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Formerly Faceless Recipes ~XXXII~ 
Feb. 20, 2011 6:25 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2011 7:33 pm
Here is blogisode 32. I have decided to eliminate my star rating as it may be different from the overall star rating. Readers may click on the links at the bottom of the page to view the recipe and its rating (as well as my rating if interested.)
Shrimp Kisses with Feta Cheese
By: molldoll
These were wonderful. My husband quickly proclaimed these as "the only way I ever want to eat shrimp from now on." Since it was about 10 degrees with a windchill below zero on the day I made these, I opted to use my oven. I put them in at 350 for about 10 minutes to sweat the bacon, then finished them under the broiler to crisp the bacon and cook the shrimp through. I'll definitely be making these again. Next time I'll be putting more jalapeno in each one for a little more spice. That's so easy to vary with this recipe. Thanks for a keeper!
kiss, kiss
Rib Rub
By: sal
This has promise, but needs a little tweaking. As is, it's very salty. I made the full batch, but didn't use it all. I'll be adding some additional sugar (maybe brown sugar), garlic powder, and more paprika and black pepper. I may add some cayenne for some heat. For a smoky flavor I used smoked paprika (the recipe didn't state what type of paprika to use, and I have four different varieties.) Thanks for a good base recipe.
Poppy Seed Orange Muffins
By: Cindy Kroon  
These were very tasty. I used sour cream instead of yogurt as that's what I had on hand. I made a half-batch and made 9 muffins (filled almost to the top). They rose nicely and had beautiful golden-brown tops. These taste great as-is, but I also made a glaze of powdered sugar, orange juice and orange juice concentrate to drizzle over the tops. Thanks for a delicious breakfast treat!
Holiday Waffles
By: Michele
These are very tasty and simple enough to put together. The amount of food coloring is a bit off, though. I made the batter without the coloring, removed a small amount, and added about 5 drops of red coloring. This resulted in pink waffles. If you look at my submitted photo, you'll notice the color is pretty light even with that amount. To actually get red waffles, you would probably need to add several teaspoons of red coloring to the whole batch of batter.
Meghan and Jenn's Veggie, Chicken and Herb Soup
 I made this recipe as part of a soup and salad supper (served with Italian Bread from a Bread Machine). The soup itself is tasty, but (as pointed out by another reviewer) it's not that pretty. Although I did cook it for the recommended time, I didn't add the broccoli until the last half hour. I added a handful of frozen peas and carrots that needed using. If I make this again, I would cook the chicken separately (or just use leftover chicken) and throw it in near the end. Cooking the chicken from a raw state is part of what makes it "not so pretty" - the length of cooking time is the other. This soup could do with a much shorter cooking time.  I did add additional boullion for a little more flavor. I also used frozen mixed peppers because I had them on hand.
Farmer's Salad
Technically there was one photo posted before mine. I had fully intended to include this recipe in my blog, so I am still doing so. It's ironic that jechenn posted her photo just minutes before I posted mine. I'm sure that's because this recipe was listed as part of Allrecipes' Recipe Photo Contest.
This is a tasty salad and very quick to throw together. I chose this recipe as part of a soup and salad supper, mostly because I had all the ingredients on hand (I don't usually have iceberg lettuce around, but may buy it more often just to make this salad.) The dressing was a little sweet for my taste, but that may have been my vinegar, which was white wine vinegar. I added a little extra vinegar and some salt and pepper. I loved the crispy bacon with the sweetness of the dressing. I might add some matchstick carrots next time for some added crunch and color. Thanks for a very tasty recipe!
Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
By: Andra McGee
These are good and simple to put together. I left out the olives as none of my family likes them. These are best served warm. Thanks for a tasty recipe.
Roasted Salmon with Orange-Ginger Glaze
Very tasty recipe. I used white balsamic vinegar since none was specified. This has a mild flavor which makes it easy to pair with many sides. I served it with rice and roasted asparagus.

Pittsburgh Sandwich
By: tbender36
I need to preface my review by saying that I've been eating Primanti Brothers' sandwiches for 25 years. By my husband's estimate, we've eaten upwards of 300 of them. When we dated, we used to go to one of the older Primanti's Restaurants in Oakland. There, we used to sit on barstools and watch them make our sandwiches. Lots and lots of sandwiches. I need to let the reader know this because there are a number of discrepancies in this recipe. The ingredients are very accurate, and the cole slaw is a good approximation of the original (which actually varies pretty greatly depending on which restaurant you're visiting). Yes, they use thickly sliced Italian bread. In 25 years not one of our sandwiches has been toasted or prepared using an oven. The bread is freshly sliced. The meat (we prefer corned beef) is tossed on a griddle top long enough to heat it through and start it curling up a bit. The cheese is quickly held to the hot griddle surface to start it melting, then it is laid on top of the hot meat. The meat/cheese is then placed on the bread and topped with the other ingredients. So while this recipe is close to the original, if you want the authentic Primanti's Sandwich, you need to prepare it the way they prepare it in the restaurant. You'll end up with a sandwich you can barely wrap your mouth around. This gets four stars from me, as it's not quite authentic, but it has the potential to be. Thanks for a good starter recipe.
