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Crunchy Cauliflower and Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2014
The dressing softens the tomatoes, but the cauliflower stays crunchy. Good idea to try to get the tomatoes and the cauliflower florets about the same size. I didn't chop the cauliflower, just trimmed the floret stems a little and broke them apart which I think makes for a nice presentation. Just a really nice salad/side dish with a tasty dressing.
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Honey Dressing with Poppy Seeds

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2014
Was a little puzzled about seasoned salt in this recipe, but I added it, and there really was no reason for concern, it was good. At this time of year, I always have a fridge full of fresh fruit, but the fridge was just a little too full right now, so I decided to mix up a big fruit salad. This dressing really brought some life to the perfectly-ripe fruit, a little tang from the vinegar, and some extra sweetness from the honey...good balance. I did end up adding more poppy seeds simply because we like them. Thanks, charles coello, we enjoyed your recipe.***UPDATE 7.19.14*** Just an FYI. I had some of the fruit salad left where I'd used this dressing, so I threw it in the blender, added some vanilla Greek yogurt, crushed ice, and it made a delicious breakfast smoothie.
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Thin Spaghetti with Garlic, Red Pepper and Olive Oil

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
There are times when simple is best, and that's the case with this recipe. My hubby (who's a dedicated carnivore) didn't even complain that there was no meat in this. We both thoroughly enjoyed this for lunch today. To give this a little punch of flavor, I sauteed the garlic in extra virgin oil with chili, keeping the red pepper flakes as well, and mixed in the chopped parsley at the end to retain its bright green color. We actually prefer the bold taste of pecorino romano over parmigiano reggiano, so that was a sub I made. Photo doesn't show this, but it was served with shaved romano on the top.
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Chocolate, Strawberry, and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
Thought this was OK, but I really was missing the strawberry flavor in this smoothie. In the future, I will double the strawberries and use vanilla Greek yogurt which should bring this up to my personal taste expectations. And this is not to say that there's anything wrong with the recipe, it's just that it tasted too much like chocolate milk and less like a fruity smoothie to me.
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Thick Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Arugula and Parmigiano Cheese

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
Haven't bought a jar of marinara pasta sauce in MANY years, since I have my own favorite that's always stocked in the freezer. What a pleasant surprise this recipe was...we loved the Barilla marinara sauce! It's totally different from my homemade sauce, and I assure you that it now will be a staple in my pantry. And WOW, did we like the addition of the arugula which added incredible flavor. The arugula transforms what some may think is an ordinary plate of pasta and spaghetti sauce into something that is quite special. And finally, it's easy to prepare. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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Lemon Peach Parfaits

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
Didn't deviate from the recipe at all, and I'm glad I didn't. We thought this was outstanding, even using frozen peaches. Using fresh peaches would put this at 10 stars IMO, and its eye appeal is nice enough for company! All elements of this parfait are harmonious, and I most definitely will make this again.
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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie/Shake

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
I really try to follow the recipe, particularly if I'm the first reviewer, but I must say that I had my doubts about 2 tsp of lemon extract, but I added it. Well, I was right, not only does the lemon extract overpower everything, it also leaves it very artificial tasting. I tried to weaken the lemon extract by adding a little vanilla which helped a bit. I would recommend starting with 1/2 tsp, taste, and if more is needed, add it. The vanilla wafers thickened it nicely and contributed good flavor, but overall, this smoothie was a disappointment.
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Easy Apple Cabbage Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
Added a little more hot pepper flakes to suit our taste, but we enjoyed this side dish. Took the picture and then realized I'd forgotten to add the green onions...added them post-photo, and they were a good addition!
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Kids' Choice Healthilicious Pineapple Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
I used frozen blueberries and raspberries and fresh pineapple, so I cut back a bit on the ice. Trust me, the kids will never know there's fresh spinach in this because all you really taste is the fruitiness, with not one fruit dominating. We eat with our eyes and I can't say that I'm crazy about the brownish color, but it does taste good, and this breaks down great nutritionally. Thanks Laurie C. for sharing your recipe.
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Carrots and Cranberries

