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Reviewed ambrosia

2 days ago on

I used nothing but fresh fruit except for the cherries, of course. Bought the fresh coconut from Whole Foods so I wouldn't have to deal with that whole process. Only thing I didn't make from scratch was the homemade marshmallows. This was fantastic! NO leftovers. I was transported back to the 1960s!

Reviewed pork carnitas tacos

5 days ago on

Real good! I added a small can of diced chiles and some cumin to bring home that Mexican flavor. Definitely a great recipe to use when you have leftover pork roast, like I did. Even though my pork loin was already cooked, I threw it in the crock pot on low and let it simmer all day. Perfect!

Reviewed spaghetti alla carbonara

9 days ago on

I actually did a fist pump after I made this! First time I ever had this was in Italy....Tyler recreated it just like I remember. SO DECADENT! Like the Italians, I added some cream to the cheese egg mixture. Other than that slight change, this is perfect.

My kids said this is their new favorite dish and they love Thai. That's saying...

Replied to Tahitian Ice Cream Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

Mar 25, 2014 on

Uh, no, it's not obvious.

For most homemade ice creams, you cook a custard before you start freezing it. This recipe even starts out with you cooking some elements of the recipe. I was expecting the rum to be included.

Most recipes that use rum usually call for the rum to be heated so that the alcohol cooks...

Reviewed roman-style chicken

Mar 25, 2014 on

I had Pollo alla Romana at Tre Scalini Ristorante in Rome and it was fabulous. I was hoping this recipe was similar and it was except for one major exception�in Rome, the peppers are quartered, NOT sliced. So I did it the way a famous 5-star restaurant in Rome did it by quartering the peppers and also made a few minor edits.

I doubled...

Reviewed chicken satay stir-fry with orange scented jasmine rice

Mar 2, 2014 on

I've never had an issue with adding the sauce to stir fry meat/veggies in the wok before, but I did here. Sauce came out VERY watery which is too bad because I tasted it before I added it and was pretty good, but lacking a kick.

This is why you should take meat/veggie mixture out of wok and THEN add sauce. Overall, this was good...

Reviewed lobster spring rolls with a citrus-chili dipping sauce

Feb 17, 2014 on

This was a BLAST to make! Hubby and I drank a bunch of wine and made these and they were great. Two notes:

1- Two minutes cooking time makes these more like taquitos than spring rolls. We flash fried these at just under a minute and they were PERFECT.

2- The cabbage takes longer to wilt than you think. I ended...

Reviewed beef goulash

Jan 30, 2014 on

WOW! This was fantastic! I followed the directions as written and it was PERFECT. I noticed I didn't have Hungarian sweet paprika on hand but did have Spanish smoked paprika in the cupboard. I recommend the smoked paprika because it gives the goulash a nice, earthy flavor.

Also, after pouring in 4 cups of beef stock I thought 2...

Reviewed Scalloped Potatoes

Dec 29, 2013 on

I substituted 2 cups half n half and 2 cups of heavy cream for the 4 cups heavy cream. Also added sliced onions, some sprigs of fresh thyme and fresh nutmeg in the potatoes while they were being parboiled. I used Jarlsberg and Parmesan cheese instead and this was sooo good!

This is a keeper!

Reviewed Rich Beef Barley Soup

Dec 27, 2013 on

I doubled the recipe and since the butcher only had 2 lbs of oxtails, I added 2 lbs of beef short ribs. I also used LOW SODIUM beef broth--12 cans--so I could control the saltiness myself.

My goodness this was sooooooo good! I allowed the soup to simmer for 2 hours to get the oxtails nice and tender. I then removed the ribs and...

Reviewed Dry-Aged Standing Rib Roast with Sage Jus

Dec 26, 2013 on

I didn't age the meat and it still turned out wonderful. By the way, this sage jus was off-the-charts good. Everyone wanted the recipe! The wine makes it so unique and the flavor pairs perfectly with the prime rib.

Next time I'll age the meat, although it's hard to imagine this tasting even better. Slow-cooking the meat AND THEN...

Reviewed Grilled Pepper Crusted T-Bone Steaks with Worcestershire-Chive Butter

Dec 17, 2013 on

Oh my goodness! I'm not a pepper freak and was concerned over the amount of pepper���I should have known to doubt Bobby Flay. This was OUTSTANDING. Not too peppery at all and I really put a thick crust of pepper on the steaks!

Kids loved it. Husband loved it. I loved it! Do NOT skip the ancho gives the meat a nice smoke...

Reviewed Seven Flavor Beef

Dec 8, 2013 on

Wow! This was really good! I was concerned about the lack of marinade so I doubled recipe but the flavors in this are outstanding. I stir-fried onions, bell peppers and zucchinis before cooking the meat and then added them in at the end. My kids RAVED over this. Really good!

Reviewed Luxurious Turkey Tetrazzini

Nov 29, 2013 on

This is a good basic recipe to start with....adding a few other ingredients makes it a 4-star recipe. I added a 1/2 cup chopped onion to the mushrooms and then 2 cloves of garlic minced at the last second to give it a little more Italian flavor.

Add some fresh tarragon mixed into the bechamel sauce to give it a wonderful flavor....

