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Replied to Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy Recipe : Anne Burrell : Food Network

Nov 23, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I've been using this recipe from Ann for the past 3 years now and it's awesome! Maybe you're thinking of a different recipe by her or someone else; I've never used vinegar in this recipe for my brine. Try this and you won't be disappointed! ~ Happy Thanksgiving... :)

Reviewed French Onion Soup

Dec 15, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Note to self: use Swiss and Parm as substitute, costs less and not so strong taste.

Reviewed French Onion Soup

Dec 15, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

OK so my husband has been asking for this soup for years... I have never tried French Onion Soup! and have only really eaten onions chopped rather finely so this will be a bit of a stretch for me having hated onions as a kid... I have camelized onions with good results such as in "Onion Dip" so I'm reading all the reviews; this post is so I can...

Replied to Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

Nov 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

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Reviewed Super Sloppy Joes

Jun 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yummy! I love Rachael Rays recipes, they are always spot on! We love your sweet and slightly tangy recipe for Sloppy Joe's! I've made it a few times now, substituting occasionally when I need to; I haven't bought the "steak seasoning" but have used "Emerils Essence" that I've made using his recipe. Our ladies church group fed the homeless and "

Reviewed Super Sloppy Joes

Jun 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had to improvise a little; I didn't have the steak seasonings so I added a dash of steak sauce and a tsp. of chili powder, salt, pepper and a little dash of cayenne pepper (we like some heat. I used green bell pepper, onion and garlic and pulsed them in my mini food chopper so the kids wouldn't see them. I didn't have tomato sauce so I had to "

Reviewed Super Sloppy Joes

Jan 30, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had to improvise a little; I didn't have the steak seasonings so I added a dash of steak sauce and a tsp. of chili powder, salt, pepper and a little dash of cayenne pepper (we like some heat. I used green bell pepper, onion and garlic and pulsed them in my mini food chopper so the kids wouldn't see them. I didn't have tomato sauce so I had to "

Reviewed Super Sloppy Joes

Jan 30, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had to improvise a little; I didn't have the steak seasonings so I added a dash of steak sauce and a tsp. of chili powder, salt, pepper and a little dash of cayenne pepper (we like some heat). I used green bell pepper, onion and garlic and pulsed them in my mini food chopper so the kids wouldn't see them. You'd never know they're practically g"

Reviewed Potato Croquettes

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I tweaked it a little; I had leftover instant mashed potatoes to firm them up into a rolling consistency I mixed in more instant potato flakes and a whole egg, skipping the milk and flour. I also added garlic powder, onion flakes, a dash of cayenne and chopped chives. I didn't roll in the egg yolk, just in the bread crumbs but it still worked. "

Reviewed Potato Croquettes

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I tweaked it a little; I had leftover instant mashed potatoes and have tried making croquettes in the past only to have them fall apart in my pan. The potatoes were very soft so to firm them up into a rolling consistency I mixed in more instant potato flakes and a whole egg. I also added garlic powder, onion flakes, a dash of cayenne and chopped"

Reviewed New England Clam Chowder

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

I buy canned clams so I skipped the first step and followed the recipe as a basic guide line making a few changes due to what I had in my pantry and I also added some diced celery with the onion. I used chicken broth and 1 bottle of clam juice along with the juice from the canned clams (I only had 3 cans but would have liked 4 or 5). I added on"

Reviewed Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

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

So delicious, I think this was the best meal I ever made! I also served a salad and breadsticks; you'd expect to pay at least $16.oo for a meal like this at The Olive Garden. My only substitutions were dried basil because it's all I had and Marsala wine for the dry white. I also just poured in liquids and didn't measure, went a little over on t"

Reviewed Sausage, Apple, and Walnut Stuffing

Nov 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Other people were having soggy stuffing so I held back on some of the broth; I ended up with dry stuffing... I was disappointed because all the flavors were there but it was a "fail" and I have lots left... I let my son help and he made the cubes a little too big so that didn't help. Over all my whole Thanksgiving Dinner was awesome!. I used Ann"

Reviewed Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Nov 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Brined the turkey for 2 1/2 days and it was very moist inside even though I didn't baste it! After one splash of basting I saw the herbs drip off and so I didn't baste it again. The herbs are expensive and since this recipe called for 3 kinds I simply slit 1 pkg of sage 3 ways for my brine/herb crust/stuffing; I also ended up with about 1 cube b"

