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Home Town: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Living In: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Recipe Reviews 182 reviews
Brandy Flamed Peppercorn Steak
This was a SUPER meal. I've made it 2 ways now - as written and cooking the steaks on the grill and doing the sauce separately. I prefer the original method - I think the flaming of the brandy over the steaks and cooking it in the wine really adds something to the meal. The sauce does seem a little "runny" and next time I think I'll double the sauce but spend a little time thickening it up while letting the steaks rest. I used sirloin steaks in the pan (filets when I did the grill method), and for sirloin - 5 minutes per side was a perfect med-rare. I may try the the pan method with some beef tenderloin medallions next time... served with a classic baked potato and spinach salad.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2011
Flourless Chocolate Cake I
Oh my god. This is like a really dense fudge truffle cheesecake. You could probably use a melon baller to scoop this out and roll it in toppings to make truffles, actually. I made this exactly as is and served this with some black cherry sauce and Chambord-infused whipped cream. FYI - for dessert sauces, you can get real fruit and do all the hassle - I just grab whatever seedless jam/jelly I have in the fridge, and melt that down over the stove and then doctor up if needed. (Never hurts to add a little liquor) Enjoy!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2011
French Bread Rolls to Die For
I don't know about "to die for", but these are pretty good. I forgot to pick up sturdy rolls/bread for French Dip Sandwiches this morning, and instead of heading back to the store, figured I'd give this recipe a shot. I used the bread machine which was easy and then formed about 7 oblong rolls. They were delicious! I do think the addition of a little honey might be good, too, because on their own, they are slightly bland. (I also used EVOO instead of Veg Oil by accident - don't know if it makes a difference in the long run.)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011

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