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Authentic Enchiladas Verdes

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2006
As a follow-up to my previous review, I made the salsa from this recipe again this time using serranos and I have to say that they gave the sauce a much better flavor than the jalapenos. I added them one by one to the blender (one serrano was plenty to give it a "kick" but not overpower the flavor with heat...but others may like to add more. 5 serranos would have been insane for us!). I also found that it was best to add the chicken stock gradually instead of all at once, until you were happy with the consitancy because the amount of liquid in the recipe can make the sauce too watery otherwise. Very yummy and easy to make. I will be making this verde salsa often!
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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2006
A similar recipe calls for 1 cup of water to be brought to the boil in a saucepan with about a cup of chopped dates (you can use dried chopped dates instead of fresh if these are not available). Then take it off the heat and add the 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda. It will fizz up quite a bit so don't be alarmed. Leave it to cool while you pretty much follow the rest of this recipe. The recipe I have calls for more flour though (1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour) which may explain why some found this version to be "mushy". I have found that this cooks very well in a greased glass 9-inch pie dish cooked for about 40-45 mins. I only gave this version 4 stars though because the other recipe makes a richer, better tasting sauce. (Dissolve 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar in 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, stir over heat without boiling. When sugar is dissolved take it off the heat and add 1 stick and 1 Tbs chopped butter, stir until dissolved). You can serve the sauce poured over the pudding if you like a cake-like consistency but if you like a "gooier" sticky pudding, poke some holes in the top and spoon some of the sauce over it so it soaks in. You can then serve with more sauce if wanted. Hope this additional information helps and that you enjoy this traditional "down under" favourite!
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Deviled Eggs I

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2002
This was just OK. Not a bad tasting recipe but I have had much better deviled eggs and the amount of paprika in the recipe gave the filling a wierd orange color which some people found unappealing. Not sure thatI would make this again.
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Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2005
Excellent, especially the Yorkshire puds. Rather than waste the vegetables by roasting the meat on top of them and discarding them as one reviewer suggested, I too removed the rack but lined the roasting dish with non stick foil. I then added pieces of carrot, parsnip, kumara (orange yam), potatoes and butternut squash all tossed in olive oil and salted to taste, in with the beef for about 90 mins. Served it all with rich gravy and...viola! Sunday roast to die for. Sadly though not a scrap leftover for sandwiches!
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Stuffed Pork Chops with Gorgonzola and Apple

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2006
I tried this tonight after searching for something different to do with the pork chops I had and I have to say that this recipe was delicious! For those who complained that their pork chops were dry, take the time to brine them will never have dry tasteless pork chops again. (Brine...1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup Kosher salt dissolved in 3 cups water + add 2 cups ice. Soak in brine for up to 2hrs. NB. If you use ordinary salt instead of Kosher you MUST cut down on the amount or it will be way too salty). I used 1 inch thick bone-in chops and brined them for about 90 min before drying them and stuffing them with the apple/gorganzola filling. Then I seasoned them with pepper, dredged them in flour and pan fried them just to give a golden brown colour before finishing them in the oven for 20 minutes. Then left them about 10 minutes to rest under foil while I prepared the sauce. Yum! Perfect "gourmet" comfort food for a chilly night.
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Bob's Awesome Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2002
I tried this as a change to my usual recipe. Maybe it's just my mediterranian backround but I didn't think this lasagna was so "awesome"...actually I found it to be fairly bland tasting and I felt it could do with a good dose of herbs. I also found that using the exact quantities outlined in this recipe, that the meat sauce was half what I needed to complete the layers. No way does this recipe serve 12 people. I think this lasagne would be OK for those used to "American Italian" cooking but I'll be sticking with the traditional recipe given to me by my Italian neighbour.
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Simple Waldorf Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2002
Nice combination of flavors and textures in this salad but I found the dressing way too sour for my liking. Next time I will use less vinegar than called for or maybe leave it out altogether.
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Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2003
A good basic recipe but it needs a little tweaking. I too, found that it was much too dry and needed at least twice as much salad dressing to get a creamy texture. I also added more paprika and mustard as I felt it was a little bland. Otherwise, a keeper.
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Tiramisu III

