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Carrot Pineapple Cake I

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
Excellent! This has become our traditional Birthday cake every year for my wife's Birthday! She LOVES is! Thank you. (Update - Everyone loved this so much on her Birthday that they requested I make it again for one party on Christmas Eve and for our other party on Christmas Day!)
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Oil Pie Crust

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2008
Very good! Quick and easy, and I really like that it uses oil instead of lard. I used canola oil, and I cut the recipe in half because I only wanted one crust. I didn't refrigerate it because I didn't have time, and it still rolled out wonderfully. Thank you. I will be using this recipe again.
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Turkey Tetrazzini II

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2008
Fantastic! Followed the recipe exactly except used fettucini instead of spaghetti and added paprika to the top before putting in oven. Rich, delicious, and easy to make. My girlfriend exclaimed, "Fantastic," after she took her first bite, which sums up this recipe and was a great compliment! Thank you!
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Chicken Avocado Pizza

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
This was great and did make for a light meal. We paired it with a nice light salad of romaine lettuce, the rest of the cherry tomatoes, some cucumber, and ranch dressing. The pizza looked beautiful and smelled delicious. The only thing is that I felt like it was missing some flavor, and I wanted to add something to give it a little more pizzaz but couldn't put my finger on what was "missing". Next time, I think I will try adding ground cumin or extra cilantro to the avocado mixture. I am also wondering if about half an onion chopped and pureed into the sauce would add some good flavor. I did find the pizza to be more flavorful the next day after the flavors had time to set. I also took advice from other reviewers and used uncooked, readymade dough for the crust. Added the ingredients to the uncooked crust and baked in oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Came out beautifully. Will definitely make again, just adding some extra flavors. Thanks for the recipe! My girlfriend loved it and was impressed :)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2008
Brussels Sprouts taste GREAT this way!! I love the texture of them when they are roasted, too. I used regular salt (because I didn't have kosher salt) and also mixed in a few cloves of sliced fresh garlic (as another reviewer suggested). I tossed the ingredients directly in the baking dish, instead of in a plastic bag. The sprouts came out great! Soooo tasty and tender and full of flavor. I am going to share this method with others in my family who aren't keen on Brussels Sprouts, yet, because I think it's because they haven't tried them roasted. Thanks for the recipe!! We really enjoyed it!
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Creamy Potato Leek Soup II

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
This was really good! Thank you. I used milk instead of heavy cream, and it still turned out great. I also used leaner bacon, so there wasn't much grease and none left in which to sautee the leeks, so I added a little Smart Balance canola oil to sautee the leeks. Very filling. We enjoyed this.
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
Delicious! We loved the flavor and texture of this decadant, rich dessert. And it was wonderful knowing there was zucchini in there. We scooped it onto a plate and ate it with a fork or in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and a spoon. I'm not sure I'd call them brownies, since they didn't hold their shape, but this could be because I reduced the amount of sugar and used butter instead of margarine. In any case, I'd make this again. My family loved it! Thank you.
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Cabbage Rolls I

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
This was great! Thank you for the recipe! Though, I did change a few things when I made it. I did not use cinnamon or bread crumbs. I added a little ground pepper, oregano, and caraway seeds to the mixture, instead. I poured some tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan and lined the bottom of the pan with some of the large, green, outer leaves of the cabbage so the rolls would not burn. Then I set the rolls on top and poured a can of tomato sauce over the top of the rolls. I did not individually wrap each roll in foil. I covered the whole baking dish with foil and cooked at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Then I uncovered the dish, and continued cooking for 30 minutes. I served with extra cooked rice. We really enjoyed it! Next time I do want to try them with the cinnamon, but my dinner partner doesn't like cinnamon so I left it out for the first time that I made it.
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Penne with Shrimp

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2007
This was great! Thank you for the recipe! I added yellow squash, fresh basil, and used fresh plum tomatoes (instead of canned tomatoes) because I had these ingredients on hand. I also added crushed red pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder, as other reviewers mentioned. We loved it!
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Cherry Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2007
This was great! My fiancee loved it, too, and she doesn't ordinarily like different salads or lots of vegetables. I want to share this recipe with my family and friends. I used fresh sweet corn off the cob (but did not saute it). The flavors in the dressing all came together so well. I would not have thought to put basil and lime together, but the dressing was awesome! I am very impressed with whoever figured out those flavors would combine so well, and who got the measurements just right! Thank you for the recipe! I will make this again.
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Pork Chop and Cabbage Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2007
This was great! It is a very comforting and satisfying dish. I followed the advice of some other reviewers, and I used a can of cream of mushroom soup, in addition to the cream of chicken soup. I used boneless, thin cut pork chops. I seasoned the pork chops with garlic and pepper. I sprinkled some caraway seeds on the second layer of cabbage. I had never used caraway seeds before, so this was a neat recipe for trying them out. This really gave it a great flavor! I poured some of the sauce on top of the pork chops, too, to make sure they would be moist. I covered the dish with foil for the last 45 minutes of cooking time. We loved it. I would make this, again. Goes nicely with a beer, too, and (though I don't know if this is an Irish dish)I felt like I was having some nice Irish pub fare.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
This was great! I didn't want to use so much sugar, so I only used about half the amount of sugar. I poured the mixture into one bread pan and the rest into a 6-muffin pan. It came out wonderfully! The texture and taste were delicious, and it was fun to have both bread and muffins! I'm glad this recipe works great for both. Will make again. Thank you!!!
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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2007
This was really very good! I will make it again. I have bought a share in a CSA farm, so I know I'll be getting more tarragon, and I didn't know how I'd use it before I found this recipe. Thank you! I didn't use the same measurements, since I made this only for myself using 1 chicken breast and estimated the measuresments, but I used the same ingredients. Great combination of flavors! I added a few bits of fresh chopped chives, too. Thank you for this recipe!
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