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Out of this World Turkey Brine
It was a big hit at our house. Even my 20 year old daughter who doesn't like turkey said it was good. My 75 year old mom said it was one of the best turkeys ever (and she's had a few turkeys!). The turkey was a 23 lb one (NOT pre brined in any way), soaked in a big plastic bag inside my huge stock pot for about 36 hours then washed in cold water and set in an icy water bath for about 15 minutes before cooking. Previous reviewers were right about the gravy from the drippings though - I like salty gravy so I thought it would be o.k. - but I was wrong - way too salty. Oh well, that gravy will be great in the soup! Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2010
I am not new to cooking in general but this was my first attempt with phyllo. I had to bring a few things to a greek themed dinner party. I followed several suggestions including 1 and a half times the syrup - added a cinnamon stick and let it simmer two hours and used a spritzer bottle to get the butter on the sheets. Everything went great except two operator errors. I hate over chopped nuts so I carefully chopped my pecans so they would not turn to dust. That was a mistake - they need to be WELL chopped. Next time I will use my handy chopper and will let it go to town. The second error was that I did not use enough butter. That spritzer made that butter go a very long way - I probably only used 1/4 cup. It was quick and handy but between my pecans being too large and my sheets not getting gooey enough - the baklava did not stick together correctly. Even with my goofs, they were beautiful and all 8 adults ate theirs and complimented them - and the hosts teen aged son came back to get them over and over until they were almost all gone. This is a remarkably good recipe.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2008
Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Excellent ice cream! We followed the recipe precisely - except that we found a new favorite use for candy canes! We put 20 or so mini candy canes in the handy chopper and YUM! We highly recommend trying this recipe :)

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Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2007

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