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Alex D

Alex D
Home Town: Livonia, Michigan, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Buckeyes I
I've been making Buckeyes forever and although I did not make this recipe I was reading the reviews and can see where folks would have some problems. I use 2 sticks of butter (1 cup), 2 cups of PB (18 oz jar), 1-1/2 lbs of powdered sugar (I use a scale, weigh, then sift) (btw, 1 lb = roughly 4 cups), 2 TABLEspoons of vanilla. In a large pot (6 qt) I slowly melt the butter and PB together, stirring until smooth. Once smooth, remove from heat, add vanilla and then powder sugar, a cup at a time. The mixture will be crumbly. With clean hands, I use my hands to incorporate/knead the sugar into the butter/pb. The mixture is a bit dry. While still warm, I make several large oblong shaped balls (think snow balls how you have to "pack" dry snow into ball) then I break off small pieces and roll into little balls (16-18 grams). I put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple of hours. I melt the chocolate with PARAFFIN wax. You don't need much wax. The wax keeps the chocolate smooth and easy to dip in and out, AND the result is a beautiful shine. I tried one time to dip in melted chocolate without wax and I couldn't believe what a disaster. It clumped and they looked terrible.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Better the 2nd day. I read 15 to 20 reviews before making this and the most common remarks/negatives about this salad were "bland" & "salty". Still, I was intrigued enough to try (thinking BLT, but BPT), so I thought long and hard about what changes would need to be made to address "bland" and "salty". Starting with the 2 boxes of pasta, I cooked it al dente. Drained and rinsed in cold water, then dumped in large bowl with ice and water to cool quickly. Drained on linen towel and refrigerated. Then I whisked together (double) 1 cup mayonnaise AND 1 cup sour cream, 2 pkgs ranch dressing mix, 2 cloves of minced garlic & 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper. Then I whisked in milk. I let this sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours because i know with powdered ranch dressings, if you try to eat the dressing immediately after mixing, it's gritty and very salty and bland. I fried 1.5 lbs of bacon and refrigerated. 2 hours before party time, I mixed the pasta with the sauce, then I crumbled the bacon adding it with the black olives, unsliced,whole grape tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese. I have to say, I was surprised how bland the salad was. However, people really enjoyed it. In the meantime, while everyone ate, bite after bite I tried to figure out what I could have done differently. The answer came the day after the party upon eating a bowl of leftovers. Surprise! It was full of flavor! I was afraid to make this the day before worrying the bacon would be soggy and salad too dry, but it wasn't

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Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2014
Banana Nut Bread III
I have tried a zillion banana bread recipes and this one is perfect. I only came across it because it was one of the few banana bread recipes that didn't call for sour cream or buttermilk. I only had 2 small bananas, so I halved the recipe. Because I only made half the recipe, of the 1/2 cup sugar I used 1/4 cup white and 1/4 brown sugars. (Also, I didn't have pecans so I used walnuts). I can't wait to get my hands on some over ripe bananas to make a full recipe.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2014
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