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Reviewed pulled pork nachos

Nov 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Awesome recipe, however sorghum is only slightly lower in glycemic index than refined white sugar so those watching their blood sugar or their waistlines would have a problem with this recipe. 1/2 a cup is a LOT to add to basically savory dish.

Reviewed Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables Recipe : Melissa d'Arabian : Food Network

Aug 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

tAnother winner from Melissa! My husband could not get over this dish - It is better than the food at our local Thai restaurant. Like the user below, I substituted bell pepper for the carrots , but I also added some powdered ginger, which sent it over the top! I notice some people seem to think this recipe calls for Indian curry paste - It's actually...

Reviewed Mexican Beef Stew

Jan 13, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

My husband and I loved this too. We love Mexican food and mole sauces. I also used chuck instead of round because it has more flavor, although I followed the recipe to the letter otherwise. The depth of flavor from the anchos along with the beer was amazing. The sauce was so good I didn't mind having a lot of it. I have made this dish severa...

Reviewed Corn Salsa

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

I am addicted to this dish! I use bottled Herdez brand tomatillo salsa instead of the fresh tomatillos and add a little squirt of agave syrup to increase the sweetness, which contrasts very well with the acid of the vinegar and the salsa - Sugar would also work well instead of agave. I also use frozen roasted corn niblets from Trader Joes and i...

Reviewed Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

Aug 31, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was so simple and inexpensive to make and yet so delicious. We were not prepared for how good this was going to be but sometimes the simplest recipes can be the best. I didn't have a loaf of bread so I made roasted potatoes in the oven with Herbs de Provence on them. The gravy was outstanding. Yum! I recommend making potatoes with this ...

Reviewed Dry-aged Italian Beef Sandwich with Homemade Giardiniera, Sweet Peppers, Suet-Fried Chips and Broccoli Rabe

Aug 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 hours and 55 minutes to make a sandwich? I think Jeff's a nice guy but he's going to have to live up to his name and show us how to make both a meal AND a sandwich version of these recipes. That way, if you like, you can eat the meal version only or make both and have the sandwiches as leftovers.""

Reviewed Falafel

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

Although I have eaten falafel many times in my life I never made my own until now. This recipe is excellent. The only thing I changed was I toasted whole cumin and coriander seed dry in a frying pan for about 5 minutes, then ground them in a spice grinder. It makes all the difference. You'll never go back to the powdered. Also, I only used th"

Reviewed Creamy White Bean Yogurt Sauce

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

My husband didn't even know that this wasn't the traditional tahini paste based sauce used on falafel. I added a few drops of sesame oil to it which helped imitate the flavor of tahini. This is a budget friendly sauce because tahini is more expensive than white beans. These days I really appreciate a cheaper solution. Plus it tastes great. I "

Reviewed Couscous with Peas and Mint

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

I was TOTALLY unprepared for how good this was. It sounds so simple and potentially blah but it is anything but. I used a boxed "olive oil" couscous so it already had nice flavor. Don't leave out the butter, it makes a real difference. And I used lemon zest instead of juice and I'd recommend that over juice for this recipe. If you get a reall"

Reviewed Individual Tiramisus

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

I have wanted to make tiramisu my whole life and never knew it could be so easy. I admit I used Cool Whip Extra Creamy instead of whipping my own cream. I used 2/3 of a regular sized tub. Plus I used reduced fat cream cheese and the traditional ladyfingers instead of pound cake. The ladyfingers are more diet-friendly than pound cake. Next tim"

Reviewed Sesame Chicken

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

Wow, Melissa, this recipe is a grand slam! Easy, low fat, cheap and delicious. What more can you want? It's like you were listening when I wished for a new diet and budget friendly recipe for chicken breasts. And it's pretty original, too. I haven't seen this anywhere before. Thanks so much! Love your show!"

Reviewed Sesame Chicken

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

Wow, Melissa, this recipe is a grand slam! Easy, low fat, cheap and delicious. What more can you want? It's like you were listening when I wished for a new diet (and budget) friendly recipe for chicken breasts. And it's pretty original, too. I haven't seen this anywhere before. Thanks so much! Love your show!"

Reviewed BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs

Feb 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

A new take on devilled eggs. I added some Worcestershire sauce and some hot sauce and they were excellent. By the way, if you crack the eggs a bit before you shock them in cold water it makes them easier to peel. Even new eggs are a bit easier to peel this way.

Reviewed Sauteed Cannellini Beans

Jan 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I changed the recipe a bit but it came out fantastic. I started by browning a little cubed pancetta in the pan. I also added some of the starchy bean juice from the can to thicken the sauce and increased the proportion of wine and stock just a bit. After it cooked down to the right consistency I served it over pappardelle pasta with some chopped...

Reviewed Red Lentil Soup

Oct 25, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I followed some previous reviewers' suggestions and sauteed the onions in the ginger and garlic a bit first, then added some chicken stock and plenty of salt to bring out the flavors. I didn't whisk the lentils, instead preferring their original texture. I also added more cumin and some garlic and onion powder and some more grated ginger at the...

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