coleus25's Recipe Reviews
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Posted 6/6/2012 3:54:30 PM
Boozy Irish Whiskey Cakes
This went over really well at work. My husband liked it, too, and was sorry to see it go.
I used a large bundt for 50 min, it worked fine. I also substituted 2 Tbsp chocolate liqueur for the espresso. Was thinking next time might substitute brown sugar for white in the sauce. Or you could add toasted pecans to the cake, or maybe for the sauce use only half the whiskey & half a fruit liqueur (like orange?).
This was easy to make & the cake was nicely moist and buttery, but the sauce was a little strong for my taste. Must repeat, they practically licked the plate at work, though. So it may matter how much you like Irish Whiskey.
Posted 4/9/2012 12:58:31 PM
Tall, Dark and Stout Chocolate Layer Cake
I think the beer makes the cake a little less sweet & more complex, to offset the rich toppings. So one could probably substitute a hearty root beer or ginger beer?
I made the cake w/o substitutions (tho left off the candy on top). Very easy.
It makes a lot of frosting so I frosted the sides as well & decorated the bottom of the cake w/a row of choc mousse bunny shaped Peeps.
I think next time I might add a layer of raspberry jam before the frosting, to brighten the intensity of the chocolate? Or make half the frosting & use a buttercream inside & the choc on the outside?
If you are in the mood for super chccolaty, though, it would hit the spot.
Posted 4/9/2012 10:49:54 AM
Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Easy to make.
I doubled the filling, as commenters suggested. Definitely need to cover loosely w/tinfoil for half the bake time as it takes much longer to set (a little longer than double the time).
I also did not pre-bake the crust, and it was easy to cut.
One comment I got was a preference for a stronger cream cheese flavor.
Posted 2/22/2012 3:16:06 PM
Slow-Cooker Pizza Fondue
Very easy & family loved it.
I love fondue, so I think I would prefer this with wine.
I used beef broth as I had some on hand. This would be very forgiving of tinkering w/spices, cheeses, etc. I couldn't find block American, so used shredded Italian blend & a little Swiss.
Posted 1/26/2012 1:21:04 PM
Posted 1/20/2012 11:33:33 AM
Chocolate-Topped Peanut Butter-Bacon Bars
Very easy. I think they would grow on you, but not sure if they'd become a craving. Altho many at work professed their love of bacon, only one seemed to really enjoy them (but they did get eaten). I do think the crunch of the peanuts was important as they are a bit rich, and have a salty/sweet balance that is fun. I really liked the hint of maple flavor (used real maple syrup).
Posted 8/10/2011 2:31:03 PM
Posted 7/18/2011 10:14:16 AM
Gluten-Free Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad
This was a big hit at the party last weekend.
Following advice from a review, I used frozen mango as I needed to take it in a cooler. That worked great, and was convenient but the flavor & texture of fresh are worth it if you have the time.
I did use some of the Caribbean seasoning on the chicken, as others suggested. And cut grape tomatoes in half instead of plum.
I think leftover salad would be nice stuffed in a pita or wrap.
Posted 4/29/2011 10:25:21 AM
Royal Blue Velvet Cake
I brought this in to work. It was a lot of fun to make. For the toothpickful, I just glopped what I could using a toothpick. More violet makes for a darker blue.
Maybe a little more cocoa would help cover the vague artificial taste (from food coloring?).
Posted 4/27/2011 12:31:20 PM
Bacon Cheeseburger Wellingtons
I made this with chili instead of bacon (chili cheeseburger Wellingtons, I guess) & my husband loved them. Fun way to use up the last of the leftover chili.
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