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El Paso, Texas

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Reviewed Mediterranean Salad

Nov 6, 2013 on

Super easy recipe and versatile. Nice and light for a summer feast. Yet sweet and tart -- perfect for a turkey dinner. More exotic than rice. More unexpected than pasta.

Reviewed Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Nov 6, 2013 on

Could this be the taste of summer in the Mediterranean?!! Simple, easy to make, crisp flavors, light. Delicious! Followed the recipe as is. Accompanied it with Giada's couscous salad and spinach with honey-shallot dressing. Heaven!

Reviewed Spinach Salad with Honey-Brown Butter Dressing

Aug 20, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Don't let the shallots intimidate you. They're the best part of this delicious dressing. I followed the dressing recipe exactly. Turned out great. Like previous reviewers, I added dried cranberries, pecans (although walnuts would have been great, too), and creamy, goat cheese. Next time, I may add green apple, candied pecans or grilled beets. The "

Reviewed Chicken Cacciatore

Aug 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Recipe is super easy and flavorful. I only had boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I followed the recipe almost precisely otherwise. Like previous reviewers, I also added a pinch of sugar to bring out the sweetness of the tomato sauce. The only "Note to Self" is to watch the salt amount next time. I seasoned the sauce prior to incorporating the se"

Reviewed Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

May 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Like eating out. Delicious. Heats well the day after. Save a little bit of pasta water to revive the leftovers the next day. Like previous reviewers, I had difficulty getting the sauce to thicken. I added cornstarch. If possible, use fresh basil and parsley. It does make a difference. However, if you only have dry herbs at hand, don't hesistate to"

Reviewed Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Apr 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Followed recipe. Flavorful, moist pork chops! Simply delicious."

Reviewed Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Apr 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Absolutely delicious! Even picky eaters asked for seconds. I wasn't a fan of goat cheese... 'till now! The stuffing was so tasty, I could have eaten it with crackers. Like previous reviewers suggested, I only prepared 1/2 the stuffing called for in the recipe, and I still had about a spoonful left (4 pork chops). The sauce is a MUST. Intergrate th"

Reviewed Sauteed Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil served with Parmesan Crisps

Apr 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Simple, healthy, flavorful. I skipped the baked cheese. Instead, I added a splash of fresh lemon juice and sprinkled fresh parm just before serving. Next time I might try it with feta. Keeper."

Reviewed Gigi's Carrot Cake

Mar 31, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

A hit! The cake was so moist and the icing so creamy friends & relatives thought it was bakery-bought. The flavors were just the right amount of everything... spiciness, sweetness, moisture. I followed the cake recipe precisely. As for the icing, I added lemon juice (per other reviewer's suggestion. I love cream cheese and thought I'd need more ic"

Reviewed Shrimp Tacos With Mango Slaw

Jan 28, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Absolutely delish! I used the slaw with grilled pork chop tacos. I didn't have Asian Chili Sauce. I used Mexican tamarind candy (sweet and spicy). "Pelones". The candy is a bit gooey. I used a spatula to get it out of the small container. I also added crushed, red pepper flakes to add more heat. The rest were original ingredients. Simple, easy, an"

Reviewed New York Strip Steak with Brandied Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme

Jan 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Easy, super fast, and delicious!!! Didn't have to change a thing."

Reviewed Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Jan 24, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious, easy and fast. Followed the recipe. Restaurant quality. Healthy and nutritious. Like previous reviewers, I added a little bit of lemon juice to each serving. I normally add lemon to most soups. Lovely! ... Word of advice, the amount of black pepper added a bit of spiciness. It may be a bit much for toddler/children's taste buds or sensi"

Reviewed Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Jan 16, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

If you're expecting a cookie consistency, you'll be disappointed. But, if you love the top of muffins, then you'll love them. Like previous reviewers stated, these "cookies" are definitely cakey and spongy... well, like a muffin top. I love lemon. I thought the dough could use a bit more lemon (and perhaps vanilla). I followed the recipe, and mine"

Reviewed Bobby's Pimento Cheese

Nov 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Crowd pleaser! Super easy and delicious. I followed a previous reviewer's idea (Cover with chopped pecans. Great presentation). I roasted 1 green and 1 red bell peppers. Coarsely chopped and added them to cream cheese mix. It adds a smokiness to the recipe, balancing the cream cheese flavor. Roasting peppers and other veggies (i.e. onion, tomatoes"

Reviewed Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Nov 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

So easy and delicious! I used frozen/steamer bag of spinach and a can of artichoke hearts. The dip was light and flavorful. The flavors got richer as they mingled in the fridge. Great with crackers and veggie, baked chips. "

Reviewed Tuna and Artichoke Panini

Mar 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious! I'm hesitant about canned tuna sandwiches because I'm not a big fan of that particular tuna flavor. The tuna was very subtle in this recipe. All ingredients mixed wonderfully. I particularly loved the Kalamata olive pesto. I didn't have Ciabatta bread. I prepared the sandwiches on Potato bread. It still turned out delicious. I can only...

