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Reviewed Braised Chicken Thighs with 40 Cloves of Garlic

May 19, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

To quote Rachael...."YummmoooOO"! Did a mix of thighs and legs. How much is a 'small bunch' of kale? Followed previous suggestion of using the chicken stock for the garlic. Agree....the sauce is incredible! Also, didn't take the thyme off the stems before cooking. But, did remove them after taking the chicken out when I went to reduce the li"

Reviewed Walnut and Blue Cheese Grapes

Feb 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Recommended to me by a friend who made them for a Super Bowl party....they were GREAT! Next time will use the food processor to chop the walnuts before making the cheese mixture...."finely chopped nuts" take awhile doing them by hand."

Reviewed Chocolate Zabaglione Tiramisu

Feb 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delish!!! 1/2'ed the recipe for 3 of us.....there wasn't enough chocolate zabaglione for "two heaping tablespoons" for the layers....so, used less cake....but, it was still AWESOME!!! Will definitely be making this again! (Maybe even tonight since we still have left over cake....)"

Reviewed Whiskey Tri-Tip

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

Yum! Marinated all day while at work....served with sauteed garlic mushrooms and mashed sweet potatoes. To be honest....looked like it might need a gravy when we were done cooking it.....but, didn't needed it! Tender and juicy! (although, I should've let it rest more than 5 mins....it was a smaller piece)"

Reviewed French Onion Soup

Dec 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Awesome! But, only gave 4 stars because it took 3x as long to caramelize the onions....even after adding some sugar to try to assist the process. I also cooked the wine down, but would probably never get the onions to be "dry" since they were still sweating after over an hour. So, after over 3 hours in the kitchen....had a wonderful soup!!! Ca"

Reviewed Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

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

A friend made this for dinner....AWESOME! Especially since we had grilled chicken breasts with it! (Which I just re-heated the combo for lunch, with a little extra chicken broth.....yum!)"

Reviewed Spaghettini with Chopped Shrimp and Scallops in Rich Broth

Nov 6, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Ok, will admit I didn't follow the directions to a "T" (like I was using frozen scallops and I wanted to leave them whole and just cut the shrimp in half to match the size), but it was AWESOME! First off, already had shrimp stock, so just sauteed some garlic and fresh cayanne pepper in olive oil....added some wine, reduced; added the shrimp stock"

Reviewed Root Beer Glazed Pork Chops with Bourbon-Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Caramelized Onions

Nov 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Only gave 4 stars because I only made the sweet potatoes......they are worth 5 stars!!!!"

Reviewed Pork Chops with Mustard Bourbon Sauce

Nov 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was expecting more sauce. Made as directed even though there were only 2 of us....very flavorful! And, glad I didn't half! Also, followed a previous post recommendation for putting the chops in the oven while making the sauce.....good thing because they weren't quite done after spending 10 min in the fry pan (they were 2 inches, bone-in)....b"

Reviewed Chicken and Green Chile Pumpkin Bean Stew

Oct 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Agreed, AMAZING!!!! BUT, plan for an afternoon in the kitchen chopping and cooking. (or, I'm just a slow chopper....) Was afraid the pumpkin was going to be overpowering, but it wasn't. Also, next time think will use a grocery store roasted chicken cut up and stir it into the stew instead of chicken thighs.....was difficult to eat as stew over"

Reviewed Poblano Pineapple Picante

Oct 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My new FAVORITE tequila beverage! Although....I didn't find it very spicey....might use a hotter pepper next time. But, still awesome flavor!!!"

Reviewed Grilled Bratwurst with German Potato Salad

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

Awesome!!! Best potato salad! Agree w/earlier post on adding minimal mustard and vinegar at the beginning and then adjust a little at a time to get the right balance. Also, used baby red potatoes since that's what I had in the pantry. "

Reviewed Crawfish Etouffee

Oct 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

YUM!!!! Halved the recipe....thought might need to reduce the initial cook time since I used less shrimp stock....but, did the full 30 min. Checked seasoning about 1/2 way thru...did add more hot sauce, W sauce and thyme for a little more flavor. "

Reviewed Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes

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

Very good! Served over no yolk broad noodles. "

Reviewed Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

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

WOW!!! Awesome! Even marinated some shrimp in the extra sauce and grilled. Yum!!!! Will say I'm afraid to flip the fish and put the meat on the grill...so, I didn't. And, cooked the salmon on foil, skin side down, for easy clean up."

