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Recipe Rescue - 911 
Oct. 15, 2010 7:07 am 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2010 10:06 am
Recipe Rescue - 911
Yesterday, as I was searching through recipes, I came across a recipe that looked good to me.  This poor recipe only had one lousy review and no picture.   I posted the recipe on the Recipe Buzz and an idea was born for a new project. 
Here is your Mission - if you choose to accept it.
- Create a new "Recipe 911"  folder in your recipe box for recipes that need some help.  Either from just needing a little tweaking -  poor instructions or just a bad review or two.
- Once every week or two - we will post the recipes on the Buzz and choose which ones we will commit to make, review & photograph, if there isn't a good picture of the recipe.  
- We will pick a few recipes with poor ratings and make them - slight changes if needed and then write a custom recipe with those changes or just write it up in the reviews.
- Then once every two weeks I will write a blog - featuring the recipes and the AR member who made or re-made the recipe. 
To get this going we are starting with this recipe by tahoegirl which currently only has one 3 star review.
Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin. 
Tried this last night-was excited as we love the taste of apple and pork but this was just so-so. Found the recipe to be on the dry side, and if I make it again, I will not use the chicken stuffing mix but perhaps only bread cubes-the chicken flavoring gave the stuffing an odd flavor which we did not care for.
Here is another recipe for this week that SB found for "Sweet Mexican Corn Cake" 
Review:  3 Stars
I'm sure this was supposed to be good, but apparently I'm no cook... epic fail. mine turned out more like something out of Goodyear's laboratory with buttered corn on top. I'll try again someday...
So - who's game?  
Oct. 15, 2010 7:21 am
I'm on it!! Can others make this recipe as well, or do we have to find another for the next time we play? Thanks, BN!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:22 am
Im game!! I'll make this one. It sounds good to me and the review is kind of silly.

>>>Review: I'm sure this was supposed to be good, but apparently I'm no cook... epic fail. mine turned out more like something out of Goodyear's laboratory with buttered corn on top. I'll try again someday...
Oct. 15, 2010 7:23 am
Anyone can make this recipe. The more reviews the better. Hopefully we will have several recipes to choose from next week. This one will get us started.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:24 am
Maybe I should read the instructions I'll save it in my box!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:24 am
LOL - that is funny SB. I love Mexican Corn Cake!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:27 am
I don't care for pork at all, but I'll keep an eye out for any more that might work for next week.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:27 am
I love this idea :) I am absolutely rubbish at taking photos but will happily attempt the recipes.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:27 am
Good deal mhludwig1
Oct. 15, 2010 7:28 am
Won't make this one though as my husband does not eat pork.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:28 am
Great rachmaree, thanks.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:30 am
sounds good Nana, this will be fun:)
Oct. 15, 2010 7:30 am
SB - I am going to add your recipe to the blog right now. Thanks for commiting to try it!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:35 am
I'm in for this week and have found a nomination for next week already!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:40 am
Yea! Good for you Carrie!
Oct. 15, 2010 7:59 am
Great idea, Baking Nana! This will be fun! I have a personal recipe similar to this so maybe I can help. Hubby doesn't eat pork but will eat loin or a lean chop on occasion. Will get it on the menu for next week.
Oct. 15, 2010 8:46 am
BakingNana, That's a great idea. Sure, I'm game!
Oct. 15, 2010 9:05 am
Yeah! Thanks mickdee and luv2cook!
Oct. 15, 2010 9:07 am
BTW - if anyone makes these - DO NOT wait to review and post to the recipe. It will be neat to see how many reviews each recipe gets.
Oct. 15, 2010 9:29 am
I'm in, I'll do the pork dish sounds yummy.
Oct. 15, 2010 9:39 am
Thanks laughingmagie. This will be fun.
Oct. 15, 2010 11:10 am
My dh loves pork so I will try and make it next week. I would gladly accept some tips for improving it. How much are we allowed to adjust it?
