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Elizabeth Carmichael

Newport Coast, California

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Reviewed Chocolate Cassis Cake

Aug 13, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had hoped this would taste better than it did. It was pretty good, but not blow my socks off good. "

Reviewed Teriyaki Salmon with Mirin Cucumber Salad

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

I think this is an excellent recipe for teriyaki. I only added the zest and juice of one orange; and added in 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce. The sauce thickened up beautifully in about 40 minutes. Keep in mind it gets more viscous when cooled, so do not over thicken it! This would be good on chicken too, I think!"

Reviewed Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta

Jul 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this crostata for my husband last, and he loved it. In fact he could not believe that I had actually made the crust! My crostata was larger than Giada;s, but I added 5 more minutes of baking time. She gave additional tips on the show that she did not add into the recipe- for example, grating fresh parmesano-reggiano over the crust and th"

Reviewed Maple-Pecan Scones

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

The scone itself was good, but I had to add about 5-7 more tablespoons of cream. It was too dry. But, after adding the additional cream, the texture was light, airy, and I loved the chopped pecans. BUT the frosting RUINED the scones. What the heck is that sweet, sticky frosting doing on any pastry? It was awful. I ruined perfectly good scones with"

Reviewed Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

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

This was the best roast chicken I have ever made. I usually stick with Thomas Keller's roast chicken recipe, but this won that battle hands down. I respect Michael Symon so much as a chef, and trust his recipes. The salsa verde was so delicious and added some kick and freshness to the chicken. Made the smashed potatoes with the chipotle aioli to g"

Reviewed Beef and Bean Burritos

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

These were pretty good. Very one-dimensional, however. I think that the beef portion needs a bit more complexity. I will add some cumin and some chopped tomatoes next time. Overall, a pretty good dish. It was so very, very easy, something had to give. I served mine dry, like a traditional burrito. I do not like the halfway wet-halfway dry. You eit"

Reviewed Meatloaf

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

This was surprisingly delicious. I was pretty skeptical, but it was really good. The only thing was that the bacon did not crisp up. This was fine for me,a s I like my bacon a bit chewy, but that is a no-no for my husband. On the plus side, I got all his bacon. I used a pretty thin-cut bacon, so I am not sure what to do about the bacon failing to "

Reviewed Mussels with Saffron Mayonnaise

Apr 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was pretty simple, elegant, and delicious. I made the saffron mayonnaise earlier during the day, and just cooked the mussels just before serving. It is not the most flavorful, but if the mussels are fresh and delicious, this recipe doesn't mask the taste."

Reviewed Polenta With Fontina and Eggs

Feb 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was so light and delicious for breakfast. I know it wasn't totally healthy because of the cheese, but it was really delicious. You don't even miss the bacon or sausage with this hearty vegetarian breakfast! It was a hit with my meat-loving husband too. the polenta really adds the heartiness for a warm, comforting breakfast on a cool, crisp mo"

Reviewed Corned Beef Grilled Cheese

Feb 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was the best sandwich I ever made, ate, and had! This wasn't hard, but it does take longer than your traditional sandwich. But is it ever worth it. The flavor of the caramelized onions with the porter beer was phenomenal. It is a must try!"

Reviewed Blanched Broccoli and Cheese Dipping Sauce

Feb 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a disgusting cheese sauce. Was very disappointed. Lacked flavor for such a calorie bomb, was one-dimensional and tasteless. Do not waste your time."

Reviewed Double Chocolate Pudding

Feb 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Pretty good. Mine curdled a bit so I had to strain it. I would actually always strain pudding before putting it in the fridge to set. Kind of an extra insurance to prevent any lumps. Also, I made a simple whipped cream to go on it: 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, and 3 tablespoons of superfine sugar. "

Reviewed Chicken-Andouille Casserole

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

While this casserole was a bit different, the chicken and andouille sold it initially because my husband loves anything slightly resounding from Louisiana. This recipe was a huge surprise hit- my husband loved it. I agree with the previous reviewers that the bread crumbs did not add anything in the end. In fact, it made the top texture a bit gra"

Reviewed Double Fudge Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Jan 31, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a zero stars recipe, as it was incorrect. The program forced me to at least put one star, but it deserves none. I used up all my expensive cocoa powder for this ridiculous recipe with the egregious typo regarding the buttermilk. "

Reviewed Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Jan 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent! This was the best cookie recipe! I did not add nuts so that my 20 month old son can have them (choking hazard. It was delicious. I used half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chunks and it was great. I am an experienced baker/cook but am cursed in cookies! Thanks for breaking the curse!"

