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Greek Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 17, 2010
I made this very close to the recipe, the only difference was that I left out the olives. Oh and I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I thought the flavor was a bit bland, I let it sit a while before tasting to let the flavors blend too. I did end up adding Italian dressing to spruce it up and with that I give it 4 stars.
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Banana Butterscotch Bread

Reviewed: May 17, 2010
My son & I loved this, came out great. I swapped 1/2c of the flour with 1/2c whole wheat flour to make it a little healthier and it was just terrific! I loved making something different from the same old banana bread. The loaves weren't tall but they weren't "heavy" either. I did have to cook it 20min longer than the recipe states though.
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Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: May 4, 2010
This was delicious. We followed the recipe closely. We found that it needed more oil, bread-crumbs, and parmesan than the recipe called for though (yet I used more than a pound of pork). We seldom fry anything but we wanted to try something different and we'll make this again. I used one zucchini and one summer squash with the onion and garlic, I often use one of each in recipes that call for either or. Thanks for the advise to press the pork between cutting boards Mallinda, that was a big help and made it so easy to flatten :)
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Shrimp Asopao

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Fantastic! I followed the recipe very closely - but I did take the advise from the reviews to use a couple of cans of diced tomato to make up some of the 7c of water. Also I used frozen broccoli (husband hates peas). I used brown basmati rice - love that! but it does take longer to cook. When it was nearly done I sampled it and it was a little bland so I added a couple of spoons of beef broth granules which added just what it needed. I will definitely be making this again, it was so good and a nice variety for cooking shrimp.
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Hearty Mince

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2010
I really loved this! I made slight changes based on reviews; I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of tomato juice. I used 2c beef broth instead of water. I used 1tbsp worcestershire; 1/4c wine; added basil & oregano. Just about everything else the same as written - and I did top with Parmesan & bread crumbs. It was rather unique and delicious - thanks!!
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Rita's Spinach Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2010
I made this a 2nd time last night (forgot to review after the first time) and it came out awesome. I modified it just a little - I browned onion & garlic with the ground beef. For seasoning I used 1tbsp Italian seasoning instead of the thyme. In addition to the sauce I added a can of diced tomato. I did use the sour cream. I used fresh spinach (matter of preference, shouldn't change the flavor) and I put that in with the beef & sauce before adding to the oven pan. I used a mix of mozzarella & cheddar to use up open packages of each. Used shells (can't find w.w.bow tie pasta). We loved it with these modifications, we found it dry & bland otherwise. Hope you like it :)
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Spicy Sausage and Peppers Over Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
YUM! We all loved this. I used kielbasa but this would be just as good with any type of sausage you prefer. I also used a can of diced tomato because it's all I had, and I didn't have any pimento (I thought I did when I chose this recipe) but I used everything else as how it's written. However because it was kielbasa and didn't need to brown as raw sausage needs to I started everything in the skillet at the same time as I started the rice. I used brown basmati so that takes a while to cook - and everything was so delicious and we will definitely be making this regularly!! Yum!
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Greek Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2010
LOVED this!! My husband and son really liked it too which is good lol but I really loved it. The only thing I did different was not adding feta cheese only because I didn't have any and I'm sure that would have made it even better but my husband isn't a fan of feta. But I did everything else as written and it was just so good!! **update** I was able to get this started before DH got home and I added the feta without telling him - he liked it so much better (we all did) so I told him after and he laughed, so we'll have this with the feta from now on :)
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Classic Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
This was pretty good. My husband liked it better than I did. I made them into rolls, I often prefer rolls to a loaf of bread. It rose great, but was just sort of plain. I took some advise from the reviews and swapped the flour, 2c whole wheat and 1c all purpose. I will make this again but maybe with molasses instead of white sugar.
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Hot Dog Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
I didn't expect this to be as good as it was but we really liked this. It's good to have variety. I sauted everything in olive oil instead of margarine. I used frozen mixed veggies instead of just green beans but that's a matter of preference and wouldn't change it drastically. I did take the advise of one review and added thyme & marjorum, as well as garlic which I usually add to everything, and some chopped celery in addition to the mixed veggies (carrots, cauliflower & broccoli). We'll definitely make this again.
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Pork and Sea Shells with Summer Vegetables

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
We all loved this - I wish I could give it more stars! I - for once - followed the recipe exactly lol. My husband's only comment was that maybe another can of diced tomatoes would be the only change he'd make. It was so tasty though, and lots of good veggies for a nice well balanced meal. We used whole wheat shells too.
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Wendy's Quick Pasta and Lentils

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
This was pretty good. I've been trying different lentil recipes because my husband doesn't care for them but because they're such a healthy food we've been hoping to find a recipe he won't mind as much. He loves pasta so this is a good option to try on occasion. The only thing I did different was to use fresh spinach. I tried some leftover cold with a sprinkle of italian dressing, that was really good.
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BBQ Chili Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2010
This was great! I made more for leftovers by using 1lb pasta (whole wheat) and 1lb ground turkey. I left all else the same. As a result of making extra pasta it could have used more sauce yet it wasn't too dry. I want to use a can of diced tomatoes next time with the juice instead of the tomato sauce. I added 1tsp cumin but all else according to the recipe. I loved that it was quick and made plenty - my husband likes to take some leftovers with his lunch for variety, and he really enjoyed this very much, and the boys did too. We will definitely be making this regularly! **UPDATE** I made this last night and didn't realized I was out of regular canned corn, and I had no frozen corn either so I used a can of creamed corn, my DH REALLY loved it all the more making it that way - that's the only thing I did different too, well still adding my can of diced tomatoes as I had mentioned in my first review but that's how we have it all the time now.
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Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2010
We all loved this! The only change I made wasn't a major change - I used frozen broccoli instead of peas because my husband hates peas - it was so tasty and filling! Will definitely make this again!!
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Lentils And Spinach

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2010
I loved this and would have given it 5 stars but my husband didn't care for it. Mainly because he doesn't like the texture of lentils but he said the flavor was really good. I took advise from other reviews and made it with 1c lentils and there was still moisture in the pan so I'm glad I took that advise - I wouldn't have wanted it too soupy. I also added a can of diced tomato, that tasted excellent along with all the other ingredients and seasoning. I will make this from time to time, it's a nice healthy meal even if my husband has texture issues :)
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Zucchini and Pork Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
We all loved this! I didn't change the recipe at all and it was fantastic. What I really appreciated was that it was a unique flavor. I never used oyster sauce before so I'm sure that made the difference, yet it didn't taste like 'seafood' in any way. We will definitely make this again!! YUM!!
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Honey-Ginger Shrimp and Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
My husband and I really liked this. My grown son didn't care for the heavy honey flavor. We used just under a teaspoon of the crushed red pepper, and it was still very spicy - my husband would like it better with even less. I used 2 zucchini like someone else said in their review and more ginger but other than that I did everything else according to the recipe. We served with whole wheat pasta. We'll make this again with some slight modification.
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Mediterranean Chicken with Eggplant

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2010
This was exellent. I never made anything like this before so I didn't know what to expect but we will definately have this again. Both my husband and my grown son really liked it. We didn't vary from the recipe. We got a large eggplant and just used the one but we'll want to use more next time. I also think we'll add garlic the next time too.
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Pork Chop Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
WOW this was fantastic! I followed the recipe and only made one change, I added garlic. We LOVED this!!
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
WOW this was fantastic! I followed the recipe and only made one change, I added garlic. We LOVED this!!
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