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Formerly Faceless Recipes - Number 19 
Sep. 28, 2010 7:51 pm 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2010 4:04 pm

I write this blog for several reasons. One reason is that I love to cook and bake. Another is that I love to take pictures - I take photos of my kids, my pets, nature, and food. Last, I've always felt bad for recipes that didn't have photos. It seems to me that many people "eat with their eyes" first, and good recipes can be easily overlooked because they don't have photos.

Thinking back to my early cooking days, I remember pouring through my mother's cookbooks and selecting recipes that sounded good. There were very few pictures in her cookbooks - many were from the 1950s. How I wish I had them now! I remember a summer day when I was 16 and had the day off from work. Cream Puffs were my undertaking that day. I'd never made them before and hadn't actually ever seen one that I could recall. I followed the recipe and, disappointed with my efforts, threw the resulting unfilled "puffs" in the trash. When my mother found them there, she informed me they looked just fine. Had there been a picture, I might have realized they were supposed to look like that.

So the purpose of this blog is to showcase recipes that were previously void of a photograph in the hopes that someone might try them as a result. I include my review with the recipe because I, personally, often look up a person's review of the recipe when I admire their photo. This saves anyone who might be so inclined from having to take the time. I do try to follow these recipes as closely as possible with few changes for the purpose of this blog.

Lots of tasty recipes this time around.
Here we go!
Almond Sour Cream Dip

Review:  This is very good dip. I tasted it before adding the almonds and just felt it needed a little something. I added 1/4 tsp. of almond extract and was very pleased with the result. I also toasted the almonds and let them cool before adding to the dip. Very tasty!

Wine Marinade

Review:  I used this on chicken kabobs which I marinated for about 4 hours before grilling. The resulting chicken was tender and moist with a mildly sweet flavor. Very tasty!

Shrimp Scampi and Tomato Broil

Review: This is delicious. I, for one, am not offended by the use of cheese with seafood. My husband took one bite and asked me to make it again - soon. I served this with pasta and it was a complete hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Basil Pecan Pesto
Review:  Delicious! I used toasted pecans. My pesto has a brownish color with flecks of the bright green basil. I used some on pasta and froze some for later use. Great recipe - I will be using it again!

Simple Pesto Pasta
Review:  This was a wonderful side dish with chicken, but could easily be a main course. I didn't have fettuccine on hand, so I used wheat spaghetti. I did use about 1/2 the butter which worked out well. I used Basil Pecan Pesto by grettagirl.

Spiced Peach Oatmeal Muffins
Review:  I thought these were delicious. This is a great combination of flavors. I put the topping on before baking, then sprinkled some oats on top for effect. The only problem I had was that the muffins stuck to the paper liners. I will use the foil type next time to eliminate the problem. I filled my muffin tins full and got 16 muffins.

Frosted Pumpkin Bars
Review:  I really enjoyed this dessert - I actually made it twice in three days. The first time I didn't have a chance to frost it before my husband got into it. I baked a second batch and frosted that. In the second batch, I used 1 1/2 tsp of homemade pumpkin pie spice plus 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. The frosting adds a nice touch, but the cake is delicious without it. I used fresh roasted, pumpkin puree instead of canned.

Apple Dumplings II
Review:  I followed the recipe exactly, with one exception: the recipe doesn't state how to use the cinnamon. I chose to add it to the apple filling. I did run into a couple of problems. My dough needed a little extra water and never did really form a ball in the processor. I formed the ball by hand and refrigerated it as instructed. About two hours later I mixed up the filling and removed the dough from the fridge. It was as hard as a brick and couldn't possibly be rolled out. I had to leave it on the counter for over an hour until it could be rolled out. The filling became juicier and juicier during the wait. This, ultimately, caused a little difficulty in rolling it up. Even though I greased the baking dish, the finished dumplings stuck and broke apart when removed from the dish. The flavor was very good. I served them with vanilla ice cream.

Chicken Breasts Supreme
Review:  This recipe calls for 6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts. The ones I had were ENORMOUS, so I sliced 3 in half. They barely fit into the casserole dish (overlapping). I used olive oil to brown the chicken and used fresh mushrooms instead of canned, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. My chicken was done in about an hour.

