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Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Champagne Punch III
I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. Next time I will use a drier wine and/or champage, because it was just a bit too sweet. Also, I made an ice ring in my bundt pan (filled only about 1/4 of the way) and added cranberries and mint leaves, and that looked beautiful in the punch bowl. I also put some cranberries on toothpicks, and then froze them. Then everyone got a cranberry stick in their glass, which looked really pretty. This punch looks and tastes impressive, and I will definitely make it again. And because it uses frozen concentrates, you can keep the ingredients on hand if you need to bring something to an event at the last minute.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2009
Patty's Mashed Turnips
I had never made turnip before, but my Dad specifically asked me for turnip on Thanksgiving, so I tried this recipe. It was simple and tasted great. I've never been a turnip fan before, but I will definitely make these again. I made this ahead of time because when they cook, turnips smell a bit icky. I just heated it in the microwave when it was time for dinner, and that worked out great, and I had no lingering turnip odor in my kitchen when guests arrived! Thanks for the great recipe, one of the only plain turnip recipes on this site.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2009
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is awesome. I made my potatoes early in the morning for my 4 pm Thanksgiving dinner, so all I had to do was put the pan in the oven after I took out my turkey to rest. They were perfect. Also, I steamed my potatoes instead of boiling them. Steaming them helps lessen the gluey-ness of the potatoes, which I was worried about with make-ahead potatoes. If you want to get really advanced, you can steam the potatoes and when they are about halfway cooked, you take them out and spray them with cold water to get rid of any gluey starch buildup that has started. Then steam them again, and rinse them in cold water again when they are fully cooked. Because this is a make-ahead recipe, this will work well because it doesn't matter if they cool off from the water. Great recipe, definitely helped my stress level and helped me to sit with my guests and relax on Thanksgiving!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2009

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