ncgranny's Recipe Reviews
Posted 12/20/2011 11:50:42 AM
I gave this recipe a three because the cookies are tasty and I gave it a three because they are too much trouble to make and too expensive to recommend. Perhaps in some parts of the country finely ground crystallized ginger can be purchased but not in mine and I ended up not using the ginger because, no matter what tricks I employed to keep it from sticking to the knives or chopper, the result was a sticky ball of ginger that couldn't have been sprinkled on anything. At about $4 for three ounces, plus the cost of a package of sugar cookie mix, spices and a lemon, it's costly for just three dozen cookies. If you make it, the glaze mix will not produce enough quantity to make your cookies look anything like the picture, and you may not have quite enough to put a thin glaze on each cookie. All in all, I'm not that pleased with using the Sugar Cookie Mix as a base; no matter how thoroughly I mixed it I still ended up with some sugar cookie lumps in the dough, just as in the Red Velvet cookie recipe I tested. I like this cookie well enough to make again, without the crystallized ginger, if I can develop, or find, a scratch recipe. And be very careful baking - they over-bake quickly before they've passed the touch test. I found that even with parchment paper, a non-stick sheet works better than my stainless steel sheet.
Posted 12/10/2011 3:27:54 PM
Linzer Torte Bars
Very easy recipe. I used a seedless raspberry spreadable fruit preserve; depending upon the preserves used I recommend increasing to 3/4 cup. Heating preserves in the microwave for up to 30 seconds makes it easier to spread as well, even when the jar hasn't yet been refrigerated. Just realized I'd left out the cinnamon and it was still good. Using a variety of fruit preserve flavors would make it seem as if you'd worked hard when it would have been very easy. This recipe is definitely a keeper and one to share.
Posted 7/7/2011 11:49:32 AM
Followed the recipe exactly, however, my cake looked NOTHING like the example. It was very dense; fudge was not on the bottom; marshmallow topping became very liquid on the next day and ran. Tasted ok but husband and I didn't like it well enough to keep it and so I threw the remainder out. Would not make again.
Posted 10/15/2008 11:27:08 AM
Cajun Black Beans with Sausage and Corn
Nice easy meal; my husband likes a little bit more heat in these types of dishes. Suggested substitutions: Andouille smoked sausage, 1 can of tomatoes with green chilis. Omit the red/black pepper mix. Enough zip with the green chilis. Use fresh peppers and onions if you like those vegetables to be crisper (I do).
Posted 1/11/2008 6:31:55 PM
Slow-Cooker Vegetable-Beef-Barley Soup
Had to modify according to ingredients in my pantry but it was excellent nonetheless. Omitted barley (had none) and green pepper (don't like), used vegetable broth instead of beef, but added a package of dry beefy onion soup mix instead. Had diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano so used them. The additional spices really gave it extra zip. Husband loved it.