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2007
This wasn't as hard to make as I had originally thought. At first I thought the zabaglione tasted too "eggy" but when it was combined with all the other ingredients and left in the refrigerator for most of the day the final product tasted superb. I served it to friends (who I later found out were Tiramisu connoisseurs and had eaten it all over the world) and they said it was very good. Now I don't have to order Tiramisu at restaurants...I can make it at home!
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Hot Buttered Rum Batter

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2002
Oh my! This is the best hot buttered rum I have ever tasted! I just made half the recipe tonight to try, hoping it would be good to serve at Thanksgiving but I will have to make another batch before's almost gone!
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Almond-Crusted Halibut Crystal Symphony

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2006
My husband made this for dinner the other night and it was delicious. I am not usually fond of fish but ended up having second helpings and our 3 year old wolfed also it down. I don't know how much work it was because I was kicked out of the kitchen while the "chef" was at work but it was worth the effort. (He said it took about 45-50 mins to prepare which isn't too bad) Halibut isn't an inexpensive fish but it's worth going to the trouble of obtaining it if you can because the combination of this fish and the other flavours in this recipe was wonderful. We're fortunate that we can get wild Alaskan halibut locally and have already bought more just so we can make this again!
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Prime Rib Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
I'm don't seem to be a good run lately in terms of not liking recipes that others have rated highly. I had high hopes for this based on all the positive reviews. I made this tonight but my family and I thought that this marinade just didn't at all compliment the flavour of the beef. It was Ok but not great. I doubt we'll be having this again.
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Floating Island Punch

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2004
I thought this tasted ok but judging by how much was left over, no one else did! Not as wonderful as other reviews would have you believe...probably more suited to kids parties than adult tastes.
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Shrimp Linguine Alfredo

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2006
Not the best Alfredo I have tasted but still pretty good. Unless you want the shrimp flavour to permeate through your Alfredo sauce I suggest cooking the shrimp seperately in some garlic and butter and adding it to the sauce at the last minute. I used heavy cream and added the parmesan to the sauce. Also try this with fresh linguini pasta...there is no substitute!
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Insalata Caprese II

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2007
A very nice basic recipe. Unfortunately a great vs a so-so Insalata Caprese is so dependant on the quality of your ingredients...I wasn't able to find buffalo mozzarella locally which I think would have made a huge difference to the flavour of this dish. The only fresh mozzarella I could find at short notice wasn't that great and I also would have loved to have had some fresh tomatoes from dad's garden. Will definitely be making this again though.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2006
The texture of this pie was lovely and it was incredibly easy to make. I don't much care for pumpkin pie so I don't know if this is an especially good one (US-born hubby said it was) but as a "non-pumpkin pie eater", I thought it tasted pretty good and even had a second slice.
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2008
I made this using 1 1/2 cups of sugar but it was still way too sweet for us. Next time I will take the advice of other reviewers and cut the sugar to 1 1/4 cups. Otherwise a pretty tasty recipe and not at all time-consuming. Great to now have a way to use up all the lemons from dad's trees!
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Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2006
Sorry...I hate to go against the other reviews but my family and I thought that this was just not good. It tasted a bit like one of canned boxed dinners. It wasn't exactly inedible but my husband requested I not make it again and I would agree.
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2006
I made these tonight with cranberries, white chocolate chips and added a little orange juice because they needed a bit more moisture. I also took the advice of others and cut the sugar down to 1/2 a cup and they were just sweet enough for us. If you're expecting traditional English scones, (which I must admit I prefer) you're going to be disappointed because the texture and the flavour is all wrong but ultimately this is a very good recipe for American type scones and for what they were they tasted great.
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Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2005
I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I took the tips given by one reviewer and added the 1/4tsp of crushed methi (fennel seeds), used 1/4 cup of cream instead of the half and half and 1/4 cup finely ground unsalted cashew nuts as a thicker instead of corn starch...I think the cashews are an essential's not the same tasting sauce without them. I did't have the garlic ginger paste so I used 2 cloves of crushed garlic and some fresh crushed ginger. I also used Greek yoghurt which has a much creamier texture and taste. This dish was divine! Better than some I have had in restaurants. Hubby and 18 mth old both wolfed it down. Even pet ferrets gobbled up a piece that had fallen on the floor and spent the rest of the meal begging for more! You have to try this recipe. We'll be using it often.
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