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Reviewed Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

Jun 10, 2014 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Yum! Great even when made with boneless, skinless thighs. And I forgot the hot sauce. Oops :/"

Reviewed Spanish Meatballs with Beans and Greens

Jan 4, 2014 on

Totally loved this! I added a couple cups of small shells pasta rather than serving with crusty bread, used crushed red pepper flakes instead of a fresh chili pepper, and all cilantro.

Reviewed Spicy Black Beans and Yellow Rice

Sep 5, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Excellent. My variant included a couple teaspoons of oregano, vegetable base, and some leftover steak cooked in with the beans. Loved the yellow rice, to which I added vegeble base as well. Followed the method described at VegWeb (perfect-basmati-rice-cooking-method) to yield fluffy, dry-not-soggy-or-sticky rice. Tasty and satisfying."

Shared Recipe Imam Bayildi

Jul 2, 2013 on

"This is a delicious baked eggplant dish that is redolent of sautéed peppers, tomato, parsley, onion, garlic, and olive oil. This particular recipe is a variant of the one by Tori Avey, author of The Shiksa in the Kitchen blog. My mom prepared it using eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes from her garden. It was spectacular. You can find the orig..."

Shared Recipe Egg White Frittata With Zucchini, Black Olives, and Chard

Jul 2, 2013 on

"My mom's garden is incredible. This recipe provides a perfect use for her bounty of zucchini and Swiss chard. It's also a delicious, very satisfying dish that's simple to make.

The coconut milk adds richness and body without introducing coconut flavor but you could use cream, half-and-half, or any other kind of milk, dairy or non-dairy, instead..."

Reviewed Lebanese Salad

Jun 7, 2013 in on

This was great! Went really well with the Lebanese spinach and meat pies and pita brought yesterday to a group lunch. I might';ve overdone the garlic-- we all needed gum/mints afterward. But it was worth it. I used more olive oil than called for; probably a 2:1 ratio of oil to lemon juice. The mint is really critical to this dish (in my humble...

Reviewed One-Pan Sage-and-Onion Chicken and Sausage

May 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Super good. I've made this several times. Works well with hot Italian sausages and chunks of potato added. This time I replaced the lemon juice with champagne wine vinegar and added 1/2 tsp fennel pollen. I also used boneless skinless chicken breast. Everything was in smallish chunks so the cooking time was shorter. Removed the chicken earlier tha"

Reviewed Whole Wheat Honey Banana Muffins

May 9, 2013 in on

These are terrific. Made mine with white whole wheat flour (instead of the traditional red whole wheat), 2 large ripe bananas, and coconut oil. I just ate one still warm from the oven, and they taste great-- no spreads or additions needed, but I bet these will be awesome with some hazelnut butter (or macadamia nut butter) in the morning. Thanks f...

Reviewed Spanish-Style White Bean, Kale and Chorizo Soup

Mar 14, 2013 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Yum, this is really good. I added a pound of cremini mushrooms and axed the sherry vinegar. Also used more like 5 cups of stock. Terrific served with the country oat wheat bread I made earlier today."

Reviewed Chicken and Ham Cassoulet

Feb 27, 2013 in on

Enjoyed coming home to this after a very long work day. Used three skinless boneless breasts and shredded them at the end of the cook time. Great over brown rice."

Reviewed General Tso's Chicken

Jan 19, 2013 in on

Yum-- great dish. I used some leftover pan-fried chicken breast tenderloins from last night. Sliced them into bite-sized chunks and warmed them up in the sauce with a few crowns of steamed broccoli florets. The sauce is great; reduced the sugar by about a third and that was just right for us. Added probably double the amount of stock to get the r...

Reviewed Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

Dec 27, 2012 in on

These were great with spiral-cut ham, roasted asparagus, mashed potatoes, and gravy-- a quintessential meat-and-potatoes meal. I added 2 Tbsp dry milk and 1 Tbsp diastatic malt powder and let the bread machine do all the hard work. Shaped this into 29 two-ounce rolls. These were a hit; will make again!"

Reviewed Low-Fat Carrot Cake Muffins (That Don't Taste Low-Fat!)

Nov 24, 2012 in on

Yum, these are really great. Used mostly whole wheat pastry flour with just shy of 1/4 c coconut flour. Didn't add raisins or nuts because of the crazy people in my household who hate such things. Great with a bit of walnut butter spread on top. Thanks!"

Reviewed Bacon and Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese

Nov 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Holy schnikeys. This was so stinkin' good I can't stand it. I thinly sliced the sprouts and then steamed them for a couple minutes. To make it a little lighter, I used just 2 Tbsp fat (bacon grease rather than the butter and olive oil), whole grain penne, more like 3/4 c of each cheese, and 1% milk. We had it as a main dish for dinner tonight...

Reviewed Savory and Sweet Pork Stew with Ancho Chiles

Nov 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Yum, this was really great! I love the smoky, earthy taste and using pork tenderloin worked out great. I made a couple of other substitutions to use ingredients I had on hand too: I used 1/2 cup of brazil nut butter instead of almonds and peanuts, and a mix of ancho and regular chile powders instead of the actual ancho chiles. Before refrigerating"

Reviewed Red Lentil and Carrot Soup With Coconut for the Crock Pot

Nov 1, 2012 in on

Tasty! Added a lb of turkey Italian sausage, more carrots, and a red bell pepper. Used just 2 cups stock to make it thicker. It would be good with some fresh ginger added in. Thanks!"

