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Alison and Bird

Alison and Bird
Home Town: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Living In: San Nicolo, Sicilia, Italy
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Proper English Cottage Pie
I tweaked this recipe to my own tastes (I hardly ever follow any recipe exactly). I added a little more cinnamon than the recipe calls for and it wasn't overpowering at all. I also added some hot madras curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, 2T extra tom. paste, and red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. Like some have suggested, just make the mashed potatoes the way you like them. It's not necessary to follow the recipe's measurements or methods. I tweaked the mashed potatoes by adding crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese to mine. I doubled the entire recipe and filled two 9x9 deep dish store-bought pie crusts. I didn't realize at the time that the crusts were lightly sweetened, but they actually enhanced the overall character of the dish, giving it a delicately sweet, very savory flavor with a nice kick. While my end product may not be considered "proper" by cottage pie purists, it was definitely fantastic and will become a regular on my dinner table. Thanks for the recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2011
Pizza Dough I
THE BEST! Hubby and I lived in Sicily for a couple of years, so when we decided to make our own pizza, we wanted it to be close to what we had in Italy. I followed some of the suggestions and dissolved the yeast and sugar in warm water. I also added seasonings to the flour mixture. With a little practice with the baking, this crust has turned out GREAT! We preheat the oven on a high temp and then bake it on the lowest rack with the bottom burners on only. This ensures that the crust gets cooked thoroughly. AWESOME!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2008
Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough
Hubby did not like this. It was a good dough, but having lived in Sicily for a couple of years, we really wanted something more authentic. This is a good and healthy recipe, but not what we were looking for.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2008

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