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Formerly Faceless Recipes XXXI 
Feb. 12, 2011 9:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 24, 2011 9:32 am
Welcome to blogisode #31.
For those of you new to my blogs, they are written purely to showcase recipes that were formerly faceless, that is, they had no pictures. Many people "eat with their eyes" first and are unwilling or less likely to try a recipe if there is no picture. Allrecipes has created a recipe photo contest inspired by this idea. Click below to learn more. I have included my reviews simply for those interested in reading them.
Note: Though I submitted the original photos for the following recipes, others may since have been submitted.

Chicken Wings Pacifica

These were tasty and a nice change from traditional Buffalo wings. They were fall-off-the-bone tender. Thanks for this recipe.

Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecues
By: MAP431056 

I grew up on Chipped Ham Barbecues. I was a little leary of the cinnamon and now wish I'd left it out. This was pretty good, but the cinnamon just didn't do it for me. The tangy-sweet and slightly smoky flavors are plenty, but the cinnamon was overkill. Next time I will leave it out. I also wish I'd had another 1/4 lb of ham to throw in as there was too much sauce letover. Thanks for a good base recipe.

Spicy-Sweet Glazed Salmon
 By: MOMO623

Very tasty - no leftovers. DH finished his portion and started on mine. 5 stars!
I know, it's not a salmon. :)

Speedy Spaghetti
By: RAE921

This was so good and so easy! I used whole wheat spaghetti. I did have to add extra water, but that may have been because of the spaghetti I used. I will be making this again for a quick, hearty, delicious meal! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Turkey Skillet Supper
By: Connie Thomas

This is a very good, quick meal. I used petite diced tomatoes as I was out of crushed. I thought about putting them in the blender, but liked the idea of the little tomato chunks, so I left them "as is". Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. I did have to add a good bit more water than the recipe called for to keep the mixture from sticking and give the macaroni enough liquid to cook properly. We added shredded cheddar cheese in addition to the sour cream. Very tasty!

Rigatoni With Italian Chicken

This was very good and very quick. I did make one slight change: I cut up the chicken before I marinated it in the dressing. This allowed more chicken to be in contact with the marinade for more flavor. I served this with crusty Italian bread for a satisfying dinner.

 He's back. He's cute.
Who doesn't love a dancing chicken?

Low-Fat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
By: Pam Williamson

These were very good. The lemon and poppy seeds work very well together, and you'd never know this is a low-fat muffin. These all vanished quickly. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Honey Wheat Muffins
By: Carolyn Deming
These were okay, but they lacked a little flavor. I was puzzled that the recipe called for greasing the muffin cups. I don't see why liners wouldn't work here. I'd use foil liners if there is a possibility of the muffins sticking to the liners. Not using liners caused the muffins to dry out qickly after removing from the pan. These are best served warm as they flavor and texture changes when they cool.

 Old Time Soft Sugar Cookies
By: Sharon Gerstman
These were quick enough to throw together and baked up nicey. I chose to use colored sugar instead of white. If I try these again, I may skip the sugar and add frosting, since the cookies just seemed to need a little something more.
Pecan Sticky Muffins
By: Dorothy Bateman

Very tasty! Make sure you follow the directions and grease up those muffin cups. I forgot and lost some topping as a result of the oversight. These are best served warm and gooey!
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Feb. 12, 2011 9:23 am
You are a cooking demon Pam!
Feb. 12, 2011 9:26 am
Wow. Excellent.
Feb. 12, 2011 10:32 am
Pam, the graphics, the photo's, the explanations just make this the best blog on here. I appreciate these blogs so much. Keep up the good work. I'm never going to loose weight 'cause I always find another recipe to try. Happy Valentines to you and yours!
Feb. 12, 2011 11:42 am
Thanks, Pam! I love your comments, and I'm sure everyone loves your pictures. I saved the Pecan Sticky Muffins for my next cooking marathon!
Feb. 12, 2011 11:55 am
Pam, I gotta say. I love your approach to planning your menu, what a great way to add some diversity to your table. Not to mention eliminating the cooking indecisiveness that can stumble the daily do. Unfortunately for me, I have really limited time to indulge my cooking explorations so I can't so often leave my choice up to fate. I do appreciate the value of it though and your absolutely right, a pic adds a ton to the edibility consideration. The salmon looks wonderful!
Feb. 12, 2011 12:45 pm
Raedwulf - it's not really that it's left up to fate. I generally search for a recipe to use up an ingredient that I have on hand. I also don't have a lot of time on my hands - all three pasta meals featured were chosen because they were quick to throw together. I'll search, scan for recipes that don't have photos, and see if any match our tastes. I also save faceless recipes that look interesting into a special folder in my recipe box which makes finding them much easier. After I've made one, I delete it from that box. :)
Feb. 12, 2011 1:01 pm
Thanks Pam! Great blog! That quick spagetti recipe looks really good! I use WW pasta all the time. One less pot to use, that's for me. Keep up the good work!
Feb. 12, 2011 2:12 pm
UGH! Been walking the puppy and haven't had dinner, don't want to make dinner and then I see your photos. Yep, I'm starving now! :)
Feb. 12, 2011 3:13 pm
Great blog! I look forward to your blogs and am fascinated that you make these dishes and that you take such great photos! THANKS!!
Feb. 12, 2011 5:38 pm
Pam, you rock, again. I'm waiting for a 8:00 dinner reservation for a romantic dinner on the beach with my husband. Now I'm wondering if I can make it to your house in time for dinner. Hmm, your food does look good!! Thank you, Toni
Feb. 12, 2011 6:42 pm
I've never commented on a Blog, but your's is a fave! I can't tell you how much I enjoy the pictures and the reviews! Keep up the great work!
Feb. 13, 2011 7:24 am
Beautiful, sinful pictures! I love that you choose a variety of dishes that are good for both an everyday cook or for special occasions. The salmon and sticky muffins look "to die for"!
Feb. 13, 2011 8:30 am
I agree with Sweet Basil, love the looks of the salmon and both muffins. Those pecan ones look really decadent.
Feb. 13, 2011 1:26 pm
Everything looks awesome as usual Pam! Am I blind or are your star ratings missing from this blog??
Feb. 13, 2011 1:29 pm
Yes, Alex. I left them off this time. Often my rating is different from the recipe's total rating, so I left it to readers clicking on the links to see the overall rating. I wondered if anyone would notice. :)
Feb. 13, 2011 1:36 pm
Ah okay, fair enough :)
Feb. 13, 2011 1:45 pm
Everything looks delicious! Nice job!
Feb. 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Great Blog ~ Everything looks delicious...
Feb. 14, 2011 12:30 am
Fabulous,you know magic!!!!
Feb. 14, 2011 10:11 am
OMG! Everything looks amazing! I'm starving now! :)
Feb. 15, 2011 12:25 pm
Thanks, Pam! They all look wonderful!
Feb. 24, 2011 9:32 am
Pam - Awesome blog as always! I check it out all the time & love to hear your thoughts. I DO, however, wish you'd keep your star ratings there even if they differ from the ones on the site. Personally I appreciate "your" opinion.
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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.
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.
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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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