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Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Jill's Vegetable Chili
I don't usually rate recipes I had to change (do you rate on the original or on what you did?), but there are very few reviews for this and it deserves some comment. First, the title is odd to me since it isn't a vegetable-heavy recipe. I added some frozen chopped okra at the same time I added the corn to actually have some veggies in the chili. Next, although you can make this in the time listed, it benefits GREATLY by allowing it to simmer for an hour or so before adding the corn. The flavors need that amount of time to marry, especially if you use ground turkey like I did. That also helps the chili thicken. Speaking of flavors, I kicked it up quite a bit. The recipe doesn't call for any salt. Even using a salted broth, I found that it needed additional salt. I added about 1.5 tsp. I also bumped up the spices for a total of 3 tsp chili powder and 1.5 tsp cumin. Additionally, I added about 1/2 tsp red pepper, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika and a bay leaf. I'd also suggest sprinkling a little of the chili powder and cumin on the turkey at the time you brown it so that the flavors can better permeate what can be a rather bland turkey taste. I love how the cinnamon gives the chili a lovely smell and adds complexity. It is a versatile recipe, lending itself to modification. I used black beans and black-eyed peas (what I had on hand) and those were yummy in it. I'll be making modified versions of this recipe in the future.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 18, 2010
French Silk Chocolate Pie III
Good flavor but I'm not certain I'd bother making it again. I followed the recipe except for reducing the butter to 2 sticks instead of 2 lbs. I also used baker's sugar and pasteurized eggs, for added food safety. Unfortunately, despite using an extra fine sugar, it had a gritty consistency and it also came out overwhelmingly sweet. The relatively light brown color was disappointing for what should have been a rich chocolate pie.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2009

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