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Formerly Faceless Recipes VI 
Jun. 14, 2010 6:03 am 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2010 7:00 pm
Welcome to the sixth installment of Formerly Faceless Recipes. It's been a while coming. Other projects (the end of the school year and my son's birthday)  have kept me pretty busy. I've also been kept busy nursing my husband back to health after his dirtbike accident and surgery. We're still working on that one. He's coming along, but it will be a long while before he's completely healed. He is definitely becoming more able to get around and do for himself. That leaves me more time to cook and blog about it. Since it's been a while, nearly a month since the last installment, I'll be doing two blogs a few days apart.

So here we go!

Chocolate Butter Cream II
3 Stars

Review: This recipe has major problems with the ingredients. As others have stated, the amount of milk required is not nearly enough. Assuming this is a typo, even 1 Tbsp. would not be enough. I used heavy cream as I had it on hand and added a splash of vanilla extract. The final product tasted good, which earns it three stars - it would be inedible without more liquid.

Pesto Quinoa
4 Stars

Review:  This is very good. I've never cooked quinoa before, but found I needed to add a good bit more liquid before it was completely cooked. The pesto add a wonderful flavor. I used homemade that I'd frozen previously. I will make this again.

Dad's Kickin' Jamaican Wings, Mon
4 Stars

Review: These were very good, but I really expected the them to have more flavor and spice. I had some difficulty getting the sauce to mix in my blender. I had to add extra oil. Even then, it would have been difficult to dip the wings and have any sauce left over. I marinated my wings in a freezer bag and removed all the air to allow the most contact with the marinade.

Mama D's Very Berry Margaritas
5 Stars

Review: This was delicious and simple to make. I rimmed the glass with sugar before serving. This was very refreshing and I will make it again! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Garlic Herbed Chicken
5 Stars

Review:  I used fresh tarragon and completely ignored the foil (my fault - I seriously didn't read the recipe carefully). I used this as a marinade and soaked the chicken in it all day before grilling without the foil. I did not brush with the mixture (partly because I soaked the chicken in ALL of it, and, well, I didn't read the directions.) My chicken was moist and delicious. Note: because I used it as a marinade, I added a little red wine vinegar. This is a great flavor combination and I will use it again as a marinade.

Molasses Spice Muffins
5 Stars

Review:  These are delicious! I had to make a substitution as I've never even seen dry buttermilk powder in my area. I used the standard vinegar and milk mixture in place of the powdered milk and water. My muffins were done in 23 minutes and were a hit! I will make these again.

Grandmother's Pound Cake II
5 Stars

Review:  This is a great pound cake recipe. It is exactly what I expect from a pound cake - a dense, moist cake. It doesn't have any strong flavors. It is wonderful topped with berries and cream! I decreased the servings to 10 and made just one loaf. Thanks for a great recipe.

Creme Anglaise I
5 Stars

Review:  This is a simple and delicious dessert cream. I served it with pound cake and sliced strawberries. I will make this again.

