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Replied to nick and toni's penne alla vecchia bettola

Mar 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

It could be the brand of tomatoes you are using. I have found that taste varies from brand to brand. Try an Italian brand and use crushed tomatoes. I find the whole tomatoes aren't as flavorful IMO.

Reviewed nick and toni's penne alla vecchia bettola

Mar 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I make something similar called Penne A La Vodka. It calls for chopped pancetta, cooked until almost crispy, and you soak the pepper flakes for an hour before adding to the pancetta. It is delicious!! This rest of the recipe is pretty much the same.

Replied to nick and toni's penne alla vecchia bettola

Mar 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

It could be the brand of tomatoes you are using. I have found that taste varies from brand to brand. Try an Italian brand and use crushed tomatoes. I find the whole tomatoes aren't as flavorful IMO.

Reviewed Pear and Cranberry Crostata

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

Ina's Crostata pastry dough is delicious! I've made it many times filling it with peaches, plums or apples. Going to make an apple crostata this week as apples are now in season. I add cinnamon and dried cranberries, absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed Deviled Eggs

Aug 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Not a fan of pickle relish in deviled eggs. I substituted apple cider vinegar and it gives the eggs the added zing instead of the relish."

Reviewed Fresh Fruit Tart

Aug 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Every time I make this, guests think I bought it at the bakery! Always a HUGE hit. I add more fruit and pile it high in the center with blueberries and raspberries. It's especially good the next day. One of my favorite Paula recipes of all time."

Reviewed Brownie Tart

Jan 28, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great recipe! I made it as stated except I only had two cups of chocolate chips, so I didn't add any additional to the batter. However, it turned out great without them. Very moist and chewy, exactly the kind of brownie I was hoping for. I'd definitely make these again."

Reviewed Crispy Kale "Chips"

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe and had to pull it out of the oven after 12 minutes. The smell was a combination of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower all cooking at once. Made the house stink. However, the few that did crisp up tasted great. The rest was wilted, like spinach, and I will use it in a salad. If you can tolerate the odor, they are good. "

Reviewed Crispy Kale "Chips"

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe and had to pull it out of the oven after 12 minutes. The smell was a combination of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower all cooking at once. Made the house stink. However, the few that did crisp up tasted great. The rest was wilted, like spinach, and I will use it in a salad. If you can tolerate the odor, they are good. "

Reviewed Crispy Kale "Chips"

Feb 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe and had to pull it out of the oven after 12 minutes. The smell was a combination of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower all cooking at once. Made the house stink. However, the few that did crisp up tasted great. The rest was wilted, like spinach, and I will use it in a salad. If you can tolerate the odor, they are good. ""

Reviewed German Pancake

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

It turned out beautifully and wasn't that difficult to make. Guess I'm just not a fan of this style of pancake.

Took a photo but not where to post it. I'd probably make it for a guest as it is very impressive. I did like the berry mixture quite a bit.

Be sure your iron skillet is flaming HOT, use vegetable...

Reviewed Fresh and Fruity Hot Dog Skewers

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

I like my hot dogs the good ol' way...Chicago style. Not a fan of fruit with my hot dog although I'm sure others will enjoy this. I could see using chicken chunks with this recipe.""

Reviewed Classic American Grilled Cheese

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

Easy recipe that I have used for years. One suggestion, that makes it so much easier, butter the bread slices first, then flip them over and add the cheese slices. Also, I like to add sliced tomato, sprinkle with a little S/P and oregano. Delicious!""

Reviewed Italian Roast Beef

Jan 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this last night and it was delicious! Used a 2-1/2 lb. bottom round roast. Cut all the herbs to 2 T., 1/2 T. Kosher Salt, 1/4 t. black pepper, 2 T. Olive Oil. It was the exact amount of rub for this size roast. Took roast out of fridge one hour prior to roasting. Placed it on the bottom rack of oven, 300 degrees, for one hour and twenty ...

Reviewed Coconut Macaroons

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

One other tip when making these. Fold the egg whites very carefully. They need to maintain volume.""

