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Tangy Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
Tangy Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Salad Reviewed by NAPLES: Oct. 4, 2012 Originally reviewed June 13, 2012 - This recipe is reminiscent of a dish I've enjoyed since my grandmother made it for me more than 50 years ago - but this one has a twist! The stone ground mustard and the bacon are both new additions I was curious to try and found I liked A LOT. I used baby Yukon Gold potatoes, not bothering to peel them. For the most part cutting them in half gave me the good, yet still bite-sized chunks I wanted. As for the beans, I blanched them for five minutes, then quickly turned them out into an ice bath. Mixing the cool beans with the hot potatoes gave me the just right lukewarm temperature I was after to serve the salad. I found four slices of bacon worked well. As for the dressing, I was tempted to play it safe and cut back on it to a tablespoon - but I didn't, and I'm glad I didn't. I adjusted the olive oil and vinegar to the 3:1 ratio I prefer. I couldn't resist adding a handful of fresh, chopped Italian parsley; it was a fresh and colorful addition. I was stunningly pleased at the very first bite of this. This far exceeded my expectations! If at all possible DO try to serve this warm or at least room temperature. The flavors really come alive much more so than when cold. There's just something "soothing" about it at that temperature too. Bottom line, this was a fresh, well-balanced blend of flavors that in my book is representative of simple, humble, fine cooking.
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Crispy Brie Wedges with Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2013
Lucky Noodles:- Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012 Don, I cannot thank you enough! This was a PERFECT appetizer for our Thanksgiving Fondue Night. We will have this again! I made the sauce the day before and used 151 rum. I did make notes of amounts I used if someone doesn't have a scale (and I hope I did the math/weighing correctly!): 4 oz Brie is a half wedge for my brand is an 8 oz wheel. 10 oz of oil is 1 1/4 cups, flour about 5 tablespoons, breadcrumbs about 1 3/4 cup, 6 oz orange juice is 3/4 cup, 5 oz brown sugar is 3/4 cup, 2 oz white sugar is 1/4 cup and 2 oz rum is 4 tablespoons.
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Tuna Fish Patties

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2013
Hi, Excellent and delicious BA. Had to use canned Spanish tuna and pecorino romano cheese. A winner.!! cheers.
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Asparagus Risotto

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Hi, The way I like food and risotto -Simple and delicious. cheers.
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Delicious Beef Tongue Tacos

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
Hi, Cooked as per recipe. No problems and the skin peeled off easily. Overall, both myself and “she who must be obeyed”, thoroughly enjoyed it. However, both of us thought the tongue itself was a bit bland. A bit like boiled beef with a touch of garlic. However, the salsa was as spicy and full of flavour as I thought it would be. A real bonus which really livened up the meat. As a pair, they go excellently together. If I do again, I probably will add something to the meat broth and, more because I tend to tweek and experiment, try something like lime or lemon and cilantro, maybe even a touch of fresh ginger with the salsa. The salsa is a big save for future use. At minimum, a four star recipe. Cheers.
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Cold Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
Hi, tomato pesto by any other name. Made as per recipe. I ate with hot freshly cooked pasta as I would normally with green pesto. Not bad at all, especially when parmesan added to taste. I like strong. When blended, good flavour balance between, tomatoes ,garlic (just on edge of too much) and basil (I love basil and tomatoes). !/2 tsp Sugar for me hardly ncessary. For my first recipe group review, I picked a winner. cheers
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Cilantro-Mint Raita

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
I have to say I'm disappointed. I'm afraid it is not to my taste or texture. I like body and texture ( bits) in my raita Just the ingredients chopped finely and mixed. (personal ) RE the smooth mixture itself, I think cilantro- mint is a bit of a misnomer. The mint was basically missing, totally dominated by the cilantro and the cumin. 2 Tablespoons cumin seems excessive for this spice. Teaspoons possibly but, for me, not tablespoons. Sorry only 2 stars max.
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