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Reviewed lots o'meat lasagna

Feb 18, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

As with a select few reviewers, I was disappointed with this dish. Mine turned out much too salty, even though I followed the recipe closely. I suspect the extra salt came from the cheese and the sauce. On top of the saltiness, there just wasn't much flavor. Overall, the dish was quite bland.

I won't be making this again.

Reviewed Grilled Leg of Lamb

Oct 24, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

The lamb was _outstanding_. I cooked it on my Big Green Egg charcoal grill using indirect heat and a bit of mesquite chips for some some flavor and everyone loved it, including the kids.

Can't say that the marinade did much for me but it did seem to cut down on the gamey taste of the lamb. Even those in the family who were professed...

Reviewed Chicken Cacciatore

Jan 12, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

If I could give half stars, I'd give this 4.5 stars (5 stars are reserved for life changing meals ;) ). It was quite good and not at all bland like some reviewers have found.

I did make some very minor modifications. I substituted 1/2 garlic salt for the regular salt on the chicken and, even then, only used roughly 1/2 of the...

Reviewed Borscht

Dec 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

If I could give 1/2 stars, I would rate this as 3.5 stars. It was good, but not great. Admittedly, I substituted a dollip of plain greek yogurt in each bowl in place of the buttermilk so, maybe, I changed the recipe for the worse.

It's definitely good enough to make again and certainly easy. Just not life changing... which is...

Reviewed Cioppino

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

This recipe was excellent. I'm not giving it 5 stars only because I save that rating for recipes that change my life. ;) Nonetheless, it was great and I'll definitely be making it again. Everyone had two bowls for dinner.

Instead of the prescribed seafood, I used a seafood medley mix which is carried by our local Costco. It...

Reviewed Seafood Paella

Jul 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent Recipe.

I made it using a seafood medley mix from Costco which worked great. I also included a lot of the juice from the mix which really upped the flavor.

I followed the advice of a previous poster and didn't add the seafood until 10 minutes left. Additionally, I used chicken thighs as recommended...

Favorited Pork Loin alla Focettina

Feb 29, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Turkey Sausages with Spicy Beans : Sausages with Fagioli All'uccelletta

Feb 18, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Branzino al Cartoccio

Feb 12, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Quite a tasty recipe. We really liked how the lemon infused everything. The fennel was especially good with the lemon.

We didn't have Branzino so we used whole trout instead. I've never had Branzino so I can't compare the two fish, but we found the trout to be very good in this recipe.""

Reviewed Roast Rack of Pork with Caramelized Maple Onions

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

This recipe turned out great. I had to admit I was a bit skeptical while I was making it but it was awesome. Both my wife and I agreed that we had never had pork so tender and juicy. It's a lot of work, but definitely worthy of a holiday meal. We would be very confident serving this to guests.

By the way, I caramelized the onions...

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