Reviewed Gorilla Bread

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

Yum! This was delicious and I would make it when friends come to visit. Another of our favorites from Paula is the Granite City Coffeecake(think that is the name of it)....it calls for using canned biscuits as well plus blueberries. I get requests all the time to make it.

Thanks, Paula!""

Reviewed Chicago Italian Beef (Pot Roast Style

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

It was very tasty, but I we didn't find it to taste like Italian beef they we use to get from Mr. Beefy in the Chicago area. However, it was delicious and we enjoyed it.

Where is the giardinara recipe? Didn't see it posted, so we used the jarred that I had in the fridge. Very good!

I'd try it again with a different...

Reviewed Chicago Dog Salad

May 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Huh? Chicago Dogs don't have slaw on them. It's mustard, sport peppers, tomato, onions, celery seed and a pickle spear on a poppy seed bun.

Born and raised in Chicago and never had slaw on a dog.

The salad is a good idea, but I'll stick with a regular Chicago Dog."

Reviewed Chicago Dog Salad

May 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Huh? Chicago Dogs don't have slaw on them. It's mustard, sport peppers, tomato, onions, celery seed and a pickle spear on a poppy seed bun.

Born and raised in Chicago and never had slaw on a dog.

The salad is a good idea, but I'll stick with a regular Chicago Dog."

Reviewed Berry Scones with Orange Honey Butter

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

Didn't have berries so made Cheddar Cheese Dill Scones instead. Added more buttermilk (about 1 C. total, a cup of shredded cheddar and tablespoon of dill. Brushed the tops with the buttermilk and sprinkled with a light bit of seasoning salt. WOW...they were delicious!!!"

Reviewed Berry Scones with Orange Honey Butter

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

Didn't have berries so made Cheddar Cheese Dill Scones instead. Added more buttermilk (about 1 C.), a cup of cheddar and tablespoon of dill. Brushed the tops with the buttermilk and sprinkled a light bit of seasoning salt. WOW...they were delicious!!!"

Reviewed Sesame Chicken

Apr 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a recipe I will make...it looked really good.

The only thing about this meal is there are no green veggies..I'd swap out the wonton dessert for pea pods if cost is a factor."

Reviewed Maple and Cayenne Glazed Chicken

Mar 20, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The recipe is very easy and REALLY tasty! Only one thing I'd like to bring up. I was watching the show and Anne said she puts her Silpat in the dishwasher.

According to the directions that came with mine, and confirming this with the Silpat site, they are NOT to go in the dishwasher. It will breakdown the silicon and you need...

Reviewed Steakhouse Steaks

Mar 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Ever since I tried this recipe, it's the only way I prepared steaks! Absolutely foolproof and delicious!"

Reviewed Granite Steps Country Blueberry Coffee Cake

Mar 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Whenever we have overnight guests, this is the one thing they ALL request for breakfast. I can't tell you how many people have taken home this recipe. It is delicious!"

Reviewed Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

Mar 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm not a fan of anything fried, however I tried this recipe as my family requested it. I must admit, it was absolutely delicious and have made it many times since.
I buy the cube steaks, which are super inexpensive. Most times I can get two for less than $3.00 and they are huge. The gravy is very tasty...I add a bit more hot sauce...

Reviewed Hard-Boiled Eggs

Mar 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my, I tried the recipe as printed and the yolks were not done. I put just the yolks in the microwave and DO NOT recommend this. It was quite something to see. I took them out and punctured them with a fork....holy smoke....they EXPLODED all over the place. What a mess!
Next time, they will stay in the water longer, just to be saf...

Reviewed Hard-Boiled Eggs

Mar 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my, I tried the recipe as printed and the yolks were not done. I put just the yolks in the microwave and DO NOT recommend this. It was quite something to see. I took them out and punctured them with a fork....holy smoke....they EXPLODED all over the place. What a mess!
Next time, they will stay in the water longer, just to be saf...

Reviewed Arborio Rice Pudding

Oct 22, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Without reading the reviews, I knew that was far too much milk. However, it is a good thing you all gave advice because it was very helpful.

I just made this and omitted the orange as I loved the flavor of the vanilla bean and cinnamon. Put it is custard cups and they are thickening right now.

Tastewise,...

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