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Formerly Faceless Recipes VIII 
Jun. 19, 2010 5:22 am 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 6:16 am
Welcome to the eighth installment of Formerly Faceless Recipes! I've gotten such great feedback on these blogs. Thanks to all of those who have been so encouraging! It really is a quest: finding recipes that sound good to me and don't have pictures. I've never been one to shy away from a recipe because it didn't have a picture. Most of the recipes my mother used were from cookbooks that had NO pictures at all. I learned to cook following recipes without pictures.
Isn't it funny how times change? I'll definitely admit to saving a recipe just because the picture looked good enough to eat. That's why my recipe box is overflowing!

Oh well, enough smalltalk. Let's get started!

The first four recipes featured were all part of the same meal. It was a five-star affair!

Great Brisket
5 Stars

Review: This  was delicious. My brisket was small, so I was forced to make some changes. The cooking directions for this recipe are very vague. I chose to use a small roaster. I wrapped the brisket loosely in foil and set it inside the roaster. This held in the juices and made the meat very tender. For "steak rub" I used "Spicy Flat Iron Steak Rub" from Allrecipes. (I left out the Ancho Chile powder - didn't have any.)

Potatoes Madras
5 Stars
Review:  I did a recipe search for "red lentils" and chose this recipe because I had MOST of the ingredients on hand. I was unable to find mango chutney and simply didn't have time to make it. I did add some diced, fresh mango in its place. It was such a small amount that it really disappeared into the dish. I think it could easily be left out and wouldn't be missed. I found that the dish took MUCH longer to cook than indicated - almost 50 minutes to cook the potatoes through. I had to add at least an extra cup of vegetable stock during cooking. The result was delicious. I will make this again!

Broccoli Souffle
5 Stars
Review: This was delicious. I'm not sure why it has several bad reviews. Souffles do take some work. It's the nature of the dish. This is not even close to a quiche. I accidentally left out the cheese and it was still wonderful. Mine did take an extra 15 minutes to be completely cooked and brown the top. I may increase the oven temperature the next time. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

My Grandmother's Best Berry Pie
5 Stars
Review:  I wanted a blueberry dessert that was a little different and this fit the bill nicely. The crust is incredibly simple to make and the filling couldn't be easier. My berries were a bit tart, so I sprinkled a little Splenda over them before adding the crumb topping. My pie was completely done in 25 minutes (the crust was actually getting very dark).  This is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Zucchini Cornbread
5 Stars
Review: This is excellent cornbread. Using the blender is an interesting way of mixing the wet ingredients. It really pulverizes the onions, which distributes the flavor throughout the cornbread. I  only have a 12" cast iron skillet, so I opted to use a 10" round cake pan which worked fine. I didn't preheat the pan first. Thanks for a tasty recipe!

Orange Cranberry Oatmeal
5 Stars
Review: This is so good! I thought the orange flavor would overpower the oatmeal, but it did not. These flavors work well together. I toasted my walnuts before adding to the oatmeal. I will definitely be making this again!

Orange Breakfast Crunch Topping
5 Stars
Review:  This is a great addition to hot breakfast cereal, though I'm sure it can be used in other ways. I sprinkled it on Orange Cranberry Oatmeal from Allrecipes. Very tasty!

Strawberry Soup IV
5 Stars

I found this recipe by chance. A member (not an RE regular) posted a message on the RE thanking another member for a review of her recipe. I clicked her profile to check out the recipe, then looked at her reviews. This recipe sounded interesting, and I had all the ingredients, soooo...
Review: I never thought I would make a cold fruit soup. I stumbled upon this recipe and happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I'm very glad I tried it! It was cool and refreshing, perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Here's a shot of the leftover brisket - delicious!

Click any of the titles below to link to the recipes.

Links to other installments - I,   II,   III,   IV,   V,   VI,   VII

Thanks for dropping by!
Zucchini Cornbread Simple and tasty - you don't need a cast iron skillet.
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Cool, refreshing, delicious!
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Leftovers make great sandwiches.
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Hearty and tasty.
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Dessert, simple and delicious.
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Sounds weird, but so good!
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If you can follow directions, a souffle is not so hard to make!
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Jun. 19, 2010 10:56 am
They all look delicious. I will definitely make the Potatoes Madras. It has several ingredients in it I need to use up! Thanks for the hint about the mango chutney. I don't have any, so I'll just leave it out.
Jun. 19, 2010 11:07 am
I saved the cornbread recipe. Thanks for sharing and taking such wonderful pics.
Jun. 19, 2010 4:36 pm
Yum- that strawberry soup sounds so refreshing. I love brisket...always forget about it!
Jun. 19, 2010 4:44 pm
Pam, YOU ROCK!! I love your blogs! Thanks for giving these terrific recipes a Life!
Jun. 19, 2010 5:06 pm
Awesome, awesome blog! I enjoy them so much, keep 'em comin' ♥
Jun. 19, 2010 5:54 pm
I can't decide if the strawberry soup or the broccoli souffle is my favorite photo. Everything you make looks great. Thanks for this project.
Jun. 19, 2010 8:46 pm
Yum! Most of these look wonderful! I made a recipe today that doesn't have a pic. I took one, but my pictures are so bad I shouldn't post it.
Jun. 19, 2010 8:54 pm
Lynna, please DO post it! You haven't posted many (I peeked), but they aren't bad at all! Your cupcake shot is wonderful. :)
Jun. 20, 2010 11:22 am
That broccoli souffle is gorgeous! Sounds yummy, too. I definitely need to get myself a souffle dish so I can try making them.
Jun. 20, 2010 12:00 pm
Great job ... as per usual!
Jun. 20, 2010 12:08 pm
Very good recipe selection here... Is this what you would call a "savory" zucchini bread? Or, is it more of a cornbread with zucchini? Did you serve it sliced with butter? Would honey-butter work? ~~ I think souffle(s) bring a true "dining" experience to the table; there are so many kinds of souffle, even for dessert! We love broccoli, and I never would have thought to make this recipe without seeing your beautiful one! The 'optional' cheese sounds good with it. ~~ The Potatoes Madras is so unusual but would like to try it...the first thing I thought of with the Madras' was the Madras [plaid] SHIRTS that were once popular years ago... I have not had a good experience with lentils, so maybe this one will win me over. Thanks again for the inspiration. Love the photos of FOOD "Close-Up" and personal! LOL!!!!
Jun. 20, 2010 12:20 pm
Great photos! Glad to see the faceless are getting good representation from you.
Jun. 20, 2010 12:39 pm
Another nice blog - way to go!
Jun. 20, 2010 1:51 pm
Mrs. S - the zucchini cornbread is definitely a cornbread. It does have onion in it, which to me would clash with a honey butter. Regular butter, however is delicious on it. I agree about the souffle. This is only the second one I've made. They look so incredible, but aren't really all that difficult. The lentils basically disappear in the potato dish. I'll actually add more (and more liquid) the next time.
Jun. 20, 2010 2:15 pm
I saved that oatmeal recipe because of you.
Jun. 21, 2010 5:50 pm
I love your faceless recipes blogs :) The Potatoes Madras looks really good! My fav. picture is the berry pie though, it looks like it should be in a cook book!
Jun. 21, 2010 7:07 pm
Strawberry soup sounds good!
Jun. 22, 2010 6:58 am
once again it all looks delicious, the berry pie and strawberry soup look like great summer additions to my menu:)
Jun. 24, 2010 6:16 am
Saved the strawberry soup recipe. The berries I've been getting in my area this year have been wonderful.
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. 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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