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2014
A nice fresh side dish with 4 mins in the microwave, that works for me! I used some sweet organic carrots which got a little punch of tartness from the cranberries and little spice from the cinnamon. The carrots were so sweet that I'll probably cut back on the brown sugar next time. Followed the recipe to the letter with the exception of substituting vegetable broth (open box in the fridge) for the chicken. Mine were cooked perfectly in just 4 minutes, so watch your time because you certainly don't want them to turn to mush. Thanks myvallie for a great new carrot side dish!
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Super Easy Microwave Strawberry Jam

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2014
I cooked for 2 mins on high in a dish with a lid , and it boiled over, splattering all over the walls of the microwave, even with a lid on it. I took it out of the oven, transferred it to a small saucepan, and finished it on top of the stove. Don’t know what happened here and I’m the first reviewer, so I don’t want to discourage others from trying. I don’t have a “mega-watt” microwave. I'm giving this 2 stars based solely on the taste and the fact that it was eaten.
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Brown Mustard Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
This is a somewhat unique creamy potato salad with the addition of the dill and the tangy spicy brown mustard. This house enjoys potato salad, and this is a good one!
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Banana Lassi

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
Used a combo of vanilla and plain Greek yogurt and didn't feel the need for the sugar for our tastes, so I omitted it. A lassi is very similar to a smoothie, and I must admit that I love them. I've tried many different smoothies and a few lassis on this site, and I think this is one of the easiest and the best, perhaps because of its simplicity. It's just pure banana flavor with a little tang from the yogurt. Very, very nice!
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White Fiber Mini Shells with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
Another reviewer suggested chilling this, so I did, and we liked it! I also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Chili to saute the veggies which gave it a little kick of heat (loved it). Served with a green tossed salad, warm baguette, and some slices of TJ’s Italian fresh mozzarella. It just doesn’t get much easier than this to put a nice meal on the table, and less time in the kitchen during a hot summer definitely is for me.
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Delicious Grape Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
I used reduced fat sour cream and cream cheese, and chocolate graham crackers, since that's what I had on hand. Particularly liked the cream cheese layer, and I think its flavor would marry equally well with fresh strawberries and cherries. The brown sugar sprinkle bleeds into the cream cheese topping pretty quickly, so if you want even nicer presentation, chill and then add that last. Simple preparation and nice to have another option for a grape dessert, other than a nice fresh fruit salad.
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Mauigirl's Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2014
Have never had Kalua Pig before, but we just really enjoyed this recipe. The garlic is not excessive, it adds incredible flavor to the meat, and those cabbage leaves really do insulate the roast when cooking resulting in juicy and moist pork. Plan to use leftovers for burritos, Bahn Mi sandwiches, and some pulled pork sandwiches (if I have enough left!).
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Choconananut Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2014
First chocolate smoothie I've ever had, and I enjoyed it. I used dark chocolate soy milk and added a little more crushed ice to reach the consistency that I prefer.
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Cold Tropical Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2014
I used a fresh pineapple that I had on hand, and frozen peas instead of canned peas. One change that I made was cutting back on the number of hard-boiled eggs, concerned that the eggs would just take over the salad. This was a superb side dish to Kalula Pork (slow cooker) and such a nice break from the same-ole macaroni salad. Love the sweetness from the pineapple and the crunch from the apple. I also love that this can be made early in the day for a no-fuss dinner on a hot summer day. Thanks, Alicia, we enjoyed this new macaroni salad.
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Fresh Cherry Shortcake

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
I used a combo of Rainier and Bing cherries and used the food processor for making the shortcake dough. This makes BIG shortcakes, and in the future I will make them smaller (personal preference). I must say that the shortcake was very different from any that I’ve ever had, primarily due to the addition of the cinnamon and cardamon, but particularly the cardamom, a spice I like. The lemon zest gives a nice tang to the cherries, so don’t omit it. The shortcakes are a bit dense, and I would have liked more cherry juice to saturate the cakes better; they were a little on the dry side. In the future, I will add more sugar and a bit of water to the cherries while they’re mascerating, producing more juice for the shortcakes. Very nice change from traditional strawberry shortcake, we liked it, and this was dessert for the 4th of July!
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Simple Cantaloupe Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
Used vanilla Greek yogurt (what I had on hand)t, added a few more ice cubes and ended up with a really creamy breakfast smoothie. I had a perfectly ripe cantaloupe and just eyeballed the amount, adding a more than 1/2 cup I'd say, but the OJ still slightly overpowered the cantaloupe flavor. Didn't really matter that much, as it was perfectly sweet, and I enjoyed it.
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