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Beef Stew with Ale

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
Wow, this recipe is just amazing! I had never attempted beef stew myself and though this was involved the results were fantastic. I discovered the secret to tender beef is letting it cook for the full duration - I've had stew in the past where the beef is dry and tasteless, and tasting this recipe throughout the process I found that the beef was wonderful after browning but then got tough when first boiled in the beer. The subsequent cooking allowed it to reabsorb the moisture from the stew and become tender again. I used Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale which had a very robust malty flavor and made a gorgeous brown gravy. Delicious!
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs II

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
Wow! This is my new favorite recipe for when company comes over. I doubled the recipe the first time out and it is totally awesome, I wanted to eat the entire pot all by myself. The sweet and sour sauce is absolutely perfect, so simple but so delicious, and the meatballs cooked up great. I had my doubts as the meat mixture was pretty wet, but those doubts were proven unfounded as they came out wonderfully. The only change I made is that I sauteed the onions before adding them to the meat mixture as I'm not a raw onion fan. I would definitely do that again though I would dice them really finely for 1 to 1-1/2 inch meatballs. Still, the flavor is phenomenal and I am so thrilled with the results!
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Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2010
This recipe was pretty decent - I was looking for one that had good basic ingredients, not anything that is already processed and this fit the bill. The beans were very flavorful and tasty - I'd make a few small adjustments and then I think this recipe would be perfect! First, it might just be my slow cooker runs hot but I'd only cook them 8 to 10 hours, tops. Mine got a little bit dried out and very dark. Second, I'd add less sugar but keep the molasses the same as they were a bit sweeter than I'd prefer. Otherwise, yum! A great cheap recipe that makes a ton. I would definitely recommend cooking these beans, then refrigerating overnight and reheating them the next day. The flavor is a LOT better once it's sat around in the fridge for a while. The leftovers were amazing!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: May 25, 2010
I went with the highest rated banana bread I could find and I am not disappointed! This turned out a very moist, delicious loaf that had a great consistency. My whole family loved it! Glad I made two ;)
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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
This cake was an absolute hit with my entire family! That's saying a lot, too, as they're staunch Mainers who like their "standard" Northeastern US desserts, so a wet cake was really pushing it in my opinion. Still, they all had seconds and thirds and even asked me for the recipe! My only modifications when I make this again will be halving the milk syrup mixture as I ended up with a lot of extra pooling in the pan, which made it difficult to transport. I also used about half of the sugar called for in the whipped cream topping because I prefer my whipped cream unsweetened so I compromised. The cake was very sweet so I feel it balanced it out. I tried dusting some baking cocoa over the top of a piece - yummy! (And can I just say I am shocked that someone would put Cool Whip on top of a cake like this, bleurgh.) Very simple, very delicious, and definitely something I'll make again for a special occasion. My son declared it his new favorite food! :)
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Oven Fried Chicken II

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2010
Delicious! My family loved this recipe and it was a whole lot easier and healthier than deep frying. I substituted panko for the Italian bread crumbs and added some buttermilk powder to the flour for a little extra flavor. Both the chicken legs and the boneless breasts I made came out juicy and tender! Will definitely make again!
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Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
I just made this today as a test run for St. Patrick's dinner and it is FANTASTIC. I hate kneading so I used my KitchenAid mixer which made it very simple. It smelled heavenly while baking (and now my house smells yummy) and was very delicious - not at all dried out like many other traditional Irish soda breads I've tried. Definitely a hit, my family loved it!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
No walnuts for me, but still a very solid cookie recipe. I liked that the dough was stiffer so the cookies didn't spread out too much while baking. Very yummy! I want to try this with other things like peanut butter chips, coconut, maybe even cranberries. The cookie base is that good!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
I was looking for a new pancake recipe as the one I make from memory was getting dull. This recipe really fit the bill and my family loves it! At first I thought it called for way too much baking powder but it wasn't bitter at all - the cakes were so fluffy and had a wonderful texture. The melted butter added a lovely flavor and the batter was definitely thicker than my traditional memory pancakes. My only modification is that I added vanilla because I love it and it was yummy. I also made them slightly-less-healthy and put a small amount of oil in the pan between batches so all of the cakes had nice crispy edges. I doubled the batch and made a bunch of silver-dollar sized cakes, which I then froze. They are perfect for quick school day breakfasts as I can just put them in the toaster oven! Delicious!
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Spoiled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
This is a totally fail-proof recipe, my family loves it! Pre-cooking the ribs is simple and they come out great - so tender and moist. I had never even thought of making my own barbecue sauce but it was so easy and now I'll never buy bottled sauce again! My only modifications are that I don't use the liquid smoke flavor as we don't really care for it, and instead of ketchup I'll use tomato paste or plain tomato sauce and then adjust the vinegar and Worcestershire sauce accordingly. It is important to use the full amount of brown sugar called for in order to balance out the vinegar. I like to double or triple the sauce and put the extra into a recycled ketchup bottle for easy storage. Yum!
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