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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
This is a great recipe. My slight modifications were as follows: 1) added 1 more Tbs of chopped garlice since I LOVE garlic 2) used the juice of one lime, since I had no lemons 3) added 1 tsp of capers for a little tartness 4) added one red thai pepper (seeded and chopped) for a slight kick 5) added 1/4 cup white zinfandel 6) poured the baked results into a plate filled with freshly boiled wide-ribbon lemon-pepper pasta (from Trader Joes - it's called PAPPARDELLE PASTA - SOOO good!) 7) sprinkled the plated result with freshly grated parmesan (to taste) Then I poured myself a small glass of chilled white zin to wash it all down with - this combination of tastes was DELISH! Will definitely be making this one again.
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Microwave Bread and Butter Pickles

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
Who knew making B&B pickles could be this easy?! I had 2 large cucumbers left over from this past summer's crop sitting in the fridge - I made cucumber salad, gaspacho soup and many other wonderful recipes from this site, but frankly, was all 'cuked out until I saw this recipe. Wow, so easy to make (19 minutes) and the taste/texture (nice and crunchy) is good. I used a whole white onion, will probably use less onion next time, and I'll make it a sweet one instead. The onion and two pickles filled a large mason jar PERFECTLY, and produced enough "juice" to cover it all. Will definitely be using this recipe for next year's harvest. Thanks!
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Easy Chicken Stew with Apple

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2011
I'm a long-time chef, and when I read this recipe had my reservations due to the complexity and variety of the total ingredients. I should have listened to my gut. I made this dish for a special event with some friends, and it fell flatter than a pancake under a 20 ton weight. It was actually going along fairly well until I added the tablespoon of cider vingegar - which changed the entire flavor of the dish. And there was no real recovery after that because I didn't have time to mess with it. The texture was mushy and the flavor was uninspired. Some suggestions I would offer are these: Substitute Jerusalem artichokes for potatoes (much more expensive, I know, but better for diabetics) and add a handful of dried cranberries to sweeten it up. This recipe needs to focus on being on the sweeter side with the use of apples and apple cider, but like other reviewers have mentioned, it doesn't quite go there (but it should). This recipe sends mixed flavor messages in my view. You can pick this up just by reading the recipe.
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