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Margarita Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2009
This is the first review I've done and glad to say this cake is a keeper! It was a big hit at a Mexican theme pot luck I took it too! I did double up the glaze and added an extra shot of tequila and 1/4 of the glaze to the top of the cake while in the pan before turning it out on the rack to cool. I also used a white cake with lime juice instead of lemon. I'll be making this one again!
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Mediterranean Black Olive Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2009
This has to be the best recipe ever! It has to be because it is the first time I've made bread!! Who said a 60 year old can't learn something new! I used almost a cup of coarse cut calamata olives, added some oregano, garlic powder, and little Italian seasoning. It not only tasted fantastic, it came out looking great too! (wish I'd have taken a photo of it) I took it to a cooking shindig last night and it went so fast I hardly got any for myself! Thanks for the great recipe.
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Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2009
What a wonderful recipe! I followed the recipe pretty close but did add some finely chopped calamata olives to the mix. After I basted the chicken with the butter I dusted the top with coarsely crushed salad croutons. As this was going to a large group, I cut each breast on a bias into 5 pieces and plated on a bed of lettuce. Looked great and tasted even better! I'm getting into this cooking thing!!
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Cornbread Muffins I

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
Made these to go along with Alton Brown's RED BEANS AND RICE recipe from over on the FOOD NETWORK. Was a big success at the monthly food club!The muffins went very fast, all 4 dozen of them!!!
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Pot Stickers Traditional

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
This was my first attempt at making pot sticker. I didn't feel like trying my hand at the dough so I bought some won ton wrappers. They turned out fantastic and everyone liked them. I used a little extra ground pork and had some left over stuffing that was absolutely fantastic in an omelet the next morning! I'll make the stuffing again just to the omelet alone!!!
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Banana Bread - Quick Bread for Machines

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
Well the Idea sounded good! Dug the old bread machine out and gave this recipe a try. Love banana bread and I had a few left over from the last stock that ripened. I added a 1/3 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2t of cinnamon, and a little vanilla and got the machine a working. After the dough mixed for about 4 minutes I pulled the plug and then used the "cake" cycle on my old Hitachi which will bake for 70 minutes. Well after 70 minutes the bread was still raw on the top! I tried to re-start the machine for more cook time but wouldn't start again until it cooled down. At that point I gave up and took the bread out of the pan. Good thing it didn't cook more, the sides of the loaf were getting dark and hard. I trimmed the loaf down a bit and ate it anyway!! Tasted pretty good but I didn't care for the cinnamon. I'll try it again someday but will have to use the oven next time.
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French Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
What a fantastic recipe! I did follow what others had done like add extra salt, cut back on the flour, and proofed the yeast in a couple of tsp of sugar. This was the second time I made French bread and it is by far the better recipe. I don't think I'll ever buy French bread again. The only mistake I made was falling asleep and forgetting to put the bread on the cooling rack! It's the pits to get OLD!!!
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Bread Pudding III

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
Mighty fine pudding! My brother visited from the mainland this week. He hasn't had bread pudding sense our mom pasted away. So I made this recipe. Jim was really happy with it and had I used raisins instead of dried cranberries it would have tasted just like what Mom used to make many years ago! I did add a little extra cinnamon and sugar to the top just before baking.
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Sun Dried Tomato and Asiago Cheese Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
I made this for a potluck last Sunday. Really tasted great! I used almost a half jar of sun dried tomatoes (rinsed and chopped fine)and pushed the Asiago cheese to 1/2c. Also added 1/2t of garlic powder. The Amaranth flour was good, good and expensive that is... $11.00 a pound here in Hawaii! But did taste good. **UPDATE** I've been making this for my customers and it is a BIG hit. I double the recipe and divide into 2 for regular sized boules or 3 for a slightly smaller boule. Some people just cant eat that much bread before it goes bad.
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Cajun Shrimp Orecchiette

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
This was good and went over well at a potluck the other night but the Cajun spice that I bought just didn't have any kick to it. I used 3tsp (doubled recipe) and couldn't taste it. I added 2 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp of chili pepper to get it where I thought it should be. I couldn't find the orecchiette pasta so I used shells instead. I also used frozen shrimp that was thawed in cold water and added at the last. One more thing, add more of the spinach. I used a whole salad bag for a double batch.
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
Made this last night for friends that came over. They loved it and talked me into making another pie! For never having made pizza dough before it came out quick, easy, and best of all great tasting! I did add the extra spices that others mentioned. Between pizzas and bread, I guess it's time for a baking stone!!
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Easy Pizza Sauce III

