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Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
There is some confusion and debate as to whether or not the yeast should be proofed or not. The authors directions do not include this step. I try to follow a recipe exactly the first time I make it. However, reading some reviews by AR members who have experience in bread making and promote proofing "always" left me confused. The bread itself is flavourful and great for indulging in bread dipping or for a nice pizza dough. I wish the proofing question could be addressed by our friends and advisers at all recipes.
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Olive Oil Dip for Italian Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
Loving Italian cuisine I was surprised I didn't like this more. Now, it could be me &/or my ingredients at fault (hence the 3* rating), but I found the balsamic overpowers some of the milder flavours. I'm going to remember what I do like about this recipe and experiment with a few other recipes. Thanks for posting.
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Catalina Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
This salad turned out much nicer than I thought. The ingredients with the salad dressing plus the time in the refrigerator blends everything nicely. Thanks for sharing the recipe Lora Billmire
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Holiday Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2010
As the author of this recipe, I would like to point out that the stated 5 cup yield is a bit of a stretch. To ensure the full flavour is achieved it might be wise to not overly dilute. If possible use chicken stock rather than water should you decide to do so. Any extra liquid above what the recipe calls for should be added in small quantities. Taste as you go. I hope you like it. Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Honey Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2010
I love the 4 ingredient simplicity of this recipe. Without meaning to be critical, I was surprised to read how some reviewers commented that it was "too sweet" Of course it's going to be sweet. This recipe halves well. (Good if you want to pace yourself.) A small amount spread on toast is still delicious tasting. If you really love it, indulge not too often and use just a little. Enjoy in Moderation!
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
Very good.
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Grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I'm not a great cookie fan, particularly oatmeal, (Dad's was the exception) but these are very good. The cinnamon blended perfectly.
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Vera Cruz Tomatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I'm the lady who stands mesmerized in the produce aisle, smelling the summer tomatoes. If you're at all like me, lucky enough to adore these gems, the health benefit is a bonus. After confessing all of this, I did in fact come home with a basket of the red beauties. Now.. this isn't the first stuffed tomato recipe I've tried, AR and other sites included. Same old, same old; A big fat disappointment. Not to give up though, this recipe had promise. No rice or breadcrumb fillers. Instead, spinach, crumbly bacon, onion cooked in a little bacon fat. (Please, if possible use real bacon so you can stick to the recipe and get the most out of it.) A little sour cream to keep everything together and some Monterey Jack on top. There it is! I did the - take the first bite - pause- OMG? I can see where the tomatoes could be watery. I used a paper towel to blot out the insides. Because salt will draw out the juice, don't salt the insides of the tomatoes till just before filling. This seemed to help but even the juice was delicious. I was quite happy spooning it off the plate. (Well, I really wanted to lick it off!) The filling was enough for the 4 of them. The author gives a great tip suggesting Romas for more servings. Thanks so much.
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Spicy Sausage and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
Wow! I was pleasantly surprised at the good taste. The ingredients added up to, what I thought would produce an acceptable entree but the first bite tasted of a well balanced flavourful dish.
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Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
Using fresh strawberries whenever possible is a definite plus. I had no problem with the cake releasing; Only a couple of tiny bits stuck to the baking dish and the spots on the cake were easily filled by smoothing out the strawberry topping. I liked the sweetness balance of this recipe. Despite my prediction when the ingredients include marshmallows, I didn't find this overly sweet at all. If this lasts in your house it's even better the following day as the strawberry topping will seep a little into the cake. It's wonderful with a dollop of whipped cream. A really nice recipe parealtor! Thanks for posting it.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2010
OOOOHHHH...MAMA! Thanks to AR I'm now pretty good at scanning recipes to predict a yummy outcome. After the first bite of this we just sat there and stared at each other. I don't think I have ever eaten more than one pork chop at a meal but I sure kept my eye on the extra one. About 3 hours went by and I couldn't stand it any more. So much for not eating past 7:00PM. I'm one who enjoys a varied menu. My mother served the same thing every week. Ditto Ditto-Saturday-hot dogs, Sunday-roast beef, Tuesday-spaghetti. I swore I wasn't going to do that. Too predictable and monotonous. This meal, I could easily eat once a week. Peaches are glorious this time of year and I always look forward to buying a basketful. If peaches are all you have, they work wonderfully as a sub for the nectarines. I made a silly mistake by adding the cumin, chili and pepper to the salsa. I made a little more to rub on the meat. The ingredients sing in this recipe. Thank you MICHELLE
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Ruby Drive Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2010
This is one of the better Sloppy Joe's recipes on AR. Nice appearance, texture and proportions. I can see I'm in the minority with my 3 *rating but the brown sugar made it overly sweet. There is quite a lot of sugar in Ketchup to begin with. I will try again, adjusting the sugar amount. Thanks for posting LV, it was a nice week day dinner idea.
