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Blackberry Chiffon Pie

I wanted to love this, but the bottom blackberry layer reminded me of the kind of recipe you'd find on the back of a certain brand of flavored gelatin (which would most definitely be topped with whipped "topping" in lieu of the cream). Not bad, though. Kids would probably like this.

Sep 06, 2012
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Season 2 of "The Pioneer Woman": Roped and Branded

I would rather spend the rest of my life cutting with Wal Mart knives than watch or read Ree Drummond's contrived, watered down drivel. Years ago, before I realized how full of herself she was, I tried her enchilada recipe (following it as written, rather than seasoning to taste)and it came out so bland that even my cat just sniffed it and walked away. Epic fail.

Apr 01, 2012
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Baking with Sugar Substitutes

Why on earth did Chow choose someone who obviously abhors sugar substitutes to write this? There are people out there who really do appreciate low-sugar desserts during the holidays when everyone else is wolfing down traditionally prepared pies and cookies. I figured this would actually contain helpful hints for making the holidays better for my sugar- and/or carb-sensitive family members...

If you use half sugar, half substitute you usually end up with something that is much closer to the real thing than the abominations produced by the author. Also, if you make something other than, say, snickerdoodles, you'll have better results with aforementioned substitutions. I've made awesome Splenda meringues for a friend on a low carb diet--and even those of us not on diets enjoyed them. ;)

Dec 11, 2011
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The Young Person's Guide to a First Dinner Party

bwinter714: You may want to read this RE: truffle oil--that is, if you aren't a fan of flavoring your food with what is essentially perfume... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/din...

Also, you can keep avocados (and other apt-to-brown foods like apples, pears, etc.) looking fresh by adding a sprinkle of lemon or lime juice! It won't change the flavor unless you go way overboard and it lets you prepare things like guacamole ahead of time. :D

Sep 14, 2011
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