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Kentucky Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
Just made these. Followed the recipe exactly except I didn't knead them too much at all... just folded to bring it together. I also used 1Tbs of vinegar in regular milk since I was out of buttermilk, and there is a big storm here on the east coast so no trips to the store. These biscuits came out awesome! Very light and puffy. Perfect flavor for a basic recipe. Thanks for the recipe and I hope everyone out there gives these a try... you can do a lot with this recipe if you are looking for a more advanced version, like cheddar biscuits or more hearty savory types.
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Simple White Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2011
Perfect. Simple. Easy. This is a wonderful, regular white bread loaf. I halved the recipe to make one loaf, and it was awesome. I can't wait to make more, and maybe experiment with it a bit. Loaf was finished cooking in the exact amount of time suggested. Came out beautiful! Couldn't ask for better. I made a sandwich out of the first two pieces I cut... using leftover turkey from Easter dinner (we have turkey and ham) and it blew the doors off of any store bought bread I have used in the past. Thanks so much for the recipe, and for all the commenters who make it easy for a new cook like me to have some confidence in these recipes.
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Braided Easter Egg Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2011
Made it as described... Perfect! What a great bread. I will make this constantly. We made it today for easter diner and it was the star of the show. Thank you so much for this recipe... better than any bakery bread I ever had.
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Syrian Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
Very good dough. Used them to make Lebanese meat pies with a filling recipe from chucklingpigblog. They are AMAZING!!! you have to try these... you will not be sorry. the filling recipe may seem a bit odd to some newcomers to Lebanese food, but it is one of the best things ever. There is a bakery here in Fall River Ma. called Sam's bakery that sells these meat pies almost exclusively and they make a killing!! It is the most popular thing around, and for good reason. I can't stress enough how good they are.... and apparently easy to make. We have been buying these since I was a little boy, and if I had know the recipe and how (fairly) easy they are to make, I would have been making them as much as possible. Look up "Sam's Bakery" in Fall River, Ma. 02721 and see what people are saying about it.
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Pecan Pie IV

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
Perfect! We had just purchased a pecan pie from the local market's bakery section. It is odd how they have a bakery section that says homemade, but the labels on their products list a hundred preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients.... so I found this recipe, and decided to try it. Followed it perfectly, and the pie came out amazing! No additions, or alterations at all.... and it was awesome! I can definitely see making changes and additions and what not, but not to make it better. The base recipe is great, but if you want chocolate, or less sweet, more sweet etc, then this is a great place to start for any pecan pie lover. Thanks for this, and good bye store bought!!! This pie was way better than the store bought ones... and we thought those were really good before trying this, so go figure.
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Corn Dogs

