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Macaron (French Macaroon)

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2012
Thank you for this recipe! Have never tried a macaron but have recently been obsessed with trying them. Of course, there's nowhere to buy them within a hundred miles and I hate risking buying food online. So I tried this out. For my first try, I think I did really good, considering how hard people always say it is to get them right. Tasted good, had little feet, just didn't puff up all the way (too much liquid in mine, I think-- because i never fully follow directions). The only problem was a technical one. I didn't have a non-stick base (had JUST run out of parchment paper) so 90% of them stuck and lost their bottoms too much to ignore. It wasn't a bad thing though, because my spouse ate them all anyway. He actually didn't like the ones I filled, just the plain ones. ^-^' Will definitely do this again.
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Lentil Soup III

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
Awesome! I never use exact directions so I just added everything to taste, using some tomato sauce i had frozen, and a curry spice mix I made a couple days ago in place of just cumin. I made it three times in two days (lack of groceries) and it was delicious every time. Once I even added a tablespoon or so of cream and it gave it a richer feel and lighter color. Very tasty, easy to adjust, healthy, and so cheap!
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Butter Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2010
Pretty good. I wasn't making so much (only had one potato and a mini can of chickpeas) so I cut the recipe down a bit. Used some leftover tomato sauce and a few tablespoons of canned tomatoes instead of soup, added 3 teaspoons of red curry paste, a pat of butter, and used a small can of coconut milk instead of milk or cream- gave it a rich thickness and extra sweetness. Also used one tiny sweet potato I had in the fridge. Great side dish.
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'Out of Salad Dressing' Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2009
Great! I wasn't expecting it to be any good, but have been craving a creamy dressing. Used fresh garlic instead of powder, and used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of milk, with a dash of olive oil and pepper for extra flavor. A little thin but very tasty, like a super super simple Ceaser dressing! I love that there are so many options for adjustment and experimentation. Have plans to try adding anchovies to make it more Ceaser-y, or maybe olives and feta for a greek style, and there are so many possibilities. A great, simple dressing by itself, or open to so many other ideas.
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Beer Cheese Soup II

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2009
I don't really follow recipes, but I used this as a jumping off point for a soup appetizer and it worked out great! I even made a smaller pot for myself for lunch the next day (except with some old cheap wine I had left in the fridge), and it worked great. Used flour and butter to make a rue to thicken it, because it's what I had on hand, and a mixture of sharp and mild cheddar to keep away some of the bitterness of sharp. Very good.
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Oyster Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2009
Very good. I didn't completely follow the exact recipe because i was just making a small pot for myself; it came out fantastic! Also threw in a little bit of Heavy Cream (just because i had it on me) and a splash of Adobo spices. Plus, I did use canned oysters. Fresh aren't that easy to get here.
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Wicked Garlic Tofu Saute

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2009
This was a pretty good recipe. Very simple but also pretty tasty. I always keep a pack of tofu in the fridge for those days when I don't the foresight or time to thaw out some meat, so this was great. I only used 3 cloves of garlic (I love garlic, but am not to fond of the taste of it when cooked in liquid), and baked the tofu a little first to firm it up. For the veggies, I used frozen asparagus with fresh zucchini and baby bella mushrooms. Came out really well. A good addition, which I didn't think of until afterward, would be some fresh ginger and some spicy peppers. Will have to try it next time.
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Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
I loved these! They came out perfect and soft and soooo buttery! They didn't melt on the pan like some butter cookies do, and they really weren't hard to make. Thank you so much, these are now my favorite cookies!
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