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Recipe:  Skillet Tamale Pie from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 54; affiliate link)

ATK Skillet Tamale Pie

  • when did we make this? Tuesday, February 7, 2017 for dinner.
  • did we change anything?  I left out the cilantro, because neither Husband nor I like it.
  • what did we like?  The flavor is SO GOOD, and the recipe is SO EASY.  Truly a week-night meal.  I texted my brother after just a few bites to tell him that it was a must-try recipe!
  • what didn’t we like?  Nothing!
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)? Absolutely.  It is going into regular rotation!

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Recipe:  Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 655; affiliate link)

(I forgot to take a photo!)

  • when did we make this? January 2017 to celebrate Husband’s birthday with his family
  • did we change anything?  The store was out of heavy cream, so instead of using milk + heavy cream, we substituted the appropriate amount of half-and-half.  We also used vanilla extract rather than a vanilla bean (using a substitution on the bottle).  Husband also made a double batch because we were sharing 🙂
  • what did we like?  Husband made this recipe, and he was extremely pleased with the consistency of the resulting hardened ice cream (other recipes we’ve tried have come out much harder). Husband and the kids really liked the flavor.
  • what didn’t we like?  I personally thought that it was a bit too sweet (and I usually like sweet things).
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)? From my perspective, I would probably choose another recipe.  But Husband was so pleased with the consistency– perhaps we will try it again, and tweak the sugar content (or add other flavors?) to see if it improves the flavor to my taste.

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Recipe:  Buttermilk Waffles from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 320; affiliate link)


  • when did we make this? Sunday, January 8, 2017 for lunch after church.  I got a waffle maker for Christmas!!!!
  • did we change anything?  Nope.
  • what did we like?  The waffle batter was easy to make and uses ingredients that I always have on hand.
  • what didn’t we like?  Well, it only made 3 waffles 😉  This is perfectly clear from the recipe directions, but they were so tasty– we wanted more!  The recipe does require several bowls (including my stand mixer to whip the egg white), which makes me less likely to make it on a weekly basis.  But really, it’s not difficult.
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  We will absolutely make this again in the future (I’m lobbying for a weekend tradition ;-)), and I don’t think I’ll need to make any changes… except maybe doubling? 🙂

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