ktivers

Delicious Pumpkin Bread
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This is a great recipe. Since I didn't have a smaller loaf pan, I had to use a large one and muffins out of the rest. I highly do not recommend doing this. The inside never fully cooked. I eneded up having to carve away the cooked portions then trying again. Even after all that labor, it was still a good bread. I added dried cranberries and chocolate chips instead of nuts, just to make sure it was as unhealthy and delish as possible ;) I didn't have a problem with the amount of eggs in it as some of the others did.

Classic Minestrone
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This is a great recipe. Like others I added a bit more... spinach, carrots, zucchini, and italian seasoning instead of the thyme. I also added just a few tablespoons of tomato puree and canned tomatoes instead of fresh. Also threw in a bay leaf of two and a part of a parmesan rind to richen the flavor. Also, very important to add the beans. I made it in two batches, and only put the beans in one as hubby is not a fan. The bean juice added a great dimension to the broth. Next time will definatly add it to all and just let him pick out the beans!

Mint Chicken
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Hmmm.... nice flavor, but I'm pretty sure I messed up the cooking. I don't have a wide skillet, so I used a pot instead. I don't thinkk it was wide enough and the chicken was crowded. It didn't end up browning very well and the end result is chicken with a good flavor and a weird doughy paste that used to be flour... i think I'll hold off on making this again until I can find myself a proper skillet!

Japanese Ginger Pork
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Excellent dish, very easy and tasty. For this recipe, I sliced up 4 pork chops and doubled the marinade with great results. I added some extra ginger (big fan) and also saved some marinade to reduce and add as a sauce at the end. My Japanese mother-in-law has taught me a great trick for cooking meat like this. It's best to cook in small batches that don't overlap in the (non-stick) pan. After each batch, drain off excess oil and wipe clean with a paper towel. This keeps the meat and marinade from getting to burned. This works well for any meat that is cut into small pieces and saucy from a marinade. Hubby says it was just like mom's cooking!!!

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Roast Chicken with Thyme and Onions
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I'm not a great cook, so I wasn't sure how this would go. But it worked great! I had a pack of 5 chicken thighs with skin and bones. I ended up slicing up a lemon and putting each thigh on a lemon slice and tucking a sprig or two of thyme under the skin on top. I sprinkled about 5 or 6 cloves of garlic and a quatered onion around the chicken. I didn't have shallots, so I just omitted them. I kept checking the chicken until it looked done (maybe 20 min) and while it was resting I reduced the liquid into a sauce (after spooning off the excess oily) Next time I'll try a whole chicken and see if the lemon is more pronounced.

Breakfast Burritos
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Great basic recipe. My favorite way to umph it up is to mix salsa together with mashed sweet potatoes (you can get it canned if you're feeling lazy). This is a great to sweeten it up and include salsa without having it drip out everwhere. I also prefer it with fried eggs with a soft yolk. Nothing better.... Yummmm.....

Baked Brie and Mushroom Sourdough Appetizer
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Nice sauce, but overall still really rich. I was hoping the mushrooms would tame the brie, but not so. I made a half batch and put it in a split mini baguette. And voila! Dinner!

Coffeebar Chai
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For me, it's too stong on the tea and too weak on the spicyness. However, that's all easily remedied. I just put the tea in at the end after simmering all the spices for 10-15 min. I also double pretty much all the spices and use whole when possible (fresh ground nutmeg and whole cardamon). I then keep it in the fridge and add milk cup by cup.

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Perhaps I did something wrong, but I followed the recipe to a T and ended up with a bland oily/curdled mess. Ended up added cream to the sauce to salvage it, which worked, but I am still not a fan of the flavor.

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