, I just used garlic powder and what I had in the cabinet that I thought would go well, and it still turned out fine!
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Spicy Chicken Curry Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2005
I doubled the recipe, but did 2 full carrots and used red curry paste instead. I did one can of lite coconut milk and one can of regular, and I used 1/2 cup of pre-made lime juice instead. I thought this was good, but I think it needs less chicken broth (like 3 cups for 4 servings) to make it thicker like similar soups I've had, and it would probably benefit from some rice (especially basmati rice) and maybe some ground peanuts. Overall, good (and smells REALLY good), but needs some tweaking.
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Bunjal Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2006
This was really easy and good! Instead of a whole chicken, I used just shy of a pound of boneless, skinless breasts cut into strips. I laid the strips over the sliced onion and only sprinkled a little bit of salt on them, not the full 1/2 tsp. They needed 45 minutes to cook, and then I drained what liquid was left and added the sauce. The sauce I doubled from the way it is listed (so, doubled twice from scaling down the chicken amount) I didn't have tomato paste so I used ketchup and omited the extra salt. I also used dehydrated celery flakes instead of celery salt. I added around 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. Since the sauce wasn't that thick, I added around 3/4 tsp of cornstarch as I mixed it all together in a bowl, then poured over the chicken. The end result was good, but I wanted more tomato flavor, so next time I will use the paste, but I will increase the amount. We served it over brown rice.
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Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2005
Very good! I subbed semi-sweet chips and used margarine, and added 2 tsp. of vanilla to each batch. I made bigger cookies (heaping spoonfuls) and doubled the recipe, and I think I came out with about 3 and a half dozen. Well received both at home and at a party I brought them to. Will probably make again, since I like the brown sugar in place of white.
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