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Copykat Fan Favorites! The Final Review:)

Dining Out At Home Two by Stephanie Manleyis a charming cookbook that includes unique and simple recipes from well-known American restaurants.I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity from Ulysses Press to review each recipe chapter along with challenging myself in the kitchen.I have come so far in my cooking skill thanks to Stephanie and now I have advanced to the final chapter of her cookbook.This collection includes the most celebrated dishes amongst enthusiasts of Copykat's such as desserts,mains courses,side dishes and even dressings.I am very pleased the author has shared the most popular dishes from her website to share her appreciation towards her fans.

So from the favorites chapter,I decided to test out a simple recipe for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Fried Apples,which can be served as a side dish or topping.This was the first time ever cooking apples on a skillet and even given the opportunity to cook them in bacon fat.Sadly, I had no bacon at the time and had to u…

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract?

Making your own vanilla extract is not that daunting task that you might of thought.Its actually super easy to make as along as you have the patience to develop a pure product. Its the most popular extract used in baking and for someone such as I that extensively bakes goes through vanilla very quickly.So when I was finally introduce to homemade given as a gift I made a choice to never go back to store bought.It is so much better in flavor and is quite inexpensive in the long run.So, when I saw that Dining Out At Home Cookbook Two had a recipe I knew I had to learn to make my own.

I learned that making your own vanilla extract is pretty basic with only using two vanilla beans and 8 ounces of vodka.It is so quick to put together and I'm surprised I didn't make my own sooner.Through everyone has to know that this extract does take time to fully develop as I mention before and will darken with age over several weeks.The extract also has a very long shelf life and is constantly rep…
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