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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2009
Nothing more can be said bout this great cheesecake! But for those thinking of making this 'healthier', I used Low-Fat greek style yogurt instead of sour cream and you won't be able to tell the difference. Also, I baked it at 225degF for 3.5 hrs as the other reviewer suggested, grease the sides of the pan well and a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven. No cracks. Also, if there are tiny air bubbles in the mixture when pouring into the cakepan, you might wanna poke it or it will create little holes on the final product.
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Spinach Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2008
A simple and satisfying soup. Great to use up those leftovers! I used half a jar of left over chunky pasta sauce (onion n garlic) Soaked the lentils together with chickpeas overnight. Didnt think it had enough flavour probably my fault for using less sauce. So i added, 1 tablespoon tomato sauce, 2 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp cayanne pepper and 1.5 tablespoon apple cider vinegar as I prefer my soup more tart. Added pasta in it for a filling meal. If freezing leftovers, I would suggest that u only add the amt of spinach u'd be eating then add spinach whenever u reheat. This way, it wldnt get mushy. Great value n healthy indeed!
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Lemon Pudding Cake I

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
I've never tried a lemon pudding cake but from now onwards, this wld be the recipe i turn to whenever i need my lemon fix! Its lower in fat as compared to other desserts so u don't have to feel guilty reaching for another slice! That said, it was a very refreshing and light cake. As what another reviewer put it, its like an angel cake on top with lemon curd at the bottom. The sugar in the recipe was wayyy too much. I increased the lemon juice to 1/2 cup, 3 tsp lemon zest, used only 1/2 cup + 2 tbs sugar and omitted the salt. I had it cold from the fridge and it was great. Can't wait to try it warm!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2008
Barely mash the bananas for more flavour and for a moist muffin-like cake, melt the butter. I added 1tsp baking powder for a more fluffly bread. Replaced 1 cup of APF for half bran and rolled oats for fibre. And added spices as per other reviews. Very good banana flavour!
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Mexican Wedding Cakes II

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2008
Ive been making these cookies for the longest time and always get raves. I reckon, 100g of walnuts is more than sufficient- too much nuts will result in the cookie breaking up more easily. Use lightly salted butter n omit the confectionary sugar in the batter. The mildly salted cookie and confectionary sugar coating is a perfect marriage of flavours! The trick to making these cookies melt in ur mouth is to avoid overbeating it and handling it as little as possible. After beating the butter (make sure it's not too soft, rather, slightly firm) with vanilla, add in the flour n beat till just blended/mixture forms a lump. Very easy and addictive!
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies IV

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2007
Not the best cookie but it was pretty. I thought it was too cakey rather than chewy.
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Green Velvet Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2007
Healthy, hearty and very very filling soup! I used 1/2 of broccoli, 1/2 cauliflower, 6 cups of fresh spinach, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp black pepper and 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. I sauteed 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic and a tsp of grated ginger with 1 tbs of butter then added in the celerys, stems of broccoli and potato until tender before adding the broth. It was a tad too thick and salty after blending (but tts bcos i put in 1 tsp of salt, not knowing tt the chicken stock was rather salty!) so i added 3/4 of water and 1/2 cup milk before bringing the pureed soup to heat. This created a nice balance of flavours. The soup had a nice lightly spicy kick to it!
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Cinnamon Rolls III

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
I reckon that this's the best cinnamon roll i ever ate! Not as buttery as those commercially-made ones but it meant tt its less oily and fewer in calories, nevertheless, its huge on taste. It was absolutely moist and light! I made it without a bread machine. Firstly, i placed made a well in the middle of the flour. Place tsb of sugar and yeast in the well. Add warm water. Then waited for 5 mins for the yeast to be activated. After tt, I placed the rest of the wet ingredients into the well and 3/4 pudding surrounding the flour. And beat using the dough hook. Knead the dough a little on a floured surface then place into bowl covered with a damp warm towel for an hr. When the roll was done, I cut it up using a thread placed at the bottom then intercrossed on top. Okay, this's the step which i think made it extra moist and wonderful. I used the same method (from 'Easy Foccacia' from this site) of placing the rolls into a warm oven for all my breads and it yields great results all the time. Fill a tray with boiling water and place it on the lowest rack of the oven (make sure the oven is cool) Then place the ready rolls on the rack at top of it for 1 hr to let rise. Remove the rolls and tray of water. Preheat oven and bake. Oh, I didnt use any frosting on top. It definitely can do without the frosting! I'll never buy cinnamon rolls from the store ever :)
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Lemon Square Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2007
Crust was too thick for my liking. Shall decrease the flour to 2 cups, sugar to 1/2 cup and butter to slightly more than 1/2 cup. I used only 3 eggs and 1 cup+ 2 tbs of sugar. It has a nice tart taste and chewy lemon filling. And very addictive indeed!
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2007
The cake was absolutely moist and lightly fluffed. I used 3/4cup white sugar and 3/4 cup brown. It was still a little sweet for my liking though. And used 3 large eggs instead of 4, increased the cinnamon by 1 tsp, used 1 cup of canola oil and a cup of walnuts. U definitely have to squeeze the carrots and pineapple then add 2 tbs juice of each or u'll end up with a pudding-like super dense cake. I made 29 cupcakes and baked it for 20 mins at mid level. Make sure to fill the cupcakes slightly less than 3/4 full as it rises quite a bit. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2007
Absolutely mouthwatering! I used 2 cloves of garlic, 3/4 cup milk, 2 tbs butter (a must for that fantastic aroma!), 3 eggs and only 1 cup of cheddar instead and DO WITHOUT the salt. The herbed feta is what made this pie so never leave it out! In the egg mixture, I added a tbs of dried parsley, a heaped tsp of oregano as well as garlic powder. Just combined the spinach mixture together with egg mixture and pour into an 11" pan. On the top, i spreaded buttered cauliflower mash, baked for 15 mins then topped with 3/4 cup of cheddar and baked for a further 30 mins. Resulted in a 'healthier top crust' and wonderful meal!
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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
This is the best apple pie i've ever eaten in my life! I did make some changes thou. I upped the sauce by half and used 1 more tbs of flour than the recipe called for, used 5 Granny Smiths sliced thickly so that it'll be chewier, and added 2 tbs cinammon to the apples. I placed a layer of apples on the crust then poured some of the sauce over it then another layer of apples and the sauce, finishing it by spreading the sauce on the lattice top. I've got no problem with the sauce overflowing, probably bcos i used a 10 inch pan. I left it to cool for a while and the sauce settled nicely and firmly without being too messy. It looks picture perfect and the top crust was to die for!
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French Pastry Pie Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
After a failed attempt at making a pie crust, i was rather hesitant to try another but i took the chance anyway n i was impressed! I used 2 forks to mix the dough to avoid overworking it and to prevent the fat from melting. The crust was extremely flaky and buttery. I used it with Grandma Ople's apple pie and it turned out beautifully!
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