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Creamy Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2014
If I hadn't tried True Blue Custard Crunch Pie first, I would've rated this higher. By that, I definitely don't mean this pie isn't good; it is. I just like the other one better. I followed a few suggestions, upping the sour cream to 2/3c (& lowered the sugar to 2/3c, too, since the berries are insanely sweet). The streusel part didn't crunch for me. True Blue recipe didn't either. I'm blaming the juiciness of the berries. No points off. ;D The extra egg & additional flour thicken it more than the other. It tastes egg-thickened. ;Not a bad thing, just different. This has a very, very slight cheese cake flavor from the sour cream. If you can get the streusel to crunch, I'm sure it's a very pretty pie, kind of marbled-looking. Glad I tried.
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Best Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2014
'Made these & "Buttermilk Biscuits I". I liked the other ones better. These were okay, but need some tweaking to be better than that. The flour, shortening, buttermilk ratio seemed near perfect. Often, much more flour is required than the recipe states; but not this one. Nice change. These have a beautiful golden finish, btw.
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Buttermilk Biscuits I

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2014
'Added cooked (ground) sausage, precooked weight about half pound. 'Made these & "Best Buttermilk Biscuits". These are better than those, but to say they're better than best would be too much. Kidding, kidding. I'll try 'em again without the sausage to have a more fair review; but, when adding sausage, I'll add the whole pound. I forgot to brush with buttermilk, but I will next time. 'Sounds good. These appear cobbled like the photo. That's not a bad thing, just something I noticed compared to others.
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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2014
Ooops, only added 1c cranberries. Too sweet. Maybe using 2c, that would partially be corrected; but I don't think completely. The last tray, I added some white chocolate chips & they were way too sweet, but I could tell the combination would be fabulous with less sugar in the cookie itself. Reminds of blueberry drop cookies somewhat. I used 1/2c margarine & 1/4c shortening. Think 1/2c whatever fat is probably enough. They don't spread crazy, but they're flat. OR, & this is probably the better choice than using less fat, add more flour. That would bulk it up to not spread & would lessen the sugar factor. For juice & zest, I subbed 2T frozen oj concentrate. Forgot to add the 1/2t almond extract suggested - next time! Mine done in 14. I liked these & was pleasantly surprised that cranberries would cook that fast. I was a doubter. :)
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Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2014
Yes, yes, changes; but, yes, yes, that's me. Even with the changes though, I feel my review is valid since the original muffin itself wasn't that far off - meaning I can imagine blueberries instead of cranberries, etc. It's okayyyy. :) So, I'm thinking a cup and a quarter oats. Yowza, Oat City - & I have to disguise them for "some of them" to try the muffins (or whatever). Fair enough, I'll soak them as I have in the past; but, this time, in orange juice. That's a first, but why not? I put the oats - not quick, old-fashioned - in a bowl with half cup orange juice & let it sit for half an hour or so, stirring a couple times. Then, added the wet ingredients. Also added 1/2t orange extract. Combined well & added the dry ones; folded in a generous cup fresh cranberries. Today, they stick to the paper a bit; but I think tomorrow they'll be better. Tastewise: pretty yummy. A soft-but-not-too-soft, sweet-enough, gently orange muffin with cranberries. I think lemon-lovers would maybe like lemon extract instead of orange & maybe, just maybe, soak the oats in a not-too-sweet lemonade? I dunno. The orange combination was good though. 'Wonder how soaking in cranberry juice would be? ... Someone's going a little too far with this - meaning me. I'll stop now. :) PS The oats went unnoticed. :D Next day: 'Better the first day by far. The wrappers did come off easier though.
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Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2014
True, I'm not a cakelike-cookie-lover so I'm not basing my review on that factor; only the flavor. Well, not very cranberry-ish or pumpkin-y. :( 'Wasn't really enough cinnamon to really tell it was there. Pumpkin is pretty bland by itself. This needs, my opinion, more pumpkin & more spice(s). It may be one of those that's fabulous with the glaze, but I want to base my judgment on the cookie, not the great glaze. 'Fair? :)
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Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe - Food.com

