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Reviewed crispy calamari with pickled jalapeno dipping sauce

Mar 4, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I think this was very easy! I love calamari but was intimidated by doing it homemade but it was delicious. Oh yeah and that sauce is AWESOME!!! I fried up some shrimp along side and dipped in the jalape���o sauce, I did the BYOC thing and added a small minced clove of garlic to the sauce

Reviewed Old-Fashioned Fudge Pie

Jan 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

How is this NOT 5 star!?!?!
I LOVE Paula. I'm a southern raised man and LOVE my southern food.
It's cliche to say but some of the best dishes requires the least amount of ingredients, it's the memories, the love and the nostalgia that seasons/flavors the food.

It reminds me of my grandmothers pie when I was a...

Reviewed Lemon Meringue Pie

Nov 13, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Jeez! I should've read the reviews before making this. I just wanted to use up 2 lemons before they went bad so I thought lemon meringue pie. Again, I followed the recipe to the "t" as well. The filling seemed perfect when it was hot, I WAS sure it could thicken up once cooled.......BOY WAS I WRONG!!! I also got lemon SOUP pie. I dont know what Mr....

Reviewed Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter Sauce

Oct 21, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Uh I give this a 4. I'm not a fan of butternut squash at all but I've been trying my hardest to find a butternut squash recipe that I liked, and this is definitely one! It taste like thanksgiving in my mouth lol and it smells like the holidays!! Getting me in the festive mood.
I actually only used a heaping cooking spoonful of butter, then...

Reviewed Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Aug 30, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yes, we be making this again! not afraid to BYOC (be your own chef!)
I omitted the heavy cream and used about 2cups of milk, and changed the flour amount to 3tbspns
After sweating the onions and garlic, I went 2turns around the pan with pino Giorgio.
Used oven ready noodles
My layers:
-sauce
-noodles
-ricotta...

Reviewed Lentil Soup

Jul 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another easy recipe & delicious recipe by Giada! I threw all the ingredients into a crock pot. Also I used an extra celery stalk. and thru a parmesan rind right into the crock pot while it all cooked. I used beef broth instead of chicken stock & I lower the amount of liquid. I not like "watery" soups. I think I used a total of 7cups "

Reviewed Goat Cheese, Lentil and Brown Rice Rolls

Jul 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! Great balance of flavors. Such a quick dish to make but the presentation makes it appears as though you're the BEST chef ever. Lol I made this filling in less than an hour by using a PRESSURE COOKER. It's a god send! Cooked the lentils & brown rice in a pressure cooker. Added all the other ingredients. I'm NOT a fan of mint at all so I"

Reviewed Shortbread Cookies

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

I've made this recipe a million times! It's my "go to" short bread recipe.
I have a helpful tip: if you think the dough is too crumbly. Use plastic wrap to mold the dough into a log.
Place log into the fridge and chill for 30mins to hr then cut into rounds.

Also I like to press a little thumbprint into the center...

Reviewed Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Jul 4, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yes! I could tell by just reading the recipe this was more "brownie"-like than an actual pie.
Super easy recipe. Literally just pour ingredients into food processor and turn on.
I like to BYOC (be your own chef) most recipes.
So I used ALMONDS instead of hazelnuts.
Came out perfectly.
Who cares about...

Reviewed Cream of Asparagus Soup

Jun 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

What?!?! The best "cream of" soup template!!! Hehehe
I did a little modification the second time I made this. I had a bag full of frozen asparagus ends (yes the woody thick parts), had 2 frozen broccoli stalks also. I tend to freeze my fresh vegetable "throw always" just in case I want to make stock. This case it came in very handy.
Like...

Reviewed Broccoli Salad

May 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Um what? DELICIOUS! Great great greatness! I'm a pescatarin so I omitted the bacon, and I hate raisins so those were eliminated. Only used half the amount of sugar. Added cucumbers and hard boiled eggs. Used a mixture of shredded Parmesan and cheddar cheese. Used fresh diced Roma tomatoes instead of cherry.

I well definitely continue...

Reviewed Sauteed Kale

Apr 16, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! Very good! Fool proof recipe. So I decided to BYOC (be your own chef)
I added 1/2 a sliced onion to the chopped garlic. I added a pinch of Cumin, pinch of turmeric & a pinch of white pepper (the seasoning blend I use when I make Kale Chips)
Used chicken stock instead of veggie stock
Added a drizzle of honey...

Reviewed Green Chicken Curry

Mar 20, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is so delicious! I mean seriously great! To all you new home cooks and new ethnic eaters PLEASE take the advice if you want to try a great new dish:
-Do NOT use water (clearly it'll add no flavor at all, try veggie/chicken/beef stock
-Do NOT use the quantity of water (I used a total of 1cup veggie stock
-get a good...

