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Reviewed Hoppin' John

Jan 12, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This recipe truly exceeded our expectations. This is an earthy flavored dish, and the combination of rice and black eyed peas were actually quite good together.

The only variation on our part is that instead of using a ham hock we used a smoked shank. They are essentially the same. After cooking the dish most of the way I pulled...

Reviewed Blueberry Crumb Cake

Dec 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

My wife made this recipe for my birthday, and just like every Ina Garten recipe we try, it turned out absolutely fabulous! My wife followed the recipe exactly. Interestingly, we thought this cake was even better two, three, and four days later."

Reviewed Pork Boulettes (Deep Fried Pork Balls with Spicy Dip

Oct 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is one of our "go to" recipes when we want to spend some time in the kitchen, nosh along the way (the rice and meat by itself is great), and cook some fantastic food. These are a favorite in the extended family. Lots of work, but well worth it."

Reviewed Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes

Jun 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Once again Giada provided an outstanding recipe. I was a bit skeptical because I'm not a fan of roasted peppers, but this recipe really was a tasty dish. There were complex flavors in each bite and we loved the mix of tomatoes, peppers, sausage, and cheese. We didn't find the ricotta that is listed (and quite honestly I had never heard of it), "

Reviewed Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Apr 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Amazing! The preparation of the shrimp really exemplifies the "less is more" concept. The cocktail sauce reminds me of the very classic recipes -- nothing fancy, simple, but powerful in flavor. We loved this and will make it many more times I'm sure."

Reviewed Braised Celery

Apr 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Easy, tasty and very surprising! Like some of the other reviews, we always have celery left over that turns to rubber, but not after finding this recipe. It really was a pleasant surprise for all of us in the family -- even my two young kids liked it.""

Reviewed Good Eats Meatloaf

Mar 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Just made this last night and it was outstanding. Ours didn't seem to hold together like Alton's, but it was still a really good meatloaf. The glaze is what really puts this dish over the top with flavor. I wouldn't change a thing with this recipe.""

Reviewed Mom's Meatloaf

Mar 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Love this meatloaf! It is juicy and flavorful, and no pun intended, this is the way every mom should make it. Forget about those ketchup smothered meatloaf recipes. Since veal stock isn't always available, we tend to use 1 cup of beef stock and 1 cup of chicken stock, but really you could use whatever you have.""

Reviewed Besciamella Sauce

Mar 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

The only time I have made this is when cooking Mario's Baked Ziti al Telefono recipe, which is a wonderful concoction of pasta, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano, bread crumbs, and this sauce. For anyone that loves Italian this is worth a good bottle of wine and some time in the kitchen.""

Reviewed Nelson Brother's Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Mar 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This recipe may seem a little strange, but it is really amazing! We have made this twice for family gatherings (all gourmet cooks, BTW), and they all raved over it. For the cheese sauce, we use an alfredo, and in lieu of broccoli we use mushrooms. Mushrooms give it a different twist as not everyone is a fan of the very strong broccoli flavor. ...

Reviewed Lentil Sausage Soup

Mar 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This soup is fantastic! I had not had lentils until I watched Ina cook this soup and I just had to give it a try. What a wonderful flavor -- so rich and hearty. Like many stews and soups, this is even better the next day. We also freeze the leftovers and it keeps very well that way.""

Reviewed Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms

Mar 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

We have been making this recipe for some time and it is always fantastic. Over the years we have learned that sometimes "less is more" when it comes to the number of ingredients or complications of the recipe. This is very simple on both regards but tastes very rustic and flavorful. This is a must do in our opinion! And unlike many recipes th...

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