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Ruby Drive Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2010
This is one of the better Sloppy Joe's recipes on AR. Nice appearance, texture and proportions. I can see I'm in the minority with my 3 *rating but the brown sugar made it overly sweet. There is quite a lot of sugar in Ketchup to begin with. I will try again, adjusting the sugar amount. Thanks for posting LV, it was a nice week day dinner idea.
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Sunny Country Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2010
Not overly sweet, which is why I liked these muffins. I had a little batter left over and made some mini sized, adding some small pieces of strawberries that needed to be eaten. Surprisingly a nice tang was added to an already lovely flavour. Great with a hot cup of tea any time of day. Thank's KK3.
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Blueberry Cream Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2010
Not overly sweet, which is why I liked these muffins. I had a little batter left over and made some mini sized, adding some small pieces of strawberries that needed to be eaten. Surprisingly a nice tang was added to an already lovely flavour. Great with a hot cup of tea any time of day. Thank's KK3.
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Chile-Garlic Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2010
Unwisely I used a BBQ Chicken mix that wasn't of the Buffalo kind so my flavouring didn't live up to what I expected. I think I also added too much of it..Ah well just one of those lessons. I suggest using either a trusted homemade mix or one of good store bought quality and personally I like to take the time to mince fresh garlic. I know this will be a recipe deserving a 5 star rating in my kitchen and one that I will soon try again. DadLuvs2cook - Thanks very much.
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Sicilian Pineapple Pork Roast

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
This made a nice change from the usual pork roasts. I used 1/2 of the recipe for about 2lbs of tenderloin following the directions as originally written. While not a favourite with me, it was easy and the meat was tender. Thanks for posting.
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Marinated Cucumbers

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Growing up, a summer dinner table staple was always a bowl of cucumber and sliced onions, very close to this rendition. My mother used a simpler version. White vinegar, a little sugar and water and perhaps a pinch of salt and pepper. This recipe passes my nostalgia test with flying colours. I keep reading the word "refreshing" to describe this salad. It really is a refreshing side to any dinner. I followed the recipe as directed but unfortunately had no fresh rosemary. In fact, the dried rosemary I used was from a spice bottle that could have been stashed away at the back of my cupboard for some time. If anyone else opts for dried, remember to scale down the amount specified to approximately half of what is called for here using fresh. Knowing that some of my family members don't like the spiky pieces of dried rosemary, I used a sturdy plastic bag and a meat mallet to pulverize most of those bits. Next time I will use fresh. This is a wonderful addition to any meal. Thanks for posting it.
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Sky High Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2010
After making a nice roast beef tonight I found myself as the only diner. Schedule changes, bad weather and the aftermath of a trip to the dentist caused each family member to miss one of their favourite meals. I haven't made these for years and I was never pleased with the result. Even with tonight's small roast I was left with quite a bit of *drippings* so this seemed like a good opportunity to give it another go. I think I shied away before because of the 35 minute baking time. I didn't want to be eating a roast that had been sitting and cooling off too much. Now with a little more experience I've found that if you have this batter ready to go and the oil hot hot hot in each cup, the 35 minutes is about how long it takes to finish up any sides and make the gravy anyway. These were beautiful. The funny poofy shape with that lovely homemade taste and golden colour had me smiling as I watched them do their thing in the oven. Incredible. I ate 3 and had to tear myself away. It's torture because I can still smell them. Great directions as written. (I did sift the flour and added salt but that's it) Because I had excess drippings over what I needed for gravy, I put a little in each cup and enough oil to make up the tsp required. Love, love them. Hats off to the chef!
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