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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2013
Didn't realize that this said cooked shrimp, ended up using raw. I'd highly suggest it that way. Ohh, man! This was absolutely delicious. I can't rave enough. For such a simple recipe, I was shocked. Definitely throwing this into my weekly rotation (or at LEAST once a month) as I have most everything in my pantry. I used ground ginger instead of the reviewers suggestion to use fresh and it was fabulous. I would highly recommend doubling the sauce per Tony's review, as is is not near enough. Awesome recipe. Husband approved.
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2013
I've made this a couple times. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly and my fault - this wasn't as good as I was hoping because I didn't know that if you didn't peel the ginger.. it would be too bitter and wouldn't cook right. I've made this since and with peeled ginger, it is a great meal requiring very little labor. I've also made this with plenty of substitutes when our food supply has dwindled towards the end of the week. Including using syrup (not maple flavored) instead of honey, powdered ginger and chunky peanut butter. I would still recommend sticking to the original recipe if possible but when desperate, the subs will do just fine. 10 stars from the husband, I think this is just okay.
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Mushroom Artichoke Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2013
Hubby helped his pregnant wife out tonight and made me this for dinner. He threw in some leftover orange bell pepper and used rosemary sourdough bread. The filling is just awesome. I loved these sandwiches, they are very flavorful and we didn't miss all of the gooey cheese one bit! The parmesan was just perfect. I would highly recommend this recipe as is, or to use up any leftover veggies like we did. Thank you!
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Vegan Bean Taco Filling

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2013
This recipe is DELICIOUS! First off, DON'T JUDGE ME! I didn't add the salsa, but not by choice.. Hubs ate all of the salsa without telling me and when I went to make this for his lunch I realized he already beat me to it. This turned out so well, I just know it would be even better with salsa. It was dry without so I had to add some water. Anyway - I had some taco seasoning from Trader Joe's so I subbed that for the spices. Same ingredients. I used this "filling" as a topping for tostadas. I didn't miss the cheese or meat and hubs gave it a 9/10. I'm so happy I made this over the black bean quesadillas. It was perfect and very satisfying. Thank you so much!
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Angel Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2013
I've been eyeing this recipe for months now and finally made it tonight and I'm dumbfounded. Hasn't anybody tried any of the other amazing recipes on this site? I generally agree with other reviewers when a recipe has such high marks, but I found this to be very bland. For the amount of fat and starch, this heavy dish was not worth the calories. Even my easy-to-please fiance said it wasn't the best and was only "okay." Deleting this one from my recipe box! :(
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2013
Yummy :) I made these while my fiance and I were housesitting for his boss as a "Welcome Home/Congrats" treat after their wedding. They were amazing! And that's coming from someone who isn't the biggest fan of chocolate chip cookies. I loved the addition of the pudding (which of course you use dry in it's powdered form). I believe that's what makes them so soft. The pudding mix also adds a delicious vanilla flavor to the cookies, I doubled my vanilla extract (I use homemade, not as strong) but it was definitely unnecessary.This recipe makes a LOT of cookie dough, so you can freeze some for later. I did find that these cookies were best when made fresh, and weren't as fluffy and soft as when I let the dough sit and freeze for 24 hours. I took my time with these and dropped the balls of dough sans chips and then decorated them with the chips afterwards to get that signature "perfect cookie" look. They looked like something out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog. I was definitely impressed as were the newlyweds. We took some to my future in laws and everybody raved. I will never use another chocolate chip cookie recipe again.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Ahhh. Insatiable pregnancy cravings. I woke up in the middle of the night and just HAD to have apple pie and ice cream. So, I made some.. Yes, in the middle of the night. And it was GOOD. I've made this pie before but read a review recommending to double the caramel sauce, mixing some with the apples and then using the rest to pour over. I have to say I much prefer sticking to the recipe. Don't double, you'll end up with way too much buttery goo and it'll be over the top sweet and you can't have that because that's what the ice cream is for. I do add one teaspoon of homemade vanilla, and I think this is crucial. It may just be the fact that I'm pregnant, but I could seriously have eaten a whole bowl of the caramel-butter-goo. It's that good. I recommend using a pastry brush to evenly coat the crust when you're pouring the goo over the pie to ensure you get the outer crust without it spilling over. I still recommend that you line the bottom rack with foil, as this tends to drip just a little. I also saw another review saying "the sauce never thickened up." I'm not sure what happened here, but mine came out perfectly fine. It was runny straight out of the oven (couldn't resist), but thickened up just fine. And this is coming from someone who is not the greatest baker. Try it. You won't be disappointed. Mm, mm. SO GOOD!
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
Well... I've been trying REALLY hard to eat a healthier diet, and this was a top rated recipe, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm sorry to leave a less than amazing review, because I have a feeling I just don't care for quinoa altogether. I tried it hot, I tried it cold, I tried it with more spice but it just didn't do anything for me. I had to mix it with the side dishes just to eat it. I could tell my boyfriend didn't like it either, but didn't want to hurt my feelings.. He said, "It's good! Just doesn't have as much flavor as last night's dinner.." :( So.. with that comment, I doubt I'll ever be making this again.
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Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn)

