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Reviewed Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Aug 31, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made these as a go to snack for work. It was an easy recipe to make and took minimal time. It's a fairly easy recipe to tailor to your own favorite ingredients. The downfall came with the amount of sweetness. I like sweet, just not cloyingly sweet, and the sweetness in these was way too intense. I like the rest of the recipe, though, so wil"

Reviewed Tilapia Ceviche

May 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my my my.... freakin' awesome! I didn't change anything other then adding half a diced red pepper because it sounded good and I didn't know what else to do with it. Lovely balance of flavors; I could've just eaten the ceviche itself, but of course it's delicious on the tostadas. One sneaky tip... use Japanese Mayo if you can get it. (I think"

Reviewed Eggplant In Curry-Coconut Sauce

Jun 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I altered this recipe a little bit; I have limited space and tools in corporate housing, so had to adjust for that. I also reduced the amount of time the recipe took. I used butter, not ghee, and reduced the amount used by half. I made the eggplant first (only one pan) using butter and olive oil combo, set aside, then made sauce. I only used 1"

Reviewed Risotto in a Lemon Cup

Jun 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this as an accompaniment to a eggplant coconut curry and almost died from happiness. Maranda, you can use a variety of white wines, Chardonney, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, as long as the white wine is dry (dry=not sweet, so no Riesling). The lemon risotto makes an incredible addition to my risotto recipes. Yum!"

Reviewed Roast Beef with Marsala Gravy

May 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm a little surprised by the negative reviews on this one. Not sure what the deal is, but for me, this recipe was great. I think good ingredients are key with this recipe. I don't care for bottom round, but this recipe will work with really any beef roast, as the recipe states. I think she chose bottom round because it's cheaper ie $10 dinner"

Reviewed Shortbread Cookies

May 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I feel like shortbread cookies just by their nature can be a little cantankerous especially if the dry to wet ingredient ratio is a little off. Sometimes I swear it's the weather. I had to play with this recipe a bit more then I liked to get it to work. I added little sprinkles of water to get the dough to hold together a little better, as it w"

Reviewed Marilyn O'Reilly's Irish Soda Bread

Mar 15, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this last year for St. Patrick's Day and will be making it again this year... although family members have put in orders for their own loaf, so I'll be a baking fiend! :) At first I thought I lost this recipe and almost died. This is a total keeper! Oh, and I like using currants instead of raisins."

Reviewed Black Forbidden Rice with Peaches and Snap Peas

Mar 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just bought black forbidden rice today on a whim because it was the first time I ever saw it in the market. I didn't really know what to do with it, but when I found this recipe, I just happened to have all other ingredients on hand and... wow! what an exciting find! I don't know how Giada does it, but it's delicious!"

Reviewed Nutella Egg Cream

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yet another wonderful use for nutella. This reminds me of the chocolate sodas we used to have as little kids... sometimes we'd even have ice cream in them, too. Nutella can be a little pesky in that it doesn't always emulsify completely, but the flavor is always super tasty. You can use regular chocolate syrup or really any flavored syrup that...

Reviewed Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I loved the flavor of these, but I cooked them too long, so they ended up a little crispy for my taste. I think if you like cakey-type gingerbread cookies, roll these out a little thicker and don't cook them as long. Either way, though, they have a wonderful flavor; not severe spicy flavor, but not bland either, a really great balance.

Reviewed Pumpkin French Toast Stuffed with Blackberry-Caramel Mascarpone

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is not a recipe I would have all the time, but I'm in love with it, so if fat/calories didn't matter, I would eat this every morning. I've used both blackberries and raspberries, so I think any yummy berry would do.

Reviewed Panettone Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Syrup

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for company over the holidays with wondrous results. It's the easiest bread pudding ever, because the panettone already has all the yummy flavor, all you need to do is make the custard. The cinnamon syrup is lovely, too, but if you're feeling lazy, real maple syrup is just as tasty.

Reviewed Honeyed Mango and Chicken Saute with Toasted Cashews

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love this recipe. It's very forgiving to changing things, too. More mango? no problem! More chicken? Go for it! Love garlic? Add a little more! I usually serve it with soy sauce from a Chinese market (I hate kikoman, it's insulting) and sticky rice. I've made it countless times. It has a permanent place in my recipe collection.

Reviewed Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm in love! I don't really eat bananas on purpose, I mean I'll eat them, but they're not my favorite. But this was awesome. I even ate it for breakfast the next day. :)

Reviewed Pumpkin Oatmeal

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I used cardamom, cloves and cinnamon because I don't have a specific pumpkin spice mix. I liked this best when I added a little brown sugar and milk at the end.

Reviewed Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I wanted to love this smoothie, but I didn't. I want to try it again, though, because I was a little disappointed in the quality of the frozen raspberries I bought, so it might be more me then the recipe. I'm thinking this might be a great base recipe for other fruit, too, like maybe if I pick blueberries or something, I may end up enjoying it a...

Reviewed Chilaquiles with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Jan 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love this as breakfast. It's so easy and surprisingly filling. I like to reserve a little of the salsa and make scrambled eggs with it, sometimes, too.

Reviewed Whole-Wheat Pita Chips with Mascarpone-Chive Dipping Sauce

Jan 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So ridiculously good! I love the idea of controlling what's in the dips I enjoy, so looked forward to trying this. The combo of chives and bacon (I used turkey bacon and light sour cream; still delicious) was wonderful. The mascarpone and sour cream make the dip a little thick, so I added a little buttermilk to thin it out just a bit. With the...

Reviewed Pastitsio

Jan 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this was a wonderful cold weather treat. My family and I love lamb, so instead of the lamb/beef combo, I just used 2 lb of lamb. The process wasn't hard, it just takes awhile for the sauce to cook, then the assembled dish to cook, so start early and bring another project into the kitchen you've been trying to get done so you can do that...

Reviewed Sweet Basil Smoothie

Jan 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

omg, YUM!! I've been trying to find ways to incorporate yogurt into my diet - I hate it, but I know how healthy it is - in comes delicious basil smoothie! The basil and lemon are offset beautifully by the subtle tang of the yogurt to make an ultra smooth, ultra lovely flavor. It is perhaps a little sweet, but there's all sorts of other uses for...

Reviewed White Bean and Chicken Chili

Dec 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was kinda surprised by the negative review about this chili. I made it last night and it definitely qualifies as that bowl of something wonderful. I mostly followed the recipe, except for a couple items. The chili powder I have is super charged with heat, so I cut that in half. I also cut in half the cumin (not the biggest fan of cumin) and...

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