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Polenta

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
Simple and works. Keep stirring to keep the bottom from burning. You could also add a pinch of salt, much like you would to rice.
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Creamy Hollandaise Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2007
Very easy to make. Didn't have a double boiler, but a metal bowl on top worked fine. Margerine makes a perfect substitute for butter. I would also add less lemon and perhaps more white pepper.
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Banana Bread V

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2007
This banana bread was not as dense as some previous recipes I have tried. At first I lamented that it was a bit crumbly, but after a day, it was perfect. Thanks :)
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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
Great gourmet flavor pairing. I made mine into a main course pizza by adding some plain tomato sauce, with tomato paste, garlic and a pinch of sugar, and adding a light sprinkling of mozzarella before layering the fresh fig slices, goat cheese, and red onions. The fennel added something special, although this flavor is not for everyone (boyfriend didn't like the fennel, but said it would be great without it). As for the pizza dough, I cannot rate, because the boyfriend made his own special dough.
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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
So simple and yet so traditionally perfect.
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2007
My first time baking these traditional favorites was a success. I can't find shortening in Finland (is there a substitute?), so I used a whole cup of butter instead. I also substituted vinegar for the cream of tartar (also cannot find in supermarkets here). Otherwise, the suggestions of using a bag to shake the dough balls in and using exactly 8 minutes in the oven were perfect. They may not LOOK done, but if you want them to be slightly chewy on the inside, take them out despite that they aren't browned. Trust me.
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Soft Gingersnaps

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I took these cookies to a holiday party and they were gone within 20 minutes. I've recieved many compliments. I used less sugar and less molasses than called for, because it was all I had left, but they were still perfect. In fact, when I make these again I will use a bit less still.
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Mediterranean Black Olive Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2008
Just as described. Wonderful. I would next time turn the temperature down after 10 minutes instead of 15, because I found that the crust got too dark, which misled me into taking the bread out a little too early. I put it back in the oven for the remainder of the time, but it was still a bit undercooked in the middle.
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Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Perfect. Followed the recipe to a tee, except that I added extra sugar while whipping the egg whites, because I thought that would help firm it faster (it didn't). The result of this blunder were cute little caramelized beads of sugar on top of the meringue. There was some liquid between the layers, but nothing that can't be drained by tipping the pie over a sink! A bit of work with the topping, but delish and impressive for guests!
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Savory Sausage, Cheese and Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Very good recipe. I made some changes based on availability and preferences. I didn't have garlic or onion powder, but used a tablespoon of French onion soup mix (the powder instant kind), I used plain yogurt instead of buttermilk in the same volume, two real eggs, and butter instead of margarine. I also made my own vegetarian sausage first (soy protein, water, egg, wheat flour, sage, time, spices). My boyfriend doesn't like them, but I love them dipped in a little ketchup or with butter.
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Highway Cafe Chess Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
Easy to follow. Got rave reviews from my Finnish inlaws. I used only one cup of raisins and half cup of walnuts (all I had), and boiled water to just pour over the bowl of raisins, rather than actively boiling the raisins. Worked great. Served with vanilla sauce, but next time I might serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.
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Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Fillets

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2008
Fast and easy. I took the suggestion of others and added about a tablespoon of fresh ginger, and basted the salmon with the glaze halfway through cooking. It took longer than 14 minutes though because it was a large steak.
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White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2008
With only 8 minutes baking, the cookies came out soft and chocolatey. I would perhaps add more baking soda next time so that they fluff a bit. My first try went badly, since I used a chocolate milk mix instead of cocoa powder (didn't have any) and the second try turned out perfectly!
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
I have made this twice in the last week and it turned out excellent both times. I've gotten many compliments. I haven't modified the recipe at all because it turned out so well the first time. One note though- with my electric oven, it takes longer than suggested: About an hour.
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Bavarian Strawberry Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
Simple to make. I used 'cool whip' instead of real whipped cream to cut back on calories and it was fantastic. My friends (mostly all dieting) said 'heck with it, we want seconds!
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Maple Salmon with Mushroom Couscous

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
I give tihs recipe 5 stars because of its simplicity and how the tastes compliment one another to make a meal. My boyfriend thought it was the same recipe I have used for salmon before, but in fact the last time I made a similar dish, the I used honey, pineapple juice, soy sauce, worchestershire, ginger, amongst other things. This cut back to the essentials! I used only the stems of the mushrooms for the couscous and used the tops to fill them with blue cheese and bake next to the fish! Delish!
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Puff Pastry Salmon

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
I made my own puff pastry from the puff pastry recipe on this site. Since I didn't have any onion or garlic powder, I skipped it. I didn't need it! I added about a teaspoon of cream cheese to the top and cooked it for about 35 min on 400F. Great recipe.
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Challah I

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2008
I halved this recipe, so I used only one egg, one egg yolk and used the remaining white for the eggwash. I also used sesame seeds instead of poppy. I didn't let it rise as much as called for, because I was in a hurry, but it still turned out great. Lightly sweet and perfect texture! Easy enough for this little goyeh!
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Honey Oatmeal Bread II

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2008
A nice texture, very easy to cut with few crumbs as result. Even better toasted. The oatmeal just dissolved in this recipe! It was a little too sweet to use with most sandwiches, but made great breakfast bread. Also, I tried putting all the dough into one bread loaf pan (only have one and many times the loaves turn out too small if I put in two), but this one really does need two loaf pans or should be halved! I got a huge loaf of bread, some of which spilled over to the bottom of the oven during baking.
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Kid-Friendly Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Many compliments on this bread recipe. Minor changes> molasses instead of brown sugar when feeding the yeast in the first step (easier to mix), half wheat and half all purpose flour. In the future, I will make this with 3/4 of the dough in one bread pan, and use the leftovers for dinner rolls, as each half did not make such a large loaf as I like for slicing for sandwiches.
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