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Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

Oct 29, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've made this several times now, but this time every ingredient I uaed was of top quality, down to the organic chuck beef cubes and organic veggies, and it made my guests go "WOW"! So simple and such a multitude of flavors! Followed the recipe to the "t" and it was just wonderful. Absolutely outstanding Ina! ""

Reviewed Italian Flat Bread (Piadina with Fontina and Prosciutto

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

Giada had me salivating when she bit into this and said it was "extraordinary", and indeed it was! The dough came out perfect! I'm just not crazy over the proscuitto though. It would either pull out from the sandwich altogether or I'd bite into a fatty string of it, ugh. Next time around, I'm going to crisp it up first or crisp up pancetta slice"

Reviewed Arugula Salad with Grilled Fruit

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

This wasn't one I would be in a rush to make again, but it was refreshing and simple to prepare. I couldn't locate apricots so I made the salad with pluots, which is a hybrid of peach and apricot. It's really sweet, maybe too sweet for this salad, particularly with the balsamic. I loved the crunch of the hazelnuts and the salty bite of the panc"

Reviewed Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

Jul 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Seriously great fish dish w/or without the sauce! The sauce is to good and to simple not to make though. I'm going to use the leftover sauce and add some onion and garlic powder and use it as a veggie dip. I also think roasted shrimp would be awesome dipped in this! "

Reviewed Chili-Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Jul 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Fantastic! I piled on the chopped garlic & the grill seasoning and it was perfecto. The garlic did not burn or turn bitter, nor was the dish salty. With so few ingredients, it's hard to jack this up really. "

Reviewed Chili-Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Jul 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Fantastic! I piled on the chopped garlic & the grill seasoning and it was perfecto. The garlic did not burn or turn bitter, nor was the dish salty. With so few ingredients, it's hard to jack this up really. "

Reviewed Chicken and Herb Pot Pie Stoup

Jun 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Caught a rerun of this about hour before I went to meet my trainer. I've been trying to eat better and this looked easy and comforting without all of the heavy cream, gobs of butter, etc...I ended up making this at 10:00pm and it was the exact consistency and flavor of a pot pie! Personally, I love all of the fresh herbs and I could have went with"

Reviewed Linguine with White Clam Sauce

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

Simple and delicious!! Prior to cooking my 2nd batch of clams, I sauteed shallots with the garlic, then added in a pint of cherry tomatoes to let them burst while they cooked with the clams. I also tossed baby arugula in with the parm cheese after the pot was removed from the heat. Soooo good!! "

Reviewed Salisbury Steaks with French Onion Gravy

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

First things first: how's come Rach has a GREEN cast iron skillet? I've not seen one for sale in her product line in the green 12" size; hmph! Anyways, the Salisbury Steaks were delish! I subbed cream sherry in place of the white wine and a lot of fresh thyme for the dry and it was bangin'! I was back home, after school at the kitchen table all"

Reviewed Chicken and Dumplings

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

Insanely delicious! I haven't had this dish in a long time, and it hit all the bells and whistles from what my family used to make. I normally like the thin, rolled out dumplngs, but these were a nice contrast to the creamy chicken and veg mixture. Really simple to prepare and there's something quite relaxing about preparing it as well. Bring"

Reviewed Chicken and Dumplings

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

Insanely delicious! I haven't had this dish in a long time, and it hit all the bells and whistles from what my family used to make. I normally like the thin, rolled out dumplngs, but these were a nice contrast to the creamy chicken and veg mixture. Really simple to prepare and there's something quite relaxing about it preparing it. Bring back "

Reviewed Crispy Chicken with Rosemary-Lemon Salt

May 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I didn't think these looked like much during the episode, but was I wrong! Extremely easy to prepare and full of flavor. Fried herbs rock! "

Reviewed Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Lemon

May 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this along with the cornmeal dusted chix bites and both were delish. The tomatoes were almost overpowering but I think it's the lemon juice that cuts through it, making it a light, pleasant pasta dish. I took the leftover linguine and made mini pasta frittatas- straight out of one of Giada's recent cookbooks. The flavor was awesome, espec"

Reviewed Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

Apr 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another fabulous entree from Giada! I browned ground sirloin, then finished the recipe as stated, adding in the sirloin right before the addition of the wine and porcini stock: Yum! And might I add I used Giada's Mezzaluna knife when preparing the veg, and the knife is really a pleasure to use. The handle does seem a bit "fra-gil-e" but it's a great...

