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Reviewed rotini with salsa di limone

Jul 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great 'macaroni salad' to bring to a picnic or a 'light lunch' to bring to work. Simple ingredients and very refreshing. I made the recipe as written, but since I love fresh herbs, added a 1/2 tsp of fresh thyme.

Reviewed salmon with lemon, capers, and rosemary

Jul 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Great recipe. Very easy to prepare. My company loved it.

Reviewed salmon with lemon, capers and rosemary

Jul 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is very good. I served this for dinner tonight and although my husband isn't a 'big salmon fan', he enjoyed it very much. Quick and easy to prepare.

Reviewed breakfast tart with pancetta and green onions

Jul 4, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Absolutely wonderful and very easy to make. Served with fresh fruit and juice for breakfast. Delicious and quick to assemble and serve. I even made my own pie crust. Thank you Giada. A great recipe as always.

Reviewed orzo with sausage, peppers and tomatoes

Jun 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Quite tasty, without the all the fat and salt that you would get in pork sausage. I decided to roast my peppers and found that to work well in the dish. If you can't find ricotta salata cheese, you might substitute with feta cheese. (although it is not a firm cheese like the ricotta salata but it has the same 'bite' to it.)

Reviewed snap pea and cucumber salad

Apr 21, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

A very fresh, light and colorful salad. A great addition to a meal that is heavy. I made this recipe as written for Easter and found the dressing to have enough balance so that you can taste and enjoy all the ingredients in their pure state.

Reviewed baked penne with roasted vegetables

Apr 15, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great and versatile pasta dish. I followed the recipe as written (except I did use fresh mozzarella vs smoked) and found the flavors meld so well over time. It's quite easy to prepare and assemble. A great pasta casserole to bring to any party. Thank you Giada.

Reviewed chicken, artichoke and cannellini bean spezzatino

Mar 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

An interesting twist on a stew recipe. A great and hearty comfort meal that you can assemble quickly.

Reviewed peanut butter cookies with blackberry jam

Mar 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious and easy. What else needs to be said?

Reviewed steak involtini

Feb 16, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I purchased thin top round steaks vs London Broil. And I'm not sure if that was the problem, but I didn't enjoy this dish very much. Maybe my choice of beef was poor.

Reviewed grapefruit, onion, and basil salad

Feb 4, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This salad is refreshing. An interesting twist to a 'fruit salad'. Wonderful to pair with fish.

Reviewed Risotto with Bacon and Kale

Jan 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Chicken, risotto, bacon and kale. How could it not be heaven on the plate? I prepare risotto often, so I enjoy variations of this dish. And this was wonderful. I prepared the risotto over the stove, vs the oven. And added the kale and chicken in the end. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Giada.

Reviewed Salad with Roasted Root Vegetable Vinaigrette

Jan 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Determined to try new salad recipes, I tried this one as well. Not necessarily my 'go to' salad, but nevertheless, it was very tasty and I will make this again. A very interesting way to use the roasted root vegetables left over from a roasted chicken meal.

Reviewed Risotto with Bacon and Kale

Jan 21, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Chicken, risotto, bacon and kale. How could it not be heaven on the plate? I prepare risotto often, so I enjoy variations of this dish. And this was wonderful. I prepared the risotto over the stove, vs the oven. And added the kale and chicken in the end. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Giada.

Reviewed Salad with Roasted Root Vegetable Vinaigrette

Jan 21, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Determined to try new salad recipes, I tried this one as well. Not necessarily my 'go to' salad, but nevertheless, it was very tasty and I will make this again. A very interesting way to use the roasted root vegetables left over from a roasted chicken meal.

Reviewed Scalloped Potato Gratin

Jan 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Once again Tyler, your recipe is outstanding. The cream mixture infused with garlic and fresh herbs add the right amount of depth to the dish. And the parmesean cheese brought it from an 8 to a 10. Thank you Tyler. Love your recipes. You never fail me.

