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Becky MacEachen

Red Hook, New York

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Reviewed Ron's Holiday Spice Cookies

Dec 23, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Absolutely love these cookies! Will be my new go-to cookies for the holidays. Easy to make but the keeping in the fridge is definitely a must! Love that they use real butter and not oil-based shortening.

Reviewed Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Dec 23, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Love mushroom and asparagus together and though the cheese made a nice creamy sauce without having to actually make a heavy-cream based sauce. The only drawback is that it was dying for some more flavor- like garlic or onion. I added some garlic powder at the end just to give it some more flavor but if I make again will definitely add some sauteed...

Reviewed Udon with Tofu and Asian Greens

Sep 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I am a vegetarian and keep going back to this recipe! The sesame oil is key and makes this full of flavor, if you don't have it, don't bother making it. I have found the brand of Udon noodle makes a difference also, some will soak up the broth and delicious flavor, and some won't. I will continue making until I find the perfect combination!"

Reviewed Halibut in Cartoccio

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

I wasn't very impressed with this. It was a lot of prep work to julienne the vegetables and I had to use so much parchment paper because it was near impossible to seal. The fish was pretty bland and swimming in wine when it was done. The vegetables were also very soggy and unattractive. I love fish and am always looking for healthy recipes so I wi"

Reviewed Manila Clams in Garlic and Beer

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

Used "steamers" because I couldn't find Manila clams but came out great! The broth was delicious, the flavors were right on and not to overpowered by anything. Very easy recipe, just make sure you really clean your clams! Will definitely make again and not change a thing. Served with some crusty garlic bread... ""

Reviewed Lavender and Lemon Cookies

Sep 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I bake a lot and love cookies but these are my new favorite. They are light, buttery, with an amazing lemony-lavender flavor. I followed the directions exactly- found most of the ingredients at Mother Earth (health food store). I would not change a thing. Can't wait to make again and bring to a party or pot-luck. Really, really, really great cook...

Reviewed Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

Jul 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Meatloaf was good! Did not miss the beef, the turkey flavor was great. I also really liked the addition of red peppers. Only negative thing I have to say was that it was a little dense, might add some soggy white bread it it next time in addition to the oats. "

Reviewed Grilled Tuna with Pineapple Chipotle Salsa

Jul 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

One of my favorite recipes yet and I'm usually not a fan of Paulas. The salsa paired perfectly with the tuna, which did not need more then to be grilled a few minutes on each side. I used all fresh ingredients and threw in some red peppers into the salsa for a pop of color. Will definitely be making this recipe again and again, it was a great, hea"

Reviewed Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie

Jun 20, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Don't know why people are changing up this recipe! I followed it exactly and did not find any problems. I used room temperature butter and a room temperature large egg. I used the sugar the recipe calls for and they came out great! Brown sugar is just regular sugar with molasses added to it, so I don't know why people would use less brown sugar an"

Reviewed Paula's Chicken Nuggets

May 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made these for my boyfriend and I tonight (in our 20s) just for fun. They were great! Very crispy and good flavor. I had to flip them over half way through frying, will make them smaller next time. Also, I used Canola oil instead of vegetable because that's all I had and it worked nicely. Frying isn't so hard after all..."

Reviewed Scallops Provencal

May 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Not such a great Ina recipe. The shallots gave the "sauce" a raw oniony flavor and the wine gave it a bitter taste, maybe the sauce needs to be cooked more with some other liquid. The "sauce" was also very thick and the scallops stuck to the bottom of the pan and fell apart when tossed with the vegetables. On the bright side, they were cooked perf"

Reviewed Herbed Basmati Rice

May 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Difficult to make with an electric stove.... but still, I followed the timing and when I took the lid off it was still sopping wet and the rice was hard, had to heat it back up and it came out very mealy. The flavor wasn't that great either. I'm usually a big fan of Ina's. "

Reviewed Strawberry Shortcake

May 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Don't know why this is a "medium" recipe because it is so quick and easy! Didn't even have to pull out the mixer... The shortcake came out perfectly, did not change anything about the recipe and it was delicious with the fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Using an 8x8 inch pan it really only serves 6 (in fact I had 2 helpings!). Did not grease "

Reviewed Fresh Whisky Sours

May 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Will never use sour mix again! Thought it was going to be too sweet/sour for the amount of whiskey used but it is absolutely perfect. Think this will be my summer cocktail. "

Reviewed Swiss Chard Lasagna

May 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! I was wary about it while putting it together (didn't know how the stalks would taste, the "no boil" noodles seemed strange, didn't seem like enough flavor) but it came out great. The only thing I changed was I added some salt and pepper to the swiss chard while it was cooking down. Also like that its a compact size, not a huge lasagna,"

Reviewed Honey Glazed Carrots

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Good but nothing spectacular. The carrots have to be cooked a little longer...."

