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Valerie from PA

Aston, Pennsylvania

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Reviewed orzo with thyme and lemon zest

Apr 23, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Pretty good, but definitely too much water... I used dried thyme but I think fresh would have definitely been better. Dried is a bit too strong for us.

Reviewed Olive Cheese Bread

Dec 9, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Oh so good!!! Perfect for olive lovers like myself! I used club rolls instead of the french bread this time, and had to leave out the green onions since I forgot to get them at the store. Will definitely add that the next time, but it was still delish without them!

Reviewed Best Breakfast Potatoes Ever

Sep 4, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were really, really good and sooo easy! Loved them!"

Reviewed Jamie Oliver's Best Pasta Salad

Jul 30, 2013 in null on Food.com

This was okay but certainly not the best pasta salad I';ve ever had... Kinda upsetting cause I adore Jamie Oliver. I';d say this is a good place to start, but would recommend adding other things to it (i.e. cheese, other veggies, vidalia onion, etc.)"

Saved Recipe Jamie Oliver's Best Pasta Salad by Mirj

Jul 26, 2013 on Food.com

Reviewed Chopped Grilled Summer Salad

Jul 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was pretty darn phenomenal!!! I wasn't in the grilling mood last night, so I roasted the veggies in the oven rather than grilling them... Also, didn't bother "chopping" the vegetables up after roasting them - just left them chunky. Used some garlic flavored olive oil on the finished salad along with the balsamic vinegar. SO GOOD!!!"

Reviewed Turkey Lettuce Wraps

May 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Wow these were sooo good! And in my opinion, way better than the ones from PF Chang's! I used frozen pre-cooked cubed chicken (since it find it to be a lifesaver in many dishes) and left out the mushrooms cause we don't really like them... I love that this recipe calls for "normal" ingredients that I have on hand, rather than having to buy 3-4 "

Reviewed Perfect Summer Basil Burger

May 6, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my, these were sooo good!!! One of the best burgers I've had in a long time! The garlic sauce is the best - just full of flavor and so darn good!!! I wouldn't change a single thing about this recipe!"

Reviewed Chicken Florentine Pasta

Apr 24, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

We thought this was fabulous! It was so easy to make and looked so appealing... Didn't use the white wine cause the family doesn't like it - just added more chicken broth... Also threw in half a block of cream cheese that I needed to use up, and tossed the parmesan cheese with the whole dish rather than just putting it on top. It was sooo good "

Reviewed Simple Green Bean Salad with Lemon Dressing

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

This was really good. Didn't use anchovies because they scare me and I used regular canned black olives rather than the cured ones. I'm sure the cured ones would have been better but I just didn't have them. Days later, the salad was still nice and fresh! "

Reviewed Pico de Gallo

Apr 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Hard to beat a tasty Pico de Gallo and this recipe is no exception! Another great recipe from Ree!!!"

Reviewed Restaurant-Style Salsa

Apr 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was the best salsa I've ever made and will probably be the only one I ever bother using again... It reminded me of the salsa that Chili's serves... Soooo good and not hard at all to make!"

Reviewed Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

Apr 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was so easy and really good... My teenage girls scarfed it right down! Gotta love that! Thanks Melissa!"

Reviewed Snow Pea-Radish Slaw

Apr 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was really tasty! I will definitely make it again, but I think I will julienne the veggies a little more than I did this time to give it more of a "slaw" texture. This is a refreshing and healthy side dish for the spring/summer..."

Reviewed Green Green Spring Vegetables

Apr 8, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

A little more work than just using a bag of frozen veggies, but so worth it!!! I used snow peas and broccoli instead. I did think it needed a little more than just salt and pepper so I used some lemon-orange pepper that I had, which gave it a nice little kick. It was simply delish!"

Reviewed Scalloped Potato Gratin

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

I thought this was delicious but my family thought it was a little bland... They suggested using a different cheese next time, so maybe I will try using sharp cheddar... Or a combination of cheddar and parmesan. May also add some thinly sliced onions. But like I said, I really enjoyed it as written!"

Reviewed Prime Rib

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

Easy and wonderful!!! Love Mike Symon!"

Reviewed Green Bean Casserole

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

A lot more work than the classic green bean casserole, but it was absolutely delish!!! Will definitely make this one again!"

Reviewed Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs

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

We loved these! The chili was so easy and quick to throw together (I used some precooked bacon that I had) and it tasted great. I used regular sized hot dogs and buns which may be why they were so messy to eat. And since I had some extra chipotle, I added some to some ketchup and we dipped our tater tots in it... It was so good, I don't think I"

Reviewed Muffaletta Salad

Nov 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was one of the best pasta salad recipes I've tried (I knew it would be just by looking at the recipe!!). . . I used a little extra orzo and had to finely chop everything by hand - my food processor is small so I didn't want to bother with it. Totally worth the work though - Guy is the best!!!"

Reviewed Apple and Onion Stuffin' Muffins

Nov 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Loved these!!! Had to leave the apple out though - my eleven year old claimed that if I put the apple in the stuffing, I would ruin her Thanksgiving since the stuffing is her favorite part of the holiday!"

Reviewed Sunny's Perfect Scrambled Cheesy Eggs

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

Perfect scrambled eggs! Don't know why I was ever told to put milk in my scrambled eggs - I definitely loved the texture of these much better!"

Reviewed Roast Bacon

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

This is the easiest and most mess-free way to cook bacon ever... Definitely line your baking sheets with aluminum foil."

Reviewed Micro-way-cool Bacon and Green Beans

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

We thought these were great!!! Plus, they're so easy and quick to make. I added some frozen baby pearl onions (since another reviewer suggested adding onions). Next time (and there definitely will be a next time!), I am going to add some chopped red onion. My husband is a picky eater and he said they were the best green beans he's had in a long ti"

Reviewed Restaurant-Style Smashed Potatoes

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

Used to make smashed potatoes very similar to these all the time... After watching the show the other day, I decided to make them again using Ree's recipe as the addition of the french fried onions caught my eye... They turned out great! Used pre-shredded sharp cheddar cause one of my girls doesn't like spicy stuff, and also because it just saves "

Reviewed Skillet Hash and Eggs

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

Pretty good... Didn't crisp up as much as I would have liked. Didn't bother with the eggs due to the reviews below - we just served the hash with fried eggs."

Reviewed Shepherd's Salad

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

Wasn't overly impressed with this... It was light and fresh tasting but I felt like it needed something more. I think the addition of fresh garlic, some sort of briny olives and/or some feta cheese would have pumped the flavor up a bit."

Reviewed Antipasto Salad

Aug 20, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

This was pretty tasty... Had to use apple cider vinegar since I was out of red wine vinegar for some reason - but it turned out well. Added a few tablespoons of capers for a little more flavor. Artichoke hearts would be a great addition to this..."

Reviewed Tomato Pie

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

This was very tasty but I must not have drained the tomatoes enough cause it ended up being pretty juicy. Will give it another try sometime."

Reviewed Mini Memphis Burgers

Aug 13, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These burgers turned out great... I sprayed the onions with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray, and added some salt and pepper to them. Also added some cheese slices for those who wanted cheese. The mayo-mustard sauce was so simple but really good, and the burgers themselves had great flavor as well. Overall a very good recipe!!!"

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