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Sep. 28, 2010 9:35 pm
great food and awesome blog,thanks for sharing.
Sep. 28, 2010 10:04 pm
How do you DO That?? Amazing!!! Puts my blogs to Shame:) You are way better at this topic then I am but I am still obsessed with giving faces to the faceless. Excellent blog as usual. Love it! Thanks a bunch. "@@" Patty
Sep. 28, 2010 10:37 pm
Those apple dumplings gave you a bit of a runaround, but they sure did look pretty once you got them in front of the camera!
Sep. 29, 2010 5:22 am
Wonderful blog as always everything looks delicious. Those peach muffins are calling to me! Yum...
Sep. 29, 2010 6:03 am
great pics Pam, found a few new recipes to try, and those chicken kaboobs looks so delicious
Sep. 29, 2010 6:04 am
how about chicken kabobs-geesh
Sep. 29, 2010 7:07 am
LOL - I didn't catch that the first time I read it. Thanks for the chuckle, RG!
Sep. 29, 2010 7:35 am
Another great blog! Your pics are gorgeous!
Sep. 29, 2010 9:14 am
Nice Foe Pa RNG! Made me giggle:):)
Sep. 29, 2010 10:06 am
LOL @RG's slip-up...she was trying to attract LB's attention ;-) Great blog, as usual, Pam! I'm definitely going to try both of the chicken recipes and the pumpkin cake recipe. YUM!
Sep. 29, 2010 11:14 am
Lovely as usual! Roasted pumpkin Hmmm. Grew my own this year. It will be fun playing around with them!
Sep. 29, 2010 11:14 am
So right, Keri! Where is LB any way? I'm not on much because of work, but I haven't seen him around - just on FB.
Sep. 29, 2010 5:40 pm
I am trying to understand why you are reviewing the individual recipes and blogging about them? I'm sure the person who published the dumplings recipe might disagree with your rating. Did you ask permission to reprint them?
Sep. 29, 2010 7:32 pm
Great blog, Pam. I'm simply amazed at this project of yours.
Sep. 29, 2010 7:40 pm
You take such good looking pics! They make me want to try some of the recipes!
Sep. 29, 2010 8:12 pm
And Pam, I so appreciate you putting "a face" (PHOTO) on AR recipes that never featured a photo before you! Also, your photos show you have 'a gift' ...not just for photography alone, but an appreciation of how to make food look soooooo deliciously appetizing! ... I always look forward to your Blogs Pam. Thank you.
Sep. 29, 2010 8:16 pm
Mmmm...that pecan pesto is so interesting! I still have tons of basil even after making pesto several times. I think I'll try that one this weekend. All of your savory dishes are really appealing this time! I way prefer those over sweets...thanks for some great ideas.
Sep. 29, 2010 8:24 pm
Great job Pam. Ignore the hecklers :)
Sep. 29, 2010 8:29 pm
I forgot to mention that when I click onto the larger/individual photos (not 'the group' cluster)... ---> the close-ups/detail of each photo is so amazing! Like a professional magazine lay-out. Gorgeous; well done!
Sep. 29, 2010 8:43 pm
Thanks, Sue. I've never done that - I'll have to look. :)
Sep. 29, 2010 8:44 pm
Ooohh! That is cool. I'll have to give my camera credit for that, though. I love my Nikon D3000!
Sep. 29, 2010 8:50 pm
Nicely done Pam - I love your blogs and that you give a face to recipes that might be over looked otherwise. Found some keepers this week! Thanks! Keep up the good work.
Sep. 29, 2010 9:54 pm
I'm pretty sure someone doesn't like the combo of cheese and seafood and feels the need to express their outrage. Nice job as usual Pam and for those of us that aren't that snooty, please keep on doing this. I personally love what you do.
Sep. 29, 2010 11:31 pm
Pam--- I know you won't, but please don't take someone so negative's comments personally. Someone recently said something negative on one of my blogs, and I simply told them that unless they had some information or facts to share with me, they weren't welcome.... ignorant people are everywhere, and I know I don't usually comment on your blogs, but I read them, and I think its really great what you do. A recipe is much more likely to be made by others if it has a picture. I don't know that I have ever made a recipe from this site that didn't have one.... so I commend you for being brave. Thanks!
Sep. 30, 2010 12:57 am
Oh my gosh! Those Pumpkin Bars looks so delish. I'm up in the middle of the night, can't sleep - I just might have to make those! Great pics, as always.
Sep. 30, 2010 4:08 am
I love your formerly faceless recipes blogs! The pictures are always awesome.
