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Reviewed green bean casserole

Nov 27, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Tasty! Made it last year, and loved it. Made it again this year to take to a Thanksgiving potluck, and had to make a seperate one all for myself! I could not find fresh green beans, so I used canned. I still boiled them in the chicken broth, but cut the time down to 5 minutes so they wouldn?t get too mushy. Sprinkled in pepper and garlic powder to...

Reviewed Hot Dogs a la Rose

Sep 2, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

We thought this was excellent! After watching "The best thing I ever made" starving, little, 'ol me ran to the grocery store to buy hot dogs and pita bread (the rest I had at home). I came home and within half an hour we had our "TV" meal ready! I used white pita because I couldn't find whole wheat, regular paprika instead of spanish smoked (ra"

Reviewed Bistro-Style Short Ribs

Jul 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My rating is actually 4.5 stars. Simple to prepare, the only thing is it takes a good amount of time until you get to eat which is torturous simply because it makes your house smell AMAZING as it simmers away!!! My short ribs literally fell off the bone. I mean literally, just when I poked it, so all of you complaining that your meat wasn't ten"

Reviewed Southern Biscuits

Jul 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were just ok. Not good, not horrible, just...blah."

Reviewed Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb

Jul 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I don't eat lamb, and I've never cooked it either, but my significant other loves lamb and was begging me to make it for him.
This recipe was a total hit!!!! I have never, ever seen my SO's eyes close or him moan (sorry, but it's true) while chewing, but he was in total ecstacy with this recipe. And coming from him, that's a HUGE compliment.
I...

Reviewed Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

Jun 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love this different preparation style! The crunch of the roasted broc mixed with the nuttiness of the toasted pine nuts, the saltiness of the parmesan, and the herby-ness of the basil with the ZING of the lemon zest and juice sure played a number on my palate. Very simple preparation, reasonable roasting time, and just delicious. Waaaay bette"

Reviewed Baked Shrimp Scampi

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

This was so good! I was surprised at how much flavor the shrimp absorbed with such a short marination and baking period. I was also surprised at the concept of "baked" scampi, but it was delicious and I'll forever keep this recipe in my repertoire. I halved the recipe, a pound of shrimp served over linguini was more than enough for my BF and I,"

Reviewed French Onion Soup

Jun 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tyler who???? Tyler Florence, I'm so, so, so sorry I've never really heard of you before but damn I wish I had. This french onion soup is love at first sip! Really! I love how all the flavors of the thyme, red wine, and sweet onions shine through the beef broth. I lightly salted and peppered the onions as they were simmering, and that was enou"

Reviewed French Onion Soup

Jun 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tyler who???? Tyler Florence, I'm so, so, so sorry I've never really heard of you before but damn I wish I had. This french onion soup is love at first sip! Really! I love how all the flavors of the thyme, red wine, and sweet onions shine through the beef broth. I lightly salted and peppered the onions as they were simmering, and that was enou"

Reviewed Pasta Bolognese

Jun 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I didn't have the "salty" problem a lot of people had (taste your food, people!), but I have to give it only 4 stars. I really, really wanted this to be a 5-star-er, but it just seemed like it was lacking something. I followed all the directions to the T, browned the crap outta my veg and my ground meat, used a fine cabernet, skimmed my fat, and"

Reviewed Lady and Sons Fried Pork Chops

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

Nice crunchy texture, moist chop. I'm giving it a 3 because it just didn't "WOW" me. However, I might still make it again on a nigh when I'm craving a fried pork chop. I didn't have buttermilk on hand so I used nearly a full cup of whole milk with a tablespoon of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes. I like the buttermilk soak prior to flourin"

Reviewed Smothered Pork Chops

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

These were just "OK" for me, it didn't knock my socks off, unfortunately. Pork chops is one of those foods that we eat fairly often. We have our standard way of cooking it, same deal - fried with a house gravy. I prefer our own un-recipe'd version of this dish. It wasn't horrible, but it seemed like it was missing something. I followed all th"

Reviewed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

This recipe will convert ANY and ALL brussels sprouts haters!!! One horriffic, boiled brussels sprouts experience will scar many for life, like it did me...But once again, Contessa to the rescue! This super simple recipe will make you wonder what you've been missing all these years. Crispy, salty, tender deliciousness. Who knew! I got a littl"

Reviewed Focaccia

Jun 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy peasy! I've always loved focaccia but never had the cajones to attempt to make it (or any bread for that matter). But after watching Anne's show, I felt that it was do-able, and guesssss whaaaat? It came out awesome! It was so awesome that I couldn't stop eating it! Between 4 people, the pan was gone in a single day. Beautiful, olive oi"

Reviewed Chicken Pot Pie

Jun 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was my first attempt at a pie of ANY kind and wow wow wow I was kind of impressed with myself. The crust is flaky, buttery, perfect - and the filling is creamy, full, and no-fuss. It was a little time consuming (I move slow) but soooooo well worth it. I've made it twice now, the first time with the chicken roasted just the way Ina says to,"

Reviewed Chef Jack's Corn Chowder

Jun 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another winner from Paula! I usually hate corn chowder. My boyfriend loves it and was begging me to make him some, and against my better judgement I did...And boy am I glad I did. This recipe is a super winner, and the flavors are amazing.
I shucked (is that the right word?) the corn kernels straight off the cob (used 5 ears of corn...

Reviewed Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

Jun 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was fabulous! Nice subtly spicy, cocoa-flavoured porkchops. It was a nice change to our same 'ol boring pork chop routine. My other half was very surprised at the ingredient combo, and very appreciative to say the least - he couldn't wait to have them again. Didn't change a thing about the ingredients, although at that time I didn't have "

Reviewed Chicken Noodle Soup

Jun 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Deeeeelicious! Saw Anne make this on her show, and just had to try it as I was super curious about the flavor melding of cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon when it came to traditional chicken soup. Let me tell you, it was fabulous!
I'm a white-meat gal, so I used 1.5 lbs of boneless chicken breast. Because of the lack of bones (aka broth builder)...

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