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Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Dessert
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Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Caramel Popcorn
I just got a Presto popcorn maker and some gourmet "High Mountain Midnight" popcorn kernels from Fireworks popcorn and wanted to try caramel corn. I didn't want to make a thick coating of caramel so I halved the recipe, AND then halved the butter, so that I used 1/4 cup butter. Didn't have corn syrup, so substituted with Lyles Golden syrup. I popped the popcorn & set aside. Made the syrup. Discarded unpopped kernels. Put 1/2 of popcorn into brown paper bag, drizzled 1/2 of syrup over it and shook it around. Closed the bag and microwaved 30 seconds on High. Shook it around again and poured into large bowl to cool. Then I put the syrup back on the heat to melt and repeated the steps again with the rest of the popcorn. Very easy via microwave instead of baking for an hour, and easy to clean up! Thanks to everyone who gave helpful hints!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2010
California Italian Wedding Soup
Wonderful soup - the lemon zest is mandatory! I used all the fresh herbs as recommended, plus added more chopped green onions into the soup itself. Used fresh Italian sausage for great flavor; no escarole available so had to use spinach; added 1 med cubed red potato (skin on) + 1/2 cup shredded carrots, then since it was a touch salty (may replace some broth with water next time), I added 1/2 cup milk and my family raved about it and a couple asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2006
White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
I really liked these cookies (I got a taste when a co-worker made them this week for Christmas). When I made them tonight, I doubled the recipe, but used 1 cup white sugar, and 3/4 cup dark brown; also added 1/2 tsp salt. Instead of doubling the white chips, I used 1 cup, and added 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts, and then used 2 cups Craisins (already sweetened - got a huge bag at Costco). Used a cookie scooper that measures 1 1/4 inch in diameter and pressed lightly down on the balls when I placed them on my Silpat mat (no greasing needed!). Very yummy! A tad sweeter and saltier than I would like, probably due to my salted butter, salted nuts and the added salt. NExt time (which may be tomorrow!), I will omit the salt, reduce brown sugar to 1/2 cup for a double recipe, use light brown sugar instead and I think the results will be perfect! I enjoyed making these - was getting tired of the usual chocolate chip cookies.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2005
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