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Sun-Dried Tomato and Blue Cheese Burgers

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
Made these over the holiday weekend for throwing on the grill. Although the sundried tomatoes were a little dominant, the flavors blended well and made for delicious, moist burgers. Quote of the night: 'Red Robin would pay handsomely to have a burger this good on their menu.'
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Apricot Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
Full-marks for the apricots pairing with meat, but the pork definitely needs some seasoning. Ended up with some dry, rubbery chops made edible by the hot apricot topping. Served it with a curried couscous. The sauce was great with that also. May grill chicken instead next attempt. Not a bad idea, though. Just gotta find a way to better prepare the pork chop.
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Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
I really liked the idea behind this and was pleased with the texture of the breading, but it was really bland and detracted from the fish. Even after adding some Sriracha Sauce to give it flavor it was clear to me that it wasn't a preparation I'd be interested in for myself. I wouldn't be surprised to know this would be a great option for kids, however. It's really a great option to homemade fishsticks. Just not my cup of tea, as it were.
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Baked Zucchini Chips

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
These were pretty good. I think I'd like a little more seasoning, so I might throw some Cayenne pepper or something into the breading, but the concept was solid and fairly tasty. Nice work!
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Easy Curry Couscous

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
This couscous has already become a weekly treat in our house! We use more curry and more raisins just because we love it that way. Made a triple batch of it for a graduation open house and had people just going nuts over it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
The five-star rating is for the inspiration. I'd never have thought of making this had I not come across this recipe. However, like many, I did make my own changes to give it more flavor. I added cinnamon, cloves, and crushed red pepper and increased the chili powder significantly. I also doubled the garlic just because I felt like it and added thinly sliced zucchini for more bulk. I found that the soup was very versatile and handled the changes and additions very well. Have fun with this recipe and make it your own. Oh, and the flavors definitely do get more intense with time. Lovely!
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Coconut Curry Tofu

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2007
I've made this a few times with the obligatory minor changes due to what's on hand and/or personal preferences. I think it turns out pretty nicely. I definitely like to amp up the heat quotient a bit with more curry powder and chili paste. I also like to press the moisture out of the tofu before cubing it to keep it from falling apart.
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Pasta with Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2007
I didn't have the parsley nor the pine nuts. Wish I had. This was pretty darned good without them. I'd imagine it to be even better with them. I also added some mixed vegetables to make it more hearty. I think I'd like to increase the sauce to pasta ratio and maybe a little more seasoning, maybe even some heat. You will be very pleased with how simple and delicious this dish is.
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Avocado Watermelon Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2007
Update: I DID put some feta into this salad and was glad I did. I think I need to use less dressing. I want the flavor of the dressing, but only just. Really, the rest of the ingredients are nearly enough... This gets five from me for sheer brilliance. We made this because everything in it is a favorite food item, though we'd never have thought to throw them all together. Once we did, we weren't sure how good it would be, but we were very, very pleased and can't wait to make it again. Though, next time, I'm determined to crumble some feta cheese over it as well.
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2007
I don't see how anyone would want to eat this 'as is,' but with some additions it does make a nice start.
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White Bean and Lamb Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2007
We really quite enjoyed this soup. We just seasoned it at the table, rather than in the pot. We definitely should have used more lamb. We bought a 1-pound package, but did not scale the rest of the recipe. We also used maybe twice as much parsley just to use what we bought. The smell coming from the kitchen as this simmers is worth making it (assuming you like lamb). This will get repeat business in our kitchen this winter!
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Dill Poached Salmon

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
The salmon comes out a bit bland in this preparation. The dill doesn't really get to do much here, which is too bad as I do quite like some dill. The salmon itself did come out pretty nicely prepared. With a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice, it ended up being good enough.
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Cincinnati Chili I

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2007
I started making this not realizing I was missing a few of the spices. It still turned out delicious. Can't wait to try again with a full spice rack.
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BUSH'S® Caribbean One-Pot Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
This recipe makes a fairly tasty stew. I used an entire jalapeno pepper as I prefer spicy food, especially when the word 'Caribbean' is involved, but it still needed more. The addition of some habanero hot sauce really elevated my appreciation. All in all, there ought to be more spice in this dish, but it's a good starter.
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Spicy Red Bean Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
Holy Cats is this ever good, Scotty! Many thanks. I might even make this for Thanksgiving.
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Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2007
The whiskey sauce alone is worth making this recipe. I want to put it on everything. It would be insanely delicious on pancakes and/or waffles, methinks. Otherwise, the bread pudding was terrific as well. It's a simple recipe and quick to prepare. This is a hit. Thank you.
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Squash Stuff

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2007
This recipe makes a fairly bland panful of ground beef, tomatoes, and vegetables. Definitely would benefit from added seasonings. We sprinkled liberally with Cajun seasoning mix and ladled it over fresh-baked cornbread, which ended up making it a nice little meal. Perhaps some fresh herbs next time or something.
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South African Yellow Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2008
We had this with some 'South African Boerwors' from Uli's at Pike Place Market. I thought it went well with the sausage, but was still a little too sweet. I'll definitely try this again, but will cut the sugar drastically. Thanks for the idea.
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Chicken Stew With Coconut Milk

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2008
Didn't care for the idea of making this in the microwave, so I used all the same ingredients on the stove in a stockpot. I found it a little bland, initially, but I think it's a pretty good recipe overall. I think topping it with a handful of chopped fresh thai basil would be a nice addition. I might even add a little ginger next time. Thanks for the recipe.
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Peanut Butter Stuffed Jalapenos

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2008
Made these again for a Super Bowl Party. This time, I propped them up in a glass dish by making a wall out of aluminum foil, so the peanut butter stayed in better. Then I put them under the broiler for a few minutes to get the peanut butter crusty before lying them down in the dish to roast at 375. They're still great. First, I have to say that the entire office was skeptical of these. Some wouldn't try them when I made a few dozen of them. Those who did unilaterally were pleasantly surprised at how 'not awful' the results were. This is a terrific alternative to cheese-stuffed peppers and should be tried before judged. Super Bowl Sunday seems like a good time to experiment. Also, try sticking them, uncovered, under the broiler. I did them both ways and preferred those done under the broiler to those roasted in foil.
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