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Reviewed Strawberry Tarts Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

4 hours ago on

I bake constantly and I have to say this was one of the most beautiful desserts I've ever done. However, I found it to be very rich and too sweet for my taste. I even substituted the sugar for less than 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar. it was still too sweet. Additionally, I had trouble with the cream getting thick and after 20 minutes of constantly...

Reviewed Homemade Granola Bars Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

8 days ago on

Excellent recipe. Note that you can make this a little healthier. My husband and I avoid refined sugar and gluten. Used oat bran for the wheat germ, slightly less honey, g.f. oats and coconut palm sugar, less amount again. With these changes they were wonderful and far sweet enough. Next time I may cut the honey down to just 1/3 and would hope...

Reviewed Zucchini Vichyssoise Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Jan 10, 2015 on

This soup was delicious and simple to make. Since I don't have a food mill, I pulsed this in my food processor and the texture was perfect. Left it a little chunky. It got to be a little messy transferring the soup from the food processor and back to the pot, but it was well worth it.

Reviewed Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies Recipe : Katie Lee : Food Network

Dec 14, 2014 on

Very good and very easy. I only got about 26 cookies out of the recipe and made them average size. They weren't large cookies. I am paleo so switched out the flour for g.f. flour and used 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar instead. I filled them with homemade raspberry preserves. Look like jewel cookies and tasted fantastic. Lovely cookie for Christmas....

Reviewed Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Nov 20, 2014 on

I try to incorporate broccoli into my diet being the superfood it is, but I don't love the taste of it. Of course I'm not surprised that yet again Ina created another masterpiece. The flavors all mix so well together. This will definitely be my go-to broccoli side dish.

Reviewed Fennel & Garlic Shrimp Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Oct 23, 2014 on

I had shrimp and fennel in my frig and did a google search and found this recipe. It's a beautiful presentation on the plate. I may or may not make it again. You've gotta love garlic, as it has an intense garlic taste. It doesn't provide any sauce and I used a splash of white wine in place of the Pernod. I would definitely not make this for company...

Reviewed Kale and Apple Salad Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network

Oct 16, 2014 on

I eat kale so much that I was looking for a little something different. Most of my dressings are made of just lemon juice and olive oil. I tried this mainly due to the dates. It turned out I didn't care for the dates and the apples in the salad with the kale. I would probably not make this particular salad again.

Reviewed Roasted Eggplant Spread Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Sep 29, 2014 on

This is such a delicious, satisfying spread loaded with flavor. My husband who does not care for vegetables, gobbled this right down raving about it. It's really easy and quite inexpensive to make also. I served it with toasted baguette slices. I can't wait to make it for company.

Reviewed Hummus Dip Recipe : Dave Lieberman : Food Network

Sep 10, 2014 on

This was a little too bland for me. I like his garnish, but it needs jazzed up. I have a Vitamix recipe that's much better. I initially tried this thinking the sesame oil would give a nice flavor, but it didn't do anything.

Reviewed Oven Fried Chicken Recipe : Ellie Krieger : Food Network

Sep 5, 2014 on

The texture was great, but mine turned out very bland. To me it calls for more flavor. Next time I'll add more seasoning to the crumbs by using more herbs, salt, and perhaps some lemon rind.

Reviewed Fresh Fruit with Honey Vanilla Mascarpone Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Aug 30, 2014 on

The flavor was very good and it's really simple to put together, but mine was very cold thick cream cheese consistency. I added a couple more tablespoons of cream, but then it seems to have somewhat curdled a bit. I'll try it again, but next time will keep at room temp to see if that helps thin it out. Also, I spent over $11 on a vanilla...

Reviewed Baked Gruyere and Sausage Omelet Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

Aug 26, 2014 on

What a perfect dish to make for company or to have on hand that can easily be cut in squares and frozen for when needed. I whipped this up within an hour of serving it to a house guest and it was absolutely delicious. It's more a combination of a souffle and a quiche without the crust. On a time crunch, I altered it a little. I did not add any...

Reviewed Crunchy Noodle Salad Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Aug 4, 2014 on

Fantastic! For color and a little more crunch I added some carrots cut on the spiralizer. This had great flavor, but I only used about half the dressing. That was a little disappointing because I used grapeseed oil to replace the vegetable oil and it isn't cheap. Ended up tossing away the extra dressing.

Reviewed Spinach and Cheddar Souffle Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Jun 17, 2014 on

WOW! This turned out beautiful. I had 4 1/2" ramekins and made individual souffl���s. I baked them for about 15 minutes and the time was perfect. Due to what I had on hand, I used half and half for the milk, arrowroot for the flour to make it gluten free and fresh chopped raw spinach. I was so excited when these came out of the oven. I had to...

