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Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
More of a cooking method than a recipe and what a great one it is. Of course make sure you have a tasty BBQ sauce, one that you would happily drink out of the bottle and you will surely end up with the absolute best results.
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Reviewed: May 31, 2012
I followed the recipe exactly and wish I had read some reviews before I made them. True to all the reviews I thought they were a little dry and the texture more like a bread than a cake. If I ever make these again I will definitely add more pumpkin and spices. The cinnamon in the frosting didn't really add that much flavour and made the normally velvety smooth and creamy cream cheese frosting a bit gritty.
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2010
Didn't have light olive oil, so I used half extra virgin and half vegetable, don't think it made much difference. Didn't want to pay the price for shelled pistachios, so I used roughly chopped raw almonds instead. Added some orange zest, because it seems to go so well with dried cranberries. Couldn't mix the almonds and cranberries in by hand because it was so sticky, but was fine shaping the logs with wet hands as recipe suggested. Only gave it 4 stars because it was a super pain to cut, most of them fell apart, got probably 1 loaf of nicely formed slices out of the 2 loafs. I tried a few different knifes, ended up using a thin serrated one and very gently sawed the pieced off. Tried some other reviewers' suggestions of just pressing down, but didn't work. I think if I cooked the loafs a little longer and left it to cool for longer, so that the loaf is stiffer it'll work better. Also the thick 3/4" slices seems a little fat for me, so I made some that were about 1 cm thick. And I think there are too many nuts to cookie ratio, I think next time I might use 3/4-1c nuts and will definitely try it with pistachios.
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Warm Apple Pocket

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2007
Excellent for the little effort, but I think I'll need to play around with the pastry and spices to get the texture and flavour to my liking, but I can see how this could be great. I am in NZ, so we don't have pre-mixed apple pie spice or the same kind of bought pie pastry (not as good) , I used a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
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Dutch Apple Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
Lovely light and not too sweet cake. I added some chopped apple in the batter as another reviewer had suggested and I ended up using 4 small apples all up, would probably add even more next time. I didn't finish using the sugar and cinnamon mixture on top, it just seemed like too much. I will follow some of the other reviewers and add some cinnamon in the batter mixture next time also.
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Greek Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
I just finished a batch and I can't stop eating them, I made some tea to have with them, but ate 3 before the water boiled. I added a little more almond essence because mine was really old. The prep time is much longer than 10min because of the S shapes, which weren't as hard as many suggested, just have to work fast and would help if these were made on a cooler day with cool hands. In saying so I have hot hands all the time and they still turned out awesome. Cook time is definitely 10 min per tray, I ended up with 3 = 30min all together. Used a non-stick cookie pan and didn't grease it, looked like there was enough butter in the recipe and they didn't stick. Used baking paper on a normal cookie sheet and they were fine too. They have a great light crisp texture for me, will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing.
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Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2007
Interesting Idea. I just used some of the left over guacamole instead of following the recipe. I am giving it four stars because I think although mine had a pretty good flavor but was missing something and looking over the recipe I think it would be much better if I had followed the recipe. Will try again, but I think old school deviled eggs won't be replaced.
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Crisp Rice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
They bake up really nice looking and I didn't have any trouble with the mixture, really fast and easy. It tastes and smells pretty good. I would say this cookie is a kid's type of cookie.
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2007
Really quick and easy recipe to assemble and super tasty. We love it. I tasted it before and after letting it sit in the fridge. Thought it was a little sour before but after resting, it was perfect. I used a little more cayenne pepper because we love spicy food. Thanks for sharing.
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Unbelievable Rolls

