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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert
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Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Buche de Noel
I found the cake very easy to prepare, but rather bland. I used Chef John's chocolate mousse recipe for the filling instead of the chocolate whipped cream in the recipe, and that helped make it a bit more substantial. Topped it with chocolate ganache. It looks more impressive then it tastes, but looks REALLY impressive, if you do it right!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2014
Sue's Hot Fudge Sauce
I usually follow a recipe exactly at least once before I make any alterations, but btertin's scientific analysis impressed me so much that I followed his instructions and used 2 cups of sugar instead of 3, and only 1 and 1/3 sticks of butter. The sauce came out GREAT. Once it spent the night in the fridge and then was reheated, it was the perfect hot fudge consistency. I'll definitely be making this again.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2014
Slow Cooker Beef Stew I
I made the recipe exactly as written, and while it smelled amazing while it was cooking, it turned out really bland. It needed a lot of salt and pepper to make it palatable. I really want to avoid sauteing the meat (what's the point of using a slow cooker if you're going to fry your food first?), but next time I will absolutely try adding some rosemary or some other spices to try and perk up the flavor. I'd also agree with some others that more veggies are needed; the beef to veggie ratio was pretty lopsided.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2014

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