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Pielove's picture

Has anyone been using the "Create Your Own" recipe features?  My daughter and I just created a baked pasta recipe with sausage, tomato sauce, basil, and peas.  I can't wait to see if she eats it, no way would I have picked that combo for her.  The CYO possibilities seem to have proliferated-- the last one I used was the ice cream maker (and sadly, I just wanted the base vanilla recipe)!  

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kitchengoddess's picture

So... (post #70977, reply #1 of 7)

So, did she eat it?  I haven't used the feature in quite a while.  I think the last time I used it was last summer when I was making ice cream and also made a pasta salad from it.  I often forget it is there.

Pielove's picture

noodles (post #70977, reply #2 of 7)

Hey kitchengoddess!

I didn't get a chance to make it, because my in-laws were babysitting and at the last minute they decided to take her out for pizza.  I will probably have to start again for the next time-- the peas may have to be served on the side!  Anyway, I like the idea-- maybe next time!

Robyn tells me they are working on a Create Your Own Thai Curry feature for the next issue-- that sounds really good!  

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Pielove's picture

baked pasta report (post #70977, reply #3 of 7)

She liked it!   Right before I made it, my daughter backed off on the olives and wanted the peas on the side, so we ended up with penne and sausage in tomato sauce.  Not a huge culinary revelation, but she really liked it!  One of the secrets is that there is a LOT of cheese stirred into the sauce.  I love the crusty edges of baked pasta and the browned tops.  She said this is second only to my homemade macaroni and cheese.  

I think the amount of customization and control in this feature is great for kids.  Ha, I'm sure she won't mind the create-your-own ice cream.  Anyway, there are a good 2 dozen of these, check it out:

http://www.finecooking.com/collections/c...

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kitchengoddess's picture

of course (post #70977, reply #4 of 7)

I agree that all the control over the recipe must make a huge difference.  I'll have to take a look again and re-visit, I'm feeling unispired again...sigh...hopefully it won't last long.

kitchengoddess's picture

Brownies (post #70977, reply #5 of 7)

you know I just looked at the brownie make your own recipe maker.  I was expecting to be able to choose if I like my brownies light and fluffly like a cake or fudgy...but I can't make that distinction...is there something I'm missing?

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Cakey vs. Fudgy Brownies (post #70977, reply #6 of 7)

Hi goddess,

We used Abby Dodge’s Ultimate Fudgy Brownies recipe for the basic formula in the Brownie Recipe Maker, that’s why you’re not seeing options or instructions that would produce a cakey brownie. Check this Cakey vs. Fudgy Brownie article out, though, if cakey is your thing. It’ll help you figure out the right proportion of ingredients to get the brownie’s texture the way you like it. And, there’s a good recipe for cakey brownies too, if you’d rather skip the science and go straight to the baking : ) 

-Robyn

kitchengoddess's picture

Not to worry (post #70977, reply #7 of 7)

I have a couple of good cakey brownie recipes I already use so no need.   But thanks so much for the offer.