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2014
11-13-14 As the submitter said, it's open to what you like, to make your changes to fit your taste. I found two copycat Panera bread broccoli-cheese soup recipes - here (allrecipes) & food.com. They are very, very, very similar. Food.com adds nutmeg. I like the almost invisible taste of nutmeg in creamy soups. I am not a nutmeg fan,(always halve it in baked goods) but in this soup: Mmmm! I changed the directions because they seemed really odd/off, the order of things. This one says 1 1/2c broccoli; the other 1/2#. 'Pretty sure the answer is in between those two. I went with close to 1/2#. Daughter said it had too much broccoli or not enough cheese - didn't know which. :) Anywayyyy, I microsteamed it three minutes then allowed to cool. I sauteed 2 medium sized cut-bigger-than-matchstick carrots in 1/4c butter 5 minutes; then added 1 pc celery, diced, sauteed 2 minutes; then about half cup onion (half onion) five minutes. 'Meant to do the sprinkling of 1/4c flour next, but got ancy & added 2c homemade chicken broth next. Put that in a blender (daughter request) along with the broccoli then back in the pot & thickened once it got hot. After thickening, added 1/4t salt & nutmeg; & 1/8t black pepper; 1c 2% milk; 1c half&half.(Probably go for all half&half next time or more thickener with milk). I chopped up an 8oz block Kraft sharp cheddar, but it wasn't sharp enough, enough cheese, or both. Simmered 15 minutes. Good soup. :)
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Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2014
As the submitter said, it's open to what you like, to make your changes to fit your taste. I found two copycat Panera bread broccoli-cheese soup recipes - here & food.com. They are very, very, very similar. Food.com adds nutmeg. I like the almost invisible taste of nutmeg in creamy soups. I am not a nutmeg fan,(always halve it in baked goods) but in this soup: Mmmm! I changed the directions because they seemed really odd/off, the order of things. This one says 1 1/2c broccoli; the other 1/2#. 'Pretty sure the answer is in between those two. I went with close to 1/2#. Daughter said it had too much broccoli or not enough cheese - didn't know which. :) Anywayyyy, I microsteamed it three minutes then allowed to cool. I sauteed 2 medium sized cut-bigger-than-matchstick carrots in 1/4c butter 5 minutes; then added 1 pc celery, diced, sauteed 2 minutes; then about half cup onion (half onion) five minutes. 'Meant to do the sprinkling of 1/4c flour next, but got ancy & added 2c homemade chicken broth next. Put that in a blender (daughter request) along with the broccoli then back in the pot & thickened once it got hot. After thickening, added 1/4t salt & nutmeg; & 1/8t black pepper; 1c 2% milk; 1c half&half.(Probably go for all half&half next time or more thickener with milk). I chopped up an 8oz block Kraft sharp cheddar, but it wasn't sharp enough, enough cheese, or both. Simmered 15 minutes. Good soup. :)
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Crispy Juicy Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2014
Three & a half for moistness. Two & a half for taste. I even had all the right ingredients, too. (Rarely happens) Well ... kinda like not hard, but densely flavored stuffing coated chicken? 'Not that it was bad, but ... I'll season up Nanny's version with breadcrumbs & panko next time. 'Heard about buttermilk marinade before, but this was the first time trying. It's good, & easy.
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Blue Cheese Fried Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2014
Three stars with my making it. Five stars, if anyone else does. Four, here. I have the magic touch with some things, but not potatoes in a skillet. Mine too 40 minutes & still were a bit firm. I liked 'em though; just got tired of cooking them. I bet this would work better for me using leftover baked taters.
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Onesy-Twosy Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2014
Yum, yum, yum! I use regular shortening, only 1t vanilla, no nuts. My directions are a little different: Cream shortening, sugars & vanilla. Beat in eggs. Stir in peanut butter. Combine dry ingredients & stir into creamed mixture. Ungreased, 350, 10... This is Bev's recipe that I hunted down for Roxmj on the Buzz. :)
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Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2014
ARs having some technical problems. I meant to put a review on Onesy-Twosy Peanut Butter Cookies. I can't seem to delete or edit, but we'll see ... :D
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Cornmeal Biscuits Recipe