Reviewed Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Nov 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Brined the turkey for 2 1/2 days and it was very moist inside even though I didn't baste it! After one splash of basting I saw the herbs drip off and so I didn't baste it again. The herbs are expensive and since this recipe called for 3 kinds I simply slit 1 pkg of sage 3 ways for my brine/herb crust/stuffing; I also ended up with about 1 cube b"

Reviewed Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Nov 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Brined the turkey for 2 1/2 days and it was very moist inside even though I didn't baste it! After one splash of basting I saw the herbs drip off and so I didn't baste it again. The herbs are expensive and since this recipe called for 3 kinds I simply slit 1 pkg of sage 3 ways for my brine/herb crust/stuffing; the only thing that was difficult f"

Reviewed Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

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

Just looking over my review again and getting ready for to make my turkey again this Thanksgiving... Mmmmmmm We did the whole Apple themed Thanksgiving dinner and it was awesome!.. Brined the turkey for 2 1/2 days and it was very moist inside even though I didn't baste it! After one splash of basting I saw the herbs drip off and so I didn't bast"

Reviewed Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup in a Crock Pot (Copycat)

Nov 7, 2012 in on Food.com

Just boil the pasta seperately or it will soak up all the broth... :) Can't wait to make this!"

Reviewed Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Nov 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were good but I didn't get the crispiness I would have liked; I did make a lot of mistakes like overcrowded them and maybe added too much oil (as some mentioned not to do). I turned them up to 500 degrees when about half way done to try to help; I think I may try another oil such as vegetable or canola next time which may help crisp them mo"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe with more tomatoes minus the cucumber, peppers and capers due to what I had and THREW IN SOME CRUMBLED FETA!.. It was delicious! I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven on a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this upped the garlic l"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe with more tomatoes minus the cucumber, peppers and capers due to what I had and THREW IN SOME CRUMBLED FETA!.. It was delicious! I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven on a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this upped the garlic l"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe minus the cucumber, peppers and capers due to what I had and THREW IN SOME CRUMBLED FETA!.. It was delicious! I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven on a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this upped the garlic level! My husband a"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe minus the cucumber, peppers and capers due to what I had and THREW IN SOME CRUMBLED FETA!.. It was delicious! I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven on a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this upped the garlic level! My husband a"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe minus the cucumber, peppers and capers due to what I had; it was still delicious! I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven on a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this upped the garlic level! My husband and I had this for dinner las"

Reviewed Panzanella

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

Oooooooh I love panzanella salad! I used this recipe minus some of the vegetables(cucumber/peppers). The first time I tried this salad it was just tomatoes, bread, cheese, red onion and basil... I had a lot of bread so I toasted it the oven, used a baking sheet; I drizzled the olive oil over the bread cubes and added some chopped garlic, this up"

Reviewed Basil Pesto

Sep 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! I bought a basil plant today in the supermarket and was excited to make this again! My changes due to what I had on-hand were: walnuts in place of the pine nuts and grated parmesan for the cheese. No bitterness just heavenly! We had it at lunch-time on Giada's Italian Mini Club sandwiches and at dinner-time on Raviolli's... I'm gue"

Reviewed Basil Pesto

Sep 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! I was worried after reading a few comments about bitterness I researched and found several reasons why the pesto can be bitter... One reason is "old" basil... Basil that has run it's course and has already flowerd. I think maybe over processing/blending it could develop bitterness so I only did blended for about 10-15 seconds with eac"

Reviewed Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

Sep 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh Yum!.. The grilled focaccia with the pesto was so awesome on a turkey sandwich; my son actually said it tasted like it came from a gourmet restaurant. In trying to be healthier I cut out the bacon and eggs. I used pepper-jack cheese just because it's what I had and added some Romaine lettuce leaves. I also added olive oil to the pan when gri"

Reviewed Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

Sep 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh Yum!.. The grilled focaccia with the pesto was so awesome on a turkey sandwich; my son actually said it tasted like it came from a gourmet restaurant. In trying to be healthier I cut out the bacon and eggs. I used pepper-jack cheese just because it's what I had! I did add olive oil to the pan when grilling the bread. I will definatley make "

Reviewed Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

Sep 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh Yum!.. The grilled foccacia with the pesto was so awesome on a turkey sandwich; my son actually said it tasted like it came from a gourmet restaurant. In trying to be healthier I cut out the bacon and eggs. I used pepper-jack cheese just because it's what I had! I did add olive oil to the pan when grilling the bread. I will definatley make "

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