Reviewed Dried Cherry Almond Scones

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

I love Anne Burrell and her recipes are always consistently delicious. That being said, I had a hard time with the scone dough. I would have given Anne's recipe the usual 5 stars, but the dough was hard to get together. I had to add more liquid (cream to the mixture, as it was too crumbly to shape into a dough. I added almost twice the amount "

Reviewed Fontina and Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Chops with Grilled Polenta Squares and Roasted California Grapes

Aug 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was good, but the brine needed to be a bit more flavorful. I brined it for about an hour. For the best pork chop recipe, I prefer Anne Burrell. The grapes were a good substitute for sauteed apples with the pork, however and much easier than sauteing apples in a separate pan. "

Reviewed Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Aug 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The meatball recipe is a good base. It does not have a great depth of flavor, so I added a teaspoon of crushed red pepper, a tablespoon of worcheshire, and an additional half teaspoon of salt. In addition, I used half plain and half italian breadcrumbs, with an addition two tablespoons more to absorb some of the moisture of the mix. If you use "

Reviewed The Ultimate Lasagna

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

I usually really like Tyler's recipes, but this one missed the mark. Like him, I enjoy a lasagna bolognese with a layer of ricotta cheese, but this bolognese was just ho-hum. It was easier than most lasagna bolognese recipes, however. The best large, full blown, knock you out of the park lasagna recipe is Emeril's Manly Man Lasagna. It is sign"

Reviewed Chicken with Shallots

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

This was a good basic recipe that was easy to make. There was no need to use a cast itron skillet- any searing pan will do. The sauce was simple, but it seemed to be a bit too salty, and I felt like it needed a little something more. Overall, and easy and good recipe. ""

Reviewed Chocohotopots

Mar 14, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

This was an easy and delicious recipe that can be made with basic pantry items. It was slightly too sweet for me, so I would either add some darker chocolate along with the 60% bittersweet. Maybe add half 60% and half 70% or so. I added a pinch of salt, some vanilla extract, and some dried coffee granules to the batter. It was wonderful....

Reviewed Oven-Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Feb 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was delicious, simple, and elegant. I was never a huge cauliflower fan, as I never had it growing up, but I am a huge fan of cauliflower now! It was so delicious. I did not really eat the garlic cloves, as they tended to burn from the high roasting temperature. It did perfume the cauliflower with a nice garlic aroma, however, so I will conti...

Reviewed Lemon Meringue with Amaretti Cookie Topping

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

This was a deliciously light-as-air lemon dessert that was extremely satisfying. It is hard to not have chocolate as a dessert, but this was refreshing. I gave the recipe four stars because it is different from her recipe on the show, where she added 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar after whipping the egg whites to soft peaks. In addition, the re...

Reviewed Radicchio, Pear and Arugula Salad

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

This was delicious. The dressing was really original, and was extremely flavorful, if a bit sweet. I would lessen the honey to the dressing to maybe 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons. The salad itself was good, the radicchio added a nice bitterness to the salad, to offset the sweet dressing. I added candied walnuts and gorgonzola, as I like those flavors with t...

Reviewed Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

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

This was interesting, but the orange scented quinoa was a bit odd. I liked the simplicity of the scallops, but I found the orange scented quinoa a little too perfumey. ""

Reviewed Alcoholic Hot Chocolate

Feb 20, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

This was delicious. I have been looking for a hot chocolate recipe that is not too sweet, and this recipe was it. The rum in the hot chocolate was amazing, although I did add three more tablespoons, and an additional teaspoon of brown sugar. The brown sugar added a depth to the drink, as opposed to plain white sugar. The cinnamon stick was also ...

Reviewed Dinner Spanakopitas

Feb 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe has too much salt in it. The feta cheese is salty by itself, and with two teaspoons of salt, that is just too much. Half the amount of feta, increase the amount of spinach, and reduce the amount of salt to 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons.""

Reviewed Chorizo Stuffed Roasted Chicken

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

This was a deliciously roasted bird, but I think the stuffing needed a bit more flavor. Maybe using less bread would have worked better. I will try this recipe again, but next time, I will add some more chorizo, or perhaps andouille sausge in addition to the chorizo. ""

Reviewed Baked Zucchini

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

This recipe is so simple and delicious! What an easy side dish to any meal. The only suggestion I would have is not to salt the breadcrumb crust. The parmesan adds plenty of saltiness, and the generous sprinkling on top of the zuchinni itself is enough seasoning. Excellent.""

Reviewed Chicken with Shallots

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

This was a good basic recipe that was easy to make. There was no ned to use a cast itron skillet- any searing pan will do. The sauce was simple, but it seemed to be a bit too salty, and I felt like it needed a little something more. Overall, and easy and good recipe. ""

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