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Reviewed Classic Italian Lasagna

Feb 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The lasagna was pretty easy to make but not as flavorful as we hoped it would be. When we think classic lasagna, we think more marinara than bechamel. The bechamel sauce was pretty bland in this recipe. We made the tomato sauce and used 1T butter to balance out the acidity. We used a meatloaf mix of meat that the grocery store sells prepackaged"

Reviewed Fromage Fort

Feb 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

After the Festival of Cheese and throwing a cheese tasting party, I still had a bunch of extra cheese that I did not know what to do with. This recipe was perfect! I used a gouda, white cheddar, monterrey jack, and a leyden. It is so easy to make. Thank you Alton! This episode of Good Eats was so helpful!"

Favorited Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice

Sep 15, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Butter Chicken Parathas with Sweet Tomato Chutney

Sep 15, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Indian Shepherd's Pie

Sep 15, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Roasted Red-Pepper Soup

Sep 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy to make - excellent recipe to use leftover roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes as others mention. I loved the cilantro and pepper jack with the soup. Will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Stuffed Poblanos With Roasted Corn

Aug 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I used Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn, a shallot in place of chives, and shredded mexican blend instead of cotija cheese. It was simple to make and a flavorful side dish."

Reviewed Serrano Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken

Aug 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I followed the recipe except I used jalapeno instead of serrano pepper. It smelled amazing in the oven and the chile could be tasted but it wasn't the warm bold flavorful taste I wanted. I used the left over chicken to make chicken nachos. "

Reviewed Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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

Elmo knows how to make a tasty smoothie! I used vanilla greek yogurt in place of strawberry, almond milk, only 1 T of honey and added a scoop of vanilla whey and and a large handful of spinach. You can't taste the spinach and it's a few more nutrients."

Reviewed Fruit Salsa

Aug 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Papaya, mango, and kiwi are delicious on their own but together with the mint - they are more fresh and vibrant. It's like a mojito minus the alcohol. I took it on a weekend trip; it travelled well and was a hit with my friends."

Reviewed Roasted Shrimp with Feta

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

I used Sambuca instead of Pernod and served the dish with couscous. The fennel was not too strong and complemented the shrimp, tomatoes, and feta well. This dish presents well, making it an easy go to dish when you have company."

Reviewed Grilled Extraordinary Chicken with Greek Tzatziki

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

The title of the recipe is exactly the end result. The chicken marinated in the turmeric yogurt mixture comes out super moist and the tzatziki with the cucumber, fresh herbs, and lemon juice is the perfect accompaniment - full of flavor and healthy. I grilled the onion and tomato but didn't eat them so I may skip that the next time I make this e"

Reviewed Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

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

Summer on a plate (veggie style)! I love this recipe. I cut the corn using a technique Rachael Ray used on one of her shows - placing the corn on a cup/bowl within a larger bowl and I think it helps to minimize the potential mess. "

Reviewed Spring Peas With Dates and Walnuts

May 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I never knew I liked peas so much! The medley of the English peas, snap peas, snowpeas is delicious with the dates, shallots, walnuts, and walnut oit. I wasn't sure if to splurge on the walnut oil but went ahead with it since it seems like it can be used for lots of dishes. This dish was really easy to make and as others have said it is great h"

Reviewed Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

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

I love these cookies - they come out spongy and more like a light cake than a cookie. Before baking, I tasted the cookie dough and it reminded me of the Lemonade cookies the Girl Scouts used to sell - so good. The lemon zest and fresh lemon juice add freshness to the cookies and the glaze. I added more lemon juice to the glaze as it was initial"

Reviewed Cranberry Bog Turkey Burgers, served with Corn on the Cob with Chive Butter

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

The turkey burgers were a hit! I used ground dark meat turkey. To the cran-mayo, I added 1/2 t of dijon mustard, and 1/2 t of orange juice. Instead of lettuce, I had a slice of avocado on the burgers - and I used brioche buns instead of english muffins. I will definitely make these again - super easy to make, moist, and delicious."

