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Healthy Banana Cookies
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These are great healthy cookies. I can't believe the reviews that say they don't have any flavor. How can anything with bananas and dates in it not have any flavor? I did add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg the second time I made them. But the first time, they were fine without the spices. Do put 1/2 to 1 tsp salt in - anything with this much oatmeal needs salt.

Southern Burgers
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These are just average. They are meatloaf burgers not really hamburgers. Even the great American chef James Beard's favorite hamburger recipe is a meatloaf burger. Anytime you add this much stuff to the meat it becomes meatloaf. Mine also did not stick together, but I thawed the meat in the microwave. To make them stick together better, try using fresh - never frozen - hamburger. Or, at least, don't thaw the meat in the microwave.

Mexican Pinto Beans
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They're beans! They are supposed to be somewhat bland - they are a side dish to compliment the other items in your meal. This is not a soup recipe. The only thing I change is when adding the water the second time - add one whole beer. Any beer, but a medium ale is really good. Not all beans taste good cooked with beer, but I think it really makes pinto's great. Another trick, you can try covering and cooking them in a 350 degree oven instead of the stove top. For some reason, the all around heat makes the texture better than the stove top.

Wasabi Guacamole
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Cumin Turkey Burgers
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This is a good concept but waaay too much spices. I want to be able to taste the flavor of the turkey in the burger. I could only taste the spices. Next time I make these I will reduce the 'dry' spices by half and also halve the soy and Worcestershire sauces.

Kimchi Jun (Kimchi Pancake) and Dipping Sauce
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These are a great way to enjoy Kimchi for all of us Kimchi lovers out there. The second time I made it I used whole wheat flour and added the salt into the batter, as well as some baking powder to make them rise a little bit like regular pancakes. Great along side stir fry.

Traditional Chicken Curry
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This is a good solid recipe. Will make again.

Cucumber and Blue Cheese Salad
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Delicious and simple to make. Will definitely make again. Probably would have rated it 5 stars had I used fresh vegetables from my garden.

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Soft Onion Sandwich Rolls
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Not a bad idea. I thought the dough had too much onion in it and it overpowered everything. I want to have the yeasty taste of the bread also. I would recommend cutting the amount of onion powder and minced onions in half.

Sausage Jalapeno Poppers
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These are a great appetizer. As the recipe reads, they will come out greasy and take a lot longer in the oven than stated. Save yourself a lot of work: Par cook 5 slices of bacon at a time for 3 1/2 minutes in the microwave. Cut each pice of par-cooked bacon in half. Lay a half slice of bacon on top of each prepared jalapeno. Cook in oven until bacon is browned to your liking. The jalapenos will still be crunchy. No messing with toothpicks and much of the bacon grease will be eliminated. Also good stuffed with plain shredded mozzarella instead of the cream cheese mixture. I will post a picture of some made this way.

Creamy Black Bean Dip
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I made the recipe exactly as written and it is excellent. Just the right amount of tang. You might want to double it - makes a small batch. The second time I made it I put in 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream. It took away from the tang a little bit, but made the recipe a little larger.

Bake Sale Lemon Bars
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I made this recipe exactly as written and it turned out great. I had no trouble spreading the crust out as some people noted. I used real, salted butter. I wonder if some people used tub margarine or something. I have had mixed results in the past when I baked with margarine.

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