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Reviewed Crab Risotto

Feb 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Are you kidding me?!!! This is divine risotto! And I am a frequent risotto-maker. Granted the white truffle oil was a tad expensive ... but worth every penny. I was able to use freshly picked, in-season crab. To kick it up, I gently sauted the crab in a little butter before adding it and added a cup of white wine after toasting the rice, cooked...

Reviewed Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Dec 9, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Dumb me. I should have pulled the oil down to less than 1/4 cup (not Ina's 1/3). My 911 recovery was to toss the orzo/veggie/dressing mixture into a collander to drain the excess oil for 5 minutes before serving. Very tasty. Served nicely with Giada's Chicken Milanese. Thanks Ina!

Reviewed Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel Sauce

Dec 9, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious. Per the other reviews, I bumped the garlic cloves up to 4 for more punch. NEXT TIME, I will replace Giada's beloved mascarpone with 1/3 cup of non-fat cream cheese. We're saving our arteries for dessert! Thanks Giada!

Reviewed Butternut Squash Risotto

Nov 30, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

PUMPKIN risotto... replaced squash with 1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin puree. 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg. 1/2 teaspoon dry sage. Peeled and boiled 1/2 lb white pearl onions + 2 tablespoons butter. Added puree, nutmeg, sage, pearl onions in the last 3 minutes of cook time. Added cheese and served with roasted chicken breast and Ina's string beans with...

Reviewed Orange-Scented Broccoli and Cauliflower

Nov 29, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Excellent! Easy! Very delicate - not overwhelming - orange flavor. Enhances the flavor of the dish stars...broccoli and cauliflower! One recommended change >> back the b&c cook time off to 4 minutes for a more al dente crunch. Thanks Rachael!

Reviewed Cornbread Stuffing

Nov 29, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

GREEN CHILE cornbread stuffing! Replaced red pepper with diced, fire-roasted green chiles. Replaced ham with mild turkey chorizo. Replaced cream with nonfat milk. Spectacular! Rave reviews from my typically very traditional family. It will now become a Thanksgiving "tradition" in our home! Thanks Michael!

Reviewed Pork Tenderloin Marinated in Garlic, Lemon and Oregano with Greek Salad

Nov 18, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

My go-to "healthy" pork tenderloin recipe. (I omit the anchovy paste and substitute endive for radicchio.) All of the ingredients balance perfectly on the palate ... the grill/marinade flavor of the meat ....with the olives and cucumbers....with the grill flavor of the tomatoes and endive....with the tart/slightly sweet salad dressing. Nice with...

Reviewed Easy Sole Meuniere

Nov 2, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

My GO-TO recipe for sole or any other white, delicate fish (e.g. Tilapia). Goes well with angel hair pasta. To change it up, thinly sliced button mushrooms are nice or add half a teaspoon of fresh-ground pepper. Yes, it's a little lemony -- but hey, that's what a great "Meuniere" is all about! Thanks Ina!

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