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Reviewed Cranberry Orange Scones

May 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

With all these 5 star reviews, I was expecting too much. I'm giving this recipe 4 stars because I love Ina, otherwise I might only give it 3 stars. Mine had the texture and flavor of an upgraded biscuit. I baked the recipe in two batches, which is fortunate. For the first batch, I used the recommended 400 degree oven, and it was way too hot. "

Reviewed Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a very good, rich cake with a STRONG molasses flavor. I decided to top each piece with some fresh whipped cream, which is a nice mild complement to the strong cake flavor."

Reviewed Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Pretty good cupcakes. I made these as large cupcakes and baked them for 23 minutes. Two things to note: (1) watch the red food coloring (everyone will end up with red tongues) and (2) this is a really oily cupcake (let them cool on paper towels to soak up some of the oil). If you're going to pipe the icing on your cupcakes, chill the icing a l"

Reviewed Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very good! For people who are tired of the good old standard pumpkin pie, this is a nice change. The scalloped tart crust looks great, and so does the piped whipped cream. Ina's suggestion of a few zests of orange peel on the top made a interesting difference--it added a nice fragrance and a little subtlety to the flavor of the tart."

Reviewed Mrs. Salter's Peanut Butter Pie

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love peanut butter, but I couldn't imagine how a peanut butter pie would taste. I loved it, and so did my guests. It's a pretty rich dessert, but that's what Paula does best!"

Reviewed Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy and delicious. Be generous with the parmesan cheese. Fennel and parmesan make a great flavor combination."

Reviewed Mexican Wedding Cookies

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My mom used to make these when I was a kid, but they had a different name. They are a nice light cookie. At Christmas time, I colored a batch green and made them as per the recipe. I made another batch that I colored red and substituted almond extract for the vanilla extract. They were equally delicious. The two cookies made a nice looking Ch"

Reviewed Loin of Pork with Fennel and Garlic

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Loved it! Definitely use fresh breadcrumbs, and use a bread that you really like the flavor of. The stuffing plays a major role in the flavor of this roast. I made a rub consisting of salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage and Dijon, and smeared that on the roast before popping it in the oven. My guests were all wowed, and I owe it all to Ina!"

Reviewed Chicken Tetrazzini

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've made this dish several times, and it's always very popular with my dinner guests. Before you make it, note that the difficulty level is Intermediate. This is NOT a 30 Minute Meal! But I think it's worth the time if you want to make a delicious, very rich, one-dish meal for a dinner party. Recently I knew that a guest did not like mushrooms"

Reviewed Cranberry Orange Scones

May 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

With all these 5 star reviews, I was expecting too much. I'm giving this recipe 4 stars because I love Ina, otherwise I might only give it 3 stars. Mine had the texture and flavor of an upgraded biscuit. I baked the recipe in two batches, which is fortunate. For the fist batch, I used the recommended 400 degree oven, and it was way too hot. ("

Reviewed Cinnamon Elephant Ears

Apr 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These are easy to make and really delicious. The flakiness never fails to impress people. There are a couple of funny typos in the recipe, but I guess we've all figured them out. Ina, you rock! By the way, there is a savory version of this recipe, and they are delicious and impressive appetizers."

Reviewed Brunch Cornbread

Apr 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm not a huge fan of cornbread, but I thought this was pretty good. If you're looking for something simple to serve with a bowl of chili or beef stew, this works. It's easy to make and reasonably tasty."

Reviewed Leek Potato Soup

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

This is a rich and delicious soup. And very easy to prepare. I added more salt and pepper, as well as a teaspoon of dried thyme, to perk it up a little. When I blended the leek-potato mixture, I deliberately left some chunks of potato to add interesting texture to the soup. I'll definitely make this again.""

Reviewed Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

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

This is a delicious, upscale and attractive salad. The roasted beets are excellent, and the flavor combinations are amazing. I found that the salad was more attractively presented when I tossed the arugula and dressing separately, rather than with the dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. Then I added the beets, cranberries, walnuts and goat ...

Reviewed Pineapple Blueberry Crunch Cake

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

This recipe is ultra simple, and also ultra sweet. If you need to whip together a dessert from stuff that you might have in your pantry, this one is a good choice.""

Reviewed Key Lime Pie

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

Excellent pie and really easy to make. Since squeezing those little Key limes is tedious, I prefer to buy Nellie & Joe's Key West lime juice, and I can't taste the difference from the fresh fruit. This is a nice refreshing dessert, and brings back memories of Key West.""

Reviewed Frozen Pineapple Cream Pie

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

This is another nice, easy Paula recipe. A great cold dessert for the summer. I've made it several times, and I prefer more pineapple than just one can. I use 1-1/2 cans of pineapple chunks canned in juice, rather than syrup. Paula's desserts tend to be a little sweet for me, so I don't add any sugar to the pineapple--only to the whipped crea...

Reviewed Black Pepper Biscuits

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

These biscuits are delicious and very easy to make. Next time I will use more cracked pepper on the top, along with some sea salt, to get past the blandness. One thing I loved was that they didn't taste like baking powder, as many biscuits do.""

Reviewed Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

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

Ina, I love ya! This recipe is SO easy and it always impresses my guests when I make my own crackers. I've made this several times, and I have found that I always add 1 tablespoon of half-and-half (rather than 1 teaspoon of water) to bring the dough together. Since I rarely have fresh thyme leaves around the house, I use 1 teaspoon of Italian ...

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