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
Made this sauce last night to put on my first ever home made pizza dough. I used fresh garlic, a bit of onion powder, and a dash of Italian seasoning. Because of the fresh garlic I let the sauce simmer while I was waiting for my company to arrive. They thought I'd been at the stove all afternoon cooking! Recipe is a real keeper.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
My first lasagna and it was a big hit at the potluck I took it to. It went so fast I didn't even have a chance to have a second scoop. I made 3 layers like one person mentioned and used up all but about one cup of the sauce (I'm saving that for a pizza) Thanks for the recipe John!! ***Update*** Finally made a pizza dough to eat the left over sauce...WOW!! The sausage and hamburger meat sauce mellowed out over the last 6 days and topped the pizza with fresh Mozzarella and sliced black olives. I'm going to be making a batch of sauce and freeze it just to have on hand for pizza or quick spaghetti! One more thanks to you John!
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Amish Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
I needed a quick loaf of bread and found this recipe. I mixed 3 cups of bread flour in my Artisan with a little more than 1 tsp of yeast. After mixing I kneaded the dough for 10 minutes and let it rise for an hour in a greased bowl. I punched it down lightly and just streached and letter folded the dough about three times and let it rise until it just about doubled again and folded it again and put it in a greased pan and let it proof for about 30 minutes. I baked for 5 minutes in at 500* to get a good spring and then turned the temperature down to 350* and baked for about 20 more minutes. The loaf was about 202* inside and looked just like the photo that VW took. Tasted great and had a nice crumb. I'll be making more of this bread for sure! Thanks ShooseyQ!
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Belle's Hamburger Buns

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
Tried this recipe yesterday and was glad I found it. I read through the reviews and didn't make any changes except cut back just a little on the sugar. I divided the dough up into 8 pieces and made hoagie rolls for left over meatloaf sandwiches. The flavor and texture was fantastic! It is an old cliche on AR but "I'll never buy buns or rolls again" but It is true for me and way cheaper too.
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Honey Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
I've been looking for a recipe that is like what my mom used to make. This isn't it but it is close. I read the reviews and made the following changes. Used a shy 1/4c of sugar (didn't want it too sweet), added 1tsp of salt, (next time I'll cut back to 1/2tsp.) Used 3/4c of milk and a 1/3c salted butter instead of the cream, and cut the oven temperature back to 375* for the last 5 minutes of the bake. Texture is what I remember from mom's but the flavor isn't what I remembered but still VERY GOOD! Next time I'll shorten up a little more on the sugar and add a little more honey. Thanks for a great recipe Tim. ***Update*** I was still looking for a clone of what Mom used to make. Well I found it at last! Had a friend moving back to the mainland (he's from the south) and made a big pot of Black eyed peas and ham hock and a doubled recipe of this cornbread. This time I used the full amount of sugar left out the honey, and added a heaping tsp of salt. (remember, this is a doubled recipe). The taste and texture is just what I remember from Mom's cornbread! There are times when "sweet" cornbread just doesn't fit in. I am a happy camper now!!
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Pan de Muertos (Mexican Bread of the Dead)

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
This is an awesome bread! Wonderful flavors and a beautiful crumb. Only problem I have in the islands is getting a real crunchy crust. Humidity is just a little to high. Oh the sacrifice one makes to live in paradise!
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Porcupines

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
A friend saved this recipe for me. She said it was something she used to eat as a kid. Well I invited her over for dinner and didn't tell her what I was making. I ended up serving a fine porcupine MEATLOAF!! I got carried away and dumped the tomato sauce into the bowl with the meat and rice DUH!!! Sure tasted good though! Even better cold on homemade hoagie rolls!! I'll make it again!
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Pressed Smoked Salmon Mousse Appetizer

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
This sounds wonderful. I'll be taking this to a potluck in a couple of days..... I'll post back later how it all came together and how the PUPU (Hawaiian for appetizer) whet over! I'll rate this at 5 stars to start with just because it sounds so yummy! Well I fixed this for a potluck last night. I found it difficult to clean the pulp out of the cherry tomatoes and very time consuming. I tried to mince the salmon into as small a chunks as possible but it still wasn't fine enough to go through the biggest tip of my pastry bag. I ended up using a plastic bag with a corner cut off. I did use a about 4oz. of salmon as that was what was in the jar and used about 1/4tsp of black pepper. The taste was mild and I think next time I would spice them up a bit with finely chopped olives, jalapeno, and a 1/2tsp of salt. This would be great as a vegetable dip if you didn't want to mess with all those little tomatoes! I'm lowering it to 4 stars because of the prep time.
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Black-eyed Peas and Ham Hocks

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
Made this tonight. I read the reviews and made a few changes and saved them in a custom recipe file. This is what I added and the quantities: 8 cups water 1 pound dry black-eyed peas 1 1/2 pound smoked ham shanks salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 bay leaves 1 medium onion minced 2 cloves garlic minced 1 tsp of Cajun spice 2 carrots chopped 2 Tbs cooking oil 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce Cooked for about 3 hours. It tasted so good! Went along great with the cornbread made from this site. I'll be making this for sure on New Years day!
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