Reviewed Sourdough, Wild Mushroom, and Bacon Dressing

Nov 29, 2013 on

My family loves sourdough, bacon and mushrooms. This looked like a winner. But I thought it was very bland. Really disappointed how it tasted after the labor involved cutting sourdough into cubes and removing crusts. My family said the stuffing was OK, but they missed the our stuffing recipe handed down from generations, which takes more time but...

Reviewed Filet of Beef Bourguignon

Oct 24, 2013 on

I used two pounds of top sirloin instead of three pounds of filet to cost the cost. It was fabulous. TWO THINGS I WOULD CHANGE... after the veggies had simmered for 30 minutes I noticed the one-inch thick carrots were still not done. I also noticed the sauce had reduced to a wonderful flavor but there was not enough.

I added an...

Reviewed Pan Fried Chicken Thighs with Pancetta Cream over Confit Potatoes

Jul 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was shocked at how easy and tasty this was! I used bone-in thighs and high-quality thick bacon. It was delish!

For six thighs I cut the panko, eggs and flour in half. I also used 2 cups of cream instead of three. It was the PERFECT amount.

Other than that, I followed the directions exactly and it turned out...

Reviewed Chiles Rellenos

Jul 12, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is very good. Stuffing the peppers was a challenge, I won't lie. I ended up using toothpicks to keep the pockets closed and warned my guests there were toothpicks in the peppers. They didn't care.

The batter on this is simply outstanding. Almost tempura-like. It would be great to be used for onion rings as well.


Reviewed Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Jul 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

If I could give this six stars, I would. This is ridiculously good.

I made three changes which I want to pass on. DON'T CUT UP THE LOBSTER SHELLS when you remove the meat!

1- I used only three cups of cream instead of four. It makes it a little thicker and the texture much better.


Reviewed San Francisco Cioppino

Jul 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was excellent and so healthy! I made the base about 2 hours before serving time. When my guests arrived, I brought the base back to a slow simmer and then added the fish.
Fresh halibut was not available so I used fresh talapia and it was fantastic. I added some red pepper flakes and fresh lemon juice at the end. I HIGHLY recommend this....

Reviewed Mahana Cocktail

Jul 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This drink was great. I'm a Mai Tai lover so I was skeptical of this beating out my favorite Islands drink. I absolutely loved this.

Highly recommend. "

Reviewed Tahitian Ice Cream

Jul 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This looked like a great way to beat the heat. But....

1- You are serving your kids a dessert with alcohol that HAS NOT BEEN COOKED OFF. This needs to be forewarned in the recipe. I CANNOT believe food network did not issue a warning on this.

2- The texture of the ice cream was fabulous but it needed salt to...

Reviewed Tandoori Spiced Chicken Breast with Grilled Tomato Jam and Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Jul 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I'm a fan of Bobby Flay because I love spicy food. This recipe blew my doors off. I did not make any changes to the time I will cut the cayenne pepper in half. With that being said, this is seriously good.

DO NOT OMIT THE TOMATO JAM and HERBED YOGURT SAUCE. These two sauces makes the dish. In fact, we had extra pita...

Reviewed Mr. John's Meat-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Jan 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was skeptical of this recipe because it looked so plain-tasting. I was wrong! These are outstanding! I made two slight changes in that I added a tsp of thyme and used more pepper flakes than called for. I also added tomato sauce with the water in the bottom of the baking dish because I had only had a 16 oz can of sauce instead of 8 oz, so why to"

Reviewed Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage, and Ricotta Cheese

Sep 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was very skeptical of this recipe. My 14 year-old hates peas. But I love LOVE northern Italian cuisine so I gave this a shot. Verdict: I will make this again. The kids were silent when they took their first bite. My 11 year old said, "I don't like this....I LOVE this," Now to the 14 year old, who was silent. She turned to me and flashed a 'thumb"

Reviewed Flour's Famous Banana Bread

Aug 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

FINALLY! A great banana bread I can get behind! This was moist and very flavorful! I added 2 teaspoons of rum flavoring in addition to the vanilla and it tasted like a Bananas Foster cake. Yummy!! HIGHLY recommend this and so easy to make!

I didn't have parchment paper so I sprayed loaf pan with Pam and then sprinkled flour to coat...

Reviewed Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Aug 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is a winner. I cooked 4 Louisiana Hot Links, cut them up and added them into the mix right before the rice and it really gave the dish a nice kick. I also added one tablespoon of Emeril's Essence in addition to the two tablespoons of Cajun seasoning since some previous reviewers said the dish was too bland. Finally, I didn't have fresh parsle"

Reviewed Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Jul 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Wow! Now THIS is an oatmeal cookie that's chunky and chewy. We made two batches. first batch we added coconut and they were divine! Second batch we took out the raisins and added milk chocolate chips (the whole darn bag). YUMMMY!

My kids aren't big oatmeal cookie fans but THESE changed their minds. These are the best cookies ever,...

Reviewed Skillet Brownies

Jul 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

For those looking for mini skillet pans, culinary depot inc. sells them for $4.22 each BUT you have to order 12. You can buy them individually on Amazon. of course, i used ramekins and it came out great. :-)"

Reviewed Grilled Cheese and Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Jul 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Had these at 4th of July party. They were delish! A few helpful hints:

1- use Applewood really makes a difference. And make sure to use THICK cut bacon. 2- let them sit for about 10 minutes after they have been grilled or you will burn your tongue.3- I have circular metal skewers that fit around dinner plate edges and...

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