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Glorious Sponge Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2013
Sponge Cake Noob Help: I’m a sponge cake noob and my first attempt at this fell, so I want to give advice to other noobs out there that may help. This is an awesome cake, and when you nail it you will love it. But if you aren’t certain you know how much to beat the eggs, watch a youtube video on what beating egg whites until they are stiff looks like! My first crack at this I was afraid to over beat the egg whites and the result was disastrous. But I did a rematch last night with a little help from my Super Husband and he beat the stuffing out of the egg white until I was faint with fear that they got so darned fluffy! I thought that couldn’t possibly be right. It was! It was very right! And the cake came out beautifully! AFTER CARE: I baked my cake in an ungreased bunt pan and flipped it upside down over a bottle when I took it out of the oven. After it cooled I righted the cake, ran a skewer around the edges twice and the cake popped out. It's delicious, and it makes a fantastic tea cake!
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Italian Love Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2013
I actually found this on pinterest first but I checked and the recipes are the same. I gave this a try last weekend for our wine tasting get away trip and it was a big hit! I never modify baking instructions so I followed this pretty precisely. Good balance between cheese, cake, and the whipped pudding frosting. Our crew gave it two thumbs up!
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Tomato and Mozzarella Bites

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2013
I had these at a pals grand opening and I was blown away! She didn't use the dipping idea though. She just drizzled it with the oil and vinegar and I thought that was a wise choice. The fewer things out in a large party like that the better.
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Tomato Basil Pasta

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2013
I modified this a bit, but I feel like I kept to the chore flavors and I loved the result. I’m eating the leftovers for lunch today! My mods: I sautéed the garlic and onions until they started to get tender, then I kept cooking them for a bit with cut asparagus. Sadly I didn’t have fresh basil so I used dried. I tossed the finished pasta and the cooked veggies with the cheese, oil, and seasonings, and then added in the tomatoes and it was spectacular! I will certainly make this again!
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Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
As usual, I don’t tend to follow recipes exactly, but I tried this one out because I was getting bored with my lunch and I’ve been trying to cut down on my meat intake. This was a grand idea! I loved her recommendation to rinse the beans! It helped make the burrito less messy and it gets rid of some of the salt they can it with. My modifications: I accidentally forgot the rice because I’m a dork, but I know that will be great and I’ll try not to forget it next time. I'll cook it in some broth and lime juice. I sautéed all the veggies along with onions and two types of chilies until the onions were nice and caramelized. I added seasoning and lime juice. I kept that separate from the black beans that I used. To transport to work I just put beans on one side of my bento box, the veggies on the other, and I sprinkled the cheese all over the top. I wrapped up a tortilla in foil and once I’m at work I can microwave the filling until the cheese melts and I have a delicious vegetarian lunch! When I remember, I also bring along a bottle of hot sauce and it adds a nice kick. And the great part is I don’t even need to freeze it if I finish it off by the end of the week. I just keep it in the fridge and spoon into my lunch box the night before so it’s ready to grab and go! Thanks for the great idea! This has a ton of modification possibilities to keep my lunch exciting!
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Oregano-Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2012
I'm not much for measuring things out, but I made this last night by eyeballing everything when I needed something quick and easy and it turned out great! My modifications: 1) I whisked all the ingredients, plus salt, pepper, and basil, together in the glass pot that I was going to bake the chicken in, thus I had one less dish to clean. 2) I used an entire lemon, because I love on obscene amount of lemon. 3) I used less honey. 4) Instead of basting, which is too much work for a quick and dirty dinner night, I just stabbed the budgeezus out of the chicken with a fork and covered the pot to keep the juices in. This way it only took 30 minutes to cook. It turned out lovely and lemony and it required very little work! A+
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