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Easy Key Lime Pie I

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2002
Everyone was bugging me to make Irresistible Pecan Pie again (look it up and try it!), but no, I'd noticed we had a lot of limes in the fruit and vegetable fridge drawer and wanted to try something different. I don't know if these are the same as 'key limes,' they were just regular old New Zealand limes that my mother had been putting slices of in her gin and tonic. Important note for non-American cooks saying 'What on earth is a graham cracker crust?' Graham crackers are essentially the same as plain wheat digestive biscuits. I used these in the 'Graham Cracker Crust III' recipe and it turned out perfectly (okay, the edges burned a little bit because I set the oven timer wrong, but I cut those off and it tasted fine). Malt biscuits would also work well. Although a lot of reviews here complained that there was too little filling for a nine-inch pie dish, I didn't find this a problem, although my pie was not full to the brim. I think a nice way to top it up might be to cover the filling (after it's baked and cooled) with an arrangement of kiwi fruit slices (hairy skins removed!) - the colours and flavours would complement each other. I added a couple of drops of green food colouring because the original mixture was a distinct yellow colour - from the egg yolks, I guess. It looked more lemony than lime so I thought I'd help it along. And the final verdict? Everyone really enjoyed it, and I think in future they'll bug me to make key lime pie as well!
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Irresistible Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2002
After a trial run to rave reviews, this pie made its proper début at our family Christmas dinner and was one of the smash hits of the evening (it made up for the disappointment of the crackers, which contained jokes that weren't funny and plastic Dragonball Z figurines - faugh! ugly things!). I found it was nicest with a dollop of whipped cream to balance the stickiness of the filling, and I think if I don't make this the next time cousin David visits he may cry. Finding corn syrup for the filling was extremely difficult, as this is not a common ingredient in New Zealand cookery. After consulting with the owner of a specialist cake shop I found I could substitute liquid glucose with excellent results.
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Maple Sponge Candy

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2001
This was my first attempt at candymaking and a dismal failure. I think the sugar must have got burnt; the whole thing looked and tasted quite disgusting. I don't think it's the recipe's fault, though - just a warning to the inexperienced, you may have trouble with this! Be prepared to waste some maple syrup before you get it right!
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2001
This was actually my first shot at cooking pasta (young cook here *^.^*) so I may have had unusual difficulty, but the results were just yummy. It was also nice to have a carbonara without cream, since my mother is trying to lose weight and doesn't want to eat anything too fatty. I think in future I would add more garlic and perhaps mushrooms to make it more interesting, but this is a very good base recipe to work from, making your own additions according to taste. The whole family enjoyed it, even my vegetarian sister who picked out all the bacon.
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Bobbie's Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2001
I live in New Zealand, where people know of oatmeal cookies as a popular, kinda archetypal American food, but I don't know anyone who bakes or eats them. Because I'm getting into baking my sister asked me to try making oatmeal cookies, out of curiosity, and a search led me to this recipe. The results were *lovely* - I don't know why this kind of cookie isn't popular here! I used the basic recipe with chocolate chips and walnut pieces (because that was what I had handy, and I don't like peanuts in cookies) - because of the size of my cookies I found they needed a good deal more than the stated cooking time, but that was my own fault. I'll definitely make these again, and although my sister isn't home yet I'm sure she's going to like them! I think this would make an excellent lunchbox cookie; the rolled oats make them filling and sustaining, and the chocolate chips make them a treat =)
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