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Home Town: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Living In: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Recipe Reviews 34 reviews
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
OK, so I made this last-minute - didn't let the ingredients come entirely up to room temp, and probably overbeat because of it. The top cracked a little bit. But who cares? This cheesecake is the BOMB. And it is super-easy, too. The hardest thing about this (well two things) is remembering to take all the ingredients out of the fridge long enough to make it to room temperature, and not opening the oven while it's cooling. Seriously, I turned on the oven light and peeked through the glass at one hour, and it looked slumped in the middle. I kept the faith and turned off the oven. When I looked through the glass at three hours, the cake had risen over the pan. When I opened up the oven and pulled it out after eight hours, it was PERFECT. Oh, and don't forget the water bath - I couldn't find my 12X18 cake pan, so I used a very large skillet, heated some water in my teapot, and poured it about halfway up the side of the pan (wrapped in foil, of course). I also added a little bit of lemon and orange zest to the batter, and it tastes SO GOOD. This will be my new go-to cheesecake recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2013
Chicken Wild Rice Soup I
Yummo! Used a white/wild rice blend, 1/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup flour (I had eight cups of chicken broth), used some white wine in place of sherry, no dry mustard, added a bit of thyme and poultry seasoning - basically made the soup with what I had on hand. This is DEFINITELY a keeper - very delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2013
Taco Seasoning I
Delicious! And for pennies on the dollar, I will never purchase a packet of taco seasoning again! One reviewer commented that the mix is very spicy as is, and he/she is correct. I think next time I would reduce the red pepper flakes. I think next time I am going to try making two pounds of taco meat, using 6 tablespoons of taco seasoning (reduce the red pepper flakes), and throw in a can of Ro-Tel with green chiles, blended, in place of some of the water. I don't mind the chunks of tomatoes, but the DH probably would. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It's a keeper!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2013
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