Reviewed Pot Roast

Oct 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was really good! I used a 3-lb chuck roast, which I seared on the stove top before cooking off the veggies and throwing it all into a crock pot. After about 6-7 hours on low, the meat was fall-apart tender and not at all dry. Pureeing all the sauce/onions/olives/raisins in the blender made for a nice gravy too. That gravy went really well wit"

Reviewed Pete's Scratch Pancakes

Oct 20, 2012 in on

I've been using this as my go-to recipe for pancakes for several years now. They're always great!! I routinely use 2 T olive oil in place of the butter and add 2 tsp diastatic malt powder but I've made them without these changes many times. If you like high, fluffy, pillowy pancakes, they're just really wonderful! Be sure to let the batter sit un...

Reviewed Grilled Tuna Steak

Aug 26, 2012 in on

This is delicious and easy. I discovered I'd run out of sesame oil so I used 1 Tbsp sesame paste (tahini) instead, which worked just fine. Used half regular and half lower sodium soy sauce to prevent the marinade from being too salty. This beautiful fish and the thickened marinade sauce went well with steamed asparagus and brown basmat rice. Mmm."

Reviewed Bird Seed Bread (Abm)

Aug 22, 2012 in on

Excellent! Used all whole-grain flour (white whole wheat), olive oil instead of butter, chia instead of poppy seeds, and oat bran instead of quinoa. Added baker's dry milk, vital wheat gluten, and some diastatic malt powder. This rose really well and tastes delicious. It's chock full of nutrients, it's got a great texture, and it'll make terrific...

Reviewed Grilled Italian Marinated Swordfish

Aug 19, 2012 in on

Terrific marinade! Our swordfish steak sat in it for 4-5 hours. That was enough time to infuse great flavor. Nice with grilled yellow squash and a salad with mixed greens, lots of vegetables, and a simple vinaigrette."

Reviewed Cold Peanut Noodles

Jul 30, 2012 in on

These are great, a hit with everyone in our house. Used a 14-oz box whole wheat angel hair pasta and added some julienned cucumbers. Might double the sauce next time. Nice side next to grilled chicken breast tenders. Thanks for posting!"

Reviewed Avocado Salad

Jul 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Yum-- simple and tasty. I love savory + sweet dishes like this. Used all pineapple (no mango in the house) and replaced the jicama/radish (again, none in the house) with water chestnuts. Husband and son wouldn't eat it which means it's mine, all mine, baby."

Reviewed Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs

Jul 15, 2012 in on

Loved this chicken! Sadly, my cilantro had gone bad so made do by adding 1 tsp ground coriander. Marinaded for probably 2 hours, which was enough to infuse the meat with all the great flavors. Terrific cooked out on the grill next to thick slices of eggplant. Thanks for posting."

Reviewed Italian Sliced Chicken and Pork Hoagie

Jul 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Yum. Had some leftover grilled chicken breast so used this recipe for everything but the meat. The hoagie dressing is great; perfect complement to the spicy giardiniera. Sprinkled some dried oregano, salt, & pepper over the top to finish. Thanks!"

Reviewed My Favorite Sub (Hoagie) Rolls

Jul 4, 2012 in on

Ooo, so good. Made some changes to suit my proclivity for experimentation. Used mostly bread flour but replaced some of that with hi-maize and coconut flours. Also added an ounce of baker's dry milk, replaced some of the sugar with diastatic malt powder, and used half olive oil, half butter. Despite my mucking about, they still turned out great. ...

Reviewed Big Daddy's Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

Jun 24, 2012 in on

Terrific BBQ sauce! Looking forward to slathering it on grilled chicken tonight. For now, the taste right out of the bowl is spot on - tangy, slightly sweet, love the mustard base. Halved the recipe; yield was about 1 cup. Used about 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder in place of liquid smoke [none on hand]."

Reviewed BBQ Chicken, Red Bean and Corn Country Chowder

Jun 15, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

This is very good! I poached chicken breast in the barbecue sauce mixed with a couple cups of water to infuse those flavors, then chopped it up. Ended up using about 1.25 lb cooked chicken. Used 1/2 c of pinot grigio instead of beer since we don't have any in the house right now (horrors). I didn't have room in my pot to add the potatoes, probabl"

Reviewed Whole Wheat Yogurt Honey Dinner Rolls Bread Machine

Jun 15, 2012 in on

Oh man, these are good and my bread machine did almost all of the work, a major plus. I used all 100% white whole wheat flour -- milder than traditional whole wheat but still whole grain -- with 1/4 c soy flour. Went with just 2 T honey, which was just right for us and 2% plain Greek yogurt worked just fine. Added an extra 1/4 c 1% milk...

Reviewed Oat Bran Muffins

Jun 10, 2012 in on

Enjoyed these muffins for breakfast today. I used 1 1/2 c oat bran, 3/4 c all-purpose flour, and 1/4 c soy flour and buttermilk for the liquid. Used finely grated carrot for the fruit and added 2 tsp cinnamon. Nice way to start a Sunday. Thanks for posting!"

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