Sep. 30, 2010 5:25 am
Thanks again everyone! I appreciate all the support. I really enjoy making the recipes, taking the pictures, and posting the blogs. All of your kind comments make it worthwhile!
Sep. 30, 2010 7:01 am
I don't always comment but your blogs are some of my favorites. I think it is an amazing thing you do by searching out unphotographed recipes. Having a picture really helps me. Thanks!!
Sep. 30, 2010 1:05 pm
Hi Pam, just a FYI - I gain 2 lbs everytime I read one of your blogs that is how good your photos are. Thanks for doing this project.
Sep. 30, 2010 6:38 pm
Hi everyone! I just deleted the negative comment posted yesterday and other comments that named the poster. I just want to keep this about the recipes. Please don't take it personally if I deleted your comments - I deleted several of my own as well. :)
Sep. 30, 2010 6:38 pm
Wow, this is such a cool idea, great job!
Sep. 30, 2010 6:40 pm
Good job as usual!Now you got me hungry.LOL Keep up the good work.
Sep. 30, 2010 6:40 pm
Your pics are truly amazing! Any recipe you feature looks sooo good!
Sep. 30, 2010 6:44 pm
Hi Pam, missed reading your blog last night and just got to it today. Thanks for posting it. You got me to save a couple of recipes to try and I might even go out and find a few more of my own and try my hand at blogging!!
Sep. 30, 2010 7:11 pm
I just joined today but I have been using allrecipes for a couple of years. I usually just print the recipes. I have seen your blog a few times and tried some of the recipes too. I just joined so I could review the Berry Cream Dream drink after that bad review. I hope they remove the bad review.
Sep. 30, 2010 10:02 pm
Great blog! And wonderful pics! You have given me some great ideas to try out!
Oct. 1, 2010 6:02 am
Welcome, KimsCookinNow! Thanks for the kind review!
Oct. 1, 2010 4:13 pm
Looks awesome!!
Oct. 1, 2010 6:39 pm
I saved some of your recipes and tried the pumpkin cranberry muffins. They're great!
Oct. 2, 2010 7:29 pm
I love your blog :) This one, my favorite picture is the Spiced Peach Oatmeal Muffins- the look like they came right from a bakery! Yummy!
Oct. 3, 2010 8:26 am
Thanks so much for posting these recipes! I have tried several of the ones you previously reviewed and they all turned out great. Your pictures really help!
Oct. 3, 2010 9:06 am
These look soo good! Thanks for posting!
Oct. 3, 2010 11:33 am
Love your blogs! Thanks Pam!
Oct. 3, 2010 2:40 pm
crunchy - that's my favorite photo, too. The muffin turned out so pretty it was impossible to screw it up! Thanks everyone!
Oct. 3, 2010 3:48 pm
I thank you greatly for showing me the frosted pumpkin bar recipe! It was delicous~
Oct. 3, 2010 4:33 pm
Love your Blog! I couldn't agree with you more. There are so many recipes that need to be given a chance. I think we avoid them when there is no photo. By the way we are practically neighbors. I live in Enon Valley=)
Oct. 3, 2010 4:56 pm
Hi neighbor!
Oct. 3, 2010 5:53 pm
Pam, You inspire so many people! Ofcourse, you are really good at this. It is like a really good "food/recipe" editorial that I find in our local paper-but even better. I hope you don't take your blog elsewhere, like others have done. :(
Oct. 3, 2010 5:56 pm
Apple Dumplings: What would you do differently next time? I was not clear on that based on your review. They look AH-MA-ZING!
Oct. 3, 2010 6:03 pm
KimsCookiNOW: i TRIED searching for Berry Cream Dream drink . I could not find it. Pam, is that your recipe? sounds yummy! I will check back- thanks
Oct. 3, 2010 6:06 pm
Pam, do you consider special requests? Another AR member mentioned apples/pecans combo and I found THIS!!...
Oct. 3, 2010 6:56 pm
wow, you've been busy, just seeing your pictures makes my mouth water, great work!
Oct. 4, 2010 8:04 am
The wine marinated chicken looks Amazing! Made my mouth water just looking at your awesome picture :o)
Oct. 4, 2010 8:06 am
Forgot to mention, I also have the Nikon D3000. Best camera ever!!
Oct. 4, 2010 9:11 am
Maureen - The Berry Cream Dream is one of my published recipes. It created a bit of a controversy because of an unfair/vindictive review recently. People started making/reviewing it to help me out (thanks again everyone!)
Oct. 4, 2010 9:16 am
Maureen (again) - on the apple dumplings - I would not refrigerate the dough. It was impossible to roll out. I just saved the toffee apples recipe - thanks! It could show up here if I ever remember to buy caramels. :)
