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Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2009
Great! This was my first attempt at making jalapeno poppers, and they turned out just wonderfully. I'm generally not into this kind of fried snack food, but I wanted my Italian boyfriend to try them for the first time. Due to our international status, I was forced to use a number of substitutions. I used pancetta instead of bacon, which I fried a bit and then coarsely minced. Instead of cheddar I used a mix of a mild, fresh pecorino and provolone piccante. I can't get jalapenos in my area either, but I did find some long, red chili peppers which worked perfectly. The real kicker that makes this recipe work so well is the breading. It's perfect -- worth following to a "t". Great recipe. I will be keeping this in my collection. Thanks!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2006
I love this recipe. One of my favorite dishes is cold sesame noodles. This recipe might be made with peanut butter, but it's the best home version I've found. Because I've been living abroad for the past several years, I've had to learn to recreate such culinary memories at home - and this particular dish was the hardest to get just right. I've spent the last two months making this sauce at least three or four times a week, using recipes from all over the internet - including those of celebrity chefs (and if you're interested, Tyler Florence's recipe for sesame noodles is also really worth trying). But for ease of preparation and great taste, this recipe is just my favorite. If you want to play around with it, you can try adding sesame oil or a little vinegar to cut the sweetness - but I think it's best as it is. Scallions cut on the bias, julienned cucumbers, julienned carrots, chopped peanuts, or toasted sesame seeds all make fantastic additions. This is also a perfect sauce for cracked pepper grilled chicken. This sauce is savory, sweet, spicy, smooth, sticky, kid friendly, fast, cheap, and delicious. Try it!
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Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: May 18, 2006
This is the first time I'm rating something with one star, ever. I'm very sorry to say that these were the worst chicken nuggets I've ever eaten. They couldn't crisp up (I use a fry thermometer so I know it wasn't the temperature), the batter was disappointingly thin, and they were virtually flavorless. I can't believe something fried could be such a disaster. I reread the recipe over and over again to see if I missed something or did something wrong - I followed this recipe to a "t". I'm guessing it's the water that didn't work out. I'm going to stick with flour/eggs/breadcrumbs from now on.
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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2004
Really easy and delicious. I served this as a main course. The best quesadillas I've ever made! I'll be making these again and again for sure. Thanks so much, Jane!
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: May 14, 2004
I used this recipe as a guide, but I made a lot of changes for my own convenience. I used lightly steamed broccoli, had to substitute the red wine vinegar with white wine vinegar, added smoked pancetta instead of bacon, and grated swiss cheese instead of cheddar. I also guessed the measurements of the dressing ingredients, probably using a bit less of everything. I definitely used less cheese in the salad. Delicious! I like the idea, and I like the ability to play around with the recipe. Thanks!
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Goat Cheese and Arugula over Penne

Reviewed: May 13, 2004
I prepared this with feta, and it was delicious. It makes a wonderfully simple and elegant dish. Perfect for spring and summer dinners. I sauteed two crushed garlic cloves and removed them before adding the pasta. The peppery greens, which I often find to be a little too sharp for my taste, turned out perfectly. I live in Italy, and my Italian boyfriend makes it clear if a dish works or if it doesn't. He loved it. This will become a reoccurring dish in this Tuscan household. Next time it's goat cheese. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Cucumbers And Egg Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2004
Egg salad is one of those funny dichotomies -- I love to eat it, but the idea of making it kind of grosses me out. Add pickles to the smell of it and we're really walking on thin shells. I survived the undertaking and got more adventurous, tossing in some finely chopped green olives, an inner rib of celery, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, and a pinch of freshly cracked pepper. Thanks for the recipe, and grazie for the starting line. Simple, versatile egg salad with a twist or two. Enjoy!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2004
This is a great recipe. I made banana muffins. They were cute, perfect and quick to bake. I recommend adding a bit of cinnamon and a pinch of white sugar if your bananas are off-season. I gave these bread-cakes to my Italian boyfriend, who had never heard of bread made with bananas -- and he loved them. Has anyone tried icing this treat? Tante grazie from Florence.
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Green Curry Thai for Kings

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
I love this recipe! It's sooooo good!! Don't feel threatened by the unusual ingredients. You can improvise in a lot of ways if you want. I mix it up regularly. You can even use a different curry paste, too, but I think the green is the best. My favorite Thai dish ever! Thanks so much, Paintercook.
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Chocolate Cakes with Liquid Centers

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
Decadent, delightful and delicous. A very impressive recipe. Because I used 85% chocolate, I added a pinch more sugar. I baked the cakes for 6 minutes and they were really melty and gooey, but I think I ate raw eggs. I had only one ramekin, so I used a muffin pan to substitute. Muffin pans are much harder to flip over onto individual plates. One little cake met a sad, sad fate. Anyway, I absolutely LOVE the recipe. It's a keeper. Big 'wow' factor.
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