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    Top 20 of '08

    2008 was my first year participating in the Zaar World Tour, an event where teams compete against each other in contests and games, sampling recipes from different parts of the world. I ended up trying 324 new Recipezaar recipes in 2008. (I'm shocked myself-nearly one new dish per day!) These were my 20 very favorites.

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    Quick pasta dish without the calories! Makes three huge servings if made as one-dish meal or 4-6 if served in addition to fresh bread and green salad. Uses tofu shirataki noodles to drastically cut calories. Ground beef, chicken or turkey can be subbed for the buffalo meat, ounce for ounce. *This entire dish as listed below has 917 calories, 31g of fat and 97g of protein (that's 305 calories, 10g of fat & a whopping 32g of protein per serving). Calculated using Eden organic pasta sauce and Kraft cheeses.

    Recipe #297437

    2 Reviews |  By Maito

    The farina makes these muffins special. Feel free to use vanilla extract if you are not fond of almond extract. I have never tried it, but I imagine these would work well with cranberries too. Times are approximate. Thanks to Jen for putting this recipe in her best of 2008 cookbook!

    Recipe #277681

    6 Reviews |  By CoffeeB

    Got this from a Yahoo website--Very filling and satisfying. It says two servings, but really now!!!

    Recipe #319452

    From Sunset Magazine March 2007. I can't wait to try this.

    Recipe #214440

    Irish and Mexican just like me! Planning on using my leftover St. Patrick's Day corned beef brisket for this.

    Recipe #214299

    We had a whole gallon of eggnog in the fridge so in the moring I was wondering what to have and came up with this! Note: Light or regular Eggnog may be used.

    Recipe #148343

    I really respect Iron Chef Chen as a chef. He seems to be a wonderful mentor to many young chefs working under him. He caught my attention as a Iron Chef Chinese on Iron Chef TV program and really enjoyed watching him improvise many recipes. I learned a lot just by watching and copied many of his ideas from the show that I now incorporate into my cooking repertoire. Since then, I've looked for his cookbooks and found 4 in Japanese language. I love all his recipes, especially his famous Mapo Tofu or Mapo Doufu. His dad was a pioneer in introducing Szechuwan cooking to Japanese and he is known as a father of Mapo Doufu in Japan because he was apparently the first Chinese man to cook something so spicy as this dish in Japan. It is now very famous in Japan and Iron Chef Chen Kenichi continues with that tradition at his restaurants in Japan. I wish Chinese and Japanese sauces and other culinary ingredients are known in the West for their proper Chinese and Japanese names like most Indonesian or Malasian sauces ie sambal olek etc instead of using generic names such as bean sauce, etc because it can get very confusing using those generic names. For this dish, you need two Chinese sauces/pastes The first one is Chinese brown bean sauce/paste aka tenmienjan, tenmenjan, or tenmenjiang - it's made from soy beans and sometimes is called Chinese miso type sauce or sweet noodle sauce. It is dark brown in color and has a wonderful dark miso type flavor. The next sauce is Chinese chili bean sauce aka toubanjan or doubanjiang - it has soy beans along with hot chilies and is red color. Don't use regular hot red chili sauce since it lacks the complexity of soy beans found in hot bean red chili sauce. The other two Chinese ingredients you will need for this recipe are fermented black beans (you can usually find these bagged and are ready to use or in bottles) and Szechuwan peppercorn. Szechuwan pepeprcorn is optional though Chef Chen does use it. Chef Chen uses regular tofu (not firm or silken) for his recipe. If you cannot find green garlic chives also known as nira in Japanese, I would use combination green onion and garlic. You want the taste of garlic as well as color of green onion for this dish. Another item that he uses is Japanese chili pepper known as ichimi tougarashi ie crushed or minced red pepper and if you cannot buy this item easily, I would substitute by mincing Chinese, Japanese, Thai, or Korean dry red pepper. This is a very, very spicy version of Mapo Tofu and if you like, cut down on chili pepper and chili oil if you like this recipe milder. However, this dish goes so well with plain steamed white rice that you can eat and eat while your nose is running. I plan to post another of Chef Chen's milder Mapo Tofu recipe using Hoisin sauce in the future.

    Recipe #296880

    3 Reviews |  By AB_Fan

    From The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman. "This popular one-pot dish can be made with meat or vegetables and, like most casseroles, is easily varied. There are many similar dishes throughout East Asia, but this one is made distinctively Japanese by the addition of mirin and even more so if you use dashi for the cooking stock -- a terrific touch. Arbruage -- fried tofu -- is available, precooked, at Japanese markets; it's slightly sweet. Firm, well pressed tofu can be used as a substitute."

    Recipe #305670

    I've lightened up Recipe #62980, Triberry Muffins by Kim127. Thanks for the original! I'm not a believer in Splenda or other fake sugar, so I've tried to cut fat and calories in other ways.

    Recipe #231169

    These are Lourenco Marques Prawns or Prawns Mozambique. Prawns from the waters off Mozambique are famous for the large size and delicious flavor. These are marinated in a peri-peri marinade and grilled. Post for ZWT #4.

    Recipe #304819

    You can have your muffaletta without all the meat, but with all the flavor! Adapted from Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals! Feel free to add more if you like. Perhaps some marinated mushrooms, pepperoncini, veggie bacon, other cheeses, tomato slices, etc.

    Recipe #265637

    I made this for dinner tonight and it tasted fabulous! It was the best Chicken Picatta recipe I have ever had. I made some changes since I first posted the recipe, and suggest you double the sauce if you want to top pasta in addition to the chicken. Personally, I serve it with garlic mashed potatoes. (I save the little garlic containers I get from Papa John's Pizza and mash them into my potatoes -- easy and yummy)

    Recipe #184639

    I was making pizza for my kids and their friends tonight. I had 3 crusts to make and was already on my second when I realized that I had forgotten to add the oil to my first crust. I made yet another in case the fat free one did not work out, but it was just great. Therefore, this is my new normal crust!

    Recipe #94429

    7 Reviews |  By mag05

    This is the best marinade! It is super simple and lots of flavor. We usually let it set overnight. I have also used this for whole chickens, cornish game hens and pork. I have added a little fresh garlic for an added flavor. ENJOY!

    Recipe #269289

    4 Reviews |  By Sue Lau

    This is a rather unusual recipe that I came up with using the crockpot with outstanding results. You can serve this up alone, in taco shells, or soft tortillas...any way, the result is great! Nopalitos (cactus pieces) have a flavor that is all their own, but can be kind of like a mild artichoke flavor and if it is spiced in the jar, can have a little green chile taste. You can get the nopalitos in the Mexican section of your supermarket or any Mexican grocer.

    Recipe #88944

    A nice variation on a very common (here in Australia at least) soup.

    Recipe #20094

    This one sure is different but just might grab ya. My husband and I thought they were quite yummy.

    Recipe #82162

    For a quick satisfying soup, this recipe is a snap to put together. The combination of the ingredients makes a nice sauce. A sprinkling of cheese provides a tasty finish. Served with French bread makes it hearty enough for a meal. Note: This recipe was entered for RSC#11 and has been modified with additional seasonings. ;)

    Recipe #282997

    Convenient way to satisfy a sushi craving. I invented this delectable open-faced "sandwich" while trying to use up leftover ingredients in a creative way. I made this with canned salmon (reminiscent of a Philadelphia roll) but I'm assuming tuna will work well also.

    Recipe #86427

    These have a wonderful bourbon, golden colour, and the flavours in the recipe speak for themselves. 'Nuff said!

    Recipe #145514

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