Oct. 4, 2010 9:36 am
Pam - FFR is always such a joy to read. Keep 'em coming!
Oct. 4, 2010 10:35 am
I always love this blog! awesome pics and so many great recipe ideas!
Oct. 4, 2010 3:13 pm
Thanks Pam!
Oct. 4, 2010 4:49 pm
you are one incredible person! what a wonderful thing to do....i love it! all the photos are amazing!!! Great blog ~ *cozy
Oct. 4, 2010 5:05 pm
Great job! I too appreciate a photo when looking at a recipe and have taken some photos of great recipes that didn't have one or only had one or two to help someone see. I don't blog but do enjoy reading yours and respect the effort your making to help all of us to see something we might otherwise overlook. :)
Oct. 5, 2010 3:42 am
What a great blog! The title caught my eye, and then I scrolled down to see your really beautiful photos. But what made me laugh out loud was "...I've always felt bad for recipes that didn't have photos." Do I ever agree with that! One year, my sister-in-law wanted to get me a cookbook, and I said that I only wanted one that had a photos of every recipe. Like, you, I'm rarely moved to make something that's not pictured. At any rate, you've done your own recipes a real service, and I'll be sure to try some of them. Thanks, Pam.
Oct. 5, 2010 6:02 am
Well done! Great pics and yes, I feel the same way about faceless recipes. I will always choose one with a photo showing what it should look like before a faceless one. Not only does it help with confidence but shows a nice way to present the dish on the table. Thanks for the blog, I know you put a lot of work into producing.
Oct. 5, 2010 6:13 am
Andrea C. - just to clarify, these aren't my recipes. They're Kitchen Approved AR Recipes that didn't have photos. I actually don't mind making recipes without photos, but I know a lot of people do. :)
Oct. 5, 2010 9:12 am
this is great--thank you Pam for taking the time to cook/bake and take pictures for all of us. You are correct--many of us (including me) eat with our eyes. Most people will not go through the effort without a picture... :o) thanks again!
Oct. 5, 2010 9:41 am
OK, Pam. How many recipes have you added faces to? You MUST have counted...
Oct. 5, 2010 10:14 am
Wonderful pictures And thanks for giving my faceless steel cut oats a beautiful picture!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 5, 2010 11:56 am
EXCELLENT BLOG IDEA!!! I have a personal cooking blog that I have recently changed to a photoblog so that I am forced to take a picture and add itto the blog so it doesn;t leave it looking lonely for this exact reason! I prefer a picture so I have an inkling of what my finished product should look like. KUDOS TO YOU!!!
Oct. 5, 2010 5:11 pm
Beautiful pictures. I'm sure the recipe submitters will be honored to have your pics representing their recipes!
Oct. 9, 2010 6:18 pm
Oh boy! I have been avoiding blogs here like the plague... I'm afraid if I spend much more time on this site I won't eat/sleep/bathe/etc.... But you have me hooked now. I too feel sorry for all those recipes with few ratings and no photos! Yep, sounds silly, but we do eat first with our eyes and noses. I'm in my 60's and grew up with cookbooks that had few photos. I do find and make recipes from AR that seem lonely and small without a photo. I read through the recipe & I usually have a pretty good idea how it will turn out. There are a lot of inexperienced cooks who come to AR to learn, and don't always know what to expect from a recipe. Imagine making a Dutch Baby if you had never had one! It would probably end up in the trash like your cream puffs did! A photo is worth a thousand words, and your photos are enough to makes anyone's mouth water. Thank you!
Oct. 10, 2010 1:28 pm
Wow, Liebermom, thanks!
Oct. 23, 2010 4:04 pm
I love the pictures. Makes me think I should have a blog too. :) I love to cook and bake also. I sell cookies to people so I do a lot of baking.
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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.
My favorite things to cook
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.
My favorite family cooking traditions
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.
My cooking triumphs
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.
My cooking tragedies
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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