Reviewed Green Goddess Rice

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

seriously! Claire needs to BOTTLE this stuff up! creamy, silky and phenomenal. Its so good but you MUST add Cilantro with the basil. As I stated, I used half basil half cilantro. Also added a small chopped garlic clove with just a few sprigs of chive (I literally added maybe 4 little sprigs) also used chicken stock instead of water. THIS IS SO YU"

Reviewed Yeast Doughnuts

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

Seriously, I dont know what the other reviewers did but I followed the recipe almost identically. Instead of shortening I used salted butter. Also converted ounces into lbs because my weight is in lbs, used roughly 1 7/8lbs of flours plus 4 more tablespoons. The dough was still a little sticky but I let it rise. then rolled it out (I saw all the ...

Reviewed Marinara Sauce

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

so Idk if it was because I used canned diced tomatoes or because I "blitz" the sauce in the food processor BUT my sauce came out this orange-ish color.
I must say with that aside the sauce smell amazing and it tastes amazing too! I tried not to vary from Giada's recipe, after all she's italian and Im not LOL but I did ADD (parsley & crush...

Reviewed Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce

Jul 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

yea, I actually enjoyed the Bombay Joes better! It was delicious and had great flavor but I guess since Im from the south I just like my pull pork less sweet & more tangy....so maybe next time I'll increase the vinegar! I love how she throws and indian twist in modern meals!! I think Im going to start formulating my own little indian inspired dish"

Reviewed Sloppy Bombay Joes

Jul 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just cooked this 2 days ago, I used ground beef instead and omitted the raisins & nutts AND IT STILL WAS GREAT!!! I ready the reviews before hand so I DOUBLED the gram masala & paprika b/c I LOVE SPICE!!! also instead of half&half I used yogurt and stirred it in! I loved the flavor! I thought it really tasted like sloppy joes with an indian kick"

Reviewed Blueberry Crumb Cake

Jun 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

holy jesus this is SO GOOD!!! I had an overripe banana so I cut it in half, mashed it & added it to the stand mixer AFTER I had added both eggs! This cake is SO MOIST & SO SOFT and just the right sweetness! It sort of taste like a heavenly soft muffin with streusel topping. Oh and I added a pinch of Cardamom to the streusel. I didnt even dust it w"

Reviewed Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Jun 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The cake is so so so MOIST & perfect! I didnt use raisins or walnuts. Also I added a touch of Cardamum. Yes I bake it in a loaf pan but MAKE sure to do the toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean after inserted. I made the cream cheese frosting too. PREFECT match the tangy& creaminess of the icing plus the moistness & spiciness of the"

Reviewed Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs

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

the thing with this "recipe" is its more of a guide. From the ingredients of the RUB, I knew the rub would be sort of blah. so I tweaked it & made my own rub with smoked paprika, sugar & cayenne pepper etc but the BBQ sauce is SPOT ON good!! so I guess this is more of a BYOC(be your own chef) & tweak the sauce & rub to your taste
I like...

Reviewed Bananas Foster Milkshake

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

seriously? why isnt more people trying this recipe? Its so GOOD! MUST TRY IT!! I also made my own caramel sauce "

Reviewed Potato and Leek Soup

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

THE BEST DISH IVE EVER MADE!! This recipe needs no tweaking at all! but I just decreased the quantity. The bacon & white wine seriously is a MUST! I tried this recipe a 2nd time without the wine...and it just DIDNT taste the same! This is my NEW potatoe & leek soup recipe. Oh yea and NO I didnt make the bouquet thing either WAY TOO confusing "

Reviewed Chicken Cacciatore

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

from the name you'd think there was a million steps to prepare this dish. WRONG! it was very easy to make & so good over penne pasta "

Reviewed Pina Colada Pie

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

I usually dont do Sandra Lee Recipe's but I HAD to try this with my own "twist." I made my OWN crust out of Nilla Wafers(got to try it!!! SO GOOD!!!!). Instead of the pineapple-cocnut nectar I just used dole 100% pineapple juice other than that I kept the filling pretty much the exact same. The entire pie was GONE in about 7mins, My family ...

Reviewed Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

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

I ABOSLUTELY love this recipe!!! the cake is super moist & the frosting is SO peanut buttery! Ive made this recipe twice and the 2nd time I made it into a cake & it still came out amazing!!!"

Reviewed Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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

I literally made my own blackening spice from researching on the web the ingredients. THIS recipe comes out SO MUCH BETTER if you mix your own blackening spice! I used bone-in thighs. I still give it a 5 even though I didnt have heavy cream I TRIED to use a substitute that I got online and NO it didnt work! the milk still separated HORRIBLY but t"

Reviewed Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

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

Very delicious & EASY to make! The lemon, garlic, butter & capers ARE perfection together. I mistakenly thought I had some leftover white wine but I DIDN'T. So I just left out the wine. Also I substituted regular white onion instead of shallot. My little handy trick is to use CORN STARCH instead of flour. Corn starch allows you to use half the a"

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