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Marcia W

Marcia W
Home Town: California, USA
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Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze
This is definitely moist and very easy to make. The texture is wonderful, but the lemon glaze just doesn't work for me (and I like lemon!). My husband thinks it is "OK" and he is extremely easy to please. The Chinese Five Spice adds a bit of a black licorice flavor, which really stood out, so next time I will leave that out. I used 2 1/2 tsp of ginger and it was not enough for us, so I will probably use 4 tsp of ginger. I will replace the lemon glaze with a ginger/cinnamon glaze (1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, ginger and cinnamon to taste. To reduce the oil, I used about 3 TBSP of oil and the remainder of the 1/2 cup was milk and some cream. I always do this when oil is called for in quick breads, cakes, etc and it always works (using just milk works, too, though the fat from the cream gives a nice rich texture. Chef John's techniques are great! I love his videos and am still fun!!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2014
How To Make Focaccia
I made this exactly as stated. It is fantastic! Chef John, I so appreciate your videos. You get to the point, but you don't overlook anything and you have a great sense of humor! Loving learning from you!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2014
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Other than using 8 oz of whole wheat spaghetti, made exactly according to directions. Very good! This was the main dish for dinner for two and we ate it all! As Chef John instructs, be sure to put the sauce and pasta in a bowl, BEFORE adding the parmesan. If you add the parmesan to the sauce and spaghetti in a hot pan, the parmesan will stick to the pan! I prefer the cheese on my spaghetti, not the pan. Next time, I will use basil and add fresh, chopped tomatoes and grilled vegetables. Also, I will add a little chicken base or vegetable base, to give it a little more flavor. I think I will also reduce the amount of olive oil and increase the pasta water, to save on calories.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2014

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