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2014
I one & a half'd the recipe, added half pound cooked sausage & about a third cup cheese (after cutting in the shortening). E liked 'em. A little crunch from the cornmeal is nice without being cornbready. :D Mine took longer to bake, but I think I'm having oven problems. My prep time was longer, too. T.hee!
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Pear Sour Cream Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2014
This is a good pear pie. It is. Even though there is sour cream in it, it isn't all that creamy - as in rich tasting. It's still light with pear being the star. The ripeness of the pears were the type that when you peel them, they're wet - not dripping, soft wet; but slippery. I used one additional pear, 1/4" slices. This pie has the sweetness level of the pears - so woo-hoo a low sugar dessert that's good! Woo-hoo! :D I didn't make the crumble topping since planned to make the caramel drizzle listed in a review. 'Still a pretty pie though. Mine too 15 - 20 minutes more. I'm thinking with it being such a wet pie, the temp should be higher. I thought about upping it, but didn't. No big deal, but I will next time. I'm thinking of peaches, instead of pears, with raspberry sauce next summer! Mmmmm! :)
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Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2014
I followed the recipe, but not the directions. I added the sour cream to the butter-sugar mixture then the dry ingredients. Also, for the topping, added the berries to the pot. I cooked those on medium three minutes - enough time to pop (cook) & juice to be released. I cooled that then poured it in an 8x8 glass dish. The batter is quite thick so I spooned that on. I'm wondering if buttermilk would be a better choice than sour cream. I went ahead & baked it at 350, not following reviewers' suggestions; & for an hour, not more or less. It is a dark cake; a dark, buttery cake with a tangy cranberry topping. It looks overbaked, but it's just dark. The idea of cranberry upside-down cake looks pretty in my mind, but this one isn't so pretty.
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Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2014
Easy & good. 'Not so sure you need that cayenne though. They're pretty hot. Yeah, I know jalapenos ... I didn't can, just refrigerated.
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Sriracha Lime Boneless Wings

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2014
I thought I'd like these a lot. 'Gotten tired of buffalo. The sauce was spicy, maybe a little too spicy, before I heated it & put it on the chicken; then, it just became sweet with a teeny teeny amount of spice. As far as the chicken, I used wings & the flavor was a pretty good fried chicken - which was baked, of course. Ohhh, I pam-sprayed them before baking. That's a good idea. I don't see any browning without it. 'Don't know what I'd use the sauce for. Maybe egg rolls? It's four stars before heating. Disappointed, but that's how it goes sometimes. :)
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Jalapeno-Blue Cheese Burgers

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
Okay, not better. I like the red meat & blue cheese combination, but the burgers - well, I think I'd like it on steak or some other better grade, not ground beef. At first, I thought it would be too much blue cheese for the amount of ground beef; but it wasn't. Evident, but subtle enough. The jalapenos didn't cook, just warm. 'Not a fan of warm, raw veggies. Suggestion is to cook & cool then add to the mixture. :) I wouldn't dissuade someone from trying these, but I doubt I'll be repeating.
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Blue Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
Yeah, I subbed jalapenos for the mushrooms. Lighten up, it's okayyyy! :D I think my review is still valid. I would've liked the bacon to stay crispy so I'd put it on top next time. Oh, I didn't blend it - just mixed in a bowl. Other than that, no suggestions - just if you're using jalapenos, watch out for leaving too many seeds. I had a little sweat going. Really, I did! :D
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Blue Cheese Bites

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2014
I made homemade buttermilk biscuits & didn't top with butter; just pressed the crumbles in a bit. 'Kinda tasted like buttermilk biscuits with melted blue cheese. Hmmm ... :) Nice idea, but didn't wow me. I am tough to wow, though. (Ha)
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