The following three photos are borrowed from the Primanti Brothers web site - you can click on the link below to see the whole site. Dang Blogger won't let me link photos.
I brought home two of these bad boys (the real ones) for dinner last night. Hubby didn't complain, but he did say he liked the homemade ones better. :)

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Feb. 20, 2011 7:31 pm
Yum those look sooo good.It makes me hungry!!!
Feb. 20, 2011 10:17 pm
I would like to eat a Primanti Bros. sammie before I die. I don't think that is Too much to ask for. HUH? As for your blog, all I can say for it is, I need to replace my keyboard Again, cuz I drooled on it looking at your Scrumptious photos and LOLing at your cutesy animation ALWAYS our Blogs Sugar!
Feb. 20, 2011 10:18 pm
Always Love your blogs. Stupid puter! LOL
Feb. 21, 2011 3:09 am
Great photos!
Feb. 21, 2011 4:15 am
Love your blog (well actually all of them)!! Thanx for all the good ideas (and marvellous pictures!)
Feb. 21, 2011 5:02 am
Awesomeness served up as usual!
Feb. 21, 2011 5:07 am
Wow, those pictures rock! I can't wrap my brain around that pizza muffin :)
Feb. 21, 2011 7:58 am
Always great to read (and look at) Thanks!
Feb. 21, 2011 11:07 am
I love this! The shrimp, pizza muffin, and Pittsburg sandwich have me drooling! Love the blog as usual, but I DID like your star ratings... I'd like to vote it back in!
Feb. 21, 2011 11:52 am
Everything looks amazing as always. You take wonderful phots and make everything sound so good. I liked your star ratings too :)
Feb. 21, 2011 12:15 pm
Scotdog - the pizza muffins actually are pretty good - especially when they're warm and the cheese is gooey. I used homemade biscuit mix (I'll never buy Bisquick again.) I know they sound weird, especially with the tomato soup, but they've got potential. I want to add green peppers and onions.
Feb. 21, 2011 12:56 pm
Everything looks and sounds so goooood. I am going to have to try the pizza muffins and the sandwich. I have a question as to why you wouldn't use Bisquick again? I don't think this recipe sounds weird at all, it is making me want to go out and get all the ingredients and make them today. Unfortunately grocery stores are closed here for a holiday. I agree with you that this muffin could probably use the peppers and onions.
Feb. 21, 2011 1:46 pm
Ah the waffles are a work of art! The shrimp are making my mouth water! Lovely job as usual!
Feb. 21, 2011 5:16 pm
Janet - I said I'd never buy it again because it's so simple to make it and so much cheaper, too. I use this recipe and keep it in the fridge:
Feb. 21, 2011 7:58 pm
I'm going to have to try making that sandwich and will prepare it as you described! Sounds yummy. Why does Pennsylvania get the best sandwiches?
Feb. 22, 2011 7:02 am
Once again a fun, beautiful blog! I'm trying the shrimp as soon as possible-sounds and looks amazing! Kudos to you for the Pittsburg Sandwich. I've heard so much about those and wondered how they would be...I'm still on the fence as to whether to give them a shot. =)
Feb. 22, 2011 7:43 am
SweetBasil - 25 years ago I never expected my (then) boyfriend (now DH) to even consider trying it. I even thought the whole idea of fries and slaw on a sandwich was so very strange. We bought just one and shared it. We were hooked and have eaten hundreds since. So give it a try - you never know unless you do. On any given night there is a wait to get into the restaurants, hbut it's so much less expensive to make at home. I've been working on the cole slaw for these for years. It seems I was missing the adobo seasoning, though I prefer more vinegar/less sugar in my slaw, too.
Feb. 22, 2011 10:41 am
Great blog and pics! I'm starving now! :)
Feb. 23, 2011 8:08 am
As usual, beautiful blog Pam. Thanks:)
Feb. 25, 2011 8:26 am
Beautiful photography! I made the orange poppy seed muffins and they were a hit. The Pepperoni Pizza muffins interest me. It's been a long time since I've seen a savory muffin recipe. I'm thinking that they could be served warm with dipping sauce and a green salad?
Feb. 25, 2011 9:27 am
I think that would work fine, Sharon!
Feb. 26, 2011 7:59 am
Oh wow, saved a couple of them. I do miss seeing YOUR rating on the blog tho.
Feb. 26, 2011 8:02 am
Everything looks wonderful! Definately like the look of the feta shrimp and the salad; like you, I like lots of color and crunch in a salad so I think carrots would be a good addition!
Feb. 26, 2011 2:48 pm
Feb. 26, 2011 2:49 pm
PS- I liked your rating system- i think you should go back to it, just sayin'.
Feb. 27, 2011 7:33 pm
Once again an excellent blog - nice work. I agree with FrackFamily5 - I liked your star rating.
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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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