Oct. 15, 2010 11:15 am
I am happy to make a recipe each week that needs help. Unfortunately, anything I photograph ends up looking like a dark blob - my lighting is awful. I just bought a pork loin for Sunday dinner so I will try this sans photo. Great idea BN!
Oct. 15, 2010 11:27 am
LareinaK - you can make any adjustments you's your meal. :) I will tell you I made this last night - I did make some adjustments and changes. I have not posted my review yet....I will do so shortly. BTW - we really liked it. DH declared it "real" food. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 11:28 am
BigShotsMom - thanks! Keep your eye out for recipes that need a little assistance. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 12:24 pm
This sounds fun. I wont be making this particular recipe, (I do not like stuffing,) but I will keep my eyes out for another recipe!!!
Oct. 15, 2010 12:29 pm
Thanks Jen. My hope is to have a variety of recipe for people to choose from - that way a lot more recipes will get exposure and a picture too. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 2:53 pm
Just another thought - when we discuss our recipes would be nice to include what we made to go with them. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 6:36 pm
Hey Nana, I just wanted to stop in and say hello, I miss chatting with you on the forums :) Hope everything is well with you!
Oct. 15, 2010 6:50 pm
I love this idea! What a fantastic way for me to improve my cooking skills and overcome my fear of the "tweak." (I'm a total recipe follower.) There's a pork loin in the freezer, so I'll try that one.
Oct. 15, 2010 7:26 pm
Hi Amber - I have missed you. I am well - glad you stopped in. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 7:28 pm
Candice - Thanks! Part of cooking is knowing what will work and what won't - the pork roast recipe is great! Just the cooking temp is to done for me. (dry) This is a keeper recipe for sure. See my review. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 7:31 pm
Amber - love your avatar.
Oct. 15, 2010 8:17 pm
Cool idea BN. I'll give it a go. I may even have a couple of those forlorn recipes in my box already.
Oct. 15, 2010 8:37 pm
Fun idea to get lil ones a better shot and who knows, they might grow up to be Great! Soo nice of you. I'm in too! Maybe I will take the corn cake, which I love and half it. I can't eat the whole thing! LOL The roast sounds good too! Thanks BN.
Oct. 15, 2010 9:05 pm
I love the idea, but I'm too picky to eat either of those dishes...Maybe some of the upcoming ones will appeal!
Oct. 15, 2010 11:10 pm
Hey Cupcake! - Look for recipe that would appeal to you that fit the very loose criteria - the parameters are very broad. No hard and fast rules - just a way to help out a few recipes that need a boost. :)
Oct. 15, 2010 11:12 pm
Avon - search your box for those forlorn recipes.....we are going to need them!
Oct. 16, 2010 12:31 am
Patty - that corn cake sounds a bit sweet for me BUT I can make it, taste it and send it over to my DD's house - she always has a house full of hungry teens. :) Nothing lasts in her house - I mean NOTHING! They are human garbage disposals! I can sit back and laugh!
Oct. 16, 2010 12:45 am
Oh wow - that sounded bad - I sit back the laugh because that used to be ME!
Oct. 16, 2010 3:15 am
Already have a "Tweak Me" file. This is a good idea, though. I will watch for further developments.
Oct. 16, 2010 5:50 am
Great that you picked up on Eliz AR shout out! Just wish I was a photo girl (no camera). The rest of us can look forward to seeing the results!
Oct. 16, 2010 7:14 am
roxiegirl - even if you can't photograph the recipes - you can make them and offer your review. Thanks for stopping in.
Oct. 16, 2010 7:15 am
Hezzy - search through your tweak me file and see what you have. We could unearth some gems. Thanks for stopping in.
Oct. 16, 2010 12:29 pm
Oh wow! Pls count me into.. Maybe from next week coz I've never tasted a corncake so don't know wet it's supposed to be like... Also I don't eat pork... Next week I will definitely try coz I love tweaking recipes :)
Oct. 16, 2010 4:50 pm
I only had two in my Tweak Me file. I think they are there because of my nut allergies. Sorry...No help. At least, though, I'll have a spot for the 911 jewels as they are unearthed.
