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Ginger-Peach Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
Unlike the previous reviewer this cake wasn't too moist for me, perhaps because I too thought that 6 peaches seemed like a lot. I reduced it to 3 peaches, and that was fine, though going with four might be better. My issue with the cake was that it was more like bread than cake. I am not a fan of overly sweet anything, even desserts. That being said, this needs more sugar, even by my standards. Perhaps the sweetness was less than adequate because the number of peaches was reduced, but i really think the cake would have a hard time getting all the way done with so much fresh fruit. I loved the idea of this cake, and am so disappointed that it didn't rock my world like I was hoping. I would try it again, perhaps just sticking to the recipe despite my doubts, if it weren't so much work. I don't mind putting in time for something that turns out fabulous, but when there are so many doubts it just doesn't seem worth it...
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Jicama, Carrot, and Green Apple Slaw

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
I thought this recipe was OK, others in my family were more like, "I'll eat it." Mostly it seemed like more trouble than it was worth, what with all that grating...It is better the second day than the first. It didn't have a bad flavor, but just didn't do much for me or my family.
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Beets with Onion and Cumin

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
This recipe is excellent! I did tweak it a little, but essentially stayed true to the recipe. I boiled the beets whole ahead of time, then peeled them and diced them. When adding them to the rest of the ingredients it wasn't necessary to use as much water, maybe a half cup or so. (I am not much of a measurer!) I also toasted the cumin seeds in a dry skillet then ground them instead of using them whole. I used a can of diced tomatoes as I didn't have any fresh on hand, and it worked perfectly. I am excited to try the diced tomatoes that are canned with garlic or chiles or onions or whatever they have in them. These changes were just for convenience and personal preference. The recipe as listed sounded great. I just rarely cook anything exactly as the recipe calls for. Enjoy this dish as a side with any meal that needs a flavorful accompaniment. We ate it with Spanish Rice as another user suggested and it ROCKED!!
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