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Chef John's Scalloped Oysters

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2014
I just tried this recipe out of curiosity (and the video looks so good). I don't even like oysters, except for the canned smoked oysters, but I really liked this recipe. Although, I found that in order to cover the bottom of the dish and the first layer of oysters the same way Chef John does in his video, I needed more like 5 cups of crushed crackers. I used half Chicken in a Biscuit and half Saltines. This is a great way to use up stale crackers! I used four 8 ounce cans of whole oysters, but dumped half of the liquid that was in the cans. I've never bought fresh oysters so I don't know how much "liquor" is normal. If you used canned or jarred oysters, be careful of the occasional small pieces of shell! I think next time I'll use a little more cream. Overall, it turned out very good. The funny thing is that my husband didn't like it. Said it was too fishy tasting (which he doesn't like). I thought the exact opposite. I thought it was hardly fishy at all. Funny coming from a guy who likes oyster shooters (but I don't)! Oh, and when reheating any leftovers, watch out! When I pulled my plate out of the microwave, an oyster exploded! So leave your covered dish in the microwave for a few seconds before pulling it out!
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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2011
This recipe was pretty good, although I did alter it a little due to other people's suggestions. I ended up putting the beef on the bottom because when I put it on top, it wasn't even touching the water. I didn't want to add too much water so I pulled all the vegetables out, put the beef on the bottom, then put everything else back in with the cabbage on top. I would personally add another potato next time. Four, just didn't seem like quite enough. I would also get a larger beef brisket with a little less fat on it. I cooked this for only my husband and I, we had two slices of meat each (about 3/4-1 inch thick) and there are only two slices left. So this recipe would really only feed about 3 people. I only used about 1/2-3/4 small head of cabbage, one large onion because I love onions, and about 3-1/2 cups of water. I also cooked it on high for 6 hours with the cabbage in the whole time and it turned out great!
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