Reviewed Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Pesto Pasta

Mar 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Love me some pesto, and the roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic were a nice change, though my garlic cloves were on the small side so wish I had roasted more. However, the flavor still came through as did the basil and those juicy tomatoes! Like previous reviewers, I also added chili flakes and 1/2 c of white wine while the shrimp cooked, then added...

Reviewed Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Pesto Pasta

Mar 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Love me some pesto, and the roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic were a nice change, though my garlic cloves were on the small side so wish I had roasted more. However, the flavor still came through as did the basil and those juicy tomatoes! Like previous reviewers, I also added chili flakes and 1/2 c of white wine while the shrimp cooked, then added...

Reviewed Lasagna

Jan 31, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I bought 3 cans of crushed San Marzanos and simmered away for 2+1/2 hours, *look @ me, always thinking and skipped the food mill altogether and it is fantastic! I have a whole quart leftover that I froze. The salt is not obligatory here peeps-EVERY layer and ingredient just pops with every bite thanks to the seasoning. In fact, I couldn't stop eating...

Reviewed Sweet 'n' Corny Hoecakes

Jan 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just made these w/eggs for breakfast and they were great. I have always enjoyed having corn in my regular breakfast pancakes, and these were a great change from the norm-a little thicker and sweet! Give these a try!

Reviewed White Bean and Chicken Chili

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

I really enjoy Giada's recipes; fresh, healthful and satisfying. This chili is outstanding! I subbed the chix for 94% fat free ground turkey and used just over a pound. I also added a frozen soy succotash mix that consisted of corn, diced bell pepper and edamame and they were tendercrisp, even after the chili simmered. And thanks to a tip from a...

Reviewed Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Cipollini Onions

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

This was not only quick to prepare but very filling and satisfying. I picked up Sardinian fregula, (aka fregola), from the Italian Market in Philly and it has a great bite to it, kinda like al dente. I think I might just buy cipollini frozen then defrost the next time; my hands are to big to be fooling with peeling those little onions! Ha! Great...

Reviewed Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Cipollini Onions

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

This was not only quick to prepare but very filling and satisfying. I picked up Sardinian fregula, (aka fegola), from the Italian Market in Philly and it has a great bite to it, kinda like al dente. I think I might just buy cipollini frozen then defrost the next time; my hands are to big to be fooling with peeling those little onions! Ha! Great dish...

Reviewed Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Dec 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Light, fluffy and my second favorite Italian cookie next to the Pignoli cookie....in fact, I'm going back for one more. It's also another reason Princess Giada should go back to doing "Everyday Italian". The majority of the recipes on "G@H" are not of much interest I'm afraid.

Reviewed Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake with Coffee Meringue Icing

Nov 13, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I overcooked my pound cake by about 10 minutes and it became a brownie loaf and less like a pound cake. With that said, it was still moist inside and very delicious. The coffee meringue complimented it very well, though I do prefer a simple cup of coffee with a thick slice of the cake. Yum! *side note* While the cook time is approx. 1 hour, cooling...

Reviewed Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake with Coffee Meringue Icing

Nov 13, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I overcooked my pound cake by about 10 minutes and it became a brownie loaf and less like a pound cake. With that said, it was still moist inside and very delicious. The coffee meringue complimented it very well, though I do prefer a simple cup of coffee with a thick slice of the cake. Yum! *side note* While the cook time is approx. 1 hour, cooling...

Reviewed Roasted Tom and Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Nov 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This made a great dipper to a soup I made. I picked up quality country bread and hot pepper cheese at a local amish market and it just made the sandwich! I couldn't keep from eating the tomatoes when they came out of the oven-so good! This is a next level grilled cheese.

Reviewed Sausage, Peppers and Onions Stoup

Nov 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This came together rather quickly and is so delish! Watching Rach cook this, I noticed she really browned the sausage well, caramelizing the meat before she added the peppers and onions and that is key! I tasted the sausage both browned and "really browned", and whatta difference in taste. The sausage really shines through without overpowering the...

Reviewed Sausage, Peppers and Onions Stoup

Nov 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This came together rather quickly and is so delish! Watching Rach cook this, I noticed she really browned the sausage well, caramelizing the meat before she added the peppers and onions and that is key! I tasted the sausage both browned and "really browned", and whatta difference in taste. The sausage really shines through without overpowering the...

Reviewed Sausage, Peppers and Onions Stoup

Nov 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This came together really quick and is so delish! Watching Rach cook this, I noticed she really browned the sausage well, caramelizing the meat before she added the peppers and onions and that is key! I tasted the sausage both browned and "really browned", and whatta difference in taste. The sausage really shines through without overpowering the...

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