Oct. 16, 2010 7:02 pm
cuppycake - thanks for stopping in. Keep your eyes open for recipes that would suit you and need a little help.
Oct. 16, 2010 7:03 pm
Hezzy - I didn't know you had nut allergies. :( Thanks for stopping in - keep an eye out for possible candidates.
Oct. 17, 2010 1:03 am
Hi, Baking Nana -- please count me in! Heaven only knows how many of my personal recipes could use a good tweak, so this sounds like a winner. Not sure if I can do this recipe (this week already planned), but will keep an eye out for others! Thanks for a great idea!
Oct. 17, 2010 6:28 am
What a great idea!! I'll have to keep track of this and play when I have some extra time. Sounds fun!!
Oct. 17, 2010 8:22 pm
Thanks for stopping in mizemma - Keep your eye open for recipes that you think would be a good candidate. The pork roast has already had a couple of good reviews with excellent suggestions. :)
Oct. 17, 2010 8:24 pm
Cat Hill - the great thing about this is that anyone can pick and choose what recipe they want to work on. :) You take great pics too! Thanks for stopping in.
Oct. 17, 2010 8:25 pm Here's one that needs some help.
Oct. 17, 2010 9:00 pm
Thanks Sarah-May - indeed this one needs some help! Sounds like it could be a great recipe though! Saved it. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 18, 2010 5:36 am
Great idea. I'm game!
Oct. 18, 2010 6:28 am
Great Lise! Keep your eyes open for good recipes that need a little help.
Oct. 18, 2010 6:29 am
It looks as if several people have made the pork roast and liked it. :) No reviews on the Sweet Corn Cake yet.
Oct. 19, 2010 12:38 am
Great Idea! Boy did the pork recipe jump - I'm doing a pulled pork recipe tomorrow so I'll pass this pork for another day, but the poor mexican corncake - I may have to give a go at it as I love the serving you get at El Torrito... We'll get some pics going on the ones I re-create too...
Oct. 19, 2010 6:08 am
Thanks Jeff. I really think we could unearth some gems. The pork was great - I ate the last of it for dinner last night. :) As for that corn cake - I will have to wait until I have the "troops" over. My daughter's kids will devour anything! Take pictures! Thanks for your help.
Oct. 19, 2010 9:38 am
I need someone's help here! I made a really good (so I thought) version of a sausage, kale, white bean soup and added small red potatoes because I had them..... Anyway the sausage turned out to be very spicey (not what I thought I bought) Anyway,again, I had added a teaspoon of my own red pepper flakes before I realized the sausage was already hot. I know, how stupid can on person be....... Does anyone have a remedy for toning down the spice in a recipe like this? I hate having to throw out a gallon of what could have been some really good soup. I was so excited I had everything going in my French cast iron soup pot... even made some bread to go with it and got some gardening done feeling confident that I was all set to offer my good family a hearty wonderful meal........... Oh well, The best laid plans of Wives and Moms.... Help me Obewan............
Oct. 19, 2010 10:04 am
BNowak, try using some sour cream or heavy cream to tone down the spice in it.
Oct. 19, 2010 10:46 am
B. Nowak - Sarah-May is right on sour cream stirred into the individual servings will help a lot. Another thing I have done is add more of the non spicy ingredient. More potatoes, beans, veggies, pasta, rice, broth etc... Hope this helps. :)
Oct. 19, 2010 10:48 am
Another thought B. Nowak - I have seperated dishes like this and frozen them - marking them "Too Spicy" or Too Salty - then you made another batch of soup add one small serving of the frozen stuff with out adding any more spice or salt etc... Good luck.
