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Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/21/2010 2:54 PM EST
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I am new to the site and so far I have liked what I see. But I have a question about the recipes. I have a boyfriend that eats everything under the sun, then I have myself who eats everything but fruits and veggies. Are there any ideas on recipes that I should consider that will accommodate both of us? Please get back to me soon so that I might be able to start making better dinners for the two of us.
Posted by Lisa B


Lisa:

We have a great collection of Macaroni and Cheese recipes: http://www.verybestbaking.com/Site-Search-Results.aspx?q=macaroni+and+cheese&collection=all and most do not have veggies and are easy to prepare. 

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/21/2010 2:59 PM EST
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[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here! : Jennifer: It depends on the recipe!  Can you tell us a bit more so we can give you a specific answer?
Posted by VeryBestBaking _[/QOTE]


I'm out of Butter & I want to make chocolate chip cookies.

Thanks!!

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/21/2010 3:58 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here! : Jennifer: It depends on the recipe!  Can you tell us a bit more so we can give you a specific answer? Posted by VeryBestBaking _[/QOTE] I'm out of Butter & I want to make chocolate chip cookies. Thanks!!
Posted by Jennifer P


Jennifer:

Feel free to substitute margarine for butter with no adjustments to the measurement.  Happy Baking!

Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/21/2010 4:17 PM EST
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I just made the Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe located at this link:

http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/28655/Easy-Chocolate-Fudge/detail.aspx

The recipe has a photo of the fudge...and the fudge is light brown in color....which I like...

When I made it, using the exact brand name ingredients and quantities found in the recipe, my fudge came out dark brown in color. Taste-wise, it was fine....

The only deviation from the recipe that I did was use to use a double broiler to combine the chocolate and sweetended condensed milk.

Any ideas as to what I could do to get lighter colored fudge, as shown in the recipe photo?

Thanks in advance, John...

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/22/2010 12:03 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here! : Bonnie: We are so sorry to hear that we've disappointed you and want to help you get to the bottom of this!  Your Swapped Recipes that you had saved to your Recipe Box prior to the new site relaunch should've appeared in your Recipe Box more than 1 week ago; please contact us through the contact us form on this page or through Live Chat so we can troubleshoot your individual account.  Additionally, Swapped Recipes that were not saved to your recipe box will appear on the site today and should be searchable just like any other recipe on the site.
Posted by VeryBestBaking _


WHERE??? I went into recipes and did a search for the swapped recipes with -0- luck! I do pray you DID NOT mix them into the regular Nestle's recipes. They deserve to be seperated so we know they are from other bakers who have tried them.

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/22/2010 9:45 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here! : WHERE??? I went into recipes and did a search for the swapped recipes with -0- luck! I do pray you DID NOT mix them into the regular Nestle's recipes. They deserve to be seperated so we know they are from other bakers who have tried them.
Posted by Wa-Ha K


Wa-Ha:

You should have the ability to add/upload Swapped Recipes that are not in your box now and edit your old ones.  The new search function is still "reading" the site but searching for some of your old favorites should begin to show results. 

Swapped Recipes will be clearly marked in the search results and your inbox so that you can tell which ones are developed by Nestle and which ones were made by VBBers. 

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/22/2010 10:05 AM EST
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I'm trying to find out where the gingerbread house patterns are online.  The recipe for The Nestle Tollhouse Gingerbread villiage says to download the templates and yet I can't find them?  Help.

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/22/2010 10:45 AM EST
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I'm trying to find out where the gingerbread house patterns are online.  The recipe for The Nestle Tollhouse Gingerbread villiage says to download the templates and yet I can't find them?  Help.
Posted by Kim A


Kim:

We apologize that they are not coming up in our search results.

Please go directly here for templates: http://www.nestlefamily.com/nirf/cm2/upload/0A69CDE8-30D7-4D32-98FF-548D03F0A9F2/lv3_cna_anc_fhouse_template.gif

These are from our sister site, NestleFamily.com, but the same dough recipe can be used and decorate as you'd like!

Happy Baking!

Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/22/2010 11:29 AM EST
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I just made the Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe located at this link: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/28655/Easy-Chocolate-Fudge/detail.aspx The recipe has a photo of the fudge...and the fudge is light brown in color....which I like... When I made it, using the exact brand name ingredients and quantities found in the recipe, my fudge came out dark brown in color. Taste-wise, it was fine.... The only deviation from the recipe that I did was use to use a double broiler to combine the chocolate and sweetended condensed milk. Any ideas as to what I could do to get lighter colored fudge, as shown in the recipe photo? Thanks in advance, John...
Posted by John R


John:

Using a double boiler shouldn't affect the color of your fudge.  Perhaps our lighting on the fudge caused it to appear lighter? 

If you'd like lighter fudge, you can use our milk chocolate morsels but that will affect the taste.

Happy Baking!

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/22/2010 12:43 PM EST
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For the chocolate chip fudge I make, I use 2/3 semi-sweet morsels and 1/3 milk chocolate morsels.  It's WONDERFUL taste and color.

Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/22/2010 4:29 PM EST
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In Response to Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe : John: Using a double boiler shouldn't affect the color of your fudge.  Perhaps our lighting on the fudge caused it to appear lighter?  If you'd like lighter fudge, you can use our milk chocolate morsels but that will affect the taste. Happy Baking!
Posted by VeryBestBaking _


Thanks for the quick reply.

Would using Milk Chocolate make the fudge even sweeter than it is now?

John

Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/22/2010 9:54 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe : Thanks for the quick reply. Would using Milk Chocolate make the fudge even sweeter than it is now? John
Posted by John R


John:

Yes, our milk chocolate fudge is a bit sweeter than our semi-sweet fudge but isn't too sweet.  Hope you and your loved ones enjoy it!

