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Reviewed Big Daddy's Sloppy Joe Burgers

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

I was surprised that I didn't care for the taste of this recipe after reading so many positive reviews. The basic composition worked fine however I thought the steak sauce almost entirely overwhelmed the other flavors. I would make this dish again but reduce the A1 to a pinch and finish with a good barbecue sauce. "

Reviewed Ham and Split Pea Soup

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

This was my first attempt at split pea soup and it worked out beautifully. I used a leftover spiral cut ham (bone in) which added a just a touch of sweetness. I also used some of the water from the boil and chicken stock. I added leaks to the carrot, onion, celery mix. I diced them medium fine so they would purify with the emersion blending. One m"

Reviewed Shortbread Cookies

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

Spectacular cookies. I made a few minor alterations....reduced the flour by about 1/4 cup, added a handful of raw turbinado sugar and increased vanilla a smidge.Just rolled into logs and sliced. I reduced the oven temperature to 300. Bake time was about 15 to 17 minutes. Watch them closely at the end because they go very quickly from just right to"

Reviewed Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Jun 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very tasty. Used medium thick bone in chops. Next time I'll sear them then finish in oven as suggested by others. Pan cooking left the chops a little overcooked. The stuffing was fabulous although I increased the amount of goat cheese to give it extra bite. Sauce was a little heavy on lemon tanginess so I increased the broth to even it out. The p"

Reviewed Kale Gratin with Pancetta

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

Outstanding dish! I wanted to find an easy way to introduce kale into the 'green lineup' that would be well received. This recipe did the trick beautifully. It's simply delicious. Given the considerable fat content I'll serve it sparingly but it's a definite keeper all the same. ""

Reviewed Slow Cooker Melt-In-Your-Mouth Short Ribs

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

I added chopped carrots, onions, celery and parsnips to the basic recipe. Toward the end of the cooking time I removed the short ribs, strained the liquid to capture the veggies then skimmed off the remaining fat. I pureed the vegetables into a paste and returned everything into the slow cooker for the last hour. Served over mashed potatoes it wa...

Reviewed Red Pepper Hummus with Toasted Pita Triangles

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

Ultimately a lovely dish however I agree with others that as written this recipe calls for far too much garlic. I ended up having to add in quite a bit of extra tahini to balance out the flavors. (And I love garlic.)I also found it necessary to drizzle in considerably more olive oil to thin it out to a workable consistency. In the end it was deli...

Reviewed Sliced Steaks with Sweet and Spicy Salad on Top

Oct 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent dish. I had never cooked flat iron steak before and it is now one of my go to meats. Amazingly tender, flavorful and inexpensive. Having made this recipe several times now I've found that almost any combination of greens work well, probably because the vinaigrette is so delicious. I brush the steaks with equal parts olive oil and worche...

Reviewed Corn Salsa

May 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Remarkably delicious dish. I expected my steak with chimichurri sauce to be the star of dinner. Nope - it was the corn salsa! The recipe is essentially simple yet the flavors layer beautifully."

Reviewed Thai BBQ Chicken

May 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Extraordinarily good! The combination of flavors work together beautifully. The lemongrass adds a lovely bright note to the spices. I totally agree with others that the sauce takes the dish over the top. "

Reviewed Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel Sauce

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

A bit labor intensive but well worth the effort. The tomato and fennel sauce was delicious. I'm planning on using the sauce over asparagus tonight. I was impatient and only pounded the chicken breasts to about 3/4" which worked alright however they would have tasted better at the 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness recommended in the recipe. "

Reviewed Apple and Pear Crisp

Feb 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very nice recipe. Not having enough Bosc pears I added an asian pear to round out the quantities. I was pleasantly surprised by the result. The asian pear is firmer and not as sweet which worked quite well. And to add another flavor profile and a bit of texture I included some chopped pecans. Will certainly make this dish again."

Reviewed Sauteed Asparagus and Snap Peas

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

Fabulous dish. A few dashes of balsamic vinegar before serving made for a lively addition. Delicious!

Reviewed Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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

This is a very tasty recipe. The basic cookie dough is quite versatile and can handle variations nicely. Not having sufficient quantity of any one chocolate I threw in Lindt white chocolate along with Ghirardelli and Callebaut dark chocolate bits. The combination of tastes worked better than I expected. The recipe calls for a baking time of exactly...

Reviewed Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

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

A perfect recipe for a cold winter day in the midwest. Thanks to other comments I opted to add a bit more heat to counter the sweetness of the dish. I simply amped up the amount of garlic and red pepper flakes. It cooked up beautifully and was absolutely scrumptious. I had never cooked a meatloaf free from on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper....

Reviewed Chewy Sugar Cookies

Dec 23, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Good cookies, but very, very sweet. I'll certainly make them again but next time I'll either decrease the amount of white sugar or simply delete the sprinkled sugar on top. One thing was that my cookes were not chewy but crispy. Perhaps I over flattened them before baking. All in all though this recipe is tasty.

Reviewed Snowstorms

Dec 23, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These are incredibly good cookies and very easy to make. They were an instant hit! After chilling the dough I thought it might be a little too dry, however they baked up beautifully. The cookie is not overly sweet and the dusting of powedered sugar adds just the right touch.

Reviewed Monogrammed Sugar Cookies

Dec 23, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Lovely cookies. I did not use the royal icing,instead I simply sprinkled the tops with sanding sugar before baking. Delicious.

Reviewed Momma Neely's Pot Roast

Dec 5, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe was rather good, not great. However it was much tastier when I served the leftovers the following day. I'd make this again, but I would prepare it a day early and give the flavors some time to meld.

Reviewed The Ultimate Beef Stew

Nov 30, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

With a few adjustments this is a 5 star dish. I took note of previous reviews and doubled the sauce quantity to ensure sufficient liquid. This worked nicely. I also reduced the wine amount to 3/4 cups and used beef stock for the remainder. The result was a delicious meal. And the horseradish sour cream garnish was fabulous. It was a creamy little...

Reviewed I Ain't Chicken Chicken: Crispy Roasted Chicken Breasts with Orange and Cardamom

Nov 19, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Blah! I read other reviews noting that the chicken had very little flavor. To compensate for this I doubled the butter mixture and used it under the skin as directed and I slathered the extra all over each chicken breast. I then basted them with the mixture throughout the cooking process. Even with all that, they had almost no flavor whatsoever. Others...

Reviewed I Ain't Chicken Chicken: Crispy Roasted