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
This was really delicious. I left out the cotija cheese as we're vegan, and added some diced potatoes when I was sauteeing the garlic and onion just for a little heft. I also used some seasoned salt in place of the regular salt for flavor and we ate this as taco filling with seasoned black beans on the side. SOOO good and filling! Didn't miss any meat or cheese. We will make this again and again, I may add another tomato next time. And that's coming from someone who HATES tomatoes. Also, this is a very romantic recipe to cook with someone. I had fun cutting all of the veggies up with my boyfriend :)
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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2012
Mmmm! Sooo good and SO easy! I didn't really do a lot of measuring with this and I didn't even heat it up over the stove. I just dropped some Earth Balance in a bowl then popped it into the microwave for 10 secs. and mixed the powdered sugar and the peanut butter in, formed into a brick and sliced. It was just a lot quicker and I needed something to satiate my sugar craving. Absolutely delicious! I miss the honey in my peanut butter, and for some reason this fills that void. Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2012
This is a pretty good recipe as is, but isn't at it's full potential. If this is all you have on hand, by all means - make this. It's fast, easy comfort food. If you have seasoning on hand, this could be fast, easy, delicious comfort food. I used boneless/skinless chicken tenderloins as they were what were on sale. They worked great. I read a review suggesting to throw the breasts in whole to keep them moist, but really? You're slow cooking them in plenty of moisture, it would be almost impossible to dry the chicken out. That, and I was not about to dig into a ton of gravy and dumplings to shred the chicken when the purpose of this recipe is EASE. The cubed chicken came out incredibly moist. I seasoned the tenderloins with cumin, chili powder, garlic, seasoned salt and poultry seasoning. I didn't measure, I just lightly sprinkled and rubbed the spices in. I used cream of mushroom with roasted garlic for flavor, and one cream of chicken with herbs. I used chicken broth instead of water as well. Around the same time I dropped the dough in (90 mins before serving), I added a small bag of frozen vegetables which I think are essential. They're fairly cheap at only $1/bag, so why not? With these adjustments, this is a 5 star recipe. Without, I found this recipe on the bland and boring side. Basically just chicken and gravy.
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Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2012
Wait. I've never reviewed this before?! I could have sworn.. Anyway, shame on me for not giving this 5 stars sooner. This is my absolute FAVORITE lasagna! I took suggestions that it was too watery and cut back on the vegetable broth the first time (only left about an ounce or two in the can) and threw in the whole jar of artichoke hearts with the marinade and everything. That was when I personally liked it best, but I noticed a lot of people saying it was too "vinegary." I made it with a coworker this past Friday and her and her mother RAVED. I added ricotta/egg/nutmeg mixture to the mozzarella cheese layer, used and entire package of no-boil noodles (I like my lasagna noodles rolled flat), a whole can of broth and just a little (ounce or so) of the artichoke marinade. I'll definitely use the ricotta again next time. I think the measurements would be perfectly fine, not too watery if you used an entire package of lasagna noodles to soak it all up.
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White Chili VI