Reviewed Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Cole Slaw, and Fried Pickles

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

OMG! So tender and juicy, didn't need to add the BBQ sauce before putting on the sandwiches!!!! My pork butt was almost 5 lbs...so, roasted for 8 hours... Will say the BBQ sauce was a bit too vinegary for hubby, but I liked it...did add extra spice since we like it spicey! As well with the slaw....1/8 tsp cayanne pepper wasn't enough! And, on"

Reviewed Egg Pasta with Leeks

Apr 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

First round, thought it was a little dry and didn't add enough pasta water to temper the yolks... With the left overs, sauteed mushrooms with garlic and crushed red pepper then added the cold pasta and leeks. Heated some chicken broth to temper another yolk...added some dry white wine after pasta heated through, then the tempered egg yolk...nic...

Reviewed Portobello Lasagna Rollups

Feb 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Low rating because it was very time consuming and just ok. Although, like the concept of a roll. Might try with my regular lasagna recipe.""

Reviewed Downhome Barbecue Beef Short Ribs

Feb 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Awesome! But, do watch the ribs....got sidetracked and ours got a little burned even after only 8 min.... followed other suggestions and halved the amount of mustard.""

Reviewed Classic Crab Cakes with a Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad and Fresh Horseradish Sauce

Jan 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Wow! Great recipe! Didn't see the horseradish sauce at the bottom....so, pulled out a remoulade from Emeril's "Easy dinners" recipe book.""

Reviewed Whole Roasted Ribeye Roast with a Three Potato and Goat Cheese Gratin

Dec 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Roast and taters took longer than recipe called for (maybe it's my oven like another reviewer commented)....even with half of what was prescribed. However, GREAT flavors!!! Slightly changed the potatoes...only had red, cut then thinner than 1/4 inch as was recommended by another review, and didn't have goat cheese, so used shredded cheddar betw...

Reviewed Artichoke, Onion, and Potato Hash

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

Used red potatoes since we didn't have fingerling....still very tasty! Slightly overcooked the potatoes, so it became more of a mashed potato with artichokes and onions...""

Reviewed Grilled Lamb Chops with Charmoula

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

Very tasty!!!! AND easy!!! Didn't have lamb chops at the store....so, used lamb loins....almost the same thickness.....grilled for 4 min a side, then let rested in a covered pot while I finished the artichoke, onion, potato hash....about 5-7 min. I also halved the onion portion....after looking at the parsley and cilantro portions....could be ...

Reviewed Acorn Squash Soup

Nov 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yummy! Like some of the other reviewers who didn't watch the show, didn't put butter on the squash when I roasted them....they browned just nicely with just the olive oil. Also, made croutons from sour dough bread tossed with olive oil and the same spices in the soup. Toasted them in a 350 degree oven for 10 min after I took the squash out.""

Reviewed Individual Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

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

Yummy! Used left over roasted chicken and oregano instead of tarragon. Like an earlier review, would've preferred if the measurements were in Tbs vice ounces. Used 4 Tbs butter and 5 Tbs flour for the roux. Usually use equal amounts, but thought the pan looked "wet" from the mushrooms releasing their liquid. Needed to cook it a little longer...

Reviewed Beef Stroganoff

Oct 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

GREAT flavor! Although, will admit, didn't measure the "House Seasoning", but used about the same proportions when adding directly to the meat....One thing we didn't like was the gravy was a bit runny....hoping the leftovers won't be as I saved it mixed with the leftover noodles... Also, beef a little tough....next time will cut the strips thinn...

Reviewed Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Sep 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Unfortunately, my garlic did burn even lowered the temp to 375...the potatoes were good! ""

Reviewed Cajun Jambalaya

May 31, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Had leftover grilled sausage and chicken....WOW....love the original recipe too...but, the grilled meats added a different flavor for a change up to a regular meal! And, like a previous review, I tend to add extra meat....especially shrimp and sausage."

Reviewed Braised Calamari Stuffed with Shrimp, Spinach and Herbs

May 30, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great! Didn't see the show, so didn't know why you needed to close up the calamari....so, 5 min into braising saw the stuffing coming out! Tried to stuff it back in....no avail....but did slightly close them so it didn't all come out....BUT great flavor! Also, had left over stuffing (had already 1/2'ed the recipe for the 2 of us), so made littl"

Reviewed Super Mussels with Chorizo

May 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Good. Thought the chorizo flavor overpowered the mussels....next time will use less. Also, added some spinach (frozen that was defrosted and squeezed out the moisture) with the mussels..."

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