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Reviewed Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Dec 30, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

My mistake was not reading the ratings before preparing this for Christmas dinner! The glaze made the sprouts overly sweet. Only my nephew who has quite a sweet tooth loved them and went back for seconds. Between the sweetness from the sugar, and acidity from the vinegar, I won't be making this again.

Reviewed Simple, Perfect Chili

Nov 12, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this was a good, basic chili- a good springboard to tailoring it to your own taste. I prefer mine cooked with lots of onions, diced canned tomatoes, finishing the cooking with green peppers and green chiles. I'm taking Ree's idea of adding tomato sauce- and also pinto beans-I would previously only add kidney beans. Mine turns out pretty...

Reviewed Bean, Cauliflower and Cheese Burritos

Nov 12, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I loved the cauliflower recipe and plan to make it as a side dish-first time I've sauteed cauliflower and boy was it tasty. I want to say that it took about 45 min. to get the cauliflower tender by cooking this way whereas the recipe said saute for 5 minutes. The burritos were terrific, and the show was inspiring with the kids helping in the kitchen...

Reviewed Penne Alla Betsy

Sep 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Quick, easy, and delicious. My 10 y/o loved it too. "

Reviewed Chicken Spaghetti

Jul 6, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought cooking the pasta in chicken broth, etc. would make the dish really flavorful, but I don't believe it added any flavor.. Don't get me wrong, we polished it off, and I plan to serve the half I froze in a few months, but I think the recipe could be improved. First of all, I would boil the pasta in water, not broth. I would shred a rotis"

Reviewed Veracruz-Style Tilapia ("Pescado A La Veracruzana"

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

I used mahi-mahi from Costco's frozen fish section instead of tilapia. The fillets were thicker than the tilapia I usually buy, which probably accounts for having to leave the fish in the oven 15 minutes-20 minutes, covered, instead of 5 minutes. The dish is simple to make, yet so flavorful. I served it with a baked potato, sour cream, and chi"

Reviewed Baked Eggs in Hash Brown Cups

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

I placed Simply potatoes in pre-sprayed ramekins instead of muffin tins. I baked them for 25 minutes. I added the eggs and baked them another 25 min. The second time I prepared them, I added a total of 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese, dividing it evenly amongst the ramekins, and then the eggs directly on top. Overall, eggs nests are a cute idea"

Reviewed Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup

Apr 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yes, I agree with the readers that said to make the syrup ahead of time if you wish, but making the salad too far in advance won't make for the freshest fruit salad. I made mine about two hours before serving it, and it was great. Since mint is out of season in April in Oregon, I purchased it, and it was a delicious addition. I really enjoy Ree'"

Reviewed Strawberry Meringue Cake (Mostachon

Apr 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I used 10 oz. of Maria crackers, as some reviewers suggested, and it was still too much-the bottom was too dry and tough to cut with a fork when eating, but it was delicious. I would suggest 7 oz.of Maria crackers, as other reviewers recommended. Overall the dessert was light and delicous, definitely reminiscent of cheesecake, but lighter. I es"

Reviewed Strawberry and Rosemary Scones

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

My 10 year old son, who had never been convinced to try a scone, did when he saw these. I think it was because of the jam in the middle-they look like cookies. He said "These are out of this world!" I've made them three times and actually was now rereading the recipe and saw the section on the glaze-I had "glazed over" that section and can't "

Reviewed Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Jan 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I seared the pork on all sides first, then placed it on the onions in a crock pot. I added a full 7 oz. can of the chiles-which I diced-with all the adobo sauce, to the pork, plus the ground black pepper-no salt due to dietary restrictions-and then 12 oz. Dr. Pepper. I cooked the pork on high for about 9 hours, and because I was home intermittent"

Reviewed Mexican Meatloaf

Jan 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

As soon as I saw all the veggies that went into this meatloaf, I had to try it. I thought it was very tasty, but the poblano made the meatloaf too spicy for our taste. My 10-year-old hollered a few times as he ate, but he polished it off, because it was good. Fortunately I had read the reviews saying that the glaze was the spiciest part, so I a"

Reviewed Braised Pork Sandwich with Spicy Tomato Broth (Tortas Ahogadas

Oct 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had never had a torta ahogada, so I didn't know what to expect. The first time around, when I served the broth over the bolillo, it was way too "ahogada" even though we ate the torta immediately. Next round I served the torta "au jus" with a mug of the broth on the side for dipping. This worked much better. The meat from this recipe turned "

Reviewed Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette

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

For a salad, this was pretty time consuming, especially peeling, cutting, and cooking the butternut squash. I wasn't sure if I would like warm squash on the salad greens, but for an Autumn dish, that part was nice; satisfying. I liked the tangerine juice in the vinaigrette, but I didn't like sliced tangerines in the salad at all. The coolness o"

