CoolCutter's Recipe Reviews
Posted 9/30/2011 2:26:39 AM
Asparagus and Swiss Bake
I have made this twice with slight changes to suit what I had on hand. I used skim milk to keep it a bit more calorie friendly and added some spinich to up the veggie content. I lightly cooked the onion and peppers in a skillet first with a spray of olive oil just to soften them.You could also soften them in the Microwave without the olive oil spray. I used regular onion once and spring onions the second time. Both were good but the regular onion needs cooking before hand to soften the flavour a bit. I did not have lemon pepper but used plenty of fresh cracked pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I also added one small fresh medium green chili and a dash of paprika. I did not not use as much cheese as recommended and used reduced fat. It was still delicious. I served it with a green salad with mango and salsa on the side. I would use heart smart Bisquick if I could purchase here in Australia. I will definitely make this again.
Posted 9/30/2011 2:04:42 AM
Slow Cooker Chili
I make a lot of chili but had never made it in a slow cooker and just recieved one as a gift so thought I would give it a try. I dont live close to a supermarket so used what I had on hand. This was delicious but I did use a lot more spice plus 1/4 cup of chopped fresh coriander roots and stems included. I used very lean minced beef but it cooked down too fine and crumbly so next time I will use the suggested stewing beef or reduce the cooking time. I did not have tomatoe sauce so used a large 800g can of italian tomatoes as well as 2 fresh tomatoes and some chicken stock. I also used 3 small cans of kidney beans and add a chopped carrot to bulk of the veg and make it go further. Although I did use the cheddar cheese and some fresh coriander to serve I think sour cream would go better. I added more chili powder and some tabasco as we like our food very spicey. I added everything but the beans and then added the beans for the last 3 hours. I cooked it on high for 3 hours and low for 3 hours. It smelled divine and I can not wait to cook it again with the cubed steak. I also left out the cinnamon. A pinch probably would have been okay but I didnt fancy it with a chili dish.
Posted 9/16/2011 8:26:05 PM
Fudge Lover's Strawberry Truffle Cake
This cake is the closest thing to fudge I have ever eaten. It was truly delicious but very rich. I used unsweetened good quality dark cooking chocolate which worked very well. I also froze this cake to take to a friends for dinner. The strawberries do not freeze well so I would suggest that you not add the strawberries on top until serving the cake. It is a little messy as the cooked cake did fly all over the kitchen and also a little time consuming but well worth the effort. I will probably make this again.