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2/26/09 10:32 P

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TMy today I made Carmel Apricot Rice Pudding from Heart Smart pg. 206. It is very good. I didn't change anything. The recipe calls for Butterscotch Instant Pudding and if it wasn't for the beige color I could not have told it was butterscotch. This recipe makes a 6 oz dessert.

My last package of Costco Dried Apricots were on the dry side. Generally they are nice and soft. So this recipe was perfect to use up a few. I did forget to put a dollop of Cool Whip Free on top and a drizzle of f/f Carmel topping I bought for some recipe. Of course I don't know which one. (the dollop and drizzle are not part of the recipe.)

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Tonight I made Sauerbraten Meatballs from 'Heart Smart' page 164. We both liked it very much. Easy too as it is 'baked' entirely in the microwave.

The only thing I did different was use plain sauerkraut and I did not add caraway seeds as I'm not very fond of them. It was different and quite tasty.

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2/19/09 3:14 P

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I tried the Mushroom Scalloped Potatoes again and this time they turned out fine. I did my grandmother's idea of rinsing them in the water /cream of tartar soulution and used the mandoline on a thicker slice and no discoloration at all. I would have prefered some cheddar in the recipe, but they were still very good. we gave it a three star rating.

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2/19/09 1:47 P

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Yesterday I made the Broccoli, Apple Salad for supper. It was very good. The only thing I did different was to make about 2/3 of the recipe since I didn't have the extra 1/2 cup of broccoli. Of course the two of us ate the whole thing. I was lazy too and didn't feel like getting the shredder dirty on the cheese so I just cut the cheese in tiny tiny cubes.

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2/11/09 3:28 P

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Great reviews and a good tip. Thank you!

The dessert was beautiful!



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2/11/09 1:54 A

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Last couple of days I've tried a few recipes.

French Apple dessert p.246 was just wonderful! this is easily made with baking mix, apples, eggs, milk powder, water, spices and topped with a crumbly topping of baking mix, pecans, and a small amount of lite margarine. I can see this for a breakfast or brunch for company. I baked mine in a 10" metal cake pan and it was done in the least amount of time suggested. Eight generous portions for 178 calories!

instead of a salad, it was chilly and I wanted to have a soup starter and made Italian Tomato Noodle Soup p.59. This soup was a hit with everyone especially DH and my son, who is soup challenged and I have not seen him want or eat soup ever! This speedy soup is based on a can of Tomato Soup and is meatless, but filling with added milk and noodles. I suggest when you make this, simmer the soup like it says except add the milk at the end. I didn't like the idea of simmering milk in the pot long enough to get the pasta cooked. I gave it 4 stars and the men gave it 5 stars.

Mushroom scalloped potatoes p.126. I don't know what happened, but I had to pitch the whole thing because the potatoes were a black - green when I went to portion it. I know the potatoes or onions were not too thick because I used a mandoline to slice them. I looked at my grandmother's recipe, which happens to be very similar, and it says after the potatoes are sliced, toss them in a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and drain, then proceed to layer them in the dish. I am going to try JoAnna's recipe again, but after I do the water /cream of tartar thing.

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2/6/09 6:05 P

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Yes please rate it, it won't let me rate my own recipe! lol hahaha



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Heather, that looks really good. I need to remember to rate it when I try it.

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We really liked it. I like canned peas for some things, but other things I just prefer frozen. :)

I do think it would of been good with fresh carrots, but I would of cooked them till done then added them, as the soup really doesn't take much cooking time. (only 10 minutes to heat really).

Did you look at the photos I uploaded of it?



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Heather, you're review makes me want to try that soup. I would use frozen peas, too. When I was growing up all we had was canned peas or fresh peas in season. The canned ones are like mush to me, gag!I can remember sitting at the table for what seemed like hours trying to finish my peas or creamed corn. I didn't even know I loved veggies until I was out on my own. I would also try to do the equivalent of carrots using fresh ones, cooking them a bit first.

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I tried the Chicken Pot Soup today! It was the easiest recipe yet! We will making it again for sure. Vince liked it and said it tasted just like chicken pot pie. We both thought it needed a bit of salt though. We both have super low blood pressure (like that of the dead! lol 80/50!) Any way we added salt. lol We also had it with crescent rolls! Oh I used frozen peas though as I thought it would feel more like chicken pot pie that way! lol And also no parsley, as we're not real fond of it so I don't keep it around. However, in this recipe I think it would of worked and been good!

I added the recipe to my Spark recipe collection and uploaded photos of it, let me know what you think of the photos-
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Going through the book I realized, I have also tried Vegetable Meat Pie in here. And it was good as well. Had huge portions. We tried it a long long time ago though-
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Not all the photos in or on Jo's books are real. I called JoAnna about a photo on a book once, I'm not saying that is for sure the case with this book, but often times photos were purchased for the book that weren't her's. IE the friends and family book cover, is not her friends or family. lol So I imagine that is how it is with the heart book too. Cause it does look good and I wondered the same! lol haha

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2/5/09 11:14 P

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I hope you like the noodles.
I'm going to make the 6 toed cat salad soon too. it does sound good, doesn't it? :-)

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I found the noodles at Fred Meyer (Kroger) and look forward to giving them a try.

