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Pickled Beets

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
I got creative using some modern flair: I used both red & yellow beets. It's very attractive in the jar! And they both have such distinct flavors that when they pickled you can taste the difference! When cooking the beets, I added a few whole cloves & peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, orange and onion slices which flavored the juice that will be used for brining. It's not spicy just complex. Then when I made the brine, I used apple cider vinegar and unrefined cane sugar. Then I used quart jars and placed a single clove, a slice of orange and peppercorns in the bottom. So far, so good!
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
Really good, simple and fast! An easy recipe to alter, as well. Good consistency with basic pliable ingredients. Can easily be made into a "gourmet" cake with a few tweaks. I opted for replacing half the milk with yogurt, it adds moisture. Used 1 1/2 cps flour instead and only 1/4 cp hot water. I also added 2 tbs. of port. Lastly, used melted margarine instead of oil. I only had a bundt pan and it worked fine! The result had the rich tang of dark chocolate and it was VERY moist! A new family favorite! I will make again at the drop of a hat!
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