Reviewed Twice Baked Potatoes

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

First time making twice baked potatoes, and they were really good. The only problem I found is that the potatoes have to be cooked all the way through before you scoop them out, which takes more like an hour. The scallion and cheddar flavor was great, thinking next time I may add some bacon."

Reviewed Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Topping was great, bread had a great flavor and just the right amount of egg but it was a little mushy. Don't think this is the recipe's fault- will just use either more bread or day-old bread next time. Wonder how many calories I just ate....."

Reviewed Lemon Bars

Apr 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Followed this recipe exactly (room temperature eggs, butter, fresh lemons) and they came out perfect. Only think I changed was I left them in the oven for more like 40 minutes because the filling wasn't quite set. Also, make sure you don't cut until they come to room temperature. Another great Ina Recipe. "

Reviewed Five Layer Bars

Apr 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

It is very annoying when the recipe does not match the video. Paula says in the video to use two sticks of butter, the recipe calls for one, and in the video she uses two cups of chocolate chips and the recipe says one cup. I'm also pretty sure the 1.5 cups of graham crackers the recipe calls for is not correct. I followed the recipe exactly, and...

Reviewed Five Layer Bars

Apr 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

It is very annoying when the recipe does not match the video. Paula says in the video to use two sticks of butter, the recipe calls for one, and in the video she uses two cups of chocolate chips and the recipe says one cup. I'm also pretty sure the 1.5 cups of graham crackers the recipe calls for is not correct. I followed the recipe exactly, and...

Reviewed Peanut Butter Cookies

Mar 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Was excited to try these because I've never heard of a cookie with only three ingredients, although I tend not to like Paula's recipes. I flattened the cookies down a bit and put in a jam thumbprint instead of Hersey's kisses. They are very good but don't taste exactly like a classic peanut butter cookie would. Definitely a must try! "

Reviewed Pan Fried Tilapia

Mar 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple and easy way to make Tilapia that tastes great! Usually not a fan of Sandra but this one is just a few fresh ingredients that make a delicious meal. Really like the keeping the fish warm in the oven tip too, it worked without over cooking the fish. "

Reviewed Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Feb 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe definitely needs a lot of tweaking. I'm seeing now that some of the other reviews say that 5 cups of half and half isn't correct... now I know why my pudding is more like soup, (yes, even cooled). Too bad this error hasn't been corrected. I also do not like the raisins in this recipe, and cannot taste the rum at all. Is it really 2 TBS...

Reviewed Coconut Macaroons

Feb 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

They were definitely lacking. I don't know what it was but they weren't the thick, chewy Macaroons I'm used to. "

Reviewed Artichoke Pesto on Ciabatta

Feb 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Wonderful! Can really taste each ingredient. I think I like it better than basil pesto. I did follow this recipe exactly, but did not freeze it. Its also great on the ciabatta bread, I tried the leftovers on pasta but liked it on the bread better. Very lemony and garlic-y and really just fabulous! "

Reviewed Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Feb 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Now I know how to melt chocolate on a double boiler without burning it! Only problem with this recipe is that the white chocolate does not "drizzle" off the fork, it just falls in clumps, even when fully melted. Will make again and try the plastic bag tip. They came out looking like a mess because of the white chocolate but tasted great! (Used good...

Reviewed Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Feb 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Followed this recipe exactly and they weren't bad but not so good, not much flavor and a little oily. I remember red velvet having more cocoa powder. The frosting was good but there is a lot remaining.

Reviewed Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Feb 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great Muffins, have made these many times and they are delicious and moist. Would recommend letting them cool for a while before eating them. Only negative thing to say is that if you take them out of the pan hot the bottoms are all greasy.

Reviewed 1770 House Meatloaf

Feb 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I followed this recipe exactly except used 2/3 ground beef 1/3 ground pork. This is one of the only recipes I have given 5 stars to. It was delicious. I roasted a head of garlic and added the cloves to the sauce. The sauce wasn't very thick but I spread the roasted garlic onto the meatloaf itself. It was moist and very flavorful, I am surprised at...

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