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Home Town: Greenville, Michigan, USA
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Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian
Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Chicken Breasts Pierre
I give this a five star rating. A simple recipe that can be the foundation for so many variations. Right away, I sauteed an onion in the chicken pan. Instead of water, I used vermooth which is always a good liquid with chicken. I also had some summer squash that I threw in the pan. Next time I might add some green pepper. I see someone add soy sauce and that might be another twist. My only criticism is that I thought is was a little too sweet for my taste (kids would love it). I am going to try reducing the brown sugar a little to increase the tang factor. My dish turned out more beautiful than the photo. I would not hesitate serving to guests as it is easy, letting you prepare the rest of the dinner while the chicken bubbles.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2011
Asparagus Appetizers
I thought this was a delicious recipe and the best part was making it ahead of time. I noticed some commentators complained about the asparagus. I made this recipe in the springtime when the asparagus was right out of the garden and it was perfect. I used rather thick stems before they tapered to keep a consistant shape. I also did not use toothpicks as the rolled bread stuck to itself. After rolling the dish in butter, I had about a 1/2 cup left over. I think next time, I will use less (2.5 sticks). I also think I will cut the rolls in thirds so they can be popped in the mouth as I observed some diners having difficulty biting the longer pieces. I wonder if that will have an effect on cooking time? Other raters also suggested the dish lacked a punch. I thought the subtle flavors went well together (the blue cheese seems to mellow in cooking) but additional blue cheese could add to the flavor. I served the appetizer with a good white wine and everyone raved. If served with spicier foods, I could understand how it might get overwhelmed.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2011
Kielbasa Appetizers
This is a delicious recipe and very simple to make. It also allows for limitless variations. For example, I added a teaspoon of chopped ginger to add a twist. It seemed that the recipe, as written, contained a lot of liquid to reduce. Next time, I am going to try one bottle of beer (12 oz.) and the same amount of BBQ sauce. While BBQ sauce often comes in 18 oz. containers, it won't be hard to use the remainder in another dish. Also, if you are bringing this dish to a gathering, making it in a crock pot makes more sense than a frying pan.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2011

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