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Strawberry Chantilly

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
I made this recipe for our Father's Day lunch and everyone loved it! The only changes I made to the recipe were to halve the amount of sugar in the strawberry mixture from 1 cup to 1/2 cup and I doubled the ingredients for the crust as I had read in a previous review. I thought it could be a little less sweet still (I tend to be more sensitive to sugar than most) however, everyone else said it had just the right amount of sweetness. I placed the pie in the refrigerator overnight, instead of the freezer as suggested, and noticed the strawberry part was a little soft. I then put it in the freezer for another 2 1/2 hours before we left the house and noticed it firmed up a bit. However, the crust was especially hard to break into and most servings were scooped out without the bottom crust. Next time I'll use the amount of crust that's suggested rather than double it because maybe that's why it was hard to break. It was nice to have more crumbly bits on top, though, which I baked separately so the butter wouldn't still be raw. As others have said, it was light, refreshing and quite pretty to look at. I, too, was afraid that the mixer bowl wasn't big enough to hold all of the strawberry mixture (and bits of it flew out from time to time) while it was running for 10 minutes but it did work out perfectly. I am definitely making this recipe again! Thanks, v monte!!
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Baked Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2012
I only had a little taste of these drumsticks (which I used instead of wings since they are meatier) because I made them for my husband and children (4 & 2) and out of 16 drumsticks, only 4 were left the following day, which my children then finished for lunch! They smelled wonderful, nice and garlicky, even from the refrigerator the next day. Since I had so many drumsticks, I tripled the sauce measurements and added dried minced onion flakes and fresh thyme (which I happened to have on-hand). Also, I omitted the hot sauce, not knowing how hot it would turn out since my children were eating them, too, and sprinkled a little salt & pepper on the actual drumsticks before covering them with the sauce (salt & pepper also went into the ingredient mixture) The ingredients made a nice, mushy paste which I spread all over the chicken with my hands instead of shaking them. Can't wait to make them again at the end of this week!!
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Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
Excellent! These ribs were so tender and yummy!! Everyone loved them. The ribs marinated in the fridge overnight with a dry rub in 2 gallon ziplock bags...the next day, I brushed the ribs with bbq sauce and placed each rack on heavy duty aluminum foil, tightly packaging them separately. I then placed each "package" on a rack on top of a baking sheet in the oven for 2 1/2 hours @ 350 as indicated in the recipe. After sitting in the oven (with the oven off) for about an hour (because it was still too early to eat them), we grilled them while basting with more bbq sauce. They were so tender after the 2 1/2 hours in the oven so we (my husband!) had to be careful when flipping the ribs so the meat didn't fall off from the bones. Well worth the extra time and pre-planning!!!
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: May 19, 2012
Delicious! My guests loved it, too - I even heard a couple of "mmm's" after tasting it which is always nice for the host to hear : ) Some changes: Added another 1 - 2 cloves of minced garlic, used ketchup in place of the tomato sauce and substituted freshly ground black pepper for the cayenne. I loved how the marinade was thick and so it clung to the shrimp nicely in preparation for the grill. I would definitely make this again!
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Mexican Strawberry Water (Agua de Fresa)

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Delicious and refreshing!! I made this the night before our party (for Cinco de Mayo) - using 1/2 the sugar (1/2 cup) - and it was fabulous! I wouldn't have thought it would taste so "strawberry-y" but it did after it was in the refrigerator overnight. The day of our party, I added in the remaining water and some mint (decided to leave out the lime) as well as slices of strawberries and all of us RAVED about this light and refreshing drink! Personally, I thought the 1/2 cup of sugar to 4 cups strawberries was plenty sweet and so did several other people but a couple of my friends (who tend to like foods sweeter), added in more sugar at the table. I blended mine and served it without straining it. I love the pieces (though honestly, there were hardly any pieces since our blender does a great job at blending everything). It turned out frothy and sort of thick which was nice. I pictured water with chunks of strawberries, no flavor and disappointment but it was completely the opposite!! I will be making this recipe for my children on a regular basis!
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2011
Good recipe. I made mini loaves for my husband's company bake sale and they came out really moist, with a light taste. I thought 3 cups of flour was a lot but I didn't mess with that and I think it just made a denser bread. The only changes were lowering the amount of sugar to 1 1/4 cups which was a personal preference and added in semi-sweet chocolate chips. If I hadn't finely chopped the nuts, it would have had more texture but the chips helped. Next time I would probably try using the unsweetened applesauce as others here have suggested.
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Squash Bolognese Parmigiana

