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Strawberry Avocado Salad - Doubled and Slightly Healthier

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
I usually add a bit less sugar than it calls for, but other than that, it's perfection! Sooooo good!!!
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Petra's Strawberry Shortcake - Round Pans

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
Baked it in 2 round dark nonstick pans for about 18 mins at 350. Did the toothpick test and they were perfectly cooked and nice and spongy on top. An VERY important step is to spray the pans with Pam Baking Spray (or use melted butter and flour), line with parchment paper and then spray it with Pam again. This will ensure that the cake slips right out after baked and looks PERFECT. I thought it'd be ok to just spray the pan when making another similar cake and it ended up a total mess! Another tip is to make sure the beater and bowl are completely clean before you start whipping the egg whites. My insertion blender stick did an amazing job of whipping them up fast. Anyway, I made the recipe exactly as listed except I added vanilla extract and extra sugar to the whipped cream. I wanted a recipe with simple ingredients for a birthday cake for my MIL and this one fit the bill. She LOVED it and was duly impressed ;) and everyone else thought it was delicious too! Video showing how to very easily cut out round parchment paper for your pans: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/baking/how-to-prepare-cake-pans-00000000056154/
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Petra's Strawberry Shortcake

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
Baked it in 2 round dark nonstick pans for about 18 mins at 350. Did the toothpick test and they were perfectly cooked and nice and spongy on top. An VERY important step is to spray the pans with Pam Baking Spray (or use melted butter and flour), line with parchment paper and then spray it with Pam again. This will ensure that the cake slips right out after baked and looks PERFECT. I thought it'd be ok to just spray the pan when making another similar cake and it ended up a total mess! Another tip is to make sure the beater and bowl are completely clean before you start whipping the egg whites. My insertion blender stick did an amazing job of whipping them up fast. Anyway, I made the recipe exactly as listed except I added vanilla extract and extra sugar to the whipped cream. I wanted a recipe with simple ingredients for a birthday cake for my MIL and this one fit the bill. She LOVED it and was duly impressed ;) and everyone else thought it was delicious too!
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Blueberry Coffee Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2013
I baked it in a dark bundt pan at 325 for 43 minutes and it was just right. I followed the recipe exactly as is (for once!) and it turned out very yummy. Some people may want it a little sweeter but it was the perfect sweetness as a breakfast cake. I should've definitely added a little more milk to make it easier to add it to the pan. I layered some of the crumb mixture at the bottom, in between and some at the top of the cake batter. I didn't measure the blueberries but just used a small clamshell. I'd say it was very good but I'd still like to try out some more of the coffee cake recipes on this site.
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Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
UPDATE: Here's a SUPER EASY way to make this soup and it still tastes just as amazing. After you brown the garlic and onions in butter (I cut back on the butter and use half a pack of frozen onions), throw in a 20 oz pack of pre-cut butternut squash and optionally about a cup of baby carrots. Add the seasonings (I use 2 tsp of curry powder instead of the full tbsp) and the broth and let it cook. While it cooks, cut up the two pears and throw them in. Blend when done! Oh. Emm. Gee. Did I really just make this super delicious soup? I followed the recipe pretty exactly for once (I didn't want to mess with the combination of unusual flavors!) and It turned out amazing! I actually baked the butternut squash (whole with holes poked for an hour on 400) and scooped out the meat the day before and had it sit in the fridge overnight with a little salt and pepper mixed in. Here's the couple of changes that I did make or rather had to make. I used frozen chopped onion (about half a pack), Comice pears (because that's all I had), and added a couple of sliced carrots to the soup because my squash was on the smaller side. I skipped the half-and-half initially, just swirled some on top right before serving. The guests loved it too! For those that may be curious, it didn't taste too exotic or anything. It just tasted like really really good butternut squash soup similar to the one from Atlanta Bread Company actually! Thank you for such a wonderful and simple recipe!
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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2012
I have to admit I didn't exactly follow the recipe but I stuck to all the same ingredients other than switching mozzarella for Parmesan cheese. I used 3 1lb bags of frozen spinach and did probably add some extra seasoning too (onion powder, paprika) but It was a very yummy base recipe and one I'll def be making again. One important thing I want to mention is that I felt no need to drain the spinach (one less step!)... Just let the water cook away in the pot! Thanks for the recipe!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2012
I roughly halved the recipe and made it a bit healthier... used 1 large eggplant (I did sweat the slices like the other reviewers said), 1 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs, 2 egg whites. Baked the breaded eggplant at 450 for about 15+ mins each side but that's probably because I sliced it kind of thick. Then layered with 2.5 cups marinara sauce, 8oz of fresh mozzarella, 1/4 cup of pecorino romano and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Topped with fresh basil and chopped green onions. Baked at 350 for 35 mins. SO. GOOD. I did leave the casserole in the fridge overnight before baking the next day (because I had too many leftovers already) and I think that really helped blend the flavors together too! I served it over whole wheat spaghetti and creamed spinach on the side. My version made about 6 servings (1/6th of the 9x13 dish) at only 268 cal/serving!
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
Used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached white flour. Substituted apple sauce for some of the butter but added 1/2 cup each of chocolate chips and chopped pecans! Baked for 35 min. YUMMY!!! Thanks for the great simple recipe!
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Tofu Parmigiana