Reviewed Pomodoro Fresco Sourdough Bruschetta

Mar 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

The best bruschetta recipe. Easy and flavorful. Must use fresh ingredients (specially Basil). Tip: wrap (unpeeled) garlic clove(s) in foil paper. To soften garlic, bake/roast along with loaf of bread. Remove foil and peel. The garlic will literally melt on the warm bread. Then rebake bread with cheese (per instructions). ""

Reviewed Boozy Peaches and Cream

Mar 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Yumm! Perfect summer dessert. I skipped the pecans, and added frozen raspberries (per a previous reviewer's suggestion). Must use fresh peaches. Amount of Bourbon may vary. I added an extra splash to my cream, and had seconds. Others prefered a more subtle liquor taste. Either way, it was simple and flavorful.""

Reviewed Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta

Mar 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Absolutely delicious and sooo easy! The dough is super simple to make. I will not be ordering pizza any more. As for toppings, I made mine with roasted, red bell peppers; roasted, Anaheim green peppers; artichokes; and minced shallots. I briefly seared all in EOO. I topped these with layers of fresh oregano and basil, Fontina, Mozarella, Parmesan...

Reviewed Boston Lettuce Avocado Salad and Lime Dressing

Mar 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Great dressing! Light and flavorful. I didn't have Boston lettuce or nuts. I used Herb salad mix (dill, cilantro, argula, spinach, romaine, red lettuce, etc). The herbs added a nutty flavor to the salad. I also added Fetta cheese, which complimented the lime dressing. My husband doesn't care for mustard in salad dressings. He loved the salad over...

Reviewed Steak Salad

Feb 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Great flavor! The acidity of vinegar and lemon juice cut any meat fatiness. Easy digestion. I used "John Soules Foods" fully-cooked and seasoned steak strips (found at Sam's Club. Kudos on flavor and texture); herb salad (pre-packaged), tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives; and Feta cheese. Surprisingly light and filling. Delicious! ""

Reviewed Radiance Fruit Salad

Jan 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Like other reviewers suggested, I also used mango chunks (frozen) and fresh blueberries (along with cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries). The salad was wonderful!""

Reviewed Radiance Fruit Salad

Jan 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I'm amazed at how the dressing brought the out-of-season fruit to life. I was reluctant about using fruit that was bitter. The salad was sweet and refreshing. The freshly squeezed key lime juice and fresh mint are key.""

Reviewed Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Jan 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Easy and delicious. Great presentation, too. I prepared it for a brunch. Everybody had seconds. The aged Swiss cheese and the bacon complimented each other perfectly. Rich flavors. Make sure you fully cook the bacon. Otherwise, you run the risk of the bacon cooking in the quiche. You will taste bacon grease (instead of bacon smokiness). I used pr...

Reviewed Autumn Potato Gratin

Dec 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

The best potato gratin ever! Super flavorful and creamy. I used fingerling potatoes. I almost had to double the amount of cream to cover them as instructed. I also used twice the amount of garlic. The garlic was not overpowering at all. It complimented the herbs nicely. Next time, though, I will reduce the amount of salt just a bit. I felt after ...

Reviewed Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

Dec 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I used the recipe with a Butterball Turkey (boneless). I stuffed the paste under as much skin as possible and under the net. The turkey turned out so moist and the flavors delicious (most noticeable was the lemon). I only gave it 4 stars because the gravy recipe (as is) turned out bland. I had to make major adjustments to rescue it. Not a fan of ...

Reviewed Holiday Biscotti

Dec 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I loved the flavor and texture of the dough and pistachios. This is the first batch I bake. I'll need to make some adjustments on future batches. The biscotti do easily crumble when cutting it. Some of the exposed cranberries browned a bit too much (making them bitter). The biscotti also browned more than I'd have liked. I may bake them at lower ...

Reviewed Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Dec 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Wow! It's like Christmas in my mouth! These cookies are so good, I'm sure if I bake them for Santa, he'll bump me up to the top of the "good-girl" Christmas gift list! :D ... Some minor adjustments I'm glad I made: mixed in the batter Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (same amount as chocolate chips, if not a little more). I felt the peppermin...

Reviewed Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Sep 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

@ Mrs Culver: Thank you for the tip! ... I'd give the texture of the cake 5 stars. Overall, you MUST BE A CHOCOLATE LOVER for the cake to be a hit. Unfortunately, there's only so much chocolate I can eat. The chocolate lovers in the family liked the cake in its entirety (had to chase it with a good glass of milk, though. I like cakes but not over...

Reviewed Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Sep 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

HELP!!!! Has anybody made the cake and/or frosting ahead of time? I wonder if I could get away with baking and frosting it the night before without drying it out. ""

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