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Plain Caramel Apples

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
This recipe is perfect even if it's your first time making caramel apples (it was for me)! The caramel was the perfect consistency plain or to roll in candy (we rolled them in chopped heath bar, finely chopped walnuts, coconut flakes, and mini chocolate chips). The caramel is soft and chewy and perfect. I substituted Granny Smiths for Cortland and Honey Crisps from a local farm which were probably larger than your typical Granny Smith, so keep that in mind and add more caramels if you have bigger apples- we barely had enough for the last apple. DELICIOUS - FIVE STARS!
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Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Elk Backstrap

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013
I am so grateful to have found this recipe: it's great for everyone from beginners to experts. My co-chef and I used venison. We let the meat marinate in cold coffee overnight (thanks for the tip!). Even though I only quickly marinated the backstrap in the Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke mixture for a few minutes before grilling it, it still absorbed an amazing amount of flavor. No gamey taste whatsoever. I suggest wrapping the bacon around the seasoned meat before skewering the whole piece so that there's no chance of the bacon falling off during grilling. Next time I will adhere to the original recipe completely. We incorporated a spice rub into the seasoning that contained salt because we had it on hand, and it was too much; you don't need any more salt than what is called for (the bacon + sauce combo is enough). Timing them is tricky because some pieces will cook faster than others. We would not recommend doing the full 5 minutes per side because the morsels ended up being a little too crispy, maybe just 5 minutes for the first side and 2-3 after they're turned, but they were still delicious. Despite the slight errors above, and the fact that this was only the second time I made a dish with venison, you would never know it! Here are some reactions I got from my boyfriend/co-chef (the hunter), his housemate (also a hunter), and two never-had-venison-before girlfriends: "WOW- tastes just like good steak." "No gamey taste!" "Not tough or chewy at all."
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