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Re:Warm Black Bean & Chipotle Dip

This is SOOOOOO good. I did cut back on the vinegar after I had made it the first time. I have made it for several different occasions. Everyone wants the recipe.

Posted: 01:52 pm on July 16th 2010

Re:Sweet Chili and Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

Awesome sauce! I slow roasted my ribs in the oven first with a little fresh apple cider, a few slices of fresh ginger, onion, and a cinnamon stick. Then I finished on the grill with sauce....yum.

Posted: 01:01 pm on July 12th 2010

Re:Grilled Corn with Spiced Tasso Butter

I could not find tasso anywhere and didn't want to pay to have it shipped for such a small amount, so I used smoked ham instead. I thought the seasonings in this recipe overpowered and ruined the freshness and sweetness of summer corn. I would maybe consider this recipe to jazz up some frozen or canned corn when fresh corn is out of season, but will never again use it with in-season, fresh, corn on the cob.

Posted: 12:54 pm on July 12th 2010

Re:Lemon Icebox Cake

I made this cake and wasn't that impressed. The angel food cake worked out fine, because I already knew NOT to grease the sides of the pan so that the batter can cling to the sides as it rises (there is an angel food cake recipe included in the article that calls for greasing the pan). Regardless, the lemon meringue mixture was just okay, and even after chilling in my refrigerator for 24 hours, the cake never firmed up enough to hold its shape once I took it out of the pan. Instead of slicing it, I ended up spooning the cake into a bowl and serving it as something more like a parfait than a cake.

Posted: 12:48 pm on July 12th 2010

Re:Chinese Egg Noodles with Five-Spice Pork

I am only giving this 4 stars because it was a bit too salty for me. The next time I will not add the extra 1/4 tsp of salt. It probably would have been too oily as well, except I never used the 1/4 cup peanut oil that was called for, but rather just threw the ground bacon mix into a non-stick skillet as is....it worked out just fine with the fat from the bacon. Also, I used half regular soy sauce, half kecap manis, a sweetened soy sauce I have left over from a rib recipe that came out for this July 4th Holiday. This was such an easy, fast,and flavorful recipe. It will definitely be a staple in the future for quick weeknight dinners.

Posted: 11:54 am on July 12th 2010

Re:Southwestern Spiced Chicken & Black Bean Stew

This was very tasty and satisfying. I would have given this five stars if I hadn't tweaked it a bit. I used bone-in chicken breasts and simmered over low heat for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. When the meat was falling-off-the-bone tender, I removed it from the stew, shredded it, then tossed it back in. I could not find dried chipotle chilies so I used a canned chipotle chili that was packed in adobe sauce...I don't think the stew was missing anything because of this. Also, I think the stew could have used a few extra beans, so I will use 2 cans of beans the next time rather than one. I can't wait to have the left overs for lunch today!

Posted: 10:16 am on February 13th 2010

Re:Classic Shortbread Cookies

Very easy and tasty shortbread cookies. This is my fourth year making these for Christmas...I roll them a bit thinner then cut out "windows" from half and turn them into sandwich cookies filled with green or red apply jelly. Very pretty end result.

Posted: 12:09 pm on November 21st 2009

Re:Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers

These were very tasty and refreshing. We especially enjoyed the yogurt sauce that went with it and will make extra the next time.

Posted: 03:44 pm on July 25th 2009

Re:Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon-Cream Filling

These were like a cross between lemon bars and blueberry crisp. I wasn't sure if I would like them chilled because I thought the topping would be hard from all of the butter, but it actually had a nice semi-chewy texture, ending with the oats. Will definitely make again. Yum.

Posted: 10:25 am on July 4th 2009

Re:Cherry Breakfast Focaccia

This was just okay. I certainly would not bake this for over night guests or as something special for a brunch. There are too many other delicious recipes out there. It was easy enough though, and if I happened to have a half pound of cherries lying around that I didn't know what to do with, and also the time to allow the dough to rise, I would consider it again. I would give the cherries more of a rough chop the next time rather than simply slicing in half.

Posted: 10:57 am on June 26th 2009