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Mom's Sweet Buttermilk Corn Bread

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
This was different than other cornbread I've made. The cornmeal, flour ratio especially. With that, it's much more "gritty" than the recipes with similar amounts. 'Not a bad thing necessarily, just something I noticed. I added less sugar, 1/4c. A third would not have been too much though. As cornbread, I like other recipes better; as the base for cornbread dressing, I think this is our winner. :)
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
This was better sooner than later. It got a watery after a while. Also that "water" had an avocado color tint. Jus' a little 411. :) No fresh cilantro so I subbed 1T. The red onions at the store were about to walk away so I subbed green onion (white & green pieces) for the red. First time with a mango. You aren't supposed to peel them first. I found this out after peeling. :( We wrestled a little, but it didn't make it in the salsa. 'Think I would've liked it, but more jalepeno would be needed. With one, without mango, it's kid-friendly mild. 'Think two minimum; & then three, if you add that honkin' mango. :D A nice "Welcome to Spring/Summer!" dish!
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Japanese Restaurant Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
By the ingredients & the scent, I thought I'd love this; but it was just okay. Using English cucs might help - less watering. The longer it sat, the more the flavor diminished. Oh, I didn't seed the cucs. That didn't help the watery factor. Oops. I used Asian garlic chile sauce, not paste. A good last minute Summer dish - since you have to fix it last minute. :D Ha. If I come across two cucs again, I'll try it again - & follow directions better. Much, much later: Followed directions. 'Still "okay" A bit too sweet, but a quick, refreshing side.
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Korean Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
Following suggestions, I subbed rice wine vinegar (1/8c), added 1t sugar, & less red pepper (1/4t). I marinated a few hours. It's not so Asian flavored, which was the attraction to making this. Using less & rice wine vinegar instead, it wasn't so vinegar-y either. No points off for that. ;) It didn't seem much different than an American cucumber dish. For sure, sub sesame oil for the oil - if you try it.
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Pollo Fajitas

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
I did not care for this recipe. Not very flavorful.
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Chinese Lion's Head Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2014
This is a good soup for summer - light, but filling. I subbed 1t ground ginger for fresh & used homemade chicken broth. Oh, no napa cabbage at the store so subbed a 10oz pkg frozen chopped spinach. 'Probably would've been prettier if I'd cooked the spinach separately so the broth wouldn't be green; but, hey, it's broth with chopped spinach in it. Maybe it'd be green anyway. :D I only put 1t sesame oil at the end. The 2t would've been fine, too. 'Just being careful. :) 'Think the meatballs could use more ginger, if using ground.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2014
'Not a bad recipe, but not amazing either. I only subbed 1/2t dry for the pickled ginger. A good start.
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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2014
Get your pointing fingers ready! Yes, I changed it. I changed it a lot! I did! I admit it! ... This looks like a beginner/home ec recipe & that's fine, but once you've been cooking a while, you can improve things. Tip: Offbrand/Storebrand (Kroger whole berry, 29g per 1/4c)foods have more sugar than namebrand (Oceanspray whole berry, 22g per 1/4c. I've noticed this with other foods, too. 'Guess since sugar is cheap to add ... weight is similar, but not quite the same inside.) I didn't think sweetened cranberry juice was enough for all those apples - so I added 1/4c sugar, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/8t each allspice & nutmeg. No cornstarch so used 1/3c flour mixed with 1/3c orange juice & added that to the melted sauce. Stirred till thickened & added the apples. I can get my guy child, 17, to eat oatmeal cookies, but not oats on top so went with traditional streusel topping of 1/3c flour & sugar, 1t cinnamon, 3T butter. Greased a 9x11, baked for 45. Since this is pretty juicy, that streusel didn't crunch at all. It just ended up being essentially cinnamon-sugar on top. Okay, but not necessasary. I'd recommend the oats or a pie crust topping. My dented can of cranberries is used as well as bruised grannies. Mission accomplished & dessert, too!
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Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2014
Love it. This is Bevy's Blueberry Pie. I usually use 1/3c flour for fresh; 1/2c flour, frozen. The cinnamon is undetectable, but makes a good pie even better. With homegrown berries being more juicy at peak season, a runny pie may happen occasionally; but there are worse things than having to eat a homemade blueberry pie with a spoon!
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General Tsao's Chicken II

