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Reviewed super yummy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies

Feb 25, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These cookies ROCK!! The edges are just a bit crisp and the cookie is tender and chewy. The hint of cinnamon with the chocolate and salt on top is just an amazing combination. I made 4 1/2 doz cookies so a smaller disher than Chef Anne used. I froze the portioned cookie dough and just pull out what we want and bake them fresh and warm and they are...

Reviewed molten chocolate cake with crushed candy canes

Feb 15, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Omg! This is among the most awesome desserts I have ever had, or made. It's like a light perfect chocolate cake filled with hot fudge. Not too sweet and very rich. I used a 5" diameter ramekin and I think I would add another 2 minutes to the time. Or use smaller, taller ramekins. I had everything prepped before serving dinner then put the batter...

Reviewed hummus for real

Feb 15, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is a very tasty base recipe--obviously leaving plenty of room for creative additions and adjustments. I needed a lot more salt and liquid, maybe I should have saved some of the cooking liquid from the chickpeas but I cooked them off the day before. The acidity, oil, garlic and tahini ratios were spot on for my taste. I added a couple tablespoons...

Reviewed lemon almond madeleines

Feb 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These were quite good and the right level of sweet. Like other reviews, the bottoms were a bit too dark and the tops very light so moving the pan to the middle rack helped; lowering the temp to 350 and adding a couple minutes also helped. I also added some almond extract to support the almond flavor and used lime instead of lemon and I liked that...

Reviewed easy sticky-toffee dessert

Jan 31, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is so amazingly delicious: hearty and sweet. Sort of a Shoo-fly Cobbler (as someone who grew up eating Shoo Fly Pie!) The recipe is easy and quick. Use a sheet pan under the baking dish--you'll be glad. The sauce thickened up so nicely after it sat about 20 minutes. The addition of a custard or ice cream on the warm pudding would be perfect....

Reviewed the chewy

Jan 28, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These are an amazing remake on the traditional. The tender, chewy center with an awesome crispy edge is perfect. I dished up the cookies right from the mixer then chilled the batter and froze the extras for later. They bake as perfectly after frozen. If i had baked them all there would have been none left. 12 min baking time was all I needed with...

Reviewed Braised Beef Brisket with Onions, Mushrooms, and Balsamic

Jan 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This was really tasty. I love balsamic vinegar and the veggies really turn this sauce into an outstanding savory gravy for potatoes or rice. I used a chuck roast instead of the brisket and it worked really well. I'll definitely make this again. I'm thinking it would work well in a crock pot too.

Replied to Braised Beef Brisket with Onions, Mushrooms, and Balsamic

Jan 21, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Saw this episode last week and Chef Anne used a regular dark balsamic. I suppose the white balsamic would work but I think the sugars develop better with the dark balsamic. Since it reduces so much, I used a cheaper brand--save the good thick balsamic for other uses. Hope it turns out tasty for you. We loved it.

Reviewed Braised Beef Brisket with Onions, Mushrooms, and Balsamic

Jan 21, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This was really tasty. I love balsamic vinegar and the veggies really turn this sauce into an outstanding savory gravy for potatoes or rice. I used a chuck roast instead of the brisket and it worked really well. I'll definitely make this again. I'm thinking it would work well in a crock pot too.

Reviewed Ginger Pear Cake

Dec 18, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

The spice and pear combo is quite good. The texture of the cake is not my preference--a bit toward overly moist and the low height makes them more of a bar or like a brownie. I heaped the measures on the spices and I would probably double them if I were to make this again.

Reviewed Caramelized Grape Pie

Nov 28, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

The recipe worked fine--I had none of the challenged other reviews mentioned. I found the pie more interesting than tasty. Being a big fan of Alton, perhaps my expectations were very high. There was nothing bad about the pie but I don't think Id make it again. It does edge toward being overly sweet

Reviewed Molasses Cookies

Nov 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

These cookies are definitely Rock Stars. Easy preparation, baked perfectly, kept their chewy quality and tasted awesome. Anne, you totally rock! I had leftover ginger sugar (droppings from making candied ginger) and used that along with the sugar to roll them in and that kicked the texture and flavor up even more. These are my regular molasses cookies...

