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Carla R

Santa Monica, California

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Reviewed Banana Cream Pie

Nov 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

For the crust, use Trader Joes/Trader Jacques coconut cookies in a bag from france (new item)and whirl them in the food processor; add small amount of butter, press into pie plate, bake for 10 mins. I used Dr. Oetker's Organics Banana Pudding (a little healthier and very good)and over the top of the fresh whipped cream sprinkle some toasted coconu"

Reviewed Yogurt Biscuits

Oct 14, 2012 in on Food.com

What I love about these is how easy they are to make. I used whole wheat flour and whole oat flour. I substituted coconut oil for the shortening. I did not add water to the yogurt but used the runniest part instead. A denser biscuit than white flour but healthier and very tasty with some jam :):)"

Reviewed Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Aug 2, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

good cookie if you have to avoid flour but I prefer the classic PB cookie...this has a heaviness. I used 2/3 c. sugar and that was almost more than enough....I like the course ground salt on top; I used pink himalayan salt crystals. I used Costco Natural PB and also added a little coconut oil to the mix...they stayed together but they're delicat"

Reviewed Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash

Jan 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Clearly this recipe is versatile and I love that in a recipe. Did not have shallots, used onion and a little garlic instead. Did not have pancetta skipping that all together. Substituted 1/2 of the chicken stock with small carton of Trader Joes condensed cream of portabella mushroom soup. Ended up not using all of the liquid; everything took a little...

Reviewed Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon Curd and Fresh Raspberries

Dec 19, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

not bad but like other reviewers, a bit too sweet for our liking (I would omit the sugar in the batter if I made these again and I did not use the confectionary sugar over the top) and not easy to keep together while flipping which means that it lacks the desired texture. I added a considerable amount of additional flour to a second batch and that...

Reviewed Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Dec 18, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

very good; will use this as my go to new york style cheesecake. came out perfect without a single crack or browning on top and loved not dealing with the whole water bath thing. i had my oven to 400 to start with and at the end I opened the door for a while and then closed it again and left it in there until the next day to put in the fridge. i...

Reviewed Pumpkin Baked Ziti

Dec 5, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

five stars for my son who thinks it tastes delicious...I feel it lacks a little flavor somehow, maybe I did not add enough of the red pepper flakes but I still feel that it needs something fresh and flavorful in it like stewed tomatoes maybe. Or I might like it better with some juicy braised kale over it. I made this recipe from fresh pumpkin puree...

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