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Penne and Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2011
This was a hit with the bf. Substitutions and additions: I used Tinkada gluten-free rice Penne, cooked for 15 minutes instead of regular Penne. Tito's vodka was awesome in it and less pricey than Goose. Full fat heavy cream and Boar's Head Pancetta. For extra flavor, I added to the recipe 2 cloves of garlic, one small onion and half a small, red bell pepper, all minced together in a food processor. I added these ingredients after reducing the vodka and pancetta mixture. I also added about 2 cups of frozen jumbo peeled shrimp: defrosted in a pyrex in the sink with cold running water for about 15 minutes and then strained, placed back into pyrex and flash cooked in boiling water (just pour over them) until cooked through. Since the shrimp will float out of the container unless weighted, I keep a small sieve over them to keep them in the pyrex and keep the h2O flowing. Add the cooked shrimp and sauce to the Penne and cook 5 more minutes to allow flavors to meld. Sprinkled individual servings with fresh-grated parmegiano-regiano and fresh-ground black pepper. I served this with a spinach salad with toasted pecans, chevre and homemade shallot/red wine vinaigrette, and a nice Red Zinfandel.
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Chicken, Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2011
Greatly disappointed. After reading the reviews here I thought I'd found the master vehicle for my fresh organic fennel. Instead I was underwhelmed by this thin, earthy-tasting soup. The flavors blend strangely. The tang of buttermilk is interesting but I'm not impressed with this dish in the least. It reminds me of a poor attempt at the famous Thai soup Thom Kha.
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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2010
Afraid these didn't live up to their name claim. They're not even really very good and thus certainly not perfect. Even the addition of almond extract in addition to the other ingredients didn't salvage the cookies from the lack of oomph and flavor imparted by real butter. They were greasy and lacked a nice texture and flavor. In my estimation, cookies are bad enough for you that there's really no point in eating them if they don't taste amazing. Just go buy butter and make real cookies, you'll be glad you did.
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