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2014
This was quite a bit of work. I liked it, but I may not follow this recipe next time. I doubled the sauce except used less sugar (2/3c instead of the doubled amount 1c) & added 1/8t crushed red pepper since the kids were having some. It wasn't spicy at all, but more was easily added on the plate. I only panfried the chicken once. Then, added the sauce, boiled, thickened with cornstarch mixed with chicken broth. I felt there was too much salt (soy sauce) & sugar. I'm not saltsensitive, or sugarsensitive for that matter; but those flavors took over the recipe. One of the reviews mentioned "greasy" & "goopy". Yup, it was after it cooled; but what do ya want?! That's how it goes with dishes with oils & cornstarch. Jus' how it goes. :)
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Baked Tofu Bites

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2014
I pretty much doubled the sauce as suggested, pressed the tofu between two towels, weighted the sheet on top with 5# flour & 5# sugar for about an hour, marinated for at an hour or a bit more. I baked it, but it didn't get crispy - even after more than twice the recommended time. 'Thought it was a little too sweet. I only put in 1/4t liquid smoke for a double recipe. Too much of that is too much. So, eh, I'm glad I tried it; but if I want crispy tofu, I'll try stirfrying it next time.
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Spicy Tuna Fish Cakes

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2014
'Not really spicy, but subtly evident. 'Glad I tried.
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Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2014
Other than adding 1/4t salt & subbing with salted butter, I followed this recipe. Quite a shock considering I usually don't - sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. :) These were good. I had a minibakeoff with Marianne's Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes. I liked them a little better. These are soft & have a light yellow color. They're more yellow than Sweet Vanilla. I didn't make the frosting, but I'm going to have to. :D
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Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2014
Thank you, Marianne! Yow! :D Beautiful, lightcolored cupcakes. If you're looking for a yellow cake that doesn't scream "yellow," you just found it. Light in texture &, appearancewise, close to the color of butter. I had a minibakeoff with this & "Almond Cupcakes (with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting," as listed on here). Those were good, too; but this was the winner. Those were more yellow, but flavor was similar. I added 1t almond extract to these since comparing them. No other changes. I added a Hershey kiss sized spoonful of homemade cheese pie filling on each halffull cupcake. Good, but it didn't stay identifiable & made the tops flat instead of rounded. I'll fill after baking next time. One more thing, which may be because of the cheese pie filling, the wrappers loosened overnight. No biggie, 'could even be a good thing if you wanted to serve them unwrapped. Thanks for sharing this, Marianne! Idea: Chocolate fill & top with fresh strawberry frosting --> neopolitan cupcake.
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Tasty Baked Mac n Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2014
Thanks to Nadine M of the Buzz for recommending this! This is the front runner in the Mac n Cheese competition. :) 'Really like the ease of prep with this. I'm tempted to say it's "Guy-easy," but that might be "nice." :D The only thing all tasters agreed on that would be done next time is the put all the cheese in it, not so much on top. I didn't do the sauce on the bottom. 'Just mixed it together & greased the pan. I used 1 stick, 1/2c butter, adding 2T to the pasta; only sharp cheese. My cream cheese was previously frozen so a little funny textured (looked like what Greek yogurt tastes like, if ya know what I mean. :D) so I added 4 ounces, half the block. The cayenne isn't too hot; but, for little kids, you might want to have half without or less. PS This is guy-easy! ;)
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Beth's Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2014
4.3.14 The attraction to this recipe was the flavor, not it being cakelike. To help with that, I reduced baking powder to 1t. 'Still very cakelike. I wonder if this is really a cake recipe pretending to be a cookie. I used 1/2c butter & 1/2c shortening. Since some reviews said the cookie itself was on the bland side, I added orange extract, 2t. The orange flavor was noticeable, but not overpowering or artificial tasting. 'First time using orange extract. It's like liquid orange lollipop. No joke. Okay, orange soda without the fizz. Either one. :) I doubled the frosting as suggested, too; but didn't need it all since I just drizzled, didn't cover. About 1 1/2 frosting recipe would be fine. Since so thin, I played with it by adding more than just sugar since it was getting to be like liquid confectionary sugar. :/ I liked the frosting, more like icing, better than the cookies. After "playing," I liked this combination. It's taste is orange extract at first then the zing of the concentrate after. I liked it anyway. :D Here y'are: 1/4c orange juice concentrate, 1/2t orange extract, 1/4t vanilla extract (more than that would cover the orange, I think. Maybe less in the cookies would help, too.), 4 - 5T butter (less than 6T, which I what I used), 2c confectionary sugar, pinch salt. 'Got a reluctant "okay" from boy one. Girl one wouldn't try. She's a fresh, uncooked fruit girl most times. 'Sure the people at work will like. They'll eat anything. Ha!
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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
I'm not a big mac & cheese lover so I'm probably a tougher critic than most. This was OK, just like the note next to the 3 stars reads. It was OK. I accidentally added 2c 2% milk, not 3c. After tasting, it was a good mistake. I added 1t dry mustard & 1/2t salt, but it was still pretty bland. Someone added a cup more cheese. That could be all it needed. The topping helps appearance, but that's about it. 'Could take it or leave it. I used a 9x13 & it was on the shallow side so if you want more of the baked top, go for it. I'll use a 9x11 next time. I cooked a whole pound of elbows so there'll be another mac & cheese review in my future. :/ ;D
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Blueberry French Toast

