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Posted 8/24/2013 4:40:25 PM
California BLT Pancake Sandwich
Good BUT it's missing something; I think next time adding some spices to the pancake mix may improve it. Overall they were tasty and a nice change from your normal brunch foods...will be trying again with some changes.
Posted 8/12/2013 5:10:27 AM
Chicken- and Spinach-Stuffed Shells
These were delicious and got a top rating from my hunni (which is saying a lot since he's the normal/better cook in the house). I did however use more than a cup of chicken (maybe 2 1/2 - 3 cups chopped fine in my manual food processor) which I cooked in garlic, onion, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper (if you don't buy a rotisserie chicken or use leftover chicken from a previous dinner I would highly suggest cooking it with some seasonings to make it more flavorful). Per another review I also cut back on a spinach and only used 1 10oz block of the frozen chopped. Next time I'll try cooking the chicken in a marinade of sorts to bring even more flavor into this, add a bit more parmesan and romano cheese and possibly even use fresh baby spinach.
Posted 4/17/2013 1:36:07 PM
Zesty White Bean Burgers
3 stars for the original recipe as it was a bit bland. After some adjustments I give it 5 stars. I ended up using chipotle panko instead of plain bread crumbs and as per other reviewers suggestions I used pepper jack cheese instead of Monterey. I nixed the bun and put the burger over lettuce with a slice of tomato on top, yum! Definitely a recipe worth trying but I suggest adding seasonings (to your liking) to give it more flavor. Will be making again for sure.
Posted 3/31/2013 8:04:16 AM
Cheesy Ham Breakfast Casserole
Very good even without sitting overnight, although I'm sure this step would further improve the taste. I made this a second time (again without sitting overnight) and added tomatoes, onions as well as onion powder and garlic powder. This recipe is a keeper.
Posted 2/25/2013 11:54:38 AM
This was DELICIOUS! I omitted the green onions, only because I didn't have them on hand at home. It's a great combination of textures and flavors. I enjoyed it both hot and cold and it's great all on its own.
Posted 12/24/2012 6:02:11 AM
Double-Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes
These were AMAZING! I also agree that I'm sure it's not meant for an every day breakfast choice. I made these for my mom as a special brunch together but substituted dark chocolate cocoa and dark chocolate chips since those are her favorite. We didn't have fresh strawberries but the strawberry syrup was a nice touch. Will definitely make again.
Posted 12/24/2012 5:43:34 AM
Creamy Artichoke Appetizers
These were a little time consuming/involved but very good. I followed the recipe exactly except for 1/2 cup less mayo as other reviewers have suggested and I'm glad I did. I also added some pancetta to the top because I thought it would be a nice addition.
Posted 12/24/2012 5:37:39 AM
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp
This was easy to prepare but lacked something in flavor. For us it had a slight kick but other than that it was kind of plain. I did find that adding hoisin sauce helped afterwords and I'll probably use that as the base for my sauce next time with some other additions. I also used baby corn, water chestnuts, mushrooms and bean sprouts...you will need to increase the sauce if you are adding more veggies than the recipe above calls for, I doubled it but am thinking triple may have been better. I served it over rice but I'm sure it would be good over chinese noodles to give the dish a different texture.
Posted 11/19/2012 9:32:08 AM
Creamy Quinoa Primavera
LOVE this recipe! I do use more garlic and light cream cheese like other reviewers have suggested (3-4 oz instead of 2). I also use a harvest blend that has israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa. Very filling and tasty dinner option.
Posted 11/19/2012 9:17:18 AM
I really enjoy quinoa but this was too bland and not sweet enough for my tastes. Maybe a differnt variety of fruits would help?
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