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Living In: Aurora, Colorado, USA
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
I made the recipe according to the recipe (with the exception of the maple syrup - didn't have any) and had the same "ehhh" experience that other people have had. I did use Italian bread both times and appreciate the density and and crust:bread ratio in the italian vs other breads I was able to find. Sandwich breads are already sliced too thin, so I wouldn't suggest even attempting to use them with this recipe. Otherwise, I see no need to be repeatedly redundant when it's already been said so well by others. I tried it again with some of the suggested modifications - that review is totally different! The second time, to begin, I used 10 eggs and added "some" fresh nutmeg and cinnamon. Secondly, I whipped two cubes of room temp cream cheese with powdered sugar (to taste) and smeared that ON TOP of the blueberries. Spreading the cream cheese mixture on the blueberries was far easier than spreading directly onto the bread. As suggested by someone else, I was sure to "mash" everything down into the egg mixture with it was all assembled to make sure that all the bread was soaked. Because I'm in Denver, I had to bake mine quite a while extra, but it was worth the wait! I doubled the syrup recipe and EVERYONE was glad I had. The second batch was a hit from start to finish. Looking back, I think next time, I'll cut back some on the amount of milk that goes into the egg mixture because I felt the middle was still a little bit "squishier" than I wanted it to be.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2013
Pork Roast with Apples, Beer, and Sauerkraut
Disappointed. I was really excited about this recipe but it turned out to be a dud for us. Ours baked for 3.5 hours and was still swimming in juices - I knew there was no way it'd be cooked off in 30 minutes, so I ended up dumping a bunch off. This probably dumped off a lot of the sweetness. What was left tasted like beer soaked apples and kraut. I'm giving two stars because I really liked the flavor of the pork - it was quite delicious. Unfortunately, I think there are much better ways of getting good flavored pork. This one is going on our DNR list - Do Not Repeat. Sorry. :(

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Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2013
Garlic Wine String Beans
Husband and I really enjoyed this dish. I made it per the recipe the first time. I'd rate it 3.5 stars as the recipe is written. Cheddar cheese melts gloppy and doesn't spread nicely at all. The second time I made it, instead of melting the cheese ahead of time, I just sprinkled the shredded cheese on the hot beans. The cheese melted nice as you please. We really like the zing of the uncooked garlic, but others might rather have the milder flavor of having their garlic cooked in with the beans and wine. This really is a flavor combination we'd have never imagined would work, yet work it did. Give it a shot, you might find yourself among the converted. :)

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Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2012

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