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Wine Jelly

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
The best way of using up unwanted, cheap wine that I've found! Delicious, and I made this for Christmas gifts, one batch with Merlot and one with Chardonnay. Very easy, even for an extremely novice jellymaker like me. :-)
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Pat's Award Winning Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2006
This carrot cake is FABULOUS! Wonderfully moist and flavorful, with a beautiful rich orange color. It disappeared in no time. The only change I made was to cook and puree carrots, instead of buying jarred baby food. This is the first carrot cake I ever made, and it will become a standard in my repertoire.
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Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2006
Very yummy, basic frosting. I used half the sugar called for, and coconut rum in place of vanilla. I spread it on carrot cake and it was perfect.
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Baba Ghanoush

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2006
Yum! I followed the recipe exactly; the only thing I'd change is to add more garlic. I served it with tomatoes and grilled garlic chicken in pita.
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Extra Gingery Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2006
Dark, rich and fabulous! The bits of candied ginger are wonderful flavor bursts. I might use even more next time. The only change I made, by necessity, was to use orange juice instead of apple. Served with a cream cheese frosting dotted with more candied ginger. I'll be making this again frequently, especially as holidays approach.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2006
This was my first attempt at flourless chocolate cake, and I'm completely sold! I used dark chocolate chips, a little less sugar, and kahlua in place of vanilla extract. My sweetie and I had to control ourselves from eating the whole thing warm from the pan. I wish I had some vanilla ice cream for the top, but it's still great. It did fall apart though, despite precautions... ;-( It's great for those of us who like our chocolate unadulterated by most anything. I'm going to try other flourless recipes too, but this one is an easy keeper. UPDATE: Baking in a springform pan makes removal much easier!
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Creamy Potato Leek Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2006
Wow...so rich and wonderful! I cut the bacon to 3/4 lb., didn't peel the potatoes and partially mashed them with the broth. The flavors are wonderful, especially with romano and fresh pepper on top. Due to the calorie and fat content, this will be an occasional treat, but what a treat! I made Irish Soda Bread to accompany.
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2006
Wow...these are lovely. I used whole wheat pastry flour and dried cherries. I find most scones too dry, but these are moist and flavorful. I'm about to take them to a holiday party and I'm sure they'll disappear quickly. This will be a new basic recipe for me.
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Oat Waffles

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2006
This is my new favorite waffle. The oats add a lightness and a bit of a crunch that's lovely. I love them smeared with berry jam, but they're versatile.
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Cream of Cauliflower Soup II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2006
Wonderful bellywarming fare on a chilly winter night. The prep was easy and flavors were lovely. I used leftover roasted carrots and potatoes, and made my own chicken stock from a roasted chicken earlier today. When you serve the soup, try it with a small splash of heavy cream on top; this adds an incredible dimension of flavor and mouthfeel. This is a great soup base, and I'll use it with other vegetable combinations as well. Thanks!
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Cranberry Ice Cream Swirl Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2006
Delicious and unusual. Also too time consuming to make except for very special occasions. I'd probably double or at least increase the cranberry swirl by half. I skipped cooking the pistachios in butter, just bought roasted nuts. Otherwise it was a wonderful mix of flavors, and got by far the most raves of any birthday cake I've made. :-)
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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Perfection

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2006
This was fabulous...it perfumed the house while cooking, and got raves from my guests. Mine took about 15 minutes longer to cook than the recipe called for. Instead of tearing up bread, I used panko crumbs, which gave a great crunchy topping. Thanks for a great recipe; my chef's cache has gone up a notch with this dish.
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Apple Orchard Punch

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2006
Delicious! Wonderfully colorful and not too sweet. I doubled the recipe and used champagne in place of ginger ale.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2007
Chewy, fudgy goodness! Lacking white sugar, I used a little bit of sucanat, and mostly maple sugar. Still fabulous!
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Linguine with Asparagus, Bacon, and Arugula

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2007
From the perspective of not being an asparagus lover, I have to say..this was great! I doubled the garlic, and sauteed the asparagus a couple of minutes more than called for. Skipped the olive oil entirely and used the bacon drippings for cooking the veggies. Very light, tasty. I served it with citrus-marinated chicken, but probably will skip that in the future and just go for the pasta. Thanks for the yummy combination of flavors!
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The Best Thai Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2007
What a wonderful mingle of flavors; more complex than most peanut sauces I've tasted (and I judge Thai restaurants by their peanut sauce). It was a little too thick, so thinned it out with extra coconut milk; maybe next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I'll use a little less peanut butter.
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2007
So rich, delicate and delicious! I made it with end of season tomatoes from my garden. Yummy with toasted English muffins! Had to make tomato juice the time-intensive way, since I forgot to buy it at the market: baked tomatoes for 20 min. @ 350, then ran them through my food mill until I had four cups of juice. Delicious, especially since it wasn't too salty, but time-consuming. :-) I didn't peel the tomatoes but will next time, since the bits of peel were distracting from the silky texture. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
This is my new pancake standby. Really yummy with brown sugar instead of white, and a few tablespoons of wheat germ. Next time I might try whole wheat pastry flour. Easy and lovely, especially with a few berries on top. ;-)
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