PrincessJenna

Moved from Massachusetts to Albany, NY a couple years and love it here. Cooking for other people is my favorite thing to do.
Baked Potato Soup
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Fantastic!! Better than any potato soup I've had in a restaurant and definitely my fav soup ever!! I have done a bit of tweaking to suit my own tastes.... sub 2 cups chicken stock for 2 of the cups of milk, instead of green onions I add a finely chopped yellow onion and 2 cloves garlic that I've lightly browned in the bacon grease. I mash the potatoes a little bit with fork as well, cut the sour cream down a bit, save about half of the cheese and all of the crumbled bacon to top the soup with. It's even more flavorful and thick the next day. If it gets too thick I just add a little milk when reheating.

Cold Oven Popovers
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A terrific, simple recipe. I love popovers and these were delicious.

Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze
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Delicious!! I used a different (cheaper) cut of meat and it was still fantastic. I think cooking it covered keeps it tender. I will definitely make it again.

Bacon, Potato and Cheese Tart
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I wasn't too crazy about it however, my boyfriend loved it. The bacon cooked up beatufully and it looked terrific when it came out of the oven. I think it was the fontina I wasn't keen on. I might try it again sometime with cheddar. I would recommend using a little salt and a good amt. of pepper on the potato layers.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad
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I started making this salad last summer and now **have** to bring it whenever there is a gathering with friends or family. Everyone goes nuts for it! Before trying it I had never eaten spinach in my life (SPINACH...NUH UH, NO WAY, YUCK!!).But this is hands down the best salad I've ever eaten. I've tweaked it a bit...I often use mandarin orange wedges instead of stawberries. Also, I candy the almonds by carmelizing them with a bit of sugar. I then spread them out on a pc. of wax paper that has been sprayed with PAM. Once they cool, you just crack 'em up and add to the salad. This makes the salad even sweeter so I use a bit less sugar in the dressing as well. YUM!!

Shredded Beef Chimichangas
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Double Chili Cheese Dip
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Very, very bland...I ended up added quite a bit of cayenne just to give it a little kick. I will not be making this one again.

Chicken Scampi II
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Delicious!! One of the cooks at my Dad's restaurant used to make this for me every day when I was a kid. Being very picky, it was one of the few things they could get me to eat. I've ordered chicken scampi in rest. a number of times in hopes that it would be the dish I ate as a kid. No luck....until now!! I will make this again and again. Perhaps try adding a little white wine sometime, maybe a little more lemon and a little less salt. But it's great as is. I actually like the large amount of butter and olive oil sauce it yeilds as it is great over pasta. Be sure to have some fresh Parmesan to grate over the top when serving. Goes great over angel hair and makes awesome leftovers.

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Fettuccine Alfredo
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Fantastic alfredo recipe!! Real parmesan cheese and raw egg are key to a good alfredo. You don't really even need the garlic (although I put garlic into anything I can and it's great in this!). For those who have yet to try true Parmesan cheese, parmigiano reggiano, 'cuz grating it looks like too much work...if you have a food processor or blender, just cut it up into chunks, throw it in and give it a bunch of pulses...out comes finely grated cheese. It's so worth the extra few minutes effort for this sauce. Delicious recipe!!!! Thank you Greg.

Crispy Rice Caramel Ice Cream Dessert
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Very sweet and yummy. I also used vanilla ice cream (it really would've been too sweet otherwise).

Garlic Croutons
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Delicious. A million times better then store bought. An easy way to jazz up a salad.

Basil Chicken and Pasta
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I took the suggestions of making more sauce (added more garlic, *fresh* basil, cheese, cream) and last time added a bit (a really teeny bit) of sugar . I definitely recommend trying that. It takes the bitterness of the parm out of the dish. I think you can make it with just about any hearty pasta shape. I've made it with fusilli and farfelle and today am going to try it with pappardelle. Fantastic recipe. My thanks to Stacey and the other reviewers.

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