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Reviewed Cranberry Sauce

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

This is by far the best cranberry sauce recipe I have ever used! I was nervous about the amount of sugar in it, because of previous reviews, but it was just right. I made sure to use a full pound of cranberries. (1 1/3 pkgs.) The orange juice and rind, along with the spices, cut the sweetness and gave the sauce a balanced and bright taste. My f"

Reviewed Shrimp Fra Diavolo

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

This recipe has become a staple in my household. I keep shrimp in the freezer, and I can make this so easily on nights when I come home from work tired and hungry. While it's true that it can be "tweaked" successfully by changing the wine and adding other ingredients, I prefer the original recipe; the white wine and chili flakes give it a clean f"

Reviewed Black Bean Soup

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

Incredible soup! I have tried quite a few recipes for black bean soup, and nothing comes close to this.It has the perfect balance of seasonings, and the lime crema brought a freshness to the flavors. I have made it twice, soaking the beans the first time, then leaving that step out the second time. I prefer them soaked; the soup was silkier. My "

Reviewed Tartufo

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

I love this dessert. When I presented it to my dinner guests they were wowed...yet it was so easy! I may try coating them next time with crushed pretzels and chocolate. It would also be fun to vary the ice cream flavors. Bravo, Brian!"

Reviewed Dark and Stormy

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

I love a good Dark & Stormy, and have tried several recipes, but this is the best I ever had. It makes a big difference when you make your own ginger syrup. The syrup can be adjusted to taste. I love a big ginger flavor, but can tone it down for company. I make the syrup ahead of time, so the drinks are fast to assemble. I must admit, I love "

Reviewed Grilled Shrimp Salad

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

I love this recipe! The marinade is very unusual and so tasty. I serve it on a platter atop a bed of baby spring greens. I place the avocados, oranges and shrimp skewers over the greens, then pour the reserved dressing over it. I looks elegant and festive.

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