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Reviewed Italian Wedding Soup Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Oct 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

What a great healthy soup. Loved it. Baking the meatballs made it an easy weeknight throw-together meal that the whole family loved.

Reviewed strawberry and spinach salad

May 20, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Strawberry puree is interesting. Nice summer salad.

Reviewed mustard-roasted fish

May 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Yum. Easy peasy and tasty. Overcooked the fish a bit in spite of her warnings (I cooked it with Redfish and cooked it closer to 10 minutes) so will learn for next time.

Reviewed herbed quinoa

May 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Pretty tasty but would be even tastier with some pine nuts, I think.

Reviewed Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds Recipe : Tyler Florence : Food Network

May 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my my my. So good, it's almost dessert. I'll eat my veggies like this any day of the week. I think perfectly fine without the garlic.

Reviewed tomato, onion, and cucumber salad

May 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Tasty. Used a lot less onion and wasn't sure what a Kirby cucumber was but used that long wrapped variety you find in most drug stores. Nice alternative to a green salad.

Reviewed company pot roast

May 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Delish. I threw in some small new potatoes towards the end of the cooking. Thanks Ina!

Reviewed moroccan couscous

May 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Saw the episode and made essentially the same meal. The only couscous I could find was a boxed variety that comes with a flavor packet so was a bit committed to following the box directions, which weren't too different. Also couldn't find currants so cut up some raisins instead. A nice alternative to rice, noodles, etc. Husband loved it.

Reviewed pasta primavera

Apr 28, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Healthy eating everyone loved! Wish I'd read more of the reviews ahead of time because although I followed it almost to the letter (except I used wheat pasta), I now wish I'd a) julienned the squash a little larger so they weren't mushy; b) thrown the cherry tomatoes into the oven with the rest towards the end, and c) cooked the veggies a little...

Reviewed avocado and grapefruit salad

Apr 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Might go a tad easier on the lemon next time - hubby complained it was too tart.

Reviewed avocado and grapefruit salad

Apr 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Might go a tad easier on the lemon next time - hubby complained it was too tart.

Reviewed pear strudel

Apr 8, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Easy peasy and delish. Big hit with my husband. I used turbinado sugar with the pumpkin pie spice on top, and not sure how much of a diff but I used apple juice, not apple cider. I also served warm with vanilla ice cream on top. Impressive but so easy! Watching the show helped explain how to easily flip over the pastry such that it couldn't have...

Reviewed lemon fusilli with arugula

Apr 7, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Light and yummy. So many things packed into this pasta dish - you almost wonder if it will all fit it. The arugula reduces down to nothing so make sure you get a healthy bunch in there. Family loved it.

Reviewed portobello parmesan

Mar 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Big hit with my vegetarian daughter. Nice change from eggplant parmesan.

Reviewed baked fudge

Mar 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Well if this isn't just the easiest, yummiest chocolatey dessert ever! Didn't catch the increase in flour recommendation before I made it, but would agree to err on the longer side of baking. Oh-so-good with vanilla ice cream!

Reviewed Smothered Pork Chops

Jan 8, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Sauce is yummy. Comfort food at it's best.

Reviewed Tequila Lime Chicken

Jan 8, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Needs��� something. Sauce maybe?

Reviewed Gwen's Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy

Oct 11, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Easy go-to recipe for delicious fried chicken. I did one batch in one pan with vegetable oil and the other batch in peanut oil. My husband said he preferred the batch in peanut oil. I could each side that full 15 minutes each, and it turned out beautifully. The gravy was more than we needed but would be perfect over biscuits the next morning....

Reviewed Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sep 3, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Sorry. Agree with those that said they were soggy. I did all the recommended suggestions - watched the oven temp (nice and HOT), made sure there was enough oil on the potatoes, didn't turn them too often, spaced them out (not too crowded) etc. Flavorful yet soggy fries. Won't make again. "

Reviewed Mommy Anderson's Caesar

Nov 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Good but be careful not to add too much lemon juice. I used 1/2 a lemon and not sure if the lemon was too big or what but the dressing was very tart. I'd say less than 1/2 a lemon. "

Reviewed Chicken with Morels

Oct 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Balked at the $15 for a half-oz of morels from our local Whole Foods for this recipe but it sure was yummy. Made it to the letter of the recipe and wouldn't change a thing. Delish."

Reviewed Fish Tacos

Feb 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Recipe has some flaws, I believe. The salsa references adding Lime Juice yet it's not in the salsa recipe (it's in the marinade, but not in the list of ingredients for the salsa) so I squeezed one lime's juice in just for measure. Also, we used Mahi Mahi as suggested, cooked for the four minutes on one side and 30 seconds on the other as suggest...

Reviewed Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

Feb 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. I overcooked it a bit (my fault - I finished the recipe before it was time to eat and left it on a low setting but it dried it out) but hubby still loved it. He kept expecting a strong garlic flavor - nope! We don't eat a lot of carbs (don't typically serve over noodles or rice even though it would be heavenly) and the sauce is so ...

Reviewed Orange Marmalade

Jan 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

1) Alton needs to adjust his recipe. Have made this twice and each time it took at least 2X the suggested cooking time.
2) Made with the food processor on the "mandolin" setting. So easy!
3) Pulled the seeds out and put them in a mesh bag to cook with the oranges. Seeds add pectin.
4) Didn't "quarter" the oranges slices...

Reviewed Savory Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing

Nov 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Big hit at the Thanksgiving table this year! Definitely a keeper!""

Reviewed Old School Sweet Potato Souffle

Nov 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Okay. This was yummy. Wondered about cashews in the recipe but gave the dish a nice subtle crunch. Like all the others I used lots more marshmallows (maybe 3x?). ""

Reviewed Sweet Black Cherry Crisp

Oct 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Not a hugely substantial (thick) crisp, more like a one layer of cherries with a little crisp on top. But it's CHERRIES and that makes it pretty yummy. Add some ice cream and you've got a dessert fit for a dinner party. ""

Reviewed Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Sep 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Hard to go back to normal pancakes after this recipe. It's now our "go-to" pancake recipe. We make it exactly according to Ina's recipe. ""

Reviewed Pasta, Pesto, and Peas

Sep 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy and very tasty. Not a "showstopper" but more of a "reach for this when you need a quick and tasty pasta dish" type meal. ""

Reviewed Shrimp and Vegetable Pad Thai

May 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Like another reviewer, perhaps I'm expecting the fast food version of Pad Thai, but did not like this version. Made it exactly to the recipe. The cook time for the veggies was not long enough (carrots and red peppers were still hard) so had to cook a little longer than instructed. Also, the taste was "blah". Won't make this again. "

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