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Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Reviewed chewy sugar cookies

May 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I asked for chewy, and that's exactly what I got with this recipe. Finally, a sugar cookie I can dream about and make a reality in my own kitchen.

Reviewed hasselback potatoes

Apr 27, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Thinking Hasselback potatoes were just another--albeit fancier-- version of the baked potato, I almost skipped over this recipe. So glad I didn't! Buttery and moist, the thyme, Parmesan, and chicken stock add tons of flavor. Definitely a nice change from the plain old baked spud.

Reviewed jamie's old-fashioned ginger crinkle cookies

Mar 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is the recipe I've been searching the ends of the Earth for-- a chewy ginger cookie. Fantastic. I didn't have turbinando sugar on hand so I substituted granulated, A success. Keeping this recipe in my favorites folder. Thanks!

Reviewed Vanilla Milkshake

Oct 9, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I've tried dozens of milkshake recipes, and although the basic ingredients are all quite similar, Paula's is the best I've tasted. The key is using a high quality ice cream; low quality brands seem to produce a grainy result. If you like thick shakes like my family, do as the recipe says and simply add less milk or more ice cream. For a chocolate...

Reviewed Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Sep 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This has become my go-to comfort-soup recipe. With the exception of adding salt, pepper, 1/4 tsp of thyme, rosemary & sage, I usually follow it to the tee unless I have extras in the fridge and am in a creative mood, and it is perfect just as written. If you're in a decidedly creative mood, or if your family, like my husband, is more of a "stew" p"

Reviewed Wings 3 Ways

Jul 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My new #1 wing recipe. My better half is a wing nut, thus hard to please, and these babies hit the mark. The combo of flour and cornstarch make for a crispy coating, which is also perfect any type of fried chicken (legs, wings, breasts & thighs). For additional flavor, I use and recommend adding 1/2 Tbsp onion and garlic powder. When cooking for m"

Reviewed Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Jul 20, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a wonderful, rustic yet elegant chicken stew, fitting for weeknights or guests. The presentation, with those golden biscuits sitting atop the bubbly stew, is eye-catching. My one and only concern/question is: why so much butter? Since my husband is trying to lower his cholesterol level, I reduced the butter by half and if this detracted fr"

Reviewed Perfect Popcorn

Jun 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Prepackaged microwave popcorn is literally poisonous. Air-popped corn is, frankly, Blah! So I've carried on my mom's tradition of stove-popping kernels, yet the hulls always spoil the batch.... that is, until I tried your recipe, Mr. Brown. Initially I wondered, "What difference will a snip of this or that make?" But, boy was I wrong. Ladies & Gen"

Reviewed Eggs Benedict

Jun 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tasty, yes, but I agree with "jimzmum," This recipe is just a reorganized version of the Joy of Cooking recipe. Okay, so there are only so many ways to make a Hollandaise Sauce, and I suppose cooks who have not read Irma's book will benefit, but still, I learned nothing new here.
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Reviewed Greek Caponata

Jul 29, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Talk about beautiful and healthful! So eye-appealing that even my non-veggie-loving husband couldn't resist (he had two servings). Since I made this just for two, I halved the recipe but used the entire 14.5 oz can of tomatoes, and it was delicious. And it's even better the next day as all of the flavors blend together. This is a keeper."

Reviewed Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Jul 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

...heavenly. I've probably made every pot pie recipe under the sun, but this is by far the best made-from-scratch pot pie ever. I'm not a fan of reviewers who inaccurately give five-star ratings after listing a zillion tweaks they've made to a recipe, but in this case, because the base flavors and sauce make this dish the king of pot pies, and bec"

Reviewed Seared Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter

Feb 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple, quick and scrumptious.

Reviewed Fried Chicken

Jan 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is the first fried chicken recipe (out of dozens I've tried) that actually works for me. The crust turns out crispy-delicious, the meat tender & juicy, the flavor... out-of-this-world-scrumptious. I find that the longer you marinate the chicken pieces in the buttermilk mixture (up to 24 hrs.) the juicier and more flavorful the chicken becomes....

Reviewed Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

Oct 17, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I've eaten my fair share of stuffed cabbage but, until now, have never attempted to make it. On both fronts, I can truly say that this dish was delicious and surprisingly simple to prepare. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions exactly, and you shouldn't have any problems. A tip for first-timers (like me): Be sure you use a large cabbage...

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