this is "Blogisode" #20 (stole that term from
blog - thanks, Phil!). Before this blog, that was over 160 recipes. If you're familiar with my blog, you may just want to skip to the recipes. Those of you who have just happened upon it, please read on:
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.
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
Garlic Lover's Beef
Review: My husband loved this. That alone gets it a five star review. I halved the recipe and skipped the olives. I had fresh Roma tomatoes from my garden which I blanched and crushed before adding. I served
this over egg noodles.
Baked Stuffed Apple
Review: This is not the prettiest dessert, but it tastes very good! I followed the directions exactly. The only difference was that after adding half of the sugar mixture to the cream cheese,
there was really more left than I needed. Even after sprinkling some in the cavity and some on top, I still had some left over. Mine did collapse a bit during baking (35 min). All in all, this was a tasty treat. I will probably make it again.
Cranberry Almond Vinaigrette
Review: I really expected more flavor. This vinaigrette has no vinegar. I think it needs a bit to
give it some tang. I cut the salt to 1 tsp, but still thought the end result was too salty.
I can't say that I'll make this one again. It was a nice idea, but needs
some real tweaking to be really good.
Pineapple Tangerine Bread
Review: I chose this recipe for the
Recipe Photo Contest
, but also because it sounded delicious! It didn't disappoint. The only change I made was to use orange zest instead of tangerine. I ran into one slight issue
with the recipe: after I pressed the juice out of the pineapple and added back 3/4 cup, my batter was incredibly dry. I ended up adding almost all of the juice back into the mixture (at least 1/4 cup extra.) This may have been my fault, because I REALLY pressed
the juice out of that pineapple. Could be that some canned pineapple has more juice than others, too. The bread baked perfectly in 60 minutes, filling my house with the most delicious smell! I cheated and cut it while it was still a little warm. It was so
good- almost dessert-like. The next time I think I will just add the whole can of pineapple, juice and all, as I only had about 1 TBSP of juice left. Thanks for a delicious recipe!
Pasta alla Carbonara
Review: This is not a traditional carbonara, but it is a delicious pasta dish. I followed the recipe exactly, but quartered the ingredients. Be warned when reducing the recipe - remove the
pan from the heat before stirring in the egg/cream mixture. The eggs in the mixture will coddle quickly. I'm sure this wouldn't be the case if making the full recipe amount, but the smaller amount heats up quickly. I used whole wheat spaghetti as my pasta.
I enjoyed this even more as leftovers the following day. Thanks for a terrific recipe!
Review: I actually bought a muddler to make this recipe. This tasted good, but I couldn't
really taste the mint at all. It tasted like limeade with a bite.
Kelsandra's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Review: We enjoyed these, but I did feel they were missing something. I think chopped pecans would be a wonderful addition to the filling. I expected more pumpkin flavor with this recipe, but enjoyed the flavor as made. The dough was extremely soft and sticky,
requiring an additional cup or so of flour to make a workable dough. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to make the dough. I did make 16 rolls rather than 12, and baked the extra four in a small casserole dish. My coworkers loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Pumpkin Pecan "Brownies"
My Personal Recipe
Review: I looked over several different recipes for pumpkin brownies and noticed that many
called for levening or as many as four eggs. These only call for two eggs and no levening,
more like a true brownie. While the texture isn't quite as chewy as a traditional fudge
brownie, these are much denser than pumpkin cake.
Spicy Scarborough Chicken Marinade
My Personal Recipe
Review: I created this marinade to use fresh herbs that I have growing year-round.
The discovery that one of my habenero plants had a few peppers still
clinging led me to add it to the mixture.
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