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Greek Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2014
I intented to change nothing from the given recipe BUT it happenned that I missed the yoghurt ! oops ! ;-) Good news was the cake was still very good. Being a lemon lover and coming back from holidays with wonderful lemons fresh from the tree, I just put 2 of them, skin, pulp and juice into my food processor and found the resulting pulp was replacing at the best the zest and juice proportions : a wonderful tip if you have fresh organic fruits available ! I'm planning to do it again with a light white chocolate cover and candies decoration for a girlie party.
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Strawberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2014
Sorry, too rich for me, even using Philly light ! Also a few things didn't work. I found a little confusing the quantities indications, then using fresh strawberries I had to adjust the sugar. Following most of the advices I beated the cheese mix a very long time but it didn't turn to the aerian silk I was expecting, just more like butter ! The crust is perfect though and YES ! definitively needs the cinnamon. I ended up with not so much of strawberries spread compared to the cheese mix so it was hard to save some for the top decoration and so thick that the final result was FAR from the nice pattern of the picture. Soooo I guess I did something wrong somewhere... Strawberry cheesecake being a favourite I shall give it a 2nd try though, maybe with eggs whites in the cheese mix to make it lighter ? and with more fruits. I shall also separate the lemon juice (with the strawberries) from the vanilla (with the cheese). The final piece of cake was eaten after 4 days : the crust was then softer than at first but the taste nearly better as all the aromas had mixed and develop together.
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Winter Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2014
Wonderful combination of vegetables ! after reading the previous comments about dryness I decided the cooking method was the problem and not the recipe in itself. So I just steamed carrots,sweetpotatoes, apples and fresh cranberries, while my chicken legs (rolled in lemon pepper-paprika-chili-caraway seeds) were broiling in the oven... and it was just perfect ! Also I think you can skip the onion but the FRESH cranberries are a must have in this recipe.
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Lemon Chiffon Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2014
These proportions are definitively for TWO people and not 4, as you have to try a second piece ! VERY good and light ! Used half of the sugar for a better diet and was still making a yummy dessert (we had it cold). I'm sure too that lemon lovers would prefer 4 instaed of 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
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Broiled Grapefruit

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2014
Pretty good and extra simple ! Made a light and hot winter dessert of it rather than a breakfast thing. I used brown sugar. Next time I'll skip the butter or use far less.
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Broccoli and Ramen Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2014
NO cooking for the noodles ! as others said, they will absorb the sauce. NO sugar needed in the sauce, I used cider vinegar and sesame oil (to keep the Asian theme) Dont miss the peanuts, they really add the final touch ( and I dont think that mixing them with sunflower seeds is a good idea)
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Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2014
Kept the same basics but as follows : no garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of celery seeds and parsley added fresh at the end.The mushrooms I used were dry sliced Asian ones I had re-hydrated in hot water for 1 night and they cooked with the rice. Also I used broth and no milk, only a little bit of cream at the end. Very good risotto but I would recommand to be light on the Parmesan cheese who can be overpowering.
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Breaded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2014
So easy and quick ! I cooked the sprouts cut in quarters, directly in a frying pan with the butter and one glass of salted water - 6-8 minutes. When no water left, added the parmesan cheese, garlic croûtons, NO GARLIC and lots of lemon pepper. Serve hot !
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Maui Banana Cream Tube Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
Not bad but pretty blend ! Could hardly detect the bananas taste and the peacans are just a waiste. Have even tried with roasted coconut flakes instead... but there are still better recipes than this one, sorry.
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Chef John's Chili Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
Now THIS is chocolaty ! Loved the "2 steps" expansion of the taste in mouth : 1st the chocolate and when you think it's all over then the pepper araises to tickle your senses - actually a kind of sexy cookies indeed ! ;-) Skipped the coffee flavour when making them again and liked them even better (that's why only 4 stars).
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Absolute Best Liver and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2013
Good basics ! no frills, everything has a purpose, everything works and the result is a hit. My roomie's comment was "if Mom ever had had THIS recipe I think that the whole family would have liked liver after all" !
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Soy Sauce Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2013
Very good but not outstanding ! Would wish the sauce to thicken a little (from the sugar) but it stays running just like an average soja sauce - it makes a lot of sauce ! Followed exactly the recipe but for the garlic that we don't like, so added a little more ginger to compensate. Very easy and quickly done so I'll keep it though .
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Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2013
I would have put 4.5 stars because really this recipe is very, very good ! Only surprise was that it was so mild - usually Thai cooking is pretty hot... So I shall definitively recommand it and do it again but with more chili powder and onion greens or chives (but NO garlic please !). Also doesn't need the chicken broth if enough coco milk and spices.
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Wine Cookies (Original Italian)

Reviewed: May 4, 2013
After reading all these reviews complaining about not enough sugar, I thought : finally a good European cookies recipe ;-) and that was true ! I agree 100% with the comments about these bities being far from any American "regular cookies" : they are made for adults able to enjoy the simple taste of life, far away from any regressive memory ! Very easy to do and very flexible (you can use Madeira wine, Porto wine, etc...add a tiny touch of gingerbread spices...) My suggestion : the freshest the best ! I'm definitively to try it again, with cherry wine and cinnamon... or maybe in a salted version with olive oil and rosmarin...
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Cinnamon Ants on Sticks

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
Quick, healthy, easy, good... and fun !
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Irish Potato Candy

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
Got a 3 stars because of all the compliments they (I !) received while I would have given only 2 little stars : FAR too sweet for my taste ! I did use only 3 cups of sugar though, which is already plenty to make 50 "potatoes". No problem for making the balls after puting the dough for only 20 minutes in the fridge, but then I preferred presenting the potatoes in little paper cups as they had to travel on the next day. It all turned perfect this way. I agree with some comments about the flaked coconut being too "stringy", if a next time I'll use smaller flakes. I also followed the advices of the mixed cinnamon and cocoa. My own tips : if you are not completely sugar addicted, the dark cocoa coat is a must do, and don't spare on the spices you'd add to it. I also added 2 or 3 spoons of whisky in the cream-sugar dough, as when you decide to go Irish let's REALLY go ! May be this helped my friends to give their high rate....
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Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
Very tasty ! LOTS of raisins - which was ok for us. Also don't be scared by the carraway seeds : the quantity is perfect to add a twist without any"pharmacical" bad taste.. The bread didn't raise like on the picture though :-( Maybe too old soda? But deserves an other try : was too good with butter or apricot jam...
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Crepes

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
Yes, it works ! I agree though that 1) butter has better flavour than oil 2) the waiting time is essential 3) the thinest the best ! You can add a little vanilla or dark rum in the dough. Hey, I'm French too :-)
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Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
A wonderful surprise ! Didn't boil them in water 1st or you loose taste and vitamins. I lighty roasted them in a frying pan, added the sauce and let it stew under a lid. Also replaced the onion by black pepper (more my taste)and dill by oregano : perfect ! Served with grilled pork chops. First time that Brussels sprouts were getting that many compliments !
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Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
I wanted to try it at 1st "as it is", just went light on the onion-garlic taste I'm not fond of and replaced with ras-el-hanout mix. It was very good, spicy enough but not too much. Everybody loved it. I'm giving a 4 stars though for they were not really crispy (after 20mn oven). Shall surely try again but with 2 changes to suit better my French taste : a little less oil (2 spoons enough)and far less sugar - if ever some...
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