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Chicken Basquaise

Oh man. So I made this one night a few months ago with the modification of using turkey bacon instead of the ham (Mom can't eat pork products and the what-have-you) and it was delicious. I just made this again tonight (with prosciutto, no turkey) with the modification of using the slow cooker for step 3, on low all afternoon, and OH MAN, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. This is making it on the ever growing list of my favorite recipes. You know, #923873 on that long, long list.

Feb 03, 2010
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Pipérade

I feel weird about asking this because I tend to be a food purist at least when I'm cooking for myself, but would it work to substitute turkey bacon for the ham/proscuitto? I want to make this (in the Chicken Basquaise recipe) for my parents, and my mom absolutely cannot eat pork products. Would turkey bacon be sufficient?

Sep 24, 2009
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Espresso Banana Muffins

By "espresso powder" do you mean espresso grounds? Or is there some kind of espresso flavoring or what?

Aug 10, 2009
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Spicy Chicken and Chayote Jamaican Stew

Wow, this came out phenomenally well. Although I completely forgot about the thyme until about 8 minutes before the simmer time was up, so I just added it then and let it simmer longer, so my sweet potatoes kind of dissolved into the stew itself, oh well... But it was still delicious! I'd recommend using a Scotch Bonnet pepper if you enjoy spiciness, they're a hotter variety of habanero and are a signature of Caribbean cooking. They're also hard to find and so I've only ever ended up using habaneros in Caribbean cooking.

Jun 06, 2009
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Mulled Hard Pear Cider

I just tried this recipe last night, and was really impressed up until step 2. The addition of the honey and brandy made it taste like a hot toddy or other home cold/cough remedy. I will definitely try this again, although probably go a lot lighter on the honey, if not omitting it entirely to avoid the medicine-ness, it definitely was wonderful and fragrant with just the cider and spices and brandy before the honey.

Mar 15, 2009
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