CatherineSolo

Spicy Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)
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CatherineSolo's rating

This was a super easy appetizer and a definite hit. I was worried about all the pepper flakes but they added the PERFECT contrast to the sour-salty of the cheese. I served this with crusty bread and it was a big hit! Wouldn't change a thing. One note though, I did have to cook it for almost twice the amount of time to get the cheese to be hot all the way through.

Classic Rice Pilaf
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CatherineSolo's rating

The PERFECT way to cook rice. I LOVED this dish, as did my guests. It was so easy and fool proof. I doubled the recipe as I was having quite a few guests, and it didn't take any more time (although could have used 2-3 minutes more in the oven maybe). I'm looking forward to the leftovers!

Greek-Style Potatoes
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CatherineSolo's rating

Definitely could have cut down on the water, but other than that this was a pretty good recipe. I had to triple it, as I was having quite a few guests over, and it took just over 2 hours to cook. That was fine with me, as we had appetizers in the meantime, but I can see that amount of time being an issue on other occasions. The potatoes weren't very lemon-y, actually. I found the rosemary stronger than anything. Some guests mentioned they preferred that, as they didn't like too much lemon flavouring on potatoes. But to be honest I would have preferred a more strong lemon taste. Probably just a personal preference. Taking one star off for the amount of time it takes and the crazy amount of water.

Hard Lemonade
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CatherineSolo's rating

I don't know why, but this turned out CRAZY sour for me. I made the syrup exactly as stated, but the drink was still very sour (despite mixing well). I still enjoyed it, but it was a little too bitter for most of my guests.

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White Sangria
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CatherineSolo's rating

Great recipe. I left out the cognac and changed up the fruit to whatever I had on hand, but this is a great base recipe. To be honest I normally just make up a sangria recipe, as it's very easy to do so, but it was nice to add in the peach schnapps, which I wouldn't normally do. I let the fruit steep in straight white wine for a while before I added the gingerale, which made them extra boozy and delicious!

Easy Pavlova
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CatherineSolo's rating

This was probably the highlight of the dinner I had last night. I doubled the recipe and made two pavlovas, and they were fantastic. I didn't add as much sugar (only 3/4 cup per pavlova) as per prior reviews, and there were a lot of cracks in it. It wasn't nearly as solid as I think it should have been. Another reviewer mentioned the ratio of egg white and sugar is crucial when it comes to cracks, but I don't care about that since the whipped cream covered it up. I added about a half cup sugar to the cream for 2 pavlovas, just to sweeten it a bit. Notes that other reviewers mentioned that were helpful: do not put whipped cream on until just before serving, spreading cornstarch on the parchment paper first, and mixing the cornstarch/lemon/vanilla before adding to the egg whites.

Zucchini and Feta Cheese Fritters (Kolokithokeftedes)
Rating: Unrated
CatherineSolo's rating

Besides dessert, these were the highlight of my dinner last night. So many people asked for the recipe and commented on how delicious they were. Notes from other reviewers that I did: used bread crumbs instead of flour to form the patties, and baked instead of fried them. I doubled the recipe since I was having a lot of guests, and I would recommend not doubling the mint. I actually only added about 1 and 3/4 the mint and it was still a little overpowering (but still delicious). The mixture was also very wet, I had to add quite a bit of flour AND more breadcrumbs (hence why I am only giving this 4 stars). I didn't use the centre of the zucchini (mostly water and seeds) because I feared it would be too moist and it was still too wet. Probably should have squeezed out the excess moisture from the zucchini before mixing.

Smokin' Scovilles Turkey Chili
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CatherineSolo's rating

I've made this recipe more times than I can count over the years, and it remains a huge favourite in my house. I don't modify it much; sometimes I leave out the beer, if I don't have any on hand, and I substitute the kidney beans for black beans (unfortunately my other half doesn't like kidney beans). I love it the way it is. However I think this recipe would be a cinch to modify to your tastes. I think I'll try adding more veggies and less meat next time!

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Fruit Pizza
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CatherineSolo's rating

I made this for a dinner party, and everyone loved it! Didn't change a thing.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
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CatherineSolo's rating

I didn't modify this recipe at all, and these cookies came out great. However they are, in fact, giant! So if you want smaller cookies, keep that in mind. Always a hit around here.