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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy Olive Garden Recipes but I can’t understand what all the fuss is about. Sure, they do some great pasta and yep, I love their tiramisu, but surely anyone can cook these dishes themselves at home?

My folks just love Olive Garden food and are steadily working their way through the menu. What with their ruby wedding anniversary imminent, I had promised weeks earlier to take them out for a meal, but I was seriously strapped for cash and desperately wondering how I could re-create one of their favorite meals at home. It can’t be that difficult, I thought, as I desperately scoured the internet for recipes. The trouble was, I found, so many recipes all claiming to be authentic and from the hands of the restaurant themselves, when in truth they were all different. What on earth was I going to do?

Now, I’m no great master chef and I’m more used to cooking a simple lemon chicken recipe than I am to cooking any of the tempting dishes to be savored at my local Olive Garden but I was certainly up for the challenge if I could just figure out some way of finding out what was in the recipes. Perhaps I could phone up and ask to speak to the chef? No that wouldn’t work. It was a friend who finally hit upon the idea of bringing me back some sample food so that I could play around with it and see if I could suss out the ingredients and work out the recipe. Here are three of the steps that he suggested:

1. Choose something that seems relatively simple and then start to make a basic version. So, if it is chicken in a white sauce for example, start off with a standard bechamel sauce and then decide if it needs to be sweeter or sharper. Has it got a creamy taste or a tomato base? Can you taste wine in it? Break your sauce down into small portions and experiment with flavors until you hit the nearest taste to the original. Often it is something really miniscule such as a dash of tabasco sauce or a grating of nutmeg. It’s easy for your tastebuds to become overwhelmed, so take your time and drink sips of water in between tastings.

2. If you’re trying to copy a sweet pie, you may touch upon flavors by eating the pastry apart from the filling. Can you taste cinnamon or coconut perhaps? Try and get clues from the color. A darkish color could mean there is brown sugar in the pastry, a lighter color may indicate it’s just a vanilla wafer.

3. Break everything down into smaller components and keep tasting and adjusting and repeating until you’re as near as damn it. Even if you’re not right on the money, friends probably won’t be able to tell the difference.

The following weekend and the Day of Judgement dawned. I had given it my best shot and produced what I though were two reasonable replicas of some great Olive Garden fayre. My folks made some very encouraging comments, although these may have been fuelled by too much wine, but overall I have to say the meal was a success.

But now I understand what all the fuss is about. It’s not just about eating any old Italian dish, it’s about eating a masterpiece of culinary delight that has been loving created following a secret recipe that has probably been handed down through the ages. Yes, you can with a lot of time and hassle make something similar, but it is that magic ingredient that gives all Olive Garden Recipes a true touch of authenticity.

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Things You’ll Need:

• Oil, Lard or Shortening
• 2 envelopes tomato soup mix, preferably Lipton cup-o-soup brand
• 2 envelopes Italian dressing mix
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 2 teaspoons dried chervil (optional, but makes a huge difference in taste)
• 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
• 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon powder
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley
• 1 teaspoon tarragon
• 1/2 teaspoon sage
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Put all of the ingredients for the coating in a blender or food processor. The grilled chicken coating is enough for a whole chicken, cut up. Soak the chicken pieces in a brine of water, lemon juice and salt for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry, sprinkle all sides of the pieces with season mixture. Let chicken sit at room temperature while waiting for the cast iron grill pan or grill to get hot.

2. Put about 2 tablespoons of lard or shortening if you really want that original KFC taste in the skillet, allow to get good and hot so you can get good grill marks and sear in the flavors, that is the whole purpose of this step. Now put chicken on grill or in skillet. Do not crowd the chicken when placing into the skillet. If you’re making this chicken recipe, chances are you weren’t looking for low-fat, healthy recipes;)

3. Brown the chicken in the skillet on high. Then remove chicken to a broiler pan and place in a 350 degree oven. Cook until the chicken is done, about 30 minutes.

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You know the feeling, that irresistible urge to drop everything you are doing and go grab your favorite fast food. It can overcome you while you are watching TV and an advertisement comes on tempting you mercilessly with high-definition photographs or videos of steaming hot burgers, tacos, chicken or French fries, you return from a remote camping trip and now you crave your favorite fast food hamburger, you see a billboard for that taco and you have to get it now. The worst times are when you are comfortably settled in your home and you don’t want to go out but the craving is overwhelming….anywhere, anytime it can happen.

How many times have you wished you could copy your favorite fast food or restaurant recipe at home with fast food duplicates? Have you scratched your head and pondered how all your favorite restaurants make those great tasting offerings that you enjoy so much? You conjure up visions of secret kitchens hidden away deep underground with PhD type chefs creating menu items that a normal human could not possibly prepare or some corporate CEO walking with six armed guards to a Fort Knox type vault to unlock a world-famous recipe that only two people in the world may know.

