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Reviewed apple-honey drumsticks

Mar 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These were fantastic! A perfect combination of flavors, equally sweet and savory. It made me remember how much I love drumsticks (and skin!), I will definitely be making these again!

Reviewed Mustard Carrots

Feb 3, 2014 in on Food.com

These carrots are delicious! I';m from India, so I';m always partial to Indian flavorings (like mustard seeds). However, this dish could be served with almost any cuisine. Health and tasty!"

Reviewed Spinach Corn Casserole

Feb 3, 2014 in on Food.com

This is such an easy and delicious dish! Creamed corn is one of those weird fixations I have had since childhood :)

When I first made this, it came out pretty bland and watery. Since then, I have added about 1/2 cup of grated Cheddar cheese, and it makes all the difference! I';ve also found that 30 minutes, rather than 2...

Reviewed roasted brussels sprouts

Feb 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is one of my favorite ways to eat Brussels sprouts! One tip is that I've found that the roasting time is far too long...I don't usually need more than 20 minutes or so. Keep an eye on them so that they don't burn!

Reviewed Mexican Stuffed Tomatoes

Oct 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought these stuffed tomatoes were just lovely. Simple, fast, and delicious. I made them alongside the halibut fish tacos, and it was an absolutely scrumptious meal! I used red tomatoes - it's October, yellow ones are hard to come by - and it worked just as well. I also left out the bread crumbs - they're really not needed if the tomatoes aren...

Reviewed Mexican Stuffed Tomatoes

Oct 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought these stuffed tomatoes were just lovely. Simple, fast, and delicious. I made them alongside the halibut fish tacos, and it was an absolutely scrumptious meal! I also used red tomatoes (it's October, yellow ones are hard to come by), and it worked just as well. The veggie salad has a lot of room for expansion - try throwing in a couple o...

Reviewed Halibut Fish Tacos with Guacamole Sauce

Oct 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this recipe was to die for! I love fish, and I really enjoyed the simplicity of this recipe, as well as its nutritional value. Many fish taco recipes call for battering and deep-frying the fish, and this way of cooking still provided a strong flavor profile without adding a ton of fat.

In response to other reviewers' comments,...

Reviewed Three-Cheese Macaroni

Oct 20, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this recipe was fabulous!! Mac n' cheese is hands-down my favorite food, and I already have a standard recipe that I use almost once a week. But I love variety, so I'm always down to try something new. I love that this recipe uses cauliflower; it gives the sauce a creamy, rich texture while also adding nutrients. My only complaint is th...

Reviewed Three-Cheese Macaroni

Oct 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this recipe was fabulous!! Mac n' cheese is hands-down my favorite food, and I already have a standard recipe that I use almost once a week. But I love variety, so I'm always down to try something new. I love that this recipe uses cauliflower; it gives the sauce a creamy, rich texture while also adding nutrients. This is a great base re...

Reviewed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

Best. Brussels sprouts. Ever. EVER!! I agree, these will definitely make believers out of anyone who hates these little green things. Sprinkling the salt on them right when they get out of the oven is key - it makes them so much more tasty and crunchy.

I have personally found that the time is too long - I usually only need about...

Reviewed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

love it""

Reviewed Shrimp Curry

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

One of my favorite curries EVER! And I'm from India, so it takes a lot for me to say that! I agree with the others, it's a bit too much water - the idea of substituting the water with extra tomatoes and coconut milk is a great one. In terms of the whole spices...as an Indian, I can tell you that it's completely traditional. Food is rustic and who...

Reviewed Southern Green Beans

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

Love, love, love this recipe! I have made it dozens of times and it always comes out perfectly. The vinegar and sugar are key - they make an amazing glaze! I would eat these every day, yum!""

Reviewed Smashed Peas and Ricotta Cheese

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

This was a huge miss for me. The texture just comes out weird, and the flavors aren't right for green peas. Quite a disappointment, will not make again.""

Reviewed Red Potatoes and Thyme

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

I love these potatoes! And I agree with everyone, they come out perfectly on their own. For extra flavor, I usually toss in a couple of minced garlic cloves. I'm a health nut, so I'm always trying to lighten recipes; I personally don't think all of the fat is necessary. I make these with about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butte...

Reviewed Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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

Hands-down my favorite mashed potato recipe, EVER!! I make these all the time, including every year for the past 3 years for Thanksgiving, and I swear they've made me famous! I always toss 4 or 5 peeled garlic cloves in the pot with the potatoes, which makes them more mild and much easier to smash once everything is drained.

I...

Reviewed Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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

Hands-down my favorite mashed potato recipe, EVER!! I make these all the time, including every year for the past 3 years for Thanksgiving, and I swear they've made me famous!