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/23/2010 1:24 AM EST
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Has anyone put fresh cherries in fudge?  if so haow long does it last?
Thanks, Katie

Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/23/2010 6:48 AM EST
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In Response to Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe : John: Using a double boiler shouldn't affect the color of your fudge.  Perhaps our lighting on the fudge caused it to appear lighter?  If you'd like lighter fudge, you can use our milk chocolate morsels but that will affect the taste. Happy Baking!
Posted by VeryBestBaking _


One more question:

If I substite Milk Chocolate morsels for the Semi-sweet morsels, do you suggest I use the same amount (12oz) of morsels as are used in the Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe.....or should I use more or less?

Here's the Original Ingredients using Semi-Sweet:

Ingredients

Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

posted at 12/23/2010 9:04 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe : One more question: If I substite Milk Chocolate morsels for the Semi-sweet morsels, do you suggest I use the same amount (12oz) of morsels as are used in the Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe.....or should I use more or less? Here's the Original Ingredients using Semi-Sweet: Ingredients 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Posted by John R


John:

Technically you should use a bit more (about a 1/4 cup more) of milk chocolate morsels but this would prove difficult if you only had one bag of milk chocolate morsels (they come in a 11.5 oz. package which is less than 2 cups).  You can either purchase 2 bags of milk chocolate and use 2 1/4 cups of morsels or use one 11.5 oz. package of milk chocolate morsels and use a bit less Sweetened Condensed Milk.  Hope this helps!

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/25/2010 10:41 PM EST
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I went thru the recipe section trying to find the swapped recipes. I went thru 61 pages of the brownie/cookie/bars section with absolutely NO LUCK finding swapped recipes! I then headed to the cheesecake section and again NO LUCK! I did find a couple of recipes that did not have photos with them but, they were not marked as swapped recipes or user recipes. And, I know there were recipes in both of those catagories from the VBB users.

The old site had Nestle's recipes and a section that was swapped recipes. They were not merged and they should not be. We should be able to simply type in "swapped recipes" in our search rather than the name of a recipe. I and many of the users cannot remember the exact names of recipes we loved. We simply have an idea of what section they would have been in such as cookies, candy, pies, etc. Also, why are the recipes not in alphabetical order? I don't have time to search page after page to find something. The only reason I did today was because it was a holiday.

Can't this be straightened out? In a few days, it will be three months since this mess started and it is getting ricidulous. And, the site is getting slower, the bare cupboard keeps popping up, I still have to sign in at times, posts still disappear, and trying to get out of a post after posting it should not take virtually backing off and reentering each time.

I am beginning to think that politicians are running the boards. Sure does fit there criteria!


Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/28/2010 1:10 PM EST
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I went thru the recipe section trying to find the swapped recipes. I went thru 61 pages of the brownie/cookie/bars section with absolutely NO LUCK finding swapped recipes! I then headed to the cheesecake section and again NO LUCK! I did find a couple of recipes that did not have photos with them but, they were not marked as swapped recipes or user recipes. And, I know there were recipes in both of those catagories from the VBB users. The old site had Nestle's recipes and a section that was swapped recipes. They were not merged and they should not be. We should be able to simply type in "swapped recipes" in our search rather than the name of a recipe. I and many of the users cannot remember the exact names of recipes we loved. We simply have an idea of what section they would have been in such as cookies, candy, pies, etc. Also, why are the recipes not in alphabetical order? I don't have time to search page after page to find something. The only reason I did today was because it was a holiday. Can't this be straightened out? In a few days, it will be three months since this mess started and it is getting ricidulous. And, the site is getting slower, the bare cupboard keeps popping up, I still have to sign in at times, posts still disappear, and trying to get out of a post after posting it should not take virtually backing off and reentering each time. I am beginning to think that politicians are running the boards. Sure does fit there criteria!
Posted by Wa-Ha K


Wa-Ha:

We're sorry to hear you're not having luck finding the recipes from the community; we're looking into this to make sure it is clear which recipes are which!  We will incorporate your suggestion to make it easier for users to search for just Community Recipes or just Nestle recipes as well.

Slowness can sometimes be experienced when we are pushing updates to the site; this is why we try to bundle changes together so that we are not constantly updating the site and causing you and other users to experience a slower site.

We hope you're enjoying the holidays and appreciate your sharing of your concerns so that we can make sure we are working on each one.

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/28/2010 1:52 PM EST
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Whenever I make banana bread or pumpkin bread the ends and bottom get overdone while the middle is not done at all.  I've lowered the baking temperature, tried different recipes, even bought new pans!  Everything else I bake turns out great except for these loaf breads.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!!

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

posted at 12/28/2010 2:14 PM EST
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Hey,VBB, the year is nearly over, any conclusions on what brownie points will be worth to us? Just wondering. Thanks for answering all my previous questions. I think I have failed to thank you before.

Re: Got a Question for VeryBestBaking? Ask it Here!

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Whenever I make banana bread or pumpkin bread the ends and bottom get overdone while the middle is not done at all.  I've lowered the baking temperature, tried different recipes, even bought new pans!  Everything else I bake turns out great except for these loaf breads.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!!
Posted by Sue A


Sue, I am sure you will get a response from VBB but I have seen strips that can be wrapped around a pan.  the strips allow for more even baking.  Usually used on round cake pans to help prevent the hump in the center of the cake.  Wrapping one of these strips around your pan may help.  You could try making one of your own.  I would do a triple layer of heavy duty aluminum foil, lay a few layers of damp paper towel on the foil then fold the paper towels into the foil so they will be protected inside the foil.  This should approximate the strips I have seen.  The bake time may be effected since the bread will bake slower.
It will be interesting to find out what VBB says. 
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