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Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2013
This is just a review for the cupcake, I made a lighter, strawberry whipped cream + gelatin frosting instead of the jam buttercream. After the batter was mixed up, I had doubts, it was just too darn easy, there were no whipped egg whites, no multi bowl directions, i.e., having one bowl for egg whites, another for the wet ingredients and another for the dry, this was a one bowl recipe. I diverged just a bit, not in ingredients, those I followed exactly, but in the execution, I mixed in the baking powder before adding the flower and mixed the lemon zest in with the sugar, being sure to squeeze them a bit, hoping to extract even more lemon flavor. The cupcakes didn't rise as much as I expected, I ended up with 12 smallish cupcakes and 4 regular size (after filling the first tray, I decided to fill the baking cups higher on the second batch so that I'd have fuller, above the paper brim cupcakes this time). Before making the frosting, I tested one cupcake, it was light, spongy and had a nice hint of lemony flavor. All in all, a lovely little cake. Since the cakes are so light and airy, I think they could stand up to a heavier frosting, something cream cheese based. I chose a whipped frosting because that is what my family prefers, but a thick, chocolate frosting would be amazing on these cupcakes.
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Erin's Indonesian Chicken

Reviewed: May 29, 2007
So, so good, but bland made as is. I made jasmime rice instead of plain white, using one tsp of canola, heat rice till coated and smells like popcorn, then add water, heat to boil, then turn to low, cover and cook 20mins (perfect rice every time!). I added thin sliced carrots with the beans, 1/2 tsp dark sesame oil, 1 tbsp white wine and 1tbsp fine grated fresh ginger (1/2 tsp dry) to the sauce mix, it was fantastic and smelled wonderful!
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
My son is such a picky eater that I had make him try a bite (the one bite rule in our house) and boy was he glad, he loved it and asked for it again the next night. Wonderful and easy recipe, thanks a lot! I made a couple of changes to the recipe, which were just personal taste choices, I used just one egg and added two tablespoons of buttermilk to it and I used a dash of dry mustard and parsley to the cracker crumbs.
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Hot Cranberry Tea

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
So good. The cloves are a natural pain anaesthetic and were great for the sore throats and stuffy noses my husband I were nursing in January. The only change I made was to add a little more orange and extra cloves. So good, I have made this about five times now.
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Pain Perdu II

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2007
Wow! I can't imagine eating french toast any other way now. So tasty even though I used triple sec for the orange liquer (not very authentic) I will try Grand Marnier next time like someone else suggested.
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Kay's Shortbread

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2007
This is the best shortbread I have EVER eaten. So easy to make too.
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Japanese Peanut Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2007
So good and easy to make. I love it on chicken salad but it is so good I have poured it onto pasta too! Especially tasty with broccoli slaw, I am salivating just thinking about it.Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Buy the already toasted sesame seeds in the Asian Foods Section at the Grocery Store!
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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2007
Such a weird combination of ingredients. I loved it. The aroma while it was cooking was fabulous. I didn't use the dip, I am not a big fan of mayo, so I made some tzatztiki instead and we really enjoyed the combination. Thanks for the clever recipe.
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Roasted Potatoes with Greens

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
I am so glad I tried this, the most tasty and easy potatoes I have ever made. I agree with other reviewers; more spinach. Also, I subbed EVOO for the butter, just a personal preference. Other than that, I couldn't be happier. Thanks for the awesome recipe.
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Browned Butter Vegetables with Almonds

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
I am always on the lookout for tasty veg recipes, this is one I will add to the rotation. I subbed part olive oil for the butter and it was still so good, the almonds were to die for.
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Norwegian Pancakes - Pannekaken

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
Perfect! I've been wanting to make these for awhile, but I thought they would be difficult or that I'd need a special pan, but this morning I decided, 'what the heck, I'll give it a go!" They turned out so delicious and I was able to make them in my tiny'ish omelette pan (6" pan). My son took one look and said, 'I wanted pancakes,' but after a bite, he was sold on them. My hubby thinks I'm a kitchen genius now (good thing he wasn't in the kitchen when I started the blender without securing the lid!) anyways, these were tasty and pretty. I made huckleberry sauce a few days ago (1 1/2 cups huckleberries, juice of a lemon, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, tbsp of cornstarch, simmered for 45 minutes) and I can't come up with a better way to use up my pricey huckleberries than on these pancakes. I burnt a couple, these cook super duper fast so you end up chained to the stove until all the batter is gone, cooking a never ending supply of little pancakes, but even the slighly black 'cakes were tasty. I just folded the charred bits under and smothered them in sauce, delightful! Just a note about the number of servings, it says six, not sure if that means it makes six pancakes or serves six, there was enough for the three of us to stuff ourselves with pancakes and I have four leftover which I'm planning on saving for my son's breakfast tomorrow. Also, I think these would be great in a Crepes Suzette recipe.
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Absolutely the BEST Rich and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing Ever!

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2007
Very creamy. I added more blue cheese, hubby's suggestion and some fresh parsley to spike the flavor a bit. This dressing was awesome with the grilled chicken salad I made. I can't imagine ever buying it at the store again, cause this dressing is easily a hundred times better. I am adding this to my rotation.
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2007
This is so good even I like it (I don't usually like fruit bread recipes). It tastes even better cold and has a really banana-ey taste that is addictive. Like others, I used part whole grain flour. Thanks so much for the tasty recipe.
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Bar Stool Pretzels

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2007
I am baking some as I write this and the smell is heavenly. I don't even have to eat one to know that I will love them. I can't wait for my husband to try them, he's gonna go crazy for these. Thanks for the great recipe.
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Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Garlic, Lemon and Dill

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2007
Fabulous! I left off the dill and served the salmon with Green Goddess Dressing to really wow my Family. The salmon was so tasty, I can't wait to try this again!
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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
Excellent. I didn't have crushed tomatoes so I left them out, nor the onion or balsamic so I subbed red wine vinegar(a visit to the grocery store was out). Also, I added some brazil nuts, extra basil and parsley and hand crushed it in batches in my mortar and pestle(my blender jammed). My shoulders hurt, but it was worth it for this heavenly concoction.
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2010
We love this. I do mean 'we.' My 9 year old asks for it and would probably eat this every week if I made it. So easy too, thanks for the great recipe.
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Remoulade Sauce a la New Orleans

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2009
This is the most delicius dip for sea food! It's great on fried chicken too. I didn't have Creale Mustard, so I used a combo of spicy brown mustard and dijon with some horseraddish. I also didn't have the chili sauce so I used Sriracha, yummy, finger licking goodness. I've made it it with garlic stuffed olives, the good ones that you scoop from the bins and it was even better! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
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Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
I rated another Blue Cheese dressing on this site as delish, but I have to say this recipe is 100 times better. I added twice the garlic which I pounded to a paste with some sea salt in my mortar and pestle. I didn't want to me biting into little chunks of raw garlic and I shredded the onion with my cheese grater for the same reason. I couldn't stand the thought of using that much mayo so I subbed extra sour cream and buttermilk for half the mayo until I had a consistency that I liked. I used part of the dressing in a Buffalo Chicken Dip and I know it helped make the dip even better than it would have been with lousy storebought!
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Starkey's Mashed Potato Pizza

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2008
Excellent, easy and economical! I added green onions like others suggested and a few jalapenos on one side for my spice loving husband. My husband and son were not terribly enthused when I brought it to the table, but once they tasted it (the maple bacon bits helped) they thought it was great. Thanks so much for the good recipe!
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