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Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Easy Eggless Chocolate Cake
I bloomed the cocoa powder by boiling the water, measuring a cup of it, and mixing the cocoa powder in there instead of with the flour. Then I used that chocolate water as specified for the regular water. I followed the recipe for the glaze but needed to add a pinch of salt and some instant coffee (rehydrated with the minimum amount of water possible). I rated it 4 stars instead of 3 because it uses inexpensive ingredients, which is a plus. The cake is light and moist, but does not hold together very well (likely because of the lack of egg). In addition it falls dramatically after leaving the oven, leaving a well in the center of the cake. I filled this in with nuts, but it took over a cup worth to make it level with the rest of the cake. Overall the flavor is ok, except that sometimes it has a strange baking soda-y tang. Not terrible but I don't know if I would make it again or serve it for company (given that it would be difficult to decorate with the sunken center). If I were to make it in the future I would consider adding coffee, possibly making cupcakes, and cutting back a bit on the baking soda.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2015
Vietnamese Beef Pho
A good pho proxy for when you don't have time to make the real stuff. Broth tastes like pho until you have it with the herbs--then it becomes clear that the broth is thin tasting because it loses out to the taste of the basil and cilantro. Still the real stuff takes hours and hours to make, so this is good if you want a quick dinner after work.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 18, 2013
Real Homemade Tamales
The good: despite a few substitutions this recipe held up (fresh serrano and jalapeno peppers instead of dried, chicken instead of pork, shortening instead of lard, and the addition of cumin). The bad: Don't listen to the reviewer who said coffee filters work as wrappers. I did (thinking that I could get rid of a huge coffee filter surplus) and suffered for it. Using coffee filters is a TERRIBLE idea!! Here are the problems that I had: 1. The filters are not as waterproof as corn husks, so when you steam the tamales the fat in them will liquefy and leak out. When the water in my steamer cooled there was 1/2 inch of fat on top of the water for a double batch of tamales. This also means that the surface of the tamales will feel greasy and grease will get all over your steamer. 2. The coffee filters bond to the masa so when you want to eat them you end up peeling off the outer layer of masa. If you try to avoid this by removing the wrapping while tamales are cold it is impossible to remove without leaving paper on the tamale. 3. Because the coffee filters bond to the masa the normal test of doneness (seeing if the masa is still sticking) is useless. This means that you need to take a tamale out and actually eat it to figure out if it is done or not. Despite the fact that my tamales are probably now low fat they are still pretty tasty. They were better after sitting overnight because the flavors melded together.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2013
 
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