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Biscotti Toscani

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2014
Great recipe! The only thing I didn't have was an orange to zest so I skipped that. I made these for gifting this Christmas and everybody loved it! So wonderful to dip into a hot cup of coffee :)
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Great-Grandma Cathy's Date Loaf Candy

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2014
I gave it three stars because I'm not an experienced candy maker so I may have messed it up myself, but especially for someone inexperienced I feel the directions could be clarified some. I was not sure what heat setting to use, and then the wording made it sound like you don't stir the mixture while it boils for possibly as long as 20 minutes... I "cheated" and stirred it just a few times because I was really skeptical about not stirring a boiling candy mixture at all (but tried to follow the directions since I figured maybe the recipe was written that way for a reason). The result was burned sugar coating the bottom of my pan that was as hard as a rock and was EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to remove. It took at least a half hour of constant scrubbing and scraping. Probably longer. The candy is edible but has a burned sugar taste. It's not terrible I guess, but also does not taste like my grandma's date roll candy. Afterward I looked around more and have seen other recipes that say to stir constantly. I'm not sure if I misunderstood these directions, but please clarify them or reconsider the whole "without stirring once the boiling begins" part. I will use a different recipe next time and be sure to stir!
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Layered Peppermint Bark

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2014
Gotta do the ganache filling! I had no problem with the layers separating, but I didn't refrigerate the first layer for more than just a few minutes. That way the layers kind of fuse together. If you let the white chocolate completely harden I can see where it might separate. The soft ganache inner layer makes me think of a truffle filling and contrasts wonderfully with the hard white chocolate and peppermint bits. Will make again!
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Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
This was really good, definitely not bland. I only give it 4 stars because I used real cheese instead, cheddar and colby jack I think. Not a fan of processed cheese. However, the cream of mushroom was great in it, I know next time I make it it will be even better because I really just scraped this together because I had some fresh broccoli I desperately needed to use, and I used some leftover rice, I didn't have enough to use the 2 cups. I could have filled it in more with some cooked potatoes that were in the fridge and some celery, but didn't think of it till after! I also randomly threw in some mustard since I saw it in another recipe, and I added some garlic and parsley. This recipe has a lot of flavor, and can be simple like this for an amazing side (though my vegetarian father and I had it as a meal I just kinda threw together), and I see potential to use it as a starter to add more stuff to. One day I will try adding potatoes and/or celery and let you know if it's edible ;)
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