I love baking cakes and am willing to try new recipes that sound good. I made this for my husband's birthday and it tasted awful! It was so dry, overly dense and tasted more like a sweet, stale bread than a cake. I thought having 5 stars it would have tasted better!
Growing up, I never liked Shepherd's Pie, or any casserole for that matter! My tastes have changed however, and I decided I would try making Shepard's Pie for the first time. I saw this recipe and decided to try it. It actually turned out delicious. The only adjustment I made was that I added a little milk and extra butter to the potato; next time around I think I would add more potatoes as well.
I made this soup once, and although it requires a lot of time & ingredients, its worth the effort! It tastes just like the minestrone soup served at our favorite italian restaurant chain. Freshly grated parmesan cheese is the perfect added touch.
I have prepared this soup a few times for my family, and it is such a hit with them. The only recommendation I would make would be to add less red wine because the full cup and a half required can be over-powering.
For this recipe I used a block of mozzarella instead of the string cheese and cut it into 1/2 inch strips. They cook fast so you have to keep a careful eye on them! Mine melted a bit but they were still delicious and were a hit with my guests.
I realized that while half way through making this recipe that I was out of cinnamon, so I added a little allspice instead and it tasted just as good. I also made several small loaves of bread (like muffins but mini loaves) and sprinkled sugar on top before baking for an added touch. This bread is super-moist and delicious, and is great with a morning cup of coffee.
My husband is from Colombia and I've made this stew a few times for him before and he just loves it. He said it seems pretty true to the sancocho he used to have back at home. The only problem I've found is that 4 lbs of cassava and 2 lbs of potato is just too much. Also 4 lg. onions for the topping is exessive as well. I ended up having to use 2 lg pots to cook the stew. In the future I plan to use 1/2 the amount of potatos and cassava so I can cook everything together. The recipe really ends up serving a lot more than 6 people; we ended up getting 10 servings or so. We couldn't find leg quarters at the store but used chicken breasts on the bone and it worked just as well.