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Baked-Bottom Nanaimo Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2012
My daughter & I made this recipe in a tart pan and it turned out beautifully. I don't think I would want to try eating it out of hand due to the pudding making it extremely messy. It was yummy, and we would make it again! My daughter even said it was 'better than some cupcakes' she had eaten. Thanks for an easy recipe--I'd make it as a tart again ; ) *I did toast the coconut prior to sprinkling it over the top.
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Roasted Broccoli & Crispy Polenta with Roasted Pepper & Asiago Chicken Sausage

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
Yummmm! This is a delicious dish that reminds me of our Southern 'shrimp & grits' (without the sauce) in a unique way. I prepared my own polenta so that made the cooking time much longer, but prepared polenta would be a breeze and help you stay within the 15 minute & dinner's ready timeframe. My husband enjoyed it and so did I. This is the third recipe I've made using al fresco chicken sausage and I have been extremely impressed with their quality and the flavors are out of this world! Please check my photos for the other 2 recipes, they are worth your time. Thanks al fresco, you've added a lifelong customer!
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Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Don't be confused, the recipe is not accurate since there is no Dijon mustard listed in the ingredient list, but it's in the description and directions. HOWEVER, this salad is to die for. I normally do not use that phrase, but it truly is a phenomenal creation. All of the ingredients are fresh and natural, including the sausage. This was one of my first experiences cooking with al fresco chicken sausage, but it will not be my last! I could eat something like this every day for lunch, especially in the heat of Spring or Summer. The flavors are bright with some sweetness from the honey, and my family really enjoyed it. Although not as much as I did! I'll be sure to save this in my Family Favorites recipe box so I can make it again. *One tip--red quinoa can be hard to find, I happened to have some on hand. I easily found some tri-color quinoa which consisted of black, red, and regular. I'm not sure this recipe would be as good with plain quinoa due to the softer texture it has when cooked. Red is heartier, which is why it works so well in this salad.
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Pizza Alfredo with Roasted Vegetables

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2012
My family LOVED this pizza. I asked them to rate it, and my husband gave it 10 stars (always bucking the system, the choice was from 1 to 5). It was easy to put together, easy cleanup if you line your pan with foil, and delicious. We will make this again in the future, and I look forward to trying more al fresco recipes!
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Urban Legend Cookies II

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2012
Yummy! Super good and great to make with kids. My whole family loves these!
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
We liked these! I'm not sure how I would feel about eating more than one at a time, but it was nice to finish a weekday meal with this treat. I do wish Fiber One was more natural and didn't have aspartame. With a recipe like this, a completely natural fiber cereal would really be transformed into something sweet and better than a regular cookie or candy. This recipe does make cute bird's nests!
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Cranberry Pot Roast by Michelle

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
This is a good, easy recipe. I used a can of whole berry cranberry sauce, and would have liked more horseradish for the kick it could give, because I almost couldn't taste it. I'm not sure that I would call this a "go-to" recipe for my next roast, but it was tasty.
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Maple Cajun Mahi Mahi

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
This was definitely spicy for our taste but it was approved to try again so this recipe gets a solid 4 stars. I could see the paste complementing any firm fish such as salmon and I think it would also be good on shrimp. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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Greek Fettuccine

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I really like the simplicity of this recipe, and look forward to making a version of it again this Spring & Summer when my tomato plants are producing and I have more mint in the garden. I used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes this time, and it turned out okay. I think it needs more flavor though--maybe some oregano. I added chicken to my husband's plate to make it heartier for him, but my daughter & I liked it without.
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Ham Pineapple Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
I love the concept of this sandwich because my family likes ham and pineapple together. As written, the cream cheese pineapple mixture is waaaay too sweet, and I didn't add the full cup of sugar (I just couldn't do it). I would make it again, but would decrease the sugar by half or more. My 9 year old loved it though, but it was because it tasted so sweet.
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Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints - Martha Stewart Recipes

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
Wonderful!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
Exactly as written, the batter turns out very runny (I made a test pancake, which turned out flat--even for a pancake). I added about 1/4 cup of ground golden flaxseed and allowed the batter to sit for 15 minutes and that firmed it enough. I topped them with warm strawberry-rhubarb jam. My daughters loved them, and I'll make them again with the flaxseed. Finely diced peanuts would also be a good addition and would help boost the peanut flavor.
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Little Broccoli Bites

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
These were great and toddler-approved. They don't scream "You're eating broccoli" and they're portable (in fact, my oldest daughter wants them in her lunchbox). Be sure your broccoli is drained well. I simplified the preparation by chopping everything together in my food processor, scooping balls of the "dough" with a cookie scoop, and placing on the baking sheet. I did bake them longer than stated, for approximately 25 minutes. I look forward to making these again and adding different ingredients to get a variety of flavors: Spinach & feta, red pepper & goat cheese, and adding red pepper to the original recipe would be perfect for Christmas! These would also be good with some added garlic. Thanks for a fun, versatile recipe!
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Fruity Gelatin Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
What a TREAT! I used unsweetend frozen whole strawberries since I had some on hand. I thawed them, blended the bananas in my food processor, added the thawed strawberries (drained) and pulsed it until they were blended with the bananas but still chunky, then stirred in the pineapple. I realized that I used large bananas, so it didn't set completely in the refrigerator, so if you do it also, here's a tip: FREEZE it! It is delicious, like a healthy chunky fruit sorbet. The kids loved it, and they chose it over ice cream for dessert ; ).
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Bourbon Barbecue Slow Cooker Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2012
These were good, and I would definitely consider them a main dish instead of side due to the three types of meat in it. I would think about making them again but would add some garlic and subtract the honey next time. I didn't feel good about the sugar content between the barbecue sauce, honey, and maple syrup.
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Slowly Deviled Beef

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
This was definitely easy to put together and had few ingredients, but I can't imagine it as anything other than a filling for sandwiches. Adding the green pepper as mentioned in the recipe description makes the flavor better. I'm not sure I would make this again but to be fair, due to the ease and economy-friendliness of this recipe, it would make a good dinner if you want a meatier texture in your sloppy joe.
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Green Tea Shake

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
This was nice, but didn't taste like the Starbucks green tea frappuccino that inspired it. Green tea powder would probably make it taste more authentic. Regardless, my daughter and I enjoyed the flavor. Be sure the brewed green tea is completely chilled so you don't melt the other ingredients, and we didn't use all of the sugar listed. This is a nice change from heavier milkshakes! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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Fisherman's Catch Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
I used mahi mahi since I had it on hand (any firm white fish will do) and this chowder was wonderful! Next time I think I'll use halibut or cod since they have a milder flavor. It's incredibly savory with the tomatoes, clam juice, and white wine creating a broth that begs to be soaked up with a nice crusty bread. I wouldn't change anything, and will definitely make this again.
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Lemon Leaves

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012
These are DELICIOUS!! They are delicate and lemony, and just a wonderful cookie. I used a lemon bakery emulsion instead of extract because I like the flavor better, and baked some with the pistachio topping and some with just sugar. My toddler loved helping me cut them out with tiny cookie cutters. 5 stars all the way!
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Lynda's Zucchini

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
While this was delicious, I think the butter could have easily been halved.
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