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Reviewed three cheese hasselback potatoes

Jun 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Tip: I used square plastic chopsticks on either side (parallel) of the potato so I wouldn't accidentally cut all the way through them. I only gave this 3 stars because of the cooking time. Next time, I will allow myself WAY more time to cook these, and not start my protein too soon. (Luckily, the chicken was still moist when I served dinner). In...

Reviewed cafe select truffle fondue

May 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I am a pretty good cook--but this was an (expensive) FAIL. I followed the recipe exactly, even saw the episode--and it was awful! Not sure what I did wrong...but will try again with 1/2 the recipe (1/2 price!) until I get it just right.

Reviewed spicy polenta cakes

May 7, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

YUMMMMMM!!!! This is a really nice way to serve polenta for people (like my hubby) who think they don't like polenta! I made it last night, stuck it in the refrigerator and had it tonight with tacos. He LOVED it--so do I. Omitted the cilantro (hate it!) but it was still really good.

Reviewed espresso panna cotta

Apr 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

YUMMMMMMMM! Super-easy to make and really good. I added a little touch of cinnamon--gave up chocolate for lent. Can't wait to make for Easter Dessert and top it with chocolate-coffee bean-sugar "grinder" from Trader Joe's. Thanks, Giada.

Reviewed skillet almond shortbread

Jan 27, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

COOKIE UPDATE: I made this, put it in the pan, and due to an emergency, I had to leave suddenly and couldn't bake it, so I stuck it in the frig. The next day, I rolled it into a log in parchment paper, refrigerated it for 30 minutes, and then sliced it 1/4-inch thick and sprinkled the tops with sugar. Baked for 9-10 minutes on a lightly greased baking...

Reviewed Chocolate-Dried Cherry Bread Pudding

Jan 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I saw this on "The Kitchen" yesterday. I had (almost) all the ingredients except the booze. I used rum extract and a little almond extract (1/2 tsp. each). My 14-yr old daughter and I made it together and popped it in the refrigerator. I am glad we didn't rush this; these flavors really take time to marry--it's totally worth the wait. This is REALLY...

Reviewed Chocolate-Dried Cherry Bread Pudding

Jan 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I saw this on "The Kitchen" yesterday. I had (almost) all the ingredients except the booze. I used rum extract and a little almond extract (1/2 tsp. each). My 14-yr old daughter and I made it together and popped it in the refrigerator. I am glad we didn't rush this; these flavors really take time to marry--it's totally worth the wait. This is REALLY...

Reviewed Crepes

Dec 2, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

This is my go-to crepe recipe--it's posted right above my blender! Our favorites are strawberry-Nutella filling or blueberry with ginger caramel sauce. YUM! This is the little black dress of crepe recipes...you can dress it up or down, always delish! The savory version is great for a quick chicken and mushroom appetizer. Thanks, Alton!!!!!!

Reviewed Cast Iron Tandoori Roasted Chicken

Nov 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Best. Chicken. Ever. My family L-O-V-E-D this. I used chicken thighs (didn't have chicken tenders), marinated them for 4 hours and I cooked it stove top to brown on each side, then into a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, covered in foil. I don't have a backyard kitchen either; you work with what you have and adjust accordingly. Thanks, Guy. You always...

Reviewed No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

Nov 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

YUM! I made these last night exactly as the recipe directs and the whole family loved it. Super easy. I love to tweak recipes, so next time I will use hazelnut mocha cappuccino peanut butter (a 3 letter brand name) for the bottom and peanut butter chips for the top for a reverse PB Square. This one is a winner. Thanks, Trisha.

Reviewed Caramelized Grape Pie

Nov 12, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I L-O-V-E Alton Brown, but this dessert is just plain weird! I usually really like different textures in food to make it more interesting, but... I should have read the reviews first. I highly recommend making these as a parfait--it would solve the runny-filling problem. (Yes, I did drain the grapes very well). My family had mixed reviews; about 50/50...

Reviewed Asian Lettuce Wraps

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

I made this last night. I didn't have peanuts or chili flakes--so I substituted 1 tablespoon of Chipotle Peanut Butter. They L-O-V-E-D it! Quick, easy and delish! Thanks, Sunny. (p.s. fresh ginger can be kept well-wrapped in the freezer, then peel the skin off of the required amount and slice, grate or mince as recipe requires. Nothing beats the t"

Reviewed Blueberry Pancakes

Aug 24, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was watching this episode this morning, so I decided to make these for brunch. The pancakes were good, but a little too "eggy" for my taste. If I make them again, I may just use two egg whites and one yolk. The batter was pretty thick, so I had to add a little more milk (as Trisha recommended). I would also make a lemon sauce to go on these ins"

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