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
This stuff was amazing! And I don't even like tofu! Will def be making again. I stuck to the recipe very closely.
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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2012
Yum yum yum! I did add a couple tbsp of italian seasoning to the recipe and it also needed a dash of garlic salt. Perhaps because I used unsalted butter? I also added a bit more milk to it and a little flour to keep the consistency from becoming too runny. I'm taking off a star because it definitely needs a bit more seasoning but otherwise it's a great and easy recipe!
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
So I made a few changes to make the recipe more healthy but it still tasted GREAT. I used half whole wheat and half unbleached white flour. Cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and the butter to 6 tbsp (3/4th of a stick). To make up for it, I added a 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Also I didn't have butter milk so I just added a tbsp of apple cider vinegar on another reviewer's suggestion to 1 cup of regular 2% milk. Baked for 35 minutes (30 would probably have been ok too) and it turned out super yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!
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The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
I followed the recipe to the T except I put it all in a 7qt stockpot after step 1 (it barely fit!) for a few hours on low. The result was great. My vegetarian sister in law and the rest of the family (non-vegetarian) loved it. My husband said he couldn't tell it wasn't meat and the spice level was perfect. Those who wanted it spicier just added habanero sauce and jalapenos. (Oh yeah, I had omitted the jalapenos from the recipe when cooking it along with the bay leaves since I was out). I am taking off one star not because the recipe isn't great but only because even tho I liked it, the "meat" crumbles tasted like plastic to me and I didn't want more than one serving. Still, great recipe, thanks!!
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Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2012
Tasted amazing! Granted I made a few changes (I always do to make stuff spicier for my taste) but I loved the instructions and the spicing of this recipe. I made it with shrimp and a frozen bag of stir-fry veggies. Also added some cole slaw mix to the pot. Added hot sauce in the plastic bag, added some seasoned salt, hot sauce, oyster sauce and white pepper to the pot when cooking shrimp. Added Chinese (mung bean) noodles at the end to complete the meal (based on another reviewer's suggestion). LOVED IT! The leftovers tasted great the next day too!
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Chocolate Ganache

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
I made it without the rum and it still turned out great. Super easy to make and very delicious! I made it with Ghiradelli bittersweet chips but I also plan to try it with 9 oz of Cadbury's milk chocolate.
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Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
Followed the recipe almost exactly (used 1/3 unsweetened applesauce and 1 tbsp oil in the brownies) and they turned out delicious. Thanks! What an easy and yummy recipe! Hubby, co-workers, everyone loved these brownies.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
I made 12 normal-sized muffins, filling each cup 2/3 of the way and adding the streusel on top. I took another reviewer's advice and baked them for 18 minutes at 400F. They came out PERFECT! :) I made sure to only mix with a spatula and not over-mix to avoid sinking. They smelled heavenly as they baked and came out just right. I sprayed my non-stick muffin pan with plenty of baking spray so I had no problem getting them out. I did substitute about 1/4 cup of the sugar in the mix with about 1/8 cup of splenda and it tastes great to me! Thank you Colleen for this wonderful recipe! :)
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Greek Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Turned out great. Used whole wheat pasta and added salt, pepper and half the oregano to chicken right away. Next time will use a bit less lemon juice (too tangy). Added crushed black pepper, some garlic salt, crushed red pepper and a little cayenne pepper. I'll also try adding lemon pepper and paprika next time (I love my spices!). Also, added black olives which were a great addition. Thanks for the (relatively) healthy and delicious recipe! :)
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Strawberry Avocado Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
I usually add a bit less sugar than it calls for, but other than that, it's perfection! Sooooo good!!!
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
Very yummy! And simple to make. Will definitely be making again. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
Overall good recipe but too much spinach not enough cheese and dough! I felt that way even though I made it with twice the amount of dough and cheese that it calls for. I also added more spice to the spinach mixture. I'll definitely make it again but with less spinach and at least 2 packs of feta cheese.
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