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Scottsdale, Arizona

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Reviewed Mexican Rice

Dec 25, 2012 in null on Food.com

This is definitely your typical mexican rice dish that can be found at most restaurants, taco stands etc. I followed the recipe exactly except I used yellow instead of white onion and 4 serrano chilis instead jalapenos since that's what I had on hand. The ripeness of the tomatoes is essential and I still added a generous tablespoon of tomato pas...

Reviewed Eggplant Gratin

Oct 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Full Disclosure - I modified this recipe quite a bit so the four stars might be for my version of Ina's recipe ;). I had to because A) I need to lose weight and B) I needed an eggplant recipe so I could use up my co-op ingredients this week.

On the advice of other reviewers I baked my eggplant instead of frying, I used TJ's fat...

Reviewed Turkey Meatloaf

Sep 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I halved the recipe and still had leftovers to freeze. I also added some garlic powder as another reviewer mentioned. Very tasty and oh so moist which is part of the reason it gets 5 stars from me. I've never successfully made turkey meatloaf without it being dry. I was tempted to leave out the breadcrumbs but the raw mixture really needed them to"

Reviewed Vegetarian "Southern-style" Collard Greens

Sep 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had leftover veggie stock and collard greens from the co-op so I was looking for a recipe just like this. Honestly, I did not have great expectations but it was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly but I added a bit more garlic and my collards had to cook for twice the time (90 minutes) - boy were they thick and tough.

I...

Reviewed Toasted Israeli Couscous with Vegetables and Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sep 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very simple recipe. Toasting the couscous is very important and be sure to stir a couple times after adding the liquid. I find pearl couscous sticks much more than the regular. I did not care for the amount of balsamic in the vinaigrette. Next time I would balance it out more and use only a tablespoon of balsamic and 2 tablespoons of red wine vine"

Reviewed Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

Sep 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love such simple pasta dishes like this where the pasta gets the star. Cacio e Pepe would be another example. Sometime when I want to make this for guests or just add protein I'll often add shrimp but it really is spectacular on its own. The reviewer who's cheese clumped up...could be the cheese was too cold (pre-shredded store bought does that "

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