Oct. 20, 2010 7:19 am
You guys are terrific! Thank you so much!! I will try all three remedies.Boy, I really hated the idea of tossing that soup......... You are the best.....Thanks, again. Now,Any foolproof recipes for fudge. I'm looking to make about 20 pounds with the youth group at church and want to package it in 1/2 or 1/4 pounds for a fund raiser during our big craft fair the end of the month. My last batch came out grainy (thankfully just tried a pound!). Then I heard about cooking it to 234 degrees only (soft ball stage). Initially just cooked it by sight instead of the candy thermometer. Still looking for something proven for the project. The kids are really excited to get into the kitchen at church. B
Oct. 20, 2010 8:09 am
B.Nowak - if you go to the recipe buzz .... and post there using Request a Recipe there will be lots of people to help. I am not a candy maker....but many are experts at this stuff. Thanks for stopping in.
Oct. 20, 2010 8:26 am
Fun blog. I think this project is a pretty nice idea but it reinforces my belief in reading reviews rather than looking at star ratings. Brining, basting, adding liquid.... The common theme seems to be that it's too dry as written and all the 5 star reviews will cause some to be disappointed if that is how they choose recipes. I don't want to sound critical of such a fun idea but this might be a little bit of a disservice to the novice cook who has never heard of brining(myself included). After reading the reviews I had to look it up.
Oct. 20, 2010 8:42 am
Thanks Nana...... I'll try it. By the by, just started brining! OMG what a difference. Made a cider brined ham..... oh so good!
Oct. 20, 2010 10:13 am
Linda2d - you have a good point. I would assume that most people would read the reviews. However - that said - many don't brine - I do brine almost all pork except the really fatty cuts. The biggest issue with this being dry comes from the "cook to 160" By the time you cook to 160 and then let rest the meat is at 170 and as dry as shoe leather.
Oct. 20, 2010 2:43 pm
Count me in! Here's one that needs to be rescued!
Oct. 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Oh Dear! That is quite a recipe - I think a custom recipe is in order for this one! 8, 1 star reviews! YIKES! This one needs a remake!
Oct. 22, 2010 4:49 am
Oct. 25, 2010 7:05 am
Hi baking Nana, I've posted my comments re the Raita. Sorry, I thought poor and only gave 2 stars, and I think that is generous. I have only reviewed it and made no effort to suggest possible improvements there. I can here if you wish later in the week. Hope this is ok. Cheers.
Oct. 25, 2010 10:15 pm
Thanks Don - yep some recipes just aren't "it". Thanks for trying it. :)
Mrs. C 
Nov. 1, 2010 7:25 am
WOW! Great ideas, and look at your responses! I am glad I "subscribe" to your blog so I won't miss anything!
Dec. 14, 2010 11:41 am
Hello Again, Baking Nana - What a great idea! I tried a cookie recipe yesterday that I thought was from Allrecipes website, and it was yucky, but when I came back today to rate it so others don't waste their time and ingredients, I can't find it in a search. So now I think I must have clicked on an advertisement without realizing it. So, if anyone comes across a "Snowball Cookie" recipe with a little cornmeal in it that is supposed to give it a "delicate crunch" BEWARE, the recipe isn't very good at all. They just taste like flour bombs rolled in powdered sugar. I was hoping for something like the "Mexican Tea Cakes" my stepmom used to make. They had chopped pecans in them and were very good, not floury tasting. Anyone have a recipe they'd like to share? I've also heard them called "Polish wedding cookies" and similar names. Apparently the suckers are made everywhere except the U.S. Sorry this is a little off the track of your discussion but fixing a yucky recipe of course reminded me of my continuing search for this cookie recipe!
Dec. 17, 2010 2:57 pm
eappro - I hope you see this......
Dec. 17, 2010 2:57 pm
Those are the same as Mexican Wedding Cookies. :)
Dec. 25, 2010 10:06 am
Hi B Nana - Such a busy month! I did get a recipe from my Mom that was much better than that "crunchy corn meal" one. Don't tell Mom, but I still think they could be better. I'll put the recipe you recommended in my file here so I can try that one next time. Merry Christmas! p.s. I have to laugh that we have added yet another nationality to these darn cookies - now they're from Russia. LOL.
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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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