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Week 15: One-Pot – Emeril’s Three Cheese Risotto

Not realizing that a “rice” week was on the horizon, I prepared this yummy risotto for my one-pot meal. I used Emeril’s recipe.

This could have cooked a little longer.  But it was still delicious!

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Try Again


52 Weeks of Baking – Week 9: Homemade Samoa-like Cookies

These took a lot of work for a very sub-par presentation.  Nevertheless, it was a very fun experiment!  First you make a shortbread cookie.  Then you top it with a toasted coconut and caramel mixture.  Dip it in chocolate and pipe some chocolate on the top, and you’re supposed to have a cookie that looks and tastes like a Girl Scout cookie.

I used this recipe for the cookies. Notice how mine look nothing like theirs.  To fix this, I need to roll the cookies out thinner, use a smaller cookie cutter, thin out the coconut mixture with more caramels and dip the cookies deeper in the chocolate.  But hey, nobody’s perfect.

My rating:  Oops.  I haven’t eaten one yet.  Hold on…

My rating: 6 out of 10.  The cookies were too soft.  The coconut mixture was too think and chewy.  The chocolate was sub-par.  The whole cookie was too sweet.

Hubby’s rating: 8.5 out of 10.  He agreed that the caramel mixture needed to be spread out better.  He was also distressed by the lack of hole in the cookie.

Difficulty rating: 7.5 out of 10.  These were pretty ridiculous as far as number of steps goes, and there were A LOT of places to mess up.

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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in 52weeksofbaking, Try Again


52 Weeks of Cooking – Week 1: Eggs – Naked Eggs Benedict

Why are these eggs naked, you ask?  I flopped the hollandaise sauce.  I used this recipe from the Pioneer Woman and did not get the melted butter hot enough to cook the eggs and thicken the sauce.  The poached eggs were delightful, and the sauce would have been great if I had done it right, so I’m placing this in the “Try Again” category.

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Try Again