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
I made this again and it was delicious! This time I served it on top of whole wheat pasta and it turned out really well. Even after using the same 14" squash that my husband bought last week, we STILL have 1/4 of it left to use!
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
Delicious! I made this for dinner last minute and only had time to refrigerate it for 15 minutes before serving it. Tne sweetness did decrease a bit and I suspect that tomorrow it'll have an even more balanced taste. As for changes, I added 1/4 cup sugar instead of 2/3 cup, added red bell peppers instead of green, carrots and only 1/2 yellow onion and left out the pimentos. I also sprinkled in celery seed which I love in mayonnaise-based salads. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for this!
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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Reviewed: May 1, 2011
Excellent cake! Tried this once before at a Cuban restaurant and found this to be as delicious. If you are looking for a dry or even moist cake, keep looking. From what I understand, this cake is supposed to be and is WET. The cake was sweet enough for my taste after the milks were absorbed (1st poked many holes into the cake, poured in 2/3 of the mixed up milks - threw out the rest - and kept it in the refrigerator overnight). Also, decreased the sugar in the whipped cream significantly as the cake with the milk inside is plenty sweet (in my opinion). I just made my 1st one and will make another one this week for my husband's Cinco de Mayo work party : ) Thank you for this recipe!!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Fantastic! Super easy and quick. I used brown rice pasta (spaghetti) and peanut butter which was ground fresh and the sauce was thick enough to coat the pasta well. The only change - besides the type of noodle - was that I did not add in hot chile paste. I think it was yummy even without it : )
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Baked Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
Very moist though very little taste. I cooked my 3 1/4 lb chicken on high for 5 1/2 hours, over baby potatoes, carrots and parsnips, and while it didn't fall off the bone - as other reviewers reported - which was okay, it was extremely moist. And because I added ~ 1 cup of chicken broth, I was able to make a yummy gravy which made up for the lack of taste in the chicken itself. Lastly, the chicken was too light in color for our taste so after cooking for 5 1/2 hours, I placed the chicken in a pan and broiled it in the oven for 5 minutes until the top turned brown. I would definitely make chicken again by this method as it's extremely easy and turns out very moist!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
Excellent banana bread! I made 4 small changes to this recipe: First, I only put in about 2 cups of bananas (4 medium/large) because that's all I had. Second, I added in ~ 1/2 - 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts and 3rd, I used 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour plus 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Very moist and "banana-y" w/o too many ingredients. Lastly, I sprinkled the top with some brown sugar as suggested by a previous reviewer for a slightly crunchy top. Yummy! Thank you : )
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Moussaka

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
Absolutely delicious! I made a number of changes to the recipe after reading the reviews: (To the beef mixture) I used 1 big eggplant (not a huge fan of eggplant unless it's super tender) which I cut into 1/2" disks rather than lengthwise; omitted the 1/4 cup olive oil; used 2 lbs of ground beef; 3 cloves of minced garlic; no fines herbs and fresh parsley instead of dried and fresh oregano. (To the bechamel) After I made the sauce and allowed it to slightly cool, I folded in two egg whites which I first beat until frothy (soft peaks??) which other reviewers had suggested. I'm SO glad I did because the sauce set up really nicely. I omitted 1 cup of parmesan cheese as I didn't want this to be a "cheesy" dish and sprinkled 1/2 cup of the cheese between my beef and sauce layers. Some other things to note: I soaked the eggplant slices in a bowl of liberally salty water until a little tender then broiled it at 450 deg for ~ 5-6 mins (watch it closely; my 1st batch burned!) until tender. The result was that the eggplant ended up melting in with the other ingredients which I personally loved. Also, as someone suggested, I put the 2nd amount of nutmeg into the sauce instead of on top which alllowed it to meld with the other flavors rather than stand out. The only thing that I didn't like was how watery it was despite draining off all of the liquid from the meat. This didn't detract from the taste, though! We LOVED it as did our guests and everyone had 2nds!
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