While cooking your favorite fast food duplicates at home would be great, you also know the original recipes are unhealthy in many ways with high salt and fat content, even though your taste buds and stomach may not care, but you know there must be a way to copy them without the unhealthy parts that your heart and kidneys do, yet still retain the great taste and satisfaction they bring.

You also are well aware that being able to create fast food duplicates at home could save you from waiting in line at your favorite establishment, would blow away your friends and family members by preparing copycats of their most loved menu choices and save you lots of money.

I know I have often wondered what the “secret” recipes are for a McDonald’s Big Mac and Special Sauce, a Burger King Whopper, KFC Original or even a Starbucks latte, to name just a few, but that is just the word – they are “secret”.

Well like anything from computer hardware and software to automobiles, things can be “reverse engineered” to achieve a near perfect copycat, or in the case of food; fast food duplicates, without actually knowing the original recipe or breaking into an underground vault or mounting spy camera’s in the kitchens of McDonald’s or even kidnapping the CEO and holding him or her ransom for that food you just have to have.

With these reverse engineered recipes you can cook your way easily to your favorite’s right in the comfort of your own home anytime you want but using healthy alternatives to the salt and fat the big boys use. All you need to do is search for cookbooks for fast food duplicates and you are in, and on your way to having your own personal and famous menu items any time you want, day or night.

So stop craving and start making your favorite restaurant menu items simply by following cookbook instructions that anyone can read and prepare once you have a copycat cookbook in your hands.

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Cheesecake factory recipes started during 1971 as a business providing pastry products. The factory was based in sunny west coast of the United States, California. They decided to focus their business in Los Angeles. The Cheesecake Factory concentrated on pastry products to begin with and later progressed into providing restaurant facilities. The franchise has more than 150 units all over North America. Their customers think it is the most original concept ever. No other business has ever come close to providing the recipes and service that the Cheesecake factory does.

First and foremost the business is a bakery, which customers first come across on visiting their premises. However, they are soon greeted by their restaurant facilities, which they warm to due to its uniqueness.

There are many original cheesecake factory recipes in these restaurants including Louisiana Pasta Gumbo, Poulet tagliatelle, Lemon Swirl Cheesecake and Squash Penne. You can find very similar recipes that are produced by Cheesecake Factory Recipes, one such example can be found by following the link at the end of this article.

The recipe is Oreo Cheesecake which is extremely creamy and moreish. You must stick to the recipe to appreciate the exact same taste as served in their restaurants. This richness is not available in any other desserts in other eateries. This is what makes it unique. Yes you can substitute less calorie ingredients for a more healthy dish, but this would defeat the object. You are looking for richness, sweetness and creaminess, so spoil yourself.

Ensure the cookies used are Oreo and try to use the best ingredients you can. A delicious cream cheese to use is Mascarpone, a creamy, rich Italian cheese. It almost tastes like extra thick dairy cream…mmm.
Use fresh, free range organic eggs. Also ensure you use vanilla extract not vanilla essence which has a more inferior quality.

The Cheesecake Factory Recipes might appear complicated, but bear with it as it can be achieved by a complete novice in less than sixty minutes. The cheesecake must be left to cook after preparing and left in a fridge during the night to appreciate this dessert at its best.

For more ideas go to Cheesecake Factory Recipes

Copycat restaurant recipes have become very popular with the cost of eating out becoming increasingly high. Americas secret recipes from all your favorite restaurants so that you can prepare them in the comfort of your home.

The biggest advantage of using copycat restaurant recipes is that you will not only save money, but you can adjust the recipes if desired. For instance, if you want to lessen the salt or butter in one of the dishes you can. Now you have saved money and provided your family with a healthier meal at the same time.

When you eat out, you have zero control as to the ingredients in the recipe. Obviously you can not change the dish you order as sauces, etc. are made ahead of time.

We all know taking the family out for dinner is costly, and you can easily drop a hundred dollars on the table without question. That same one hundred dollars can easily create 4 or more meals with copycat restaurant recipes.

Now, imagine for a second that you have all the necessary ingredients at home in order to prepare the same dish with copycat restaurant recipes. Now you can “wow” your family and guests when you prepare a copycat restaurant recipe.

You will have them thinking you picked up dinner from a favorite restaurant by simply using these recipes, and cost savings compared to dining out.

When you utilize copycat recipes, trying to guess what the ingredients are to your favorite restaurant dish are eliminated. You simply follow the recipe and recreate your favorite meal, step by step.

Having regular meals as a family from your favorite restaurants makes for a closer, tighter knit family. Studies have proven that families who dine together at home are more bonded together, happier and the children perform better in school.

In summary, the huge savings you will experience from cooking at home could be used for more productive things like a family vacation or save up for your children”s college tuition.

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