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Jun. 14, 2010 6:24 am
A scruptious assortment! I'm thinking about making that jerk wing picture my screen saver, but that might get a little messy having to clean the screen all of the time! Great pics and great recipes, thanks for preparing them and sharing them with us.
Jun. 14, 2010 6:25 am
I just love your blogs and was thinking, while reading this one, how very lucky your family is! You wouldn't be interested in adopting a grandma....would you????
Jun. 14, 2010 6:30 am
It's so cool that you give "faceless" recipes a face...the molasses muffins look especially pretty to me. You take *great* photos...what kind of camera do you use?
Jun. 14, 2010 6:33 am
I love the faceless recipe blog! Thanks for sharing :)
Jun. 14, 2010 6:36 am
Lynna, I have a Nikon D3000 - I just got it in February. Before that I used a little Polaroid digital and my earlier pictures were with a Kodak Easyshare. I'm really still learning the D3000. Cooking/baking and photography are my two favorite hobbies. :)
Jun. 14, 2010 6:37 am
I love your faceless recipe blogs! Everything looks delicious and gorgeous. I really want to drink this so tasty looking margarita.
Jun. 14, 2010 6:38 am
Great blog and photo's Pam. Thanks for sharing with us. Hope your husband heals quickly.
Jun. 14, 2010 6:42 am
Nice job. I saved the gingerbread muffins :)!
Jun. 14, 2010 6:44 am
Yum!!! You made several recipes this week that appeal to me. Thanks for getting me excited about some new recipes!
Jun. 14, 2010 6:47 am
Pam, this is such a cool way to highlight and share details about recipes. I love your pictures. They're mouthwatering! Hope your hubbie heals quickly. I must have missed when you posted about that. I didn't know he'd had an accident. Thanks for another great blog!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:06 am
Nice job, Pam! Again, I love what you're doing! Hope hubby is feeling better soon!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:16 am
I missed info on your hubby too- sending well wishes his way!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:26 am
Yum, it's only 9:30am, but that Berry Margarita looks delish!! Glad hubby is doing better.
Jun. 14, 2010 7:36 am
I really love reading your blogs! I'm always scared to try a recipe without a picture for some reason. Thanks for the great blogs!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:43 am
Very nice photos! Glad to see a recipe using molasses (I have some hanging around here, and I think our grannies used molasses more often than modern times! I should get out my "vintage" recipe for Molasses cut-out cookies; it's been ages since making them too! But, DH will like your Molasses Muffins and I will surprise him later today after I make a batch!... I have never bought buttermilk powder either, so am glad you explained what you did, and I will too! ~ I've never eaten (or 'seen') Quinoa, and your photo looks very appetizing. Thanks for the inspiration! ~~ Sorry it is taking so long for your DH to recuperate... this will be one year he will want to forget! At least, you two can spend some time together, and maybe you can 'beat him' at a game of cards! LOL
Jun. 14, 2010 7:57 am
Great job, Pam...all the photos look delicious!!
Jun. 14, 2010 8:06 am
Love this blog! Great Photos! Saved the muffin recipe!
Jun. 14, 2010 8:15 am
Great blog, Pam! I love your quest to gives faces to these recipes. You're doing a great job! Your pics are a-mazing! :)
Jun. 14, 2010 8:31 am
Pam - you do this SO well - thanks
Jun. 14, 2010 8:56 am
Hi Pam. I really enjoy your blog. I saved the pound cake recipe.
Jun. 14, 2010 3:00 pm
Good Job Pam!Your pictures look so good that now I'm hungry!What else is new!LOL I can't wait to try the muffins.Muffins are my specialty. Easier for shipping in care packages.Thanks!
Jun. 14, 2010 3:30 pm
Great job! Everything looks so delicious!
Jun. 14, 2010 4:26 pm
Great blog! Saving the quinoa recipe.
Jun. 14, 2010 5:23 pm
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh that made my mouth water!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great blog : )
Jun. 14, 2010 7:36 pm
Beautiful photos and great commentary. Nice job.
Jun. 14, 2010 7:42 pm
Couple on here I'm gonna save. That margarita one I DID save because of your picture.
Jun. 14, 2010 7:43 pm
I wanna make the molasses muffins but I'm all out of molasses at this moment. Dang.
Jun. 14, 2010 9:09 pm
great blog Pam, I love all the recipes in one easy to find place. The chicken looks like it would be a hit here.
Jun. 15, 2010 7:43 am
You rock, Pam. What a terrific blog. You were definitel missed, by the way!! Glad hubs is on the mend and you're back in the kitchen.
Jun. 15, 2010 8:23 am
I love that you do this! I have been guilty of not making a recipe or really looking at it because it doesn't have a photo, but you have encouraged me to delve deeper! Great job!
Jun. 15, 2010 8:14 pm
This is a wonderful project you've begun. I look forward to each installment because your pictures are truly inspiring. Glad to hear your husband is on the mend, more warm wishes for speedy recovery! Thank you very much for sharing!
Jun. 15, 2010 11:06 pm
Great job as usual Pam. I love the look of those wings and that pound cake and creme anglaise also. Very yum! I actually did one tonight and gave a face to the Priceless Hillbilly Pie. Here's the link:
Jun. 16, 2010 8:56 pm
Avon - I saw your picture, read your review, and saved that recipe because of the two. It's not one I think I'd have considered otherwise. Thanks!
Jun. 17, 2010 5:53 am
Your pictures are glorious! I'm hungry now...better get out there and walk the dogs!
Jun. 17, 2010 8:58 am
Great pics and reviews!! Thanks!!
Jun. 17, 2010 6:51 pm
what an original blog! And how many of us wondered if we live close enough to sample those delights?
Jun. 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Pam, I stumbled accross your lemon cake blog. I just bought a juicer today since I thought I would use lemons more if I don't have to squeeze so much. I left a brief question on your March blog.
Jun. 18, 2010 9:08 am
Thank you so much for doing these blogs! I always enjoy reading them and looking at the great photos you take!
Jun. 19, 2010 3:17 pm
Wow, these look delicious!
Jun. 19, 2010 8:35 pm
Thanks for a great blog. I love reading your reviews. I always check out the recipes you review. I saved a bunchof the recipes. Love your photos too. Thanks again. I hope your hubby heals quickly. Have a lovely summer.
Jun. 20, 2010 8:51 pm
OMG When I read about you,I could have written the same things about my kids, except I have 4 girls that are extremely picky with the oldest beginning to try some new things, and their favorite thing to eat spaghetti with butter. Unlike you I feel overwhelmed and frustrated and try literally for hours what to make and end up usually making spaghetti with butter. So what I am about to ask I know will sound stupid but do you have a template of your dinner meals. Do you plan them out? Can I get a copy, as it may sound I'm desperate.
Jun. 21, 2010 1:53 pm
Jilliesmother - I try to get my boys to try the meals I make, but often they make pasta with butter themselves. It's frustrating - I feel successful if they just try something new. No template to share, though. It's all by chance.
Jun. 21, 2010 6:57 pm
Thanks! I'll look for it!
Jun. 21, 2010 7:00 pm
Luvs2cook500 - the above comment was meant for you. My computer is acting up and I accidentally deleted your comment. I'll check WalMart the next time I'm there. :)
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I have three sons, ages 17, 15, and 13, who are very picky eaters (especially the middle one). Their favorite meal is a bowl of buttered pasta. I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My oldest is getting better. He actually eats real food much of the time now! In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
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I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
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I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
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I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
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The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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