Reviewed Crispy Tuscan Kale

Nov 10, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Great veggie snack. Works well with beer or just by itself. Definitely addictive. Easy to make. Love the saltiness and red pepper

Favorited Sour Cream Waffles with Fresh Peaches and Toasted Pecan Praline Sauce

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Reviewed Brined Rosemary Crusted Turkey with Pan Gravy

Mar 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

We made this for Christmas this past yr with awesome success--best turkey i have ever had. We enjoyed it so much I am brining one this week. This is definitely too good to have to wait for the holidays. Chef Anne, you ROCK!! As always. "

Reviewed Grilled Pizza -Three Ways

Feb 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I have made this recipe dozens of times with great success every time (although I do use less salt than called for). Any extra dough makes very nice small loaves of bread I bake with the pizza. This works equally well on a stone or on the grill. "

Reviewed Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

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

I'm a long-time fan of country style ribs and this preparation is awesome. Great flavors and the sauce was delicious. The polenta was so good and paired so well with the savory ribs. Thank you, Melissa for another really amazing and easy dinner. "

Reviewed Granola

Jul 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Awesome, Chef Alton. One of the best aspects is that it is so good as it is and you can add and exchange ingredients, spices and extracts to change it up and get the same outstanding results. I was amazed how easily the maple syrup and oil emulsified--got me thinking about some other possibilities. "

Reviewed Candied Ginger

Jul 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Candied ginger has long been a favorite of mine but had never made it until I saw Chef Alton make it. It is now standard in our spice cabinet although most of it is eaten just as a snack. It's awesome dipped in very dark to bitter chocolate as a nibble with a demitasse of espresso--one of my favorite gustatory moments. Just as an aside, I used t"

Reviewed Individual Peach Upside-Down Cake

Jul 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is an exceptional cake recipe. The small ramekins just looked to small so I used larger ones and made 4x the recipe, making cupcakes with the extra batter. The ginger is an awesome touch. I added a couple drops of almond extract to the plain batter for the cupcakes. They were elegant and so light-- they would be appropriate for a more formal"

Reviewed Lime and Cornmeal Cookies with Citrus Glaze

Jul 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The tangy lime flavor and the light and delicate texture of the cookie were amazing. Like other reviewers, the batter was much too thin to roll out. The first batch i spooned onto parchment, then I rolled the remainder into logs, partially froze the batter and sliced for later baking. "

Reviewed Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu

Jul 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Chef Anne, this was outrageously good. I got it started on the cooktop then moved it to a 300 oven for the remaining 3 hours. The fresh pappardelle was too perfect with the rich, hearty sauce. It's definitely a dish for a cold winter dinner. Thank you for another awesome dinner. You rock!!"

Reviewed Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

Jun 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Awesome job on this one, Melissa. I've made the "classic" a few times but this was quick and easy with the similar great flavor. I put the last bit of a bottle of white wine in the pan just before it went in the oven and the flavors were really developed. Brown rice was perfect with the sauce. Definitely a quick fix for an awesome weekday dinner."

Reviewed Green Chile Squares

Jun 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I am always looking for new ways to enjoy Hatch chiles and so I had to try this recipe! We used them as toppers for grilled hamburgers--with all the cheese and chiles, it made a great nibble while cooking and then a really nice treat sitting on the hamburgers. I think I could increase the cheese and the chiles--the egg mixture could carry a lot m"

Reviewed Easy Caramel Sauce

Jun 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was a little skeptical about this recipe, but I wanted a quick caramel sauce for over ice cream so I tried it. It tasted more like butterscotch than a proper caramel but it was really delicious warm and after it had chilled. Very quick and no chance of burning it like a traditional caramel. It won't replace homemade caramel sauce but I will h"

Reviewed Sweet Black Cherry Crisp

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

The topping was really good and I loved the cherries. Together they were too sweet. Perhaps using Splenda might work better. Like others, I added almond extract (love almond w cherry) and I think using more oats would add more topping and reduce the sweetness. I love your style, Ms Paula. Your recipes always deliver great flavors and highlight "

Reviewed Scarpetta Stromboli

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

Wow! This is totally awesome. We make fresh pizza nearly every week and I thought this might be a great switch from the usual pizza night. The Genoa salami with the smoked cheese and fresh basil is addictive and the crust baked perfectly: tender and chewy; crusty on the outside. I think this may have become a new favorite, and regular alternativ"

Reviewed Baked Sweet Potato "Fries"

Jun 6, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Entirely tasty and a good healthier choice. They give enough of that French fry satisfaction. They were not crispy but still very good. I had a couple sweets and a couple baking potatoes so I made some of both and they both worked well. "

Reviewed Sesame Chicken

Jun 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

As much as I enjoy Melissa, this was not as awesome as usual. I tried panko crumbs to get a crisper chicken but the crust was still a bit soft. Seasonings were good but too bland for us. I think I'll try a similar preparation with breast halves and extra seasonings and bump up the oven temp a bit and see if I can get a crunchier coating and sti"

Reviewed Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Grilled Pineapple Relish

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

This is my first try on one of Jeff's recipes and it was awesome. The rub for the pork will be used again and again to explore new flavors and the chili sauce was so good. I put the leftover pork in the sauce and it made a very tasty second dinner. Thanks, Jeff. Awesome flavor combos!! I am looking forward to trying that rub on a pork loin with "

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