Reviewed Toasted Bean and Cheese Open-Faced Sandwiches ("Molletes"

Oct 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Nice, easy-if you use canned beans-thanks to reviewers for idea- cold weather recipe. Seemed like an odd choice of ingredients: essentially crusty rolls, refried beans, and cheese, but delicious. I've made them twice now. "

Reviewed Pickled Vegetables

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

This escabeche is sooo good! The one vegetable I was skeptical about was the potato, but that turned out to be my favorite. For anyone trying to cut down on sodium, I did the initial parboil with all the salt the recipe calls for, but then did not add any of the additional sodium. Turned out very tasty. "

Reviewed Cajeta Gelatin

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

My impression is that this makes 8 servings instead of 4. It is REALLY rich and delicious, even when using the reduced fat cream cheese. I didn't have many raspberries, so in addition to those, I added a diced nectarine. Next time, I would put a little of the frothy cajeta gelatina mixture into the serving glass or dish, then some fruit, then "

Reviewed Kale and Cheese Tamales

Jul 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was my first time making tamales of any kind, and I'm happy to report that they came out fabulously! The kale/zucchini/cheese filling is delectable-could certainly stand on its own as a side dish. Some things I would do differently: Soak the husks in hot water and really immerse them-I used cold water, which I think made them less pliabe t"

Reviewed Cauliflower with Avocado-Cilantro Dip

Jul 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The dip was reminiscent of the store-bought guacamoles, except without all the preservatives! Really a bright, beautiful green. I served it with regular cauliflower (couldn't find romanesco-maybe at a farmer's market-sure does look pretty) but as soon as I tasted it, I wanted to partner it with chips, and ended up serving it with nachos. So mu"

Reviewed Pico de Gallo

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

Delicious and fresh! I prepared it to eat it with chips, but will follow the other reviewers' ideas to top nachos with it, Mexican rice, and also fish tacos. Thanks for the ideas! Gracias. Y gracias a Marcela por todas las ideas y la inspiracion. "

Reviewed Baja Style Fish Tacos

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

The only beer I had on hand was Bud Lite, and my fish was tilapia. Nevertheless, the fish tacos turned out great! My son has requested this repeatedly since the first time I tried it. "

Reviewed Zucchini-Tortilla Casserole (Pastel Azteca

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

El pastel azteca was really tasty- 4 stars instead of 5 because like reviewers said, if you follow the recipe, you'll be short some tortillas-use 18-that will provide proper coverage for the casserole dish. I added about 1 cup diced chicken I had on hand, and the overall flavor was delicious. "

Reviewed Chicken Tostadas

Jun 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The first time I made these I thought they were so-so. My son loved them but said "no radishes next time." He kept remembering the tostadas and requesting them, so literally months later I decided to try them again. This time they were absolutely scrumptious. First change: deep fried the tortillas as Marcela demonstrated on the show, instead"

Reviewed Baked Cod with Olives and Limes

May 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I think this may be the best fish recipe I've ever prepared-absolutely scrumptious. I used regular olives, not kalamata, adding the minced clove of garlic as reviewers recommended, and WOW! My 9-year-old said to double the recipe next time:) "

Reviewed Fast Fruit Delight with Coffee Liqueur

May 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Elegant dessert, and so easy to make. "

Reviewed Spiced Chicken with Chocolate Pasilla Sauce

May 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I too am a "mole novice." This was my second time preparing a mole sauce, and I liked this one better than the last (a different chef's recipe.) I did switch the Mexican chocolate to unsweetened baking chocolate, because the last recipe called for that and I had some left over. I enjoyed this chicken very much-flavorful and looks nice with the"

Reviewed Classic Shrimp Gobernador Tacos

May 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I followed the recipe exactly except for I served it over rice instead of making a taco out it. It was really good. I squeezed a bit of lime juice over the entire dish, and it was terrific. "

Reviewed Baja Style Fish Tacos

May 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The only beer I had on hand was Bud Lite, and my fish was tilapia. Nevertheless, the fish tacos turned out great!"

Reviewed Chicken Tostadas

May 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I wasn't crazy about the tostadas-not a big fan of tostadas in general. My son loved them and asked if I could make them again, but without the radishes (which he is fond of; just didn't like them on the tostada.) If I make these again, I would rather fry or oven bake the tortillas-I bought the pre-made ones, but I think they have a strong preser"

Reviewed Burger Al Pastor

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

I enjoyed these burgers tremendously! What I most love about Marcela is that she teaches me how to use ingredients I've never used before. On the show, she's shown draining the guajillo peppers in stainless steel colander. Good idea, because they stained my plastic one dreadfully. I couldn't find any ground pork, so I used 1.25 lbs. of ground "

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