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Recent Reviews

Re:Graham Cracker-Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake

This cake is pretty good. I wasn't blown away, but I thought it was tasty with a cup of coffee or tea. My young daughters LOVED it so I'd probably make it again. But I think the frosting is way too sweet as proposed here. Next time I'd cut the sugar by half.

Posted: 10:19 pm on March 15th 2012

Re:Couscous with Cilantro & Melted Scallions

This recipe is really great, simple to make and easy to change up with fantastic results. I have made it as it is here, and tonight changed it up by substituting orange juice for lemon, and added a finely shredded carrot. It was delicious. Next time, I will add some toasted almonds too. One word of caution - 3 cups of broth is way too much unless you like your couscous soggy. I used only 2 cups of broth and it turned out perfect. Perhaps it is the brand of couscous I use, but proceed with caution on the liquids.

Posted: 01:49 am on March 14th 2012

Re:Butter Lettuce with Poppy Seed & Tarragon Crème Fraîche Dressing

This salad has become a favorite in our household - we really love the poppy seed dressing. We agree that it needs a little something added to it. Our favorite combination is to add toasted slivered almonds, halved grapes, and chunks of avocado. It's fantastic with these flavors in it.

Posted: 11:05 am on December 27th 2011

Re:Stir-Fried Shrimp, Sugar Snaps & Fennel

This recipe is an elegant and lovely way to prepare shrimp. It's very clean in its preparation and deceptively simple for the flavors that are acheived. Don't skip out on the fennel-flavor infused olive oil; it makes the dish. I don't claim to have a better pallet than Gary Danko, but I did find the flavors were enhanced by adding a touch of champagne vinegar at the end. It was delicious. I could see this as a perfect appetizer to a dinner party, or a light dinner for a spring evening. Just note, if you use it as a light dinner, add more peas. Even with the addition, the recipe serves only 4 people.

Posted: 10:12 pm on October 3rd 2011

Re:Cauliflower & Green Beans with Indian Spices

This recipe was tasty, but not in the form that it was presented here. I found this version to be a bit bland, so I spiced mine up with a dash of a few other spices such as curry powder, coriander and other common indian spices. I also added a cup of diced tomatoes with juices to give it another flavor boost, and to help my cauliflower cook all the way through (I think I cut my cauliflower a bit larger than the recipe recommended). It was delicious when I finished, and even my young daughters (2 and 5) couldn't get enough of it. We'd definitely make it again, but only with the modifications.

Posted: 02:40 am on July 27th 2011