I know that mashed potatoes are a typical fat-laden dish, and that many people think that's how they should be...however, I'm a health nut and always try...

Reviewed Herb-Roasted Onions

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

Fan-freaking-tastic!! Such an original dish, you would never think that roasted onions could stand by themselves as a side dish without other vegetables. I have made the entire meal - which includes Ina's Chicken Piccata and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes - many times, and it is absolutely flawless. Talk about a Sunday dinner winner!""

Reviewed Creamy Tangerine Dressed Grilled Asparagus

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

Um, this dish is AMAZING, I don't know how it could ever receive less than 5 stars. It's such an interesting combination of flavors that I would never think of on my own, and it's impressed my entire family and circle of friends on countless occasions! After reading some of the other reviews, it's clear that people weren't satisfied because they ...

Reviewed Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

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

LOVE this recipe! Potatoes are my favorite food, so it's hard to go wrong with them for me. But Ina's great at simple dishes like this, and she always finds a way to make them special - here, it's the buttermilk that makes this dish a winner. I have made the entire meal - which includes her Chicken Piccata and Herb-Roasted Onions - a few times an...

Reviewed Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

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

I thought this was a solid starter recipe, but it could certainly use an extra punch. I like highly-flavored food, so I added a bit more salt and some cayenne. I also used thick-cut pepper bacon, which was AMAZING; however, if you choose to do this, the cooking time will be more like 20 minutes in the oven. Yum!""

Reviewed Garlic Onion Tortilla Cake

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

I guess some people are just plain crazy, because this recipe is AH-MAY-ZING! I can't even describe how much I love it. It's the coolest, most unique party dish, and every time I've made it for other people, their minds are absolutely blown. I have a feeling that some of the complaints from other reviewers is a result of them not following the re...

Reviewed Bruschetta 1-1-1

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

I'm so surprised that this didn't elicit higher reviews. I loved all three!! Being a self-proclaimed bruschetta aficionado, I love making them with atypical ingredients - I mean, tomato, basil, and parm are three of my favorite things in the world, but they can become a bit boring. But these toppings were unique and delicious. I am now a huge fan...

Reviewed Tomato and Vidalia Onion Salad with Steak Sauce Dressing

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

I remember seeing this recipe and being a little skeptical, but it was surprisingly amazing! The sauce is so unique and totally makes you think of a steakhouse. I served this as RR suggested - with her Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers with Grilled Onion Mayo - and the meal knocked everyone's socks off!!""

Reviewed Salmon Salad

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

I'm literally drooling while I'm thinking about this salad, it was THAT good. The raspberry vinegar is what makes it, to me. Some of the reviewers before said that it needed more of the herbs and oils/vinegar - I completely agree, I doubled them. Remember, you're accompanying a whole 2 pounds of salmon. And although I love cooked fresh salmon, it...

Reviewed Pesto Pea Salad

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

Ina can do no wrong in my book! This recipe is so incredibly easy, but so incredibly tasty. I almost always have a jar of Ina's pesto in my fridge or freezer, but when I've really been in a time or budget crunch, I've used good-quality store-bought pesto and it works just fine. My boyfriend hates peas - he insists he's "allergic" - and even he lo...

Reviewed Grilled Shrimp with Arugula Mushroom Salad

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

This recipe is hilarious to me because I HATE mushrooms! Giada has certainly beat some previously insurmountable odds, because I love this salad. The only time I can stomach them is when they're raw and of the button variety. But I was pleasantly surprised to not only be tolerating them, but enjoying them! I personally adore pepperoncini, so it w...

Reviewed Deviled Potato Salad

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

I love this potato salad! Not because it's so exotic and gourmet, but because it's easy, unique, and I always have all of the ingredients on hand. I agree, potato salad can easily become drab and boring, but this is just a lovely twist on an old standard. I'm obsessed with stone-ground mustard, so I often throw it in - both as a substitute or alo...

Reviewed Cucumber and Watercress Salad

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

Such a light, simple, and scrumptious salad! I've never used a recipe from this show before because I know it's geared more towards beginners, but I was pleasantly surprised with the dish's maturity and taste level. I have a great recipe for buttermilk-corn chowder, and this salad pairs beautifully with it, which is also what Tyler Florence recom...

Reviewed Bitter Caesar Salad

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

What a wonderful dressing! I love the use of the bitter greens, they provide such a beautiful foil for the dressing and are a nice change of pace from your standard romaine or spinach salad. Tip: if you can't find the greens in bulk at your supermarket, just buy a bag of pre-mixed greens that include at least one of the greens. I used a "Santa Ba...

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