Reviewed scallops provencal

Jun 2, 2014 on

Sensational! I didn't even plan to make this...had fresh, wild scallops and pulled this recipe up online. This tastes like scallops in a good brown sauce, almost like a gravy. I put a little less shallots than it called for and I should have used the full amount. It would have flavored it a little better. Sometimes recipes call for way too much...

Reviewed celery root remoulade

May 23, 2014 on

This was very me it tasted a lot like Ina's Vegetable Coleslaw. In any recipe I see with a mayo dressing, I always cut it way down. The vegetable is a little moist anyway from the lemon juice. I don't recall how much vinegar it said to use, but I just did a splash of apple cider vinegar since many complained it was too sour. I also...

Reviewed spinach and green apple salad

May 17, 2014 on

Fantastic! I also added some dried cranberries and the taste was amazing. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!

Reviewed World's Best Turkey Burger

May 17, 2014 in on

This was so great! I have tried so many different recipes and this one by far is the tastiest one I';ve tried. My husband just loved it. I substituted the cheese for an egg and cooked it on a cast iron skillet. I added some blackening seasoning to it also. Just amazing. Thank you so much!"

Reviewed rice and black bean pilaf

May 15, 2014 on

Just delicious. Others commented that it was lacking flavor. I thought it was very flavorful. Made it for my husband who's a picky eater and he loved it. It's a great accompaniment to any protein or other vegetables can be added for a meal in itself. Definitely a keeper!

Reviewed chicken tortilla soup

May 9, 2014 on

I'm not a huge fan of this type of soup, but my husband enjoys it. It's very tasty and quick and easy to make. The flavor is wonderful. I would never add raw chicken to a dish, so I baked the chicken first and shredded it, then added it to the soup. I also added 2 t chili powder, 1/2 t cumin and a dash of garlic powder. It needs lots of salt...

Reviewed arborio rice pudding

May 1, 2014 on

Oh my good! After reading other reviews, I realized I wasn't alone regarding the cooking time. After my rice absorbed the water, it was still very hard, so next time I will put a lid on it. During the milk mixture, mine also took 30 minutes. I feel the amount of sugar is good; it isn't too sweet. The flavor is just outstanding!

Reviewed creamy cheddar grits

Apr 14, 2014 on

Last month my husband and I attended a fabulous brunch that had cheddar grits at the buffet. They were so delicious that I was anxious to try them at home. I was anxious to try this one, as Ina is one of my favorites. As they were cooking, I kept tasting them and they were delicious, but felt the cooking time was a bit long at 45 minutes. When...

Reviewed cajun chicken pasta

Mar 19, 2014 on

I was so excited to try this recipe, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. For one, my sauce never thickened, even after adding cornstarch. This made for a very sloppy dish to eat, as it was splashing everywhere. Secondly, it completely lacked flavor, any flavor. I would have never imagined this, considering all the flavorful ingredients....

Reviewed cinnamon baked doughnuts

Mar 14, 2014 on

As this episode was airing, I was online with Amazon ordering a doughnut pan. They are to die for!!! I did not think the texture was dense at all. I dipped half in the cinnamon/sugar coating as Ina did and the half in melted chocolate. The nutmeg flavor really comes out. Both were very yummy and I can see making these and serving them for breakfast...

Reviewed crispy mustard-roasted chicken

Mar 14, 2014 on

It really surprised me to see this recipe wasn't rated 5 stars. I thought it was one of the best chicken dishes I've ever prepared. I didn't find it salty at all, although I only use Himalayan Sea Salt in everything and perhaps that makes a difference. I used boneless chicken breasts and coated the whole piece in the wine mixture and coated only...

Reviewed mashed yellow turnips with crispy shallots

Mar 13, 2014 on

This was a very good side dish and I gave it only four stars because my shallots burned after following the directions precisely. It was a waste of a fair amount of good olive oil. Other than that, the puree tasted fantastic. I ended up dicing another shallot and saut���ed it in some butter and used that as my topper. I think shallots are definitely...

Reviewed sauteed broccolini

Mar 2, 2014 on

I always want to incorporate more broccoli/broccolini into my diet and this is a good dish offering great flavors.

Reviewed fruit rolls

Feb 22, 2014 on

These did not turn out the way they should have. I added a few drops of liquid stevia and 1/2 T of chia seeds. I spread it out on parchment sprayed with a little coconut oil. Mine baked for under five hours and the color was a really dark red. When I went to cut them in strips, it all broke into pieces. The layer must have been spread too thin....

Reviewed wheatberry salad

Feb 21, 2014 on

This is an absolutely delicious side dish. The balsamic/onion mixture gives it all the flavor and is wonderful with the chewy wheat berries. It's great also that it could be made in advance if serving to company.

Reviewed ricotta parfaits

Feb 21, 2014 on

I didn't care for the taste or consistency of this at all. I tend to use ricotta cheese in dishes like lasagna, but thought it would somehow be good with the other ingredients in this parfait. I completely wasted my money.

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