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Reviewed Easy Salisbury Steak

Aug 8, 2013 in on

Overall, good recipe which worked exactly as described. Straightforward Salisbury Steak. We used approximately half of the optional spices (red pepper flakes and cumin) which seemed just about right for children. As with the other reviewer, we added 8 oz of sautéed mushrooms, which added significantly to the taste. Four stars is a pret...

Reviewed Bucatini All'Amatriciana with Spicy Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs

Jun 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Overall good. The most significant problem I had was with the thickness of the sauce. It seemed pretty thick when I started and got far too thick at the end. As such, I returned some water too it. I thought the meatballs were good, but the kids thought they were too spicy. Therefore, I recommend cutting the red pepper in half if you are cooki"

Reviewed Blueberry Scones

Jun 4, 2012 in on

Overall, good recipe. Straightforward and easy to fix. I liked the taste, but my family, inexplicably, was only lukewarm. The average rating from the family was 3.33 stars."

Reviewed Red Onion and Cucumber Salad

Jun 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Far too much red onion in proportion to the cucumber. If I try to finish this off, my spouse won't get near my breath for a month. In retrospect, I should have made a half recipe. I guess I'll use small portions of it on salads for the next week. It should be OK as an accent, but is far too strong by itself. "

Reviewed East Side Mario's Hell's Kitchen Chicken (Pollo Italian)

May 28, 2012 in on

Overall, a strightforward recipe that was well-liked. The recipe did not specify which type of canned tomatoes, so I went with canned whole plumb tomatoes. It probably doesn't matter that much sice the sauce will be pureed anyway. I agree with the other reviewers who said that the sauce was a little too thin. I used 1/4 tsp of red pepper, whi...

Reviewed Mushroom Barley Soup (Slow Cooker)

May 12, 2012 in on

Overall, not a big hit for the family. The younger kids hated it and the older kids and adults rated it only slightly better. I'm the leaset finicky in the family, and thought it was an OK low fat dish. My wife did not like the spice combination. Nonetheless, the recipe worked as advertised and the preparation was very easy."

Reviewed Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix in a Jar

May 4, 2012 in on

I prepared the "dressing" option of this recipe and it was not a real winner. The average rating from my family was 3 stars. Although my family can be pretty finicky, I thought this assessment was generous at best. First, the the dressing recipe was too thick to realistically use as a dressing. Second, the crushed crackers gave it an uneven c...

Reviewed Brussels Sprouts Salad

May 3, 2012 in on

I had hoped the add ons would make brussel sprouts palatable to the kids. This did not occur and, with my kids, was probably too high of an obstacle to clear. Accordingly, the kids gave it an average 1.67 stars. For my tastes, I though it was a good twist on brussel sprouts, although perhaps included too much salt."

Reviewed Ricotta and Banana Pancakes

Apr 28, 2012 in on

Very rich, deicious pancakes, although they take a long time to prepare. The only problem with the recipe was that 5 mins was a bit too long to cook the bananas. I burned some of the slices. For the final result, two kids really liked the dish, one finicky kid would rather have Bisquick pancakes. Thus the average rating from the kids was 3.67...

Reviewed Tarragon-Cream Chicken

Feb 4, 2012 in on

Very good recipe. I used ham instead of bacon or prosciutto, as I was trying to get rid of the leftover Christmas ham (The website pulled recipe up for a "ham" search.) I had to add extra salt to make up for the pork difference. Nonetheless, an average rating of 4.67 stars was pretty good for my family."

Reviewed Asparagus and Ham Brunch Bread

Feb 4, 2012 in on

Overall, good recipe. Very easy to prepare, and I had it on the table less than an hour from a dead start. The family gave it an average rating of a "4" (really liked it but didn't love it). The main sticking point with the kids seemed to be the asparagus, of which they are not fond. I, however, thought it was a good mix of the tastes and food...

Reviewed Microwave Romano Chicken

Jan 26, 2012 in on

The recipe was easy and quick to prepare. I thought it was a pretty credible home-made chicken cordon bleau, but the rest of the family was only so-so on the taste. They ate it, but gave it an average rating of only 3.25 ("liked"). I halved the recipe, which seemed to work fine. I cut the chicken open after 10 minutes and it was not cooked in...

Reviewed Banana Breakfast Drink

Jan 8, 2012 in on

Tasty, easy to make, and surprisingly nutritious. My two daughters loved it!"

Reviewed Roast Turkey, Avocado and Bacon Sandwich

Nov 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I had to work with the recipe slight to make things work. First, I had to make several substitutions because my local grocery stores did not carry the items called for. Specifically, I substituted baby spinach and arugula for the watercress and edam cheese for the fontina. Additionally, I used diced turkey left over from Thanksgiving, although...

Reviewed Whole Wheat Pancakes

Nov 19, 2011 in on

Overall, good basic recipe. One kid really liked it, another was so-so, and a third wouldn't eat wheat pancakes. I've cooked the recipe twice now, and the pancakes come out rather thin and with a slightly greasy consistency. I agree with another reviewer that the recipe seems to call for a lot of vegetable oil. Next time, therefore, I may inc...

Reviewed Whole Wheat Waffles With Blueberries

Nov 12, 2011 in on

Overall, strightforward recipe that worked as advertised. My family was only so-so about the taste of the wheat over the traditional white flour waffles. Because of this, the three kids were unanimous with a 3-star rating. In spite of this, I'll probably cook this again to provide a healthier alternative for breakfast."

Reviewed Spiced German Mustard

Aug 2, 2011 in on

OK, but not mindblowing. I cooked this to have something different to go with brats. The recipe was easy to make and I ran into no hitches. The mustard was good, but not that different from many storebought brands (Gouldens, etc.). I'm sure I could have bought one of these for under the cost I paid for the recipe ingredients. The average vote...

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