Reviewed Orange Fennel Salad

Dec 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Love this salad. I added fresh parsley and added a white balsamic vinegrette. Delicious and fresh.

Reviewed Tomato Fennel Salad

Dec 8, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I wasn't sure I was going to like eating raw fennel, but decided to try it as a 'fennel salad' and ran across this recipe. I added a tablespoon of honey to the dressing and what a delight it was to the dinner menu. Fresh and delicious. Everybody loved it. Ina, thank you once again.

Reviewed Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Icing

Dec 3, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Ina, I am a big fan of yours, but I wasn't 100% with this recipe. I liked the taste, but found them to be too dense and they became very dry within two days. So if I could find a way to make them lighter, that would be great.

Reviewed Baked Risotto

Dec 3, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

After reading some of these reviews, I was a little skeptical, but staying true to Giada's recipes, I decided to make this dish on my 'Meatless Mondays'. The only change I made was to cook the risotto for about 10 - 12 minutes to assure myself that it was cooked, other than that, I followed the recipe exactly as written. This recipe did take a few...

Reviewed Cranberry BBQ Sauce Turkey Sliders

Nov 17, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I thought I would try this recipe. The green apple slaw was great, and could be used with many dishes. Interesting take on leftover Thanksgiving dinner.

Reviewed Creamy Artichoke Soup

Jul 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I tried this soup today and everybody loved it. Very easy. The only modifications I did was to add an additional cup of chicken broth. Delicious. Thank you Giada, your recipes never fail me."

Reviewed Waldorf Chicken Salad Panini

Jul 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was my first recipe from Guy. And I am so glad that I watched his show and tried this recipe. It is fantastic. I added some heavy cream to the dressing which thinned it out. Easy and delicious. If you like chicken salad, this is the recipe to try. Thank you Guy."

Reviewed Chopped Grilled Summer Salad

Jul 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So excited to be the first person to review this recipe. My motto for cooking is 'fresh, colorful and pure'. I love cooking with fresh, colorful ingredients and preparing them in their most pure state. And this recipe is perfect. The vegetables are easy to prepare and delicious. I tossed them over baby spinach and used white balsamic vinegar i"

Reviewed Stone Fruit Cobbler

Jul 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So happy that I tried this recipe. I didn't have enough plums so I added some blueberries. What a delightful and tasty recipe. I will definitely follow Jaime's recipes. And the bonus is that it is extremely easy to make. A must for every summer. Thank you Jaime. Love your show, love your family and love this recipe."

Reviewed Nectarine and Blueberry Crisp with Amaretti Cookie Topping

Jun 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I never ate or made a desert with nectarines, so this was a treat. And it was extremely easy to prepare since you don't have to peel the nectarines. I used Cointreau since I didn't have Amaretto but I think that was ok. My only criticism is that the nectarines didn't extrude enough juice. Any suggestions? Other than that, I thought this recip"

Reviewed Sweet Potato Salad

Jun 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love trying new recipes with ingredients that I purchase all the time. But, I was extremely disappointed. It lacked pizazz. I added some fresh thyme with hopes that it might help, but to avail. I won't be making this recipe again."

Reviewed Butter Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Pear Dressing

Jun 4, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I loved this salad. And it's great to use a fruit other than apple. The sweetness of the dressing, the creamy and saltiness of the gorganzola is well balanced with the toasted hazelnuts and craisins. I couldn't find peach nectar so I used agave nectar. Absolutely, will make this again. This is refreshing and delicious."

Reviewed Whole-Wheat Linguine with Green Beans, Ricotta, and Lemon

Jun 4, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Although, I am a big fan of Giada's, I wasn't excited about this recipe. I personally found it bland. I liked the idea of a light sauce, so perhaps, I will play with the recipe. But next time, I'll substitute the beans for another vegetable."

Reviewed Broccoli Salad

Jun 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great summer salad and for all those 'Real men don't eat broccoli', trust me you will enjoy this recipe."

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