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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Easy Pavlova
My daughter was looking for a Pavlova recipe for her New Zealand project. Since she is 10, I thought that a recipe with the word "easy" in the title was a good choice. I read the reviews, several of which suggested reducing the sugar. Being a conscientious mom, I took the suggestions to heart and reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup. WRONG! When researching afterward, to try to find out why the whole thing cracked up into pieces, I discovered that the ratio of sugar to egg whites in a Pavlova is critical. I still gave it a 5 stars because the taste and presentation was wonderful and easy enough for a 10 year old to make. Next time, however, we will follow the recipe for the amount of sugar!!! I am sure that leaving the sugar out of the whipped cream will balance the sweetness of the meringue. We will definitely make it again.

66 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2007
Barbecued Beef
Everyone gobbled this up. And the enjoyment lasted all day because of the delicious smell emanating from the crockpot. The kids begged for the leftovers. I used brisket and cooked it the day before so I could skim the fat after refrigerating it. I was quite glad I did. It also allowed the sauce to soak into the beef a little more. Next time I will start with a leaner cut of meat, but the sauce is what was so delicious, so I'm sure any meat will be just as good! I will always do it a day in advance since it was even better the next day.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2003
Best Carrot Cake Ever
My mom requested carrot cake for her birthday and after asking her what she likes in a carrot cake, this recipe was the closest. Dense, lots of carrots, pineapple, nuts, raisins, not too spicy. I only made a few changes. I used pecans, whole wheat pastry flour, 5 cups of carrots, 1 cup of brown sugar to replace the 1 1/2 cups of white flour, and as I always do with cakes, I replaced the oil with nonfat plain yogurt. It was exactly what she wanted. I made it in a greased 10x15 glass baking dish and only had to bake it for 35 min. Delicious, Nan.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2003

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