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Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Bonanza

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
I had to adjust this recipe a little as there were some items I couldn't purchase in British supermarkets, but despite these changes it was a success! I'll definitely be making this one again. I used 2 cans of pinto beans instead of 2 cups of dried, and since ranch-style beans don't exist in this country I added an extra can of pinto beans. I used passata instead of tomato paste, but I think they're pretty much the same. For the sausage, I used chorizo, which is pretty similar to kielbasa. I used fresh onion and garlic rather than dried/powdered. I also added some extra spices: 2 tsp red chilli flakes, 1 tsp ground cumin and 1/2 tsp oregano, to make up for the lack of ranch-style beans, as these seem to be commonly used seasonings for these beans.
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
I made two variations of this recipe - the first in which I just placed the dough on top of a slow cooker chicken pot pie and let it cook for several hours, and the second in which I cut circles in the dough, placed them on a tray and baked them in the oven. The first time I made the mixture it was a bit too runny so I made a second batch with slightly less milk. Either way, the pot pie biscuit mix and the biscuits made in the oven had an entirely different texture! The first was very doughy and almost like bread and the second batch was definitely British scones. We'll be using this again but I'm not sure what changed the texture or what I can do to make the bread-ish consistency again. This made perfect scones, but I'll be searching for a slightly different recipe as I'm certain that American biscuits are meant to taste a little bit different from scones, right? I've heard of cornstarch or maize being used so I'll have to experiment. Still, worked great both times but not sure why they turned out so different!
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Sweet Potato Pie I

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
This turned out perfectly! Not being American, I'd only ever read about sweet potato pie and my family were a little dubious at the idea of sweet potato being used in a dessert. But as Thanksgiving rolled around I saw more and more blog posts about different variations of sweet potato pie and I decided that I had to attempt to make one. I made my own pie crust but stuck to the original recipe for everything else and it was a definite hit! I have to make this again as it was surprisingly easy and very tasty.
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
This turned out really well! The only change I made was substituting raisins for cranberries as I didn't have any in the cupboard, but I will have to try this recipe with cranberries some other time. Fiancé and I both really enjoyed this breakfast so will definitely be making this again and experimenting with other ingredients.
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Orange Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2011
I've made these twice now and they were a massive hit with everyone who ate them! Some reviewers commented that they weren't sweet enough as the recipe relied a lot on the oranges for sweetness, but I found them perfect. The topping crumbled perfectly and gave the muffins a very interesting texture. For the first time in a while, I didn't change anything about this recipe (except lengthening the cooking time a little bit, but I find I'm having to do that a lot and suspect it's just because of my oven) and would definitely make these muffins again. Perfect to eat just after they've come out the oven, and I found that they work well for breakfast if you quickly zap them in the microwave then drizzle maple syrup over the top.
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Cowboy Cookies I

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
These cookies tasted good in the end but overall were very aggravating to bake. I don't think I'll be adding milk next time as it made the mixture far too runny. The first batch stuck together in a giant rectangle in the oven and I had to cut them into slices! Even then they still seemed sticky although eventually set once I'd laid them on a plate to cool. The second batch almost stuck together and still didn't seem to be set. The third batch I added almost half a cup more flour to and they turned out much better. Also, they took at least 30 minutes to cook, if not more. I always thought gas ovens cooked faster but obviously not in this case. I liked these cookies, although they weren't a favourite, but fiance loved them as he really likes coconut and walnuts. So I'll probably have to make them again some time. They were a lot of fuss to make but now that I know to skip the milk they should work out better next time. Try these if you have a lot of time and patience, and skip the milk! EDIT: I made these again, minus the milk. They still took 20 minutes to cook but were much, much better. I'll definitely be making these again now that I know they're far better without the milk.
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Swiss Cheese Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
This turned out perfectly! My fiance always raves about his American-raised stepmum's meatloaf, so I figured I'd look up some recipes. I tried this one as I liked the idea of cheese and crackers inside the loaf and Simon loves bacon. I used two slices of bacon rather than one, and had to use sliced Swiss chesse and break it up as shredded Swiss cheese doesn't seem to exist in Scottish supermarkets. I completely forgot to buy any sage and substituted some thyme instead and that worked fine. Overall, a great success even with the substitutions. Simon has already requested that I make it again :) We ate it with roast potatoes (cooked with more thyme) and a nice green salad. EDIT: We've recently cooked this again with sage and it works just as well!
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Amish Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011
My fiance loved this recipe, and while I had to make some changes I think it worked very well. Being British, I've never used sugar in a savoury dish before (this is something more commonly found in US recipes) so I was wary of the 3/4 cup given for the ingredients. I ended up just using around 1/4 of a cup of sugar as per suggestions from other reviewers, which worked in a good balance with the white vinegar. Since I wasn't able to get hold of American mustard (and believe me, you do not want 3 T of British or French mustard in this dish, it's far too strong!) I used 1 cup of mustard mayonnaise and 1 cup of 3% fat mayonnaise, which worked really well together. I couldn't find any dill pickle relish so I chopped up a couple of pickled gherkins and added 1 T of the juice from their jar, which stopped the sauce from being too thick. I also used a red onion rather than a normal one to give the dish some more colour, and added some spring onion and cubes of cheddar cheese. The celery seeds (a new discovery for me) worked really well in the sauce and I'll definitely be using them again in other dishes. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this recipe and seeing what other variants I can create. This a good basis for a standard macaroni salad and is one of those recipes you can change around depending on availability of ingredients and personal preferences and it still turns out well.
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Raisin Puffs

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2011
I would say that these took more like 20 minutes to cook, but otherwise an excellent recipe. My batch made 46 puffs, and I needed a bit more than 3 T of sugar to coat them in, but maybe that's just my preference for coating! Looking forward to experimenting with other ingredients. Maybe almond or lemon extract rather than vanilla? Or even dried cranberries?
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