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In late 1999 someone gave me a stack of Gourmet Magazines. Realizing that this magazine was soon to be discontinued, I decided to honor it by making most of the recipes in one issue and blogging about the experience. This was so much fun and I heard quite a bit of good feedback so I decided to continue the challenge of picking random cooking or food-centered magazines and blogging about the experience. Many of us look through these magazines and are put off by the number of ingredients or difficulty of preparation, if not by the beautiful professional photography that we feel we can never replicate. I've set out to prove that these recipes CAN be made without a test kitchen, an endless food budget and pantry, sous chefs and that it can look good without professional photography and touch-ups. My reviews are honest and straightforward and my pictures are untouched and unprofessional. They just show the food as it REALLY is. And mostly, it's very, very good.

Recent Reviews

Re:Avocado Frozen Yogurt

Absolutely fantastic; creamy, smooth, citrusy. Read my entire review of this and other recipes from the February/March issue of Fine Cooking at: http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/avocado-frozen-yogurt-from-fine-cooking.html

Posted: 06:03 pm on February 27th 2010

Re:Good-For-You Blueberry Muffins

Outstanding flavor and texture. You'd never guess they're healthy. Read my entire review at: http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/good-for-you-blueberry-muffins-from.html

Posted: 10:10 am on February 27th 2010

Re:Vegetarian Penne alla Puttanesca

A tasty meal but a little too much on the briney side for my taste. Read my entire review at: http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/penne-alla-puttanesca-from-fine-cooking.html

Posted: 05:32 pm on February 26th 2010

Re:Smoky Rib-Eye Steaks with Loaded Mashed Potatoes

This meal was good, but pan frying rib-eye steaks just doesn't seem right. Read my entire review of this dinner at http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/smoky-rib-eye-steaks-with-loaded-mashed.html.

Posted: 09:07 pm on February 24th 2010

Re:Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel

An excellent coffee cake. Definitely use the cake flour as called for, not all-purpose. Read my whole review on this recipe at http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/sour-cream-coffee-cake-with-brown-sugar.html

Posted: 04:10 pm on February 24th 2010

Re:Guacamole with Roasted Chile, Cumin, and Feta

Best guacamole I've ever had. Read my entire review and see a non-studio picture done by The Mom Chef. http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/guacamole-with-roased-chile-cumin-and.html

Posted: 11:09 am on February 20th 2010

Re:Orange and Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs

The sauce makes this dish. Read my full review and see a picture. http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/orange-and-soy-glazed-chicken-thighs.html

Posted: 09:18 pm on February 16th 2010

Re:Classic Scalloped Potato Recipe

Outstanding and perfect just as it is. I wouldn't change a thing. Read my entire review and see a picture from a home kitchen at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/Tik112

Posted: 09:17 pm on February 16th 2010

Re:Baked Eggs with Chives and Cream

Chives with eggs is a great addition, but the dish overall doesn't give the control with doneness that a skillet will. See my whole review as well as a non-studio picture of this dish at http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/baked-eggs-with-chives-and-cream.html

Posted: 12:27 pm on February 15th 2010

Re:Candied Bacon

Flavor was ok, but the dish was a mess. See my full review and a non-studio picture of the bacon at http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/02/baked-eggs-with-chives-and-cream.html

Posted: 12:25 pm on February 15th 2010