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Sweet Rice (Zarda)

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2006
This is in response to the previous reviewer's question: Usually with Indian/Pakistani etc. sweet rice, use fresh water (so you don't keep too much starch). And if you use basmati rice, the rice/water ratio is 1:2--so for this recipe, you would boil 8 cups of water.
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Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2005
I doubled the recipe, like many other reviewers, and added 1/2 cup natural applesauce instead of the second stick of margarine. I also forgot to add the extra yolk, and added about 1 cup more of flour to make it workable. It was still sticky, but workable, after one hour in the fridge. And I kept re-rolling the dough, incorporating more and more flour. Wish I had read the reviews about cutting the cloves in half. Oh well, these cookies were STILL really good. With some adjustments (like adding the extra yolk, and lessening the cloves), it would be *****.
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Scrambled Eggs Done Right

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2005
Yum! I'm not a fan of mayo, so didn't have it around. I used homemade plain yogurt instead, and it turned out fluffy and delicious as promised! Yep, I'm a believer now.
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Owen's Veggie Stir-Fry

Reviewed: May 10, 2005
This was excellent! I would double the sauce, however, to have more to soak up with whatever you are serving it with (we had couscous). We also used sesame oil for the olive oil, canned corn for the fresh, frozen stir-fry mixed vegetables instead of the others, and added bamboo shoots and water chestnuts instead of green onions and bean sprouts. Also omitted garlic. Still great!
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Tomato Soup Cake III

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2004
This cake is very good. I had no problems with it being dry, and the texture was excellent even with the changes I made: 2 Tbs. ground flax seed mixed with 6 Tbs. hot water for the eggs, applesauce for the shortening, 1/2 cup brown sugar for 1/2 cup of the white, and 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup all-purpose. These made it a little healthier, and I did not add nuts (as per my family's liking). It did not need the frosting either. The only thing I would watch out for is that the longer it sits, the spicier it gets. My 15-year-old brother loved this cake (even when he found out there was tomato soup in it), and my father ate a whole big piece (a first for my "Internet Recipes")!
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Cherry Dessert

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2004
Pretty good and EASY! I used the "healthier graham cracker crust" found on this site with low-fat crackers and fat-free yogurt, and lite coolwhip (1/2 of the large container) instead of the cream to cut down on the calories. Next time I'll make it with fat-free coolwhip and fat-free cream cheese. Also the pie filling was too sweet; I suggest topping with fresh berries (bag of frozen berries, let sit mixed with a few spoons of sugar for a few minutes.) Yum!
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2003
After reading the other reviews, I too used only 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder. Actually, I didn't have baking powder, and no all-purpose flour. So I used 1 cup self-rising flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and in place of the baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar, and 1/4 tsp. cornstarch. I also added 1/2 tsp. vanilla. It worked out great. I made it twice, for a party in class and for my study group. But I wish I had had a chance to try a little more than a piece (1 1/2 of the recipe) before making it again--I would still cut back on the sugar, maybe to 1/3 cup. Then it would be nice to have with honey--just the way I like it. But with these adjustments, I FINALLY found a great cornbread recipe!! Thanks Lori.
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Vegetable Chowder

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2003
We made this as a Girl Scouts group for a dinner at a Ronald McDonald house--it is SO SO good. Very easy too, once you get the vegetables chopped. We did add one extra cup of water after the milk/flour mixture, and only 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Really really good!
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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2003
This is a great quick bread. I was home on break from college and we didn't have any wheat bread in the house, so I pulled up this recipe. It's so quick and easy, and we had all the ingredients already! Not to mention it's really delicious, especially with orange maramelade :-) I made the bread in two mini-loaf pans, in the oven for 20 minutes.
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