Reviewed Chicken Ravioli with Marsala Reduction

Apr 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The filling for the ravioli is so good! I used the thighs and liver from a chicken I roasted the other day and a turkey bacon from the local grocery store. All of the flavors you put into the feeling, can be tasted in the final dish which is nice. The butter and marsala reduction both complimented the ravioli. This was my first time making ra...

Reviewed Southwestern Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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

I love this salad! The salad dressing with the hot sauce adds a little kick which is nice. ""

Reviewed Cabbage Soup

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

I agree with other reviewers - this soup has great flavor but is a bit sweet. My four other family members though LOVED it.
I used brown jasmine rice and that worked well with the meatballs.
This recipe is really easy to make. Transfering the tomato mixture to a blender was not messy.
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Reviewed Bubby's Turkey Meatloaf with Red Pepper Sauce

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

Loved this meatloaf - those are 3 words I have never put together until now. I used 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb meatloaf mix - which is a mixture of ground pork, veal, beef that they sell in a pack at a local grocery store. The meatloaf was super moist and the the red pepper sauce was refreshing. This recipe is super easy to make. I will defi...

Reviewed Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Feb 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Love this soup! I used Trader Joe's chicken sausage with sundried tomatoes instead of ground turkey. I made a large batch of the chicken sausage with vegetables and used part of that for a pasta dish (added pasta and a little tomato sauce) for the pasta dish and the other half (adding the broth, brown rice, and kale) for this soup.""

Reviewed Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter

Feb 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tyler Florence knows how to make some tasty pancakes! I love these pancakes - it's banana bread reinvented and the maple butter is simple to make and a treat. I did not use the candied pecans or confectioners sugar at the end. I will definitely make these again. Thank you Tyler!""

Reviewed Pasta and Beans: Pasta e Fagioli

Feb 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This really is a 30 minute meal - so easy to prepare and make! I used farfalline pasta and the longer I let the soup rest, the more it became more of a pasta dish and less of a soup - but still very tasty and filling.""

Reviewed Peanut Swirl Brownies

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

These brownies are a must try for people who like fudgey brownies. If you prefer cake-like brownies or the consistency that comes with the traditional brownie mixes, this will be different. I followed the recipe exactly and used Nescafe instant coffee, Bakers unsweetened chocolate, a variety of brands for the chocolate chips, and Jif smooth pea...

Reviewed Cornbread With Creme Fraiche

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

I was searching for a cornbread recipe to make on New Years and chose this one because I had creme fraiche on hand. I followed the recipe exactly. The cornbread is addictive - it's slightly sweet and that combined with it being light and a little buttery can maybe make it a little dangerous to have at home. I definitely recommend making it for...

Reviewed Roasted Mushrooms with Pumpkin-Chipotle Polenta

Dec 30, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Loved it! There is hardly any prep time needed for this recipe yet when you're done it seems like such a unique fresh flavorful meal. I used a pack of various mushrooms (cremini, shitake, portebello, oyster and a pack of button mushrooms. The honey adds a delicate sweetness to the polenta - this is a great autumn/winter meal in a bowl. Thanks...

Reviewed Easiest Ever Baked Stuffed Apples

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

This is a really simple dessert to make and it's healthier than a lot of other baked apple recipes out there. I did not have the lemon juice and felt that the apples color still came out nice and they didn't burn. I used pecans instead of walnuts. ""

Reviewed White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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

I made these for Christmas dinner - it was an easy way to jazz up the mashed potatoes for the holidays. I cut the recipe in half and it serves 4-5 people.""

Reviewed Turkey Cutlets with Sausage and Zucchini and Tipsy Gravy

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

This is an excellent alternative Thanksgiving meal - the sausage/zucchini medley is reminscent of a stuffing and veggie side and then there is the turkey and gravy.
With the cutlets, I agree with a reviewer below that the 2 eggs were needed but the amounts of flour and cornmeal/breadcrumb/parm/etc mix were more than needed.
I used...

Reviewed Cranberry Salsa

Dec 15, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for a Christmas party and it was a hit - since I left the seeds in the jalapeno there was a slight kick and for most people that was addictive. The cranberries were not overpowering and I like that there was not added sugar. I used Rotel tomatoes and Trader Joe's fresh cranberry sauce. ""

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