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Vegetarian Gravy

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
I agree with the other reviews that it is a bit salty, but so was my mom's meat gravy (from what I remember from when I was eating meat). I was very excited to find something I can use on mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, rice, etc. variations: I don't have any nutritional yeast, so I left it out. It worked fine and was very tasty without it.
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Watercress Soup

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
We found fresh watercress at a farmer's market and were looking for something to do with it. I like anything with potatoes, so we tried this. It was very tasty. Watercress doesn't have much flavour, but we compensated (see below) and it was a very nice addition to dinner. variations: we used a little more salt and pepper than was called for, and also vegetable stock (I'm vegetarian).
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Hot Breakfast Couscous

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
I don't usually like to review a recipe unless I've made it at least once as it's written. But people seem to be critiquing the idea, rather than the specific flavours, so I'm going to break that rule. I think this is wonderful. You can't be expecting oatmeal with a different texture; you have to be expecting a totally different breakfast. It probably also helps to like couscous -- a lot, which I do. I would really recommend trying it, especially if you like hot cereal in the morning. variations: I used chopped dried apples and walnuts and added them after about two minutes of the five, so that the apples reconstituted a little. I poured a little maple syrup and vanilla soy milk (I made it with regular skim) over the top once it was cooked.
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Jo's Rosemary Bread

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
An absolutely delicious bread! I have made it twice in the past two weeks, and both times it's been gone within a day. It is a bit saltier than most breads, but I like it. It's quite fantastic drizzled with or dipped in a good-quality olive oil. Highly recommended. variations: I use basil and oregano instead of Italian seasoning, and use a little more of all the spices than is called for. I also use a full 2 tsp of yeast to help with the rising problem.
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Baked Oatmeal Squares

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
This was tasty, sort of like an oatmeal-based coffee cake. I prefer the overnight recipes (ie, Baked Oatmeal I) because, since you mix them up the night before, all you have to do in the morning is throw them in the oven. This one would take longer, and I'm hungry when I get up in the morning! But it does turn out quite well and makes a lovely dish that I would probably bring to a brunch potluck. variations: I discovered midway through that I was out of nuts, so I used dried apple instead. It worked fine; my guess would be that you can use any combination of dried fruit and/or nuts. I also used a bit more cinnamon.
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Baked Oatmeal I

Reviewed: May 2, 2007
I love this stuff! I can't actually make it that often because I go through it way too fast. It's great right out of the oven, but also at room temperature or even cold. I put together a half-recipe last night and popped it in the oven on my way to the bathroom this morning. By the time I finished my shower, my apartment smelled like cinnamon and I had breakfast -- and dessert for after lunch and dinner! I love spooning a little yogurt over the top: vanilla is good, and so is plain yogurt mixed with maple syrup. variations: I didn't add the topping, because I think it's plenty sweet without it. I used about half white sugar and half brown, and also added about half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter-teaspoon of nutmeg.
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Coffee Liqueur

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
I made this for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift. It was simple, if somewhat time-consuming (and it made EVERYthing in my kitchen sticky, but that's mostly because I'm a klutz). We both liked it quite well, and it certainly packs a punch. But I must admit that I don't quite see the point... I couldn't really taste any difference from store-bought Kahlua, and vodka is no cheaper so there wasn't any savings. It makes a good gift because it shows time and effort, but I would never use it rather than just buying the commercial stuff.
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Indian Vegetable Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
A very nice spiced rice, if nothing particularly special or exciting. I am a vegetarian college student and so I am always looking for quick, easy, and cheap main dishes. This one fits the bill. I will definitely be keeping it around. variations: I used a little over a cup of frozen peas and corn, and added them after the rice had been cooking about 10 minutes. I also left the pieces of onion quite large. I added another 1/4 tsp of cumin and some ground black pepper. This works equally well with short-grain rice.
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Brownie Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
One of my favourite recipes to bring to a potluck -- it's so unusual, and I always get raves. No one can believe it came out of a bread machine. I've made it several times, and it always comes out perfectly. Just be sure to cool the cocoa and boiling water before adding them to the machine, or the heat will kill the yeast. I will agree with other reviewers that you can't expect a brownie or a piece of cake when you eat this. It's less sweet, less dessert-like. It's especially great for when you want something special and different and interesting, but not sugary. In the words of one of my friends: "This doesn't know if it's bread or cake. I'm eating food with an identity disorder!" I love it for that, but apparently not everyone does. Definitely worth a try though!
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Cinnamon Bread II

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
An absolutely lovely cinnamon bread! It isn't sweet like commercial cinnamon breads, but rather heavenly fragrant. Excellent toasted with butter. Works equally well for breakfast as with soups for supper. variations: Based on the comments of the other reviewers, I also added an extra tsp of cinnamon.
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Aunt Betty's Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
A really neat twist on a blueberry muffin. I will definitely be keeping this recipe! variations: I used Berry Five Alive instead of the orange juice, and because it's a very sweet juice, cut down the sugar to 1/3 cup. I also cut the oil down to 1/3 cup, which made the muffins drier, but I still really enjoyed them. If I were going to share them, I would probably keep the full amount of oil.
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