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2014
This & overnight blueberry french toast are very,very similar.Very.I read a lot of reviews from each - so,yes,I made some changes.Those reviews are very helpful.I don't feel badly about changing a recipe when so many have a certain problem or suggestion that was successful.To m'point!:)I followed the suggestion of making cream cheese sandiwiches, egging,then turning them over before baking. Some said the tops were dry.No problem with that after "the flip":D 'Used less eggs as suggested,too.(Actually,seven since my bread didn't fill the pan.I'd go for nine next time.)I added a little vanilla.A little melted butter would've been nice,too.Heyyy,maybe spread some melted butter on the top piece of bread before pouring the egg mixture over?!?That'd be nice,I think.I forgot the syrup,but I'd think baking syrup for an hour wouldn't necessarily be a good thing -&probably go to the bottom of the dish.'May add some mapeleine next try.The berries in with the toast didn't do much for taste except look pretty.The sauce I didn't make,but I'm sure it'd be good.I've made blueberry sauce before with pancakes.Yum.Oh,for the cream cheese,I put 2T sugar&an egg in with it.I'm not sure about the egg.I think half an egg would be better.It wasn't as creamy as I would've liked (but I got over it quickly :D).Grease the pan extra well -&you'll probably still have to soak.All n all,good,but not as good as regular timeconsuming french toast;but that won't stop trying this or other similar recipes!
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Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2014
Rather than chocolate chips, added small diced granny smith apple; half cup less sugar; increased spices; 1/2c oil; added 1t vanilla (I had to.) I bet these would be very good with soaked raisins instead of chips. 'Not a big fan of apples in muffins, but these were cut small enough that they cooked. 'Don't like baked muffin & crispy apple combo. :o I faked streusel with a little plain bread crumbs, half pinch or less sugar & half a shake cinnamon. 'Like 'em! ... So modifications: 1 1/2c sugar, 1/2c oil, 1 1/2t cinnamon, 3/4t ginger, 1/8 + 1/4t nutmeg. 'Think I'll try using 2t cinnamon, 1t ginger, 1/2t nutmeg - & leave out the apples. 375 20mins.
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Asian-Style Zucchini

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2014
If I'd learn to read recipes & write neatly, I'd probably do better at cooking in general ... I didn't write down directions only ingredients & a couple brackets to contain groups. I cooked the zucchini till it was nearly ready, not lightly browned; but I guess if you like yours notsodone, that'd be fine. I like browned slices; browned as in the grilled look. Then added 1T sesame seeds. 'Played with them a while to somewhat toast them & added 1T soy sauce. 'Removed from heat. You really don't want to cook soy sauce straight (without being an addition to an already wet sauce). I stirred that just a bit - till it stopped sizzling - & added the 1T sesame oil I thought I read. Right there it was a three star. With a little crushed red pepper, four easy. Adding ginger might be good, too; but I got scared. :o :) Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, I don't know about other places; but, here, in the South, our zucchini doesn't come in sizes. It's picked at about six inches or less = I used two. It wasn't overly saucey, but a little strong so I added a cup or more of heated, cooked bowtie pasta. Pretty cute.
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