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    Oh My ZaarStars !

    A collection of my recipes with 5 or more reviews. This will be used for play in the new ZaarStars game hosted by Bayhill.
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    I was looking for a little treat one evening and fresh out of ideas. On a lark, I wandered over to the Weight Watchers UK website and found this zippy beverage idea. Have tried it a few times and this is my revised version of the original. Though the recipe shown here serves two, you can very easily scale this up to serve as many as you like.

    Recipe #134245

    Another selection for the 2005 World Tour. A simple and lovely dessert from West Africa.

    Recipe #134996

    I should call this lazy granita as the use of the food processor makes this simple and less labor intensive than the typical process of watching the freezing ice and regularly breaking it up. This is a delightful summer treat that satisifies the need for an evening sweet. Cooking time is freezing time.

    Recipe #135088

    This first appeared in Cooking Light several years ago. As presented, it includes my changes to make the dish a bit more saucy and fully flavored.

    Recipe #135297

    In July 2005, five women set out to Florence Italy to found Zaarbucks, a chain of kiosks serving coffees, teas, jaffles, fudge and baked goods. Early on, the group's business manger, PanNan, figured out that customers hooked on their fabulous baked goods would soon gain so much weight they would stop buying their daily muffins and scones. Quickly Bergy and Derf began working on a new recipe for a deletable new scone that would be kind to the figure. Having developed a basic recipe for light scones, they worked with Madeleine M. to develop a range of flavor combinations that would rival none. Apricot-Almond was by far my favorite so today, one time only, I'm sharing the recipe with you. Don't tell 'em where you got the recipe.

    Recipe #135582

    As a big fan of yogurt based marinades for chicken (for example Chicken Tikka), this one immediately caught my eye. Unlike Tikka, you only marinate this one for 30-45 minutes so it doesn't require much planning ahead. I have not tried this one yet but wanted to make it public for the Zaar World Tour. Cooking time include time to marinate the chicken.

    Recipe #138110

    As part of the Zaar World Tour I’ve been in search of international recipes that look and appeal to me. This recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey’s International Vegetarian. Though this dish is Syrian variations are common through out the Mediterranean. For a quick dish, you can substitute the dried peas and soaking with 3 1/2 cups of canned of black-eyed peas. If you go that route, try rinsing the beans and using a cup of vegetable broth in lieu of the cooking liquid. Don’t let the cooking time scare you off, it’s soaking and simmer time that leaves you free to tend to other things. Consider greens and rice as an accompaniment to this dish.

    Recipe #140614

    I found this vintage recipe on the Internet while looking for unique recipes to submit for the Zaar World Tour. It comes from the recipe files of Margaret Dens Buytaert, a Belgain who resided in Wisconsin. The idea of coffee as the liquid in this quick bread intrigues me. Sorry that I will not have a chance to prepare it for a while. If you try it, please share your reactions.

    Recipe #140852

    A frequent snack for me includes a healthy dip and some raw veggies. Since I also enjoy the combination of orange with savory spices or peppers, this dish from Cooking Light really appealed to me. Another untried recipe posted for the Zaar World Tour.

    Recipe #142314

    This appeared in a recent issue of Cooking Light and quickly caught my attention. Planning to make this soon but thought I would share it with the other coffee lovers on the website.

    Recipe #146868

    Lemon and asparagus are a classic combination and there are many versions here on the site. In this version, the lemons are roasted along with the asparagus allowing them to caramelize releasing a wonderful tangy-sweet accent to the asparagus stalks. Even better, this heart healthy dish skips the butter and gently uses extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs. The recipe easily doubles or triples for a larger group.

    Recipe #189611

    A burger creation from the Whine and Cheese gang for ZWT3. The classic California flavors in this dish will leave you drooling and wanting more.

    Recipe #231862

    A personal take on a recipe from the "Slow Cooker Bible" and based on recipes typical of North Carolina styled BBQ. The sauce is tangy and flavorful but not spicy as the amount of hot sauce is just enough to balance the sweetness of the ketchup. Certainly mild enough to serve to kids. It you want more zing, add more tabasco or a chopped chipotle pepper en adobo. (If your crock pot is large enough, this easily doubles and the leftovers can be frozen.)

    Recipe #242547

    I love biscotti of all sorts, and this recipe, packed with walnuts in a double chocolate dough, is just delicious. Adopted from Mean Chef in September 2006, I have left the original directions intact, but added my comments and notations in parentheses. As presented, this yields about 30 six inch long cookies. If you want smaller biscotti, divide the dough into 3 logs, and reduce your baking time accordingly.

    Recipe #53904

    This is an adopted recipe that I selected because it so closely matches my tastes. I do not intend to alter the recipe as it has so many favorable reviews. Once I prepare it, I may annotate the directions based on my experience.

    Recipe #66035

    The launch of Weight Watchers Core Program is quickly inspiring recipes that use neither sugar nor flour. These tasty cakes can be served at breakfast or to accompany an entree. I made them with Recipe #64718 and got raves.

    Recipe #98761

    Yesterday was my turn to bring snacks to my Cuban salsa class -- the dance that is. After scanning dozens of recipes, I couldn't find what I wanted so I created this one. After watching my classmates tip the bowl, I decided it was worth posting. While the ingredients are familiar, the ratio of tomatoes, beans and corn is quite different from the dozens already here. So easy, its a crowd pleaser.

    Recipe #114956

    Recently had an extra pint of cherry tomatoes on hand and was in search of comfort food. Devised this soup in a pinch and thought it was worth sharing. Mine was a quick soup for one but the recipe has been scaled up and uses the more economical Roma tomato. If you have lots of cherry or grape tomatoes -- they have a sweetness that pairs beautifully with the vinegar -- use them or do a mix with the roma tomatoes. If you are making this Kosher, skip the cheese or be sure to use vegetable broth.

    Recipe #131639

    This is more a technique than a recipe per se. However, if you love the taste of fried sweet plantains but don't want all the fat, this is the way to go. For those less familiar with plantains, they would best be described as a cooking banana. These pair well with almost and Caribbean entree. For the best results, make sure you have a really ripe plantain one that is all yellow with a good number of brown spots. Though I have portioned this as a half plantain per serving, one could easily eat a whole one alone.

    Recipe #134349

    This is the perfect recipe for those who love the flavors of a classic Cuban pork roast but are cooking in small quantities. Typical of Cuban fare, these are full of tropical flavors but not spicy. The garlic and lime pair beautifully in a fragrant marinade. Though you can marinade as briefly as an hour, for best results let the pork soak up to 6-8 hours. (Don't marinade overnight as the citrus cooks the pork over longer periods). Serve these with my Almost Fried Plantains #134349 for a delightful healthy meal.

    Recipe #134871

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