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Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
If I could give a slightly more detailed rating, I would give this a 5 minus. These were definately better than "pretty good" (which is my 4 star rating) but I have a couple small comments for improvement. First, I did not expect them to be so dinky... timy little rolls - sort of a "tasty treat" size. And secondly, they were soft throughout - like a dense, really good hot dog bun. I am new to bread making (my first try) so I do not know what would give the consistency I expected but just wished these had more of a crust or at least a distinction from outer to inner. As it never claimed this I would not mark it down - just an observation. Taste was great. The overall texture I enjoyed too. Still trying to get my brain around the return on my time investment tho... But I am willing to keep plugging away at that concept though after making these.
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Chicken Fajita Marinade

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2008
Take this review with a grain of salt as I altered a bit. I felt still justified A) if I fessed up and B) because what I am really commenting on is the brown sugar and cilantro which I think is key to this recipe. I used more and also added quite a bit of various vinegars which I think it needed but the sweet cilantro-y flavor came through.
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Homemade Plain Yogurt

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
For reviewer purists, I changed the recipe slightly but feel the general information is very useful never-the-less. I used half the liquid (don't need that much yogurt at on time) but used 1 and a half cups of powdered milk (since I was experimenting on getting a thicker consistency). I also did not use my oven to keep it warm but rather put it in a cooler with other bottles of hot water and covered in towels to super insular the lot. It seemed to pretty quickly even out at 104 degrees and let it go from 4pm to 5am (13 hours). Consistency was a lot thicker than last time, not runny. now only complaint is it was a wee bit grainy which I have lined up for experiment #3: less powder.
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Cream of Beer Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2008
I did not care for this recipe.
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Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2008
Wow, what a dish. Few alterations: ground chipotle instead of cayenne, fresh herbs instead of dried, 1/4 the oil, sauted instead of grilled, and finished with a Pinot Grigio and red onion reduction from the saute pan. Served on oiled and salted penne with slivered Parmesan and side of chilled balsamic green beans with garlic and Golden Nugget tomatoes. It was sweet, warming, and crisp. Very pretty dish.
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Slashed Sea Bass with Red Onions, Mushrooms, and New Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2008
This was quite good despite my inability to follow directions. Left out the mushrooms due to the Mrs.'s faulty taste buds but other than that (and the addition of julienned red bell pepper) used the same ingredients though did not measure anything. I did not catch to add the pesto after cooking and I think I lost a lot of the flavor in the oven. I did marinate the fish in salt water for a couple hours and that flavor took nicely. The chili oil was HOT HOT before cooking but left only a slight - super slight - hint of it afterward. The fish texture was marvelous and the brine seemed to extract much of the fishiness from it leaving it smooth and buttery. Oh did not use any butter but added a little sesame oil to the potatoes but still my wife swore the entire dish had a wonderful buttery flavor. I expected something much more pungent but it was still quite nice never-the-less.
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Sun-Dried Tomato With Fresh Basil Spread

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2008
I thought it worked perfectly. I only eyeballed the ingredients except the 8oz package of cream cheese. Tasted really good. I will admit that it didn't llok as colorful as the picture but right in line with any flavored cream cheese I bought in the store. My only complaint is that if it tastes as good as store bought and looks like it, why did I bother?
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Five Minute Ice Cream

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Amazing.... So easy. So good - I can imagine so many variations. I foresee a summer of many experiments.
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: May 19, 2008
I frequently do a sausage pasta with a fresh sauce but never occurred to me to do a vodka cream version. Great! My only alteration is in the pasta choice. Pardon, but I am a particular snob in this area. For a sauce like this one with roll-away chunks, a more appropriate pasta choice is one that snuggles the sauce - in this case I go for an egg noodle or at least the widest fettuccine you can find. Tubed pasta work better on thinner sauces that need a little traveling compartment.
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Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: May 19, 2008
Berries on duck are a particular favorite for me. IMHO, raspberries are the perfect compliment - sweet and tangy juxtaposed with the meat's smooth rich flavor. Awesome.
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