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Recent Reviews

Re:Creamy Winter Greens Gratin

I used the spinach: make sure to have enough - the spinach will settle to a tiny fraction of raw volume. This is amazing. Very rich; you do not feel as if you're eating "greens..." A gold standard at our Thanksgiving table, and a very elegant, gourmet dish for dinner with friends.

Posted: 04:10 pm on October 29th 2010

Re:Chocolate Espresso Torte

Easier and, I think, better than the more complicated tortes and flourless chocolate cakes. More consistent results as far as density and texture. I used instant espresso powder instead of the ground beans with great results. Yum! (Although non-chocoholics might think this is too much, I found this was great with a dark chocolate glaze).

Posted: 04:00 pm on October 29th 2010

Re:Chocolate-Pomegranate Torte

I've made this at least ten times, per the requests of my family and friends. The last few times, and to the best reviews, I substituted a raspberry coulis instead of the pomegranate jelly: gently boil 2 cups of raspberries, a bit of lemon juice and a cup of sugar for around ten minutes, then strain the seeds through a mesh seive. This gives you a fabulous tasting, quick, rich jelly with the perfect consistency that pairs beautifully with the dark chocolate in the cake.

Posted: 02:00 pm on October 29th 2010

Re:Orange-Scented Mini Elephant Ears

Ridiculously simple! These were such great-tasting little cookies, and so pretty. I would advise keeping an eye on the baking: butter ran everywhere - next time I will try reducing the amount. Perhaps it was my pan (I used an insulated baking sheet) or I might have even used too much of the sugar, causing excess buttery liquid? Also, I did substitute orange oil for the zest - the taste was spectacular. I will certainly be making these again, but a bit less butter, going easier on the stick-preventative sugar dusting, and with a regular baking sheet rather than insulated. I highly recommend trying these low-labor, pretty-to-present cookies, especially for coffee pairing or a "light and dainty" dessert.

Posted: 01:43 pm on October 29th 2010

Re:Beef & Black Bean Chili with Chipotle & Avocado

Very fast and very good; will certainly make again! It is quite thick. I used 2 cans black (1 for puree) and 1 can kidney beans.

Posted: 05:41 pm on January 31st 2009