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Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2012
I thought the cake part was too dry, dense and flavorless.
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Basic Flaky Pie Crust

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
Used this crust for Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie. Added 1 tbs sugar to give the crust some flavor. Ended up adding around 4 tbs ice water to get the dough into a ball. Make sure you add enough water so it won't crumble when rolling out. After wrapping with plastic, gently squeeze everything together. I rolled the dough between a sheet of wax paper and a piece of plastic wrap and didn't have problems at all. Perfectly flaky.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
Followed the recipe exactly. YUM! Will try reduce the amount of butter next time for a healthier option.
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2012
Great basic cheesecake! I halved the ingredients to make a small 6" cake. Baked at 160C for 25-30 min until the cake was wobbly in the center when tapped. I baked it with a water bath and sprayed the sides of the tin with PAM. If u spray the sides, the cake will simply lift itself out of the tin. No need to scrape the sides with a knife. My cake turned out with PERFECT edges, no browning, sinking nor cracking. For those of you the have trouble with water from the water bath seep into the foil, try lining the cake tin with a layer of parchment first. Topped this with Blueberry Sauce by Isybel, also from this site.
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Marble Swirl Pound Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Followed reviewers advise and decreased the flour. I found the cake not dense enough to be a pound cake. it was more like the texture of a sponge cake. Still yum tho :)
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French Baguettes

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2011
PERFECTION! I brushed egg whites on top of dough to make a crispy crust. Next time, I'll double the salt to suit my taste.
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Rich Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: May 23, 2011
I scaled this to 3 servings to frost a 8 x 9 inch tray of "MMMMM...Brownies" (also on this site). It was a generous amount of frosting. Love the creamy texture from the butter and the richness of using cocoa. I like my frostings less sweet and so I added the sugar slowly to taste. It spreads well so no need to add extra milk.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: May 21, 2011
OMG! Best pancakes I've ever tasted!!! AMAZING!
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Boiled Bagels

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
WOW! These are as good as store bought! I didn't broil them and they still tasted fantastic.
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David's Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
I used 1 cup of sugar only and substituted 1/2 cup butter with applesauce. yumm!! healthy reduced fat option and perfect amount of sweetness. Iced with "Buttercream Icing", also from this site :)
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White Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
yummmm!! I replaced 1/4 c brown sugar with white sugar for a crispier cookie
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Glorious Sponge Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2010
This has to be the best sponge cake recipe I've tried yet! Perfect texture! The only changes I mad was to substitute the lemon extract and zest with 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond extract. I didn't have lemon on hand but if i did, i'd use fresh lemon juice. DO NOT grease the pan! Because the cake is so light, it will not rise! If your cake turned rubbery, do not over mix the flour and egg yolk. Take care to gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture bit my bit. Watch the cake starting from 30 min. Mine started to brown at around 40 min and so I took it out just in time. I'd reduce the time to 35 min next time.
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2010
Great cake! Just a tad too sweet. As per suggestions, I added canned pineapple (juice drained). Also used crushed walnuts instead of pecans. Remember to not grate the carrots too finely!
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Shepherd's Pie II

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
Very bland..had to add loads of salt to make this edible.
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Chocolate Frosting I

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2010
Wayy too sweet and there's a powdery aftertaste.... if you like tasting sugared sand, try this.
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MMMMM... Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2010
Yummm! Way better than the box! Sweet and chewy brownie! I used 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips and 1 cup semisweet. Canola oil instead of butter. 1/2 cup crushed walnuts. I didn't add icing as it is sweet enough as is.
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Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
Look no further for the best peanut butter cookie recipe! I personally prefer a crispier texture and used 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup light brown sugar. Also used 1/2 cup butter instead of shortening. yummmmmmmm!!!
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Dog Treats I

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
Easy recipe and my picky dog LOVED these treats!
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Spinach and Rice (Spanakorizo)

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
I followed the recipe exactly except I used 2 tbs tomato paste instead of tomato sauce. The dill taste was too strong almost overpowering and there was way too much olive oil. I served this with seared salmon. Feta and lemon are a MUST!
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