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Reviewed Blondies

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 on

I really like the flavor of these blondies. I did not have any parchment paper, and just buttered the heck out of the baking dish, and had no trouble removing the finished blondies. I used light brown sugar, and reduced it to 1 packed cup, and used crushed heath bars and macadamia nuts, with a few caramel bits thrown in for good measure. I cooked...

Replied to No-Baste, No-Bother Roasted Turkey

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 on

How long did you cook your bird? I want to try using my roaster, but I do not want to overcook the meat. I have an 18 pound turkey, and will stuff it. Thanks.

Reviewed Butterscotch Apple Crisp

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 on

I have always preferred apple pie to apple crisp, but I must say, this recipe makes me like both equally. I made as directed, except I used 1/2 bag of caramel chips and 1/2 bag of butterscotch chips and think I like this combo better than I would have liked the butterscotch chips alone. My crisp did require about ten minutes longer to cook as my apples...

Reviewed Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 on

"This was a very flavorful soup, and better than anything one can find in a can. I followed the recipe fairly closely, but I like my tomato soup without cream, so that was the only ingredient that I did not add. I grated the carrot, and put the garlic through a press. I peeled my fresh tomatoes, before chopping them up, used homemade chicken stock "

Reviewed Turkey Chipotle Chili with Pepper Jack Cheese Corn Cake Toppers

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 on

"This was a flavorful and easy chili to make. My usual recipe takes hours to mellow, so this recipe is a great stand-by if I am craving chili and do not want to wait. I used both ground turkey (it was a taco-seasoned variety and ground chuck. I followed the recipe but did add some garlic powder in addition to three cloves that I put through a garli"

Reviewed Easy Garlic Chicken

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 on

"This chicken dish, with a bit of tweaking, was delicious and moist. I used 2 chicken breasts, since there is only me. I used a combo of butter and olive oil to saute my seasoned breasts (I seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried parsley). I used 4 TBSP of brown sugar, and added some soy sauce (2 tsp) and micro-planed ginge..."

Reviewed Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 on

"Flavorful filling. I followed the recipe as written, except I added squeezed-dry frozen spinach. I was able to use the herbs from my garden for the filling and the sauce, and made my own marinara sauce. Even though I think I stuffed my 40 shells as full as I could, there was enough filling left over to re-fill one of the ricotta containers, so I w"

Reviewed Brownies with Coconut Frosting

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 on

"I made exactly as written and liked the icing more than I liked the brownies. The icing recipe makes a lot and I put some in a container and stored it in the refrigerator. I will use it in a week or so with my tried and true brownie recipe. I may add a splash of coconut extract in the icing to ramp it up just a tad bit more. Overall, a good recipe."

Reviewed Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Monday, May 27, 2013 on

"I used a square baking dish (9 x 9), and used a homemade crust that I brought up the sides. I laid down 4 squares of sliced swiss cheese (this helps keep the crust from getting soggy. I mixed the eggs with 1 cup of half and half, as other reviewers have suggested. I wilted the spinach in a scant bit of olive oil with 1 clove of crushed garlic. I v"

Reviewed Arborio Rice Pudding

Saturday, May 4, 2013 on

"I had a craving for rice pudding and had a whole box of arborio rice that had been sitting on the shelf for a few months, so I tried this recipe. Boy, am I glad that I did. I did not have whole milk, but had whipping cream and 2% and combined a cup of each. I increased the cinnamon and used my homemade vanilla, and was very pleased with the result"

Reviewed Do Nothing Cake

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 on

"Overall, this cake is quick and easy to make. I am not in love with the cake flavor, and think if I were to make this again, I would add some kind of pineapple extract. The cake flavor is a bit bland for me, even with all the pineapple in it. I added a bit of coconut to the batter and used macadamia nuts for the topping. Other than that, I followed..."

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Reviewed Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Monday, Dec 24, 2012 on

"What a wonderful soup! I like the rich mushroom flavor, and I had to use common mushrooms, as my store did not have anything more exotic. I made the recipe almost exactly as written, and the only deviations were that I used some dried porcini in the broth, and I used a porcini sea salt throughout, instead of regular salt. Even though I used a love"

Reviewed Maple-Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 on

"After reading all the wonderful reviews, I decided to forsake my tried and true turkey recipe (in a cooking bag), for this change of pace. I followed the recipe exactly as written, except I did not use the corn bread stuffing as I do not like corn bread. I found the turkey a bit on the dry side, and though I used the sage butter inside and out, I "

Reviewed Pecan Pie

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 on

"As a Type-2 diabetic, I was looking for something to make for dessert on Thanksgiving. I love Pecan Pie, and when I saw this recipe used agave syrup, I thought I would give it a try, since it is low on the glycemic scale. I read a review by another diabetic who substituted the brown sugar for Splenda brown sugar. I decided to do that as well. I ma"

Reviewed Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Monday, Nov 12, 2012 on Cooking Channel

"I have made this recipe many times since I saw it on Foodnetwork. I love the flavor this pasta has to offer and the recipe always gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. I make exactly as directed, except I can never find frozen artichokes, so I get the canned kind, packed in water. I do not use the buffalo mozzarella, since I cannot fine t"

Reviewed Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 on

"These biscuits come out perfect every time and are a snap to make. I discovered this recipe about a month ago, and I have made them several times a week since them. I love the buttery flavor and the ease of making them in the food processor. No rolling is another plus. This recipe is my definitive biscuit recipe and I plan on making a triple batch ..."

Reviewed Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 on

"I love RL's biscuits, and this recipe comes the closest to it, to date. I have made this recipe often and love the flavor and the texture. Be sure not to overwork the dough, and to eat them the first day, if possible, when their tenderness is at its peak. "

Reviewed Spaghetti with Meatballs

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 on Cooking Channel

"This is my fist Michael Symon recipe. I have watched him cook his way up the ladder of success and always with recipes that everyone loves. This recipe is no exception. The sauce is rich with layers of flavor. I think the browned ribs add so much flavor to the sauce. My mother's recipe is still my go-to comfort food spaghetti sauce, and my mother-"

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Reviewed Braised Short Ribs

Monday, Sep 3, 2012 on

"I like watching Ann Burrell cook; she has a natural instinct for preparing delicious food. I followed the recipe exactly, except I added beef stock instead of water. I did not cook the ribs the entire time on 375. I checked the meat half way through, added some more liquid and felt that if I continued to cook the ribs at 375, the sauce might burn "

Reviewed Country Blueberry Pie

Monday, Sep 3, 2012 on

"This is a pie that one would want to make early in the morning to serve for dinner. This pie needs to cool and settle before being cut. I followed the recipe exactly, except for the cornstarch. I added five TBSP. and the pie cut easily, did not fall apart and was not at all soupy. I used frozen berries and was pleased with the flavor and texture."

Reviewed Oven-Fried Chicken

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 on

"I really liked this recipe, and it seems almost fool proof. I did add four TBSP of hot sauce to the buttermilk, and added additional spices as Ina suggested (added garlic powder, onion powder and sweet paprika, along with the salt and pepper mentioned in the recipe). I had some of the crust come off during frying and I used the entire 2 cups for t"

Favorited Rolled Omelet Burrito

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