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2012
Yum yum! Didn't use a crockpot, just zapped in the microwave. Smaller portions, of course. I love how quick and easy this was! I'm sure it would be better with fresh chicken, but it was 11pm, we were tired, I was not about to simmer some chicken for what could be a 5 minute recipe. I used a reduced fat mexican cheese blend, and we ate with tortilla strips and fat free sour cream. I do feel like this needed more chicken, though. Even with a serving size of 2, and a 5 oz. can of chicken, I felt this needed more chicken. Only 8 oz. of chicken in 72 oz. of everything else.. It just doesn't seem nearly enough. I'll make this as a quick dinner or lunch often and will try the slow cooker method soon too, to see if the flavors are more prominent.
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Egg Sandwich

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2012
I love the idea of microwaving your eggs! :) 1.) One egg was plenty for me. The egg will expand more in the microwave if you use the milk than it will in a pan over the stove. 2.)Definitely spritz or rub your bowl with a little EVOO or nonstick spray. 3.)I add and melt the cheese in the last 15 second interval of the microwaving process. I focus more on putting the cheese a few cms from the inside of the bowl, even with nonstick spray, the cheese still loves to stick to the bowl and is hard to scrub off. 4.) Experiment with your microwave to find your desired cooking time. 5.)I've made this a few times, and have to say the original recipe does yield "bland" results. I like to think of this recipe more as a technique, than a recipe. Or just a BASE recipe. There are MANY ways you can spice this up! Several people have suggested bacon and other various meats.. I have yet to try the bacon, but I will next time. My boyfriend loves to eat these with ketchup, I prefer to add some garlic powder to the mixture, use a reduced fat mexican cheese blend, wrap the egg in a tortilla and serve with a little salsa or picante.. and maybe a little dollop of fat-free sour cream!
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Trail Mix Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2012
Pretty good for a quick lunch. I scaled the recipe down to one, as it was just me. I found that my sandwich tasted a lot better after it sat in the fridge for a couple of hours. I might make again if I had the ingredients on hand, but I wouldn't go out of my way to make this.
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Mango, Orange, Grapefruit, Avocado, and Pistachio Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
This is an awesome recipe! I have yet to try it with Pistachio's though. I'm not really a fan of nuts in my salads :( I do use feta in place of the blue cheese, as I am the only one that likes blue in our house. This makes for a wonderful springtime or summer salad with all of the wonderful colors. I love this with a nice spring mix or with a romaine/spinach mixture. My favorite dressing to serve with this is Citrus Vinaigrette by Maple Grove Farms.
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Stuffed Strawberries

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Served these atop Rocky Road ice cream with a little shaved chocolate on top. I didn't have orange liqueur so I had to sub vanilla extract which was still delicious. Everybody commented how professional these looked when served :) I only messed up one strawberry and that was slightly on purpose ;) it just looked so good.
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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Mmmmm :) I wish I made more of this! It was SOOOO good. I didn't exactly measure my parmesan, and just threw in a 6 oz package of provolone (8 slices). I like a little nutmeg in my Creamed Spinach so I put a little touch of that. Yum yum. I could eat this stuff all day. Serve with some bread to soak up all of that cream.
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Garlic Prime Rib

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
I was SO nervous to make this because it's NOT cheap and I've never cooked a roast like this before. But this was sooo easy, it would be difficult to not get it right. This came out very moist and tender, be sure to get some of that delicious garlicky crust on your steak. I was going to take the roast out when the meat thermometer said 130 degrees, but I checked it too late and it was already at 145.. But whaddya know? It was perfect!! Pinkish on the inside and so tender. Oh, Chef Mike.. Thank you. You helped me impress my boyfriends family and make my first big feast for Easter Dinner.
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Rocky Road Ice Cream

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
I've made this multiple times and it's delicious every single time! Our family loves this recipe and if it didn't disappear so quickly, I'd make it more often.. Sadly, I just can't keep up with how fast this is eaten. I don't change a thing! Although, if I can't find light cream.. I will sometimes sub half and half. It does it's job just fine :)
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