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Jackie Cooks

whippany, New Jersey

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Reviewed Fresh Corn Salad

Sep 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was so looking forward to making an eating this. While it was good, it wasn't Ina-amazing like most of her recipes. I followed it to the T. But I found the red onion to be a bit over powering, thankfully I had a can of green giant sweet corn in the pantry that I added to recipe since by then I was that of ears of corn. That helped.
I'll...

Reviewed Spaghettini with Checca Sauce

Aug 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great recipe. Easy to make and a great way to use up all those summer tomatoes. But I agree WAY too much garlic. "

Reviewed Zucchini Gratin

Jul 13, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

fantastic. Not too hard to make and I like that you can prepare it ahead of time then pop it in the oven right before dinner. Went perfect with our london broil."

Reviewed Penne with Vodka Sauce

Dec 30, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

this is the best and EASIEST penne vodka recipe I've ever made. It will be my go-to recipe from now on. I have tried others (Barefoot Contessa' s Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola) and while good, it was way more involved and complicated. While this recipe is easy and fast. I've even done this with a jar of Francesco Rinaldi and its been great!""

Reviewed Nick and Toni's Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola

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

Great recipe. I didn't have canned plum tomatoes on hand so I used 2 cans of Tutteroso crushed tomatoes. Honestly, it was so much easier than crushing tomatoes through your hands, etc. I also used a submersion Cuisinart hand blender, again it was easier that digging out my blender and cleaning that. Even with those minor changes the recipe was gr...

Reviewed Lemon Yogurt Cake

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

This cake is so good and very easy to make.

However, I got a chuckle when Ina called it 'good for you' in the video because it uses yogurt. That's a bit of a stretch since it uses 2 1/3 cups of sugar for the entire recipe. But it's a cake and no one makes a cake to be healthy! "

Reviewed Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

Jul 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I don't understand why this recipe calls for broccoli and the same recipe in the Barefoot Contessa At Home book does not include the broccoli."

Reviewed Chicken Piccata

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

This was awesome. So easy and yummy. I gotta agree with the other posters, it's better than Barefoot Contessa's recipe (which didn't have capers- very strange).
This one is easy and has less ingredients. I love that there is no egg wash to deal with, that is always a pain in the neck. The sauce was great and went very well with some angel...

Reviewed Scalloped Tomatoes

Dec 31, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great dish to make. I should have done what the previous poster did and kept some of the crust. I like the crunch too. Even though you toast the bread crumbs they get a bit soggy once the tomatoes hit the pan.
To be honest, dicing up 16 tomatoes was a time consuming pain in the butt. Next time I make this I'll use cans of diced tomatoes...

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