I will be making Inn of the Six Toed Cat Pea Salad tomorrow because my youngest son is coming down and he loves it.

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2/3/09 6:06 P

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I'll have to look for those noodles too. Sound very interesting.

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2/2/09 11:42 P

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the noodles are in a small box if that helps. these didn't have the curly edges, the box said it was more like homemade style, like you'd roll them out yourself.

everyone loved that dish! a nice change from the usual beef in a mexican dish.

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I didn't know there were such noodles. What amazing things they come up with. I'll have to look next time I go shopping. And DH wonders why it takes time to go through the store.

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2/2/09 10:32 P

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I made the Mexi-Chicken Lasagna Bake p. 151 tonight and used for the first time Barilla No Boiling Required, Rolled Flat Lasagne noodles, which made putting this together a snap! the noodles turned out just great as well as the flavors in this dish.

Thanks Jan for reccomending this!


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I wonder if the casserole on the cover is Mexican Pot Pie (p. 174). The top is biscuits cut into pieces. Those sure look like blueberries! Maybe the pie is in a small, individual type casserole?

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Mom's comfort green beans did make it in the book. its on page 118 and we all love this "home-down" old fashioned dish. it does remind me of my grandmother's beans. I like to add lots of hot sauce, but only to my bowl, I'm the only one who doesn't have a sissy tounge in the house. :-D

Hey, does anyone know which dish is on the cover of the book? it looks like a cornmeal topped beef dish with corn, but I can't find what it could be in the book. and are those dark things on the colorful napkin blueberries? if they are, they're huge ones!

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Some of my favorites are:

Inn of the Six Toed Cat Pea Salad (pg. 83)****
Lazy Dog Macaroni Salad (p. 95)****

I want to try the Heavenly Blueberry Salad & also the Tea Room Apple Salad, too. Oh, there's a Valentine Party Salad that looks good.

Creamy Apple-Peanut Butter Salad ****
Stovetop Chicken & Broccoli (p. 149) ****
Mexi-Chicken Lasagna Bake (p. 151) ****
Cheeseburger Noodle Skillet (p. 160) **** This one cooks up fast, too!
Pam's Meatza Pie (p. 170) ****
New England Banana Sundae (p. 201) ****
The Governor's Banana Cream Pie (p. 224) ****
Orange Juice Spritzer (p. 254) **** I think I served this on Easter morning with brunch.

This will be a fun month revisiting old friends (recipes) and trying new ones.



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I didn't like the Blender Key Lime Pie either. there's another key lime pie that's better -YI can't find it now) but if you do make this pie, vent the lid a tad or the lid could pop off like it did on me and lime will be all over the place, and its hot too!

I don't believe I've made anything out of this book either. I looked in my '95 list (this is the best of newsletter 1995 book) and the only one I have marked that I've tried was Mom's comfort green beans, which didn't make it in the book.

I'll have to try some throughout this month.

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There used to be a ton of post about that salad on the old HE board, I have to give it a try!



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2/1/09 4:46 P

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This is one of my newer cookbooks and I haven't made anything from it yet, but have a dozen or more stickies on ones I want to try.

Oh, I didn't tell the truth, this is the cookbook that has the Heavenly Blueberry salad in. I've cut that one out from somewhere and make it a lot when blueberries are available. Some times I don't even make the cream cheese topping.

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Ironically some of my favorite recipes are in this book, as well as my very least liked recipe I have tried.

Carrots Supreme-
tinyurl.com/CarrotsSupreme
This was great! If you like sweet potatoes, but don't want to use your starch windows up on them, try this. This wasn't exactly like sweet potatoes, but for so low of calories it was a good substitute. I did add a little salt and parkay butter spray, and a little walden farms zero calorie pancake syrup on top just to make it over the top good. But, it was delish as is too!

Apple-Scotch Salad-
tinyurl.com/AppleScotchSalad
This was so yummy! I love apples and peanut butter. It was always one of my favorite snacks growing up. And I just loved this version. I highly recommend it!

Turkey 'N' Stuffing Casserole-
tinyurl.com/TurkeyStuffing
In my opinion this isn't as good as Stove Top Hot Dish. But, it is good. It was very filling.

Blender Key Lime Pie-
tinyurl.com/BlenderKeyLime
This tasted diety to me, and I just really didn't like it at all. It seemed "flat" and not very exciting to eat.

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Please share any recipes you try in the The Heart Smart Healthy Exchanges Cookbook here, and let us know what you thought!


If you do not have the book, here's a link to several recipes from Heart Smart-
Ruth Bond Site-
home.earthlink.net/~ruthbond/
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My Site-
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Team Heart Smart recipe Index-
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