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2013
Half way through making this recipe I decided to read some reviews on it, because it has a couple of unconventional ways of making bread. So I wanted to see what other people had to say about it. I got a little worried, but my batch did come out fluffy and rich and delicious. If I was just judging on flavour and texture this recipe would get a 5, but because the instructions were not very detailed, I found myself doing a bit of guess work. 1. The yeast wasn't proofed before adding to the dry ingredients, so if your yeast happens to not work for what ever reason, the whole batch would be ruined. 2. The water and milk heated on the stove doesn't mention how hot. I guessed lukewarm because every other yeast recipe uses lukewarm liquid to activate the yeast, too hot would kill the yeast. I also tempered beaten eggs with the warm milk because I wanted to avoid scrambling. 3. The dough turned out to be more of a batter, I added 1c extra of flour just to get it to look like a very sticky dough, definitely to wet to knead by hand, so I mixed it in a stand mixer for about 3-5min, just until it looked like it was fully incorporated. If I was to make this recipe again, I think I would tweak it to the point where its a whole new recipe. All in all it produced very tasty rolls.
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2008
Didn't really care for this, for all the effort of prep and finding the ingredients, the final product wasn't all that fantastic taste wise. I liked the texture and aroma of the herbs, but was really lacking in flavor. I made the shrimp ones with the addition of crisp blanched asparagus, shredded carrots and sprouts. And I made another lot with marinated thin pork slices which helped with the flavor aspect. My favorite part was the 1st sauce, without the sauce the rolls would have been barely edible. The final product did look really cool though, I wouldn't make this again unless it was for a fancy party or something. It was a good light meal, very fitting for a hot afternoon.
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One Bowl Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2008
Really great texture and base to add all kinds of nuts, dried fruit and whatever you can think of. I usually use 72% Cocoa Chocolate and I have tried different combinations of Crasins, candied ginger, dried apricots, walnuts, almonds, etc. All very tasty.
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Adam's Dirt Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2007
Interesting idea. My cookies didn't turn out like the picture at all and they weren't flat either. It does have a buttery flavor but I like that as long it's not too greasy and it wasn't. I did notice the salt content in it, but it wasn't offensive, I will use a little less next time. The texture was soft and chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside which is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.
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Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2013
I've been following Chef John on Youtube for years, everything I've made has turned out pretty awesome. This recipe is no exception. Yum Yum. One thing I will say is I only got 24 small rolls, any smaller might have been a little ridiculous. I made the rolls to act as burger buns and my burger became tiny sliders.
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Quick and Easy Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2011
Didn't make any changes to the recipe, except for halving it. And I made a rooky mistake in baking them on grill setting which meant the bottom half wasn't really cooked. (made the browns all gooey and delicious so I didn't mind) Easy, fast, delicious.
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2010
This recipe was a disaster for me. The recipe is at no fault. I didn't have enough oil so I used some about 1/2, 1/2 vegetable oil and olive oil making up 3/4c. I added 1 grated apple as a substitute as another reviewer suggested if there's no applesauce. I was short about 2-3T sugar so I added a little brown sugar instead. Didn't have walnuts at all. Didn't have the right sized pan And I had the oven on grill for the first 20min which burnt the top a little. Ok, after all that I managed to save it some how. It turned out super moist, but I am not that fond of the texture and found it quite oily even though I used only half of what the recipe called for. It definitely is not a normal chocolate cake flavour. I can taste a hint of cocoa but it's not giving me that sweet chocolately hit, although it is quite sugary sweet. Don't think I'll try again based of the flavours.
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Churros

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2009
Love churros and these were great. I didn't have a piping bag, so I just spooned in some into small lumps and dropped them into the hot oil. Took the advice of some other reviewers and added less oil and less sugar, but it still browned quite quickly therefore not cooking all the way through the middle, with that said, we still demolished them all, the flavour and texture was still good. Will try again and see if I can fry them at a slightly lower heat for longer.
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Gnocchi I

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
I managed to work really fast with this recipe and not use up all the flour required. The end product was really light and fluffy. I think it was good, but my partner had some doubts. I think next time, I won't worry about working the dough too much and try and get all the flour in, I think that'll make it taste more like the kind they sell in restaurants and a little easier to shape and work with.
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Baked Buffalo Wings

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2009
Tasty wings, but it's not exactly healthy as "Baked" would imply. Swimming in butter and I don't think I have quite the right Hot Sauce. The brand I got was so hot that I only used a 1/4 of what the recipe called for and it turned out to be an acceptable hotness but didn't quite have enough of that spicy and sour flavour. Will keep looking for a better hot sauce.
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Thai Green Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
I added vegetables (red and yellow peppers, asparagus, carrot, bamboo shoots) and used thin pork slices and 6 prawns instead of 1 pound of chicken. I did add a handful of Thai Basil at the end just because I have heaps on hand. I am personally not a big fan of Thai curries, but I think this is the best one I've ever tasted and my partner thinks it deserves a 5 even though it's not the best he's ever had.
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