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
Really good! we made it as described, except we halved it. These came out awesome! Kids loved em, as well as the adults! Some one came in while I was frying them, and asked for onion rings to go with them. I had onions but didn't want to make another batter and all that, so I decided to try using the already prepared corn dog batter, just for fun. Turns out, everyone said (including me) they were the best onion rings they ever had! I was shocked! I just cut onions into rings, lightly dipped them into the batter and fried them quickly... the corn dog batter makes a slightly puffy coating, so even a tiny bit on the onion, after frying, makes a nice coating. It is very slightly crunchy with that wonderful softer inside.... and the slightly sweet batter compliments the onions perfectly! I will make this batter for several things now... but the actual hot dogs fried in it is fantastic. This batter fry's up really fast too. So easy and satisfying. thanks for this, my son is a corn dog NUT, and we always have to buy the frozen ones in the market, which are around $17.99 for a case of 12! No more wasted money, since my kids think these are so much better than any frozen ones we have tried so far.
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Traditional English Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
First time making bread at all, let alone english muffins. I and my kids, as well as my mother loved these. I followed the base recipe as described, except I did not have honey, so I used Karo corn syrup (which seems fine except you don't get that really nice subtle honey flavor) instead. They baked perfectly and fast.. and came out looking amazing. Opened one with a fork, and was shocked to see all the nooks and crannies you would expect in store bought. I know for a fact that I sort of flubbed the dough making part in a few ways... this was my first attempt at making any dough at all. The Muffins, were good, but the taste was a bit flat, and they were more dense than expected. After a couple days, they seemed even more dense. I know that is a result of improper mixing, needing, and yeast proofing problem I had... but with all the slight mistakes, and learning curve, I KNOW these will come out awesome the next time I make them.,, guaranteed! I am looking forward to it as well, because even the messed up version I made, was really good on a lot of levels. We ate them all! made egg sandwiches, used them with butter... cream cheese and jam and one of the FAVORITE things my kids like with english muffins (which is why we buy them really) little pizzas! toast em, some pizza sauce, cheese and any toppings, then bake for a few minutes. These were great for the especially since they were more sturdy. I will update on next batch.
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
I made this as described except I added some garlic powder to the dough mix... This was actually a really great pizza! The dough came out really nice from the oven... a little crispness, and a good durability for toppings... along with a really nice flavor. We just made a standard pepperoni with it, but i sliced garlic cloves into super thin slices, and dotted the sauce with them. They melted into it while cooking, and made this pizza AMAZING! This is what I will use most times to make pizza... super easy, super fast, and no one would ever know it wasn't a much more involved dough. I am sure there are a few things you could do to customize this dough, or alter the final product to suit your needs at any one time... but for a really good, american type pizza this is PERFECT. I am going to try it for a margarita style in a couple days. This will really showcase the dough and see what (if anything) it needs to make that perfect. Make sure your yeast is the right type, and is alive! Warm water, not boiling to proof the yeast. I actually ended up with inactive yeast the first time, and still used it, just to see what happened... and it still came out really good. You could, however, tell that "Something" was a bit off, but not taste or usability.
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Pierogies

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
First time making anything like this. I used to buy the frozen ones all the time, and thought they were pretty good.... I would doctor them up a lot, but still, not that bad. I did have a girlfriend in high school that had a polish grandmother who made these on special occasions, and they were AMAZING! That is how i first got into them, but after that, I only got the frozen ones. This recipe is actually really fun and amazing. It is so simple and easy, but with a lot of room to customize and improve. A really good BASE set-up. I cut the recipe in half just to test it... didn't want a hundred crappy things to throw away. I made 12 with the halved recipe... after I got the hang of rolling them and getting them ready to boil, things got fun. The last several I made came out soooo good I was overjoyed. Followed the recipe exactly, and would recommend this to anyone. This one is a little trial and error for newer cooks. Make a few small batches and see where you need to make slight changes. Once you get it, you will LOVE it. I don't think there is any one "secret" to nailing this recipe... just have to get a "feel" for it really. the fillings can be almost endless, and you could add to the dough as well, to alter the texture and flavor. I used an impromptu mashed potato recipe... just chopped and boiled russet potatoes with skins, drained, mashed with a scoop of sour cream, a touch of half and half, some salt pepper, onion salt and garlic powder, with cheddar
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
This was my first time making (from scratch) blueberry muffins. First off, I followed the instructions perfectly, with no changes/substitutions. These are amazing! The kids and a couple adults here LOVED them! They are, literally, the best blueberry muffins I have ever eaten. I did do one thing different, because we recently moved and I lost my muffin tins and a few other things... so I had to use pop over tins, which are thicker and deeper than normal muffin tins. This actually worked out well, since they made much bigger (impressive looking) muffins. It also created a little more of a darker, crispier bottom to them.... which we liked a lot! a bit more intense flavor due to the heavier caramelization , but without any burnt taste at all, and the muffin tops were PERFECT! I can see how making slight adjustments would be interesting and fun to try. The way these came out with the base recipe was so impressive, I will use them for a lot of different types in the near future. I would just like to let anyone out there know that following this recipe as is, will produce fantastic muffins! so don't be afraid to try. They really were the best muffins I have eaten. My kids took two bites, and begged me to make more so they could bring them to school for a party coming up. I am soooo impressed. I will be trying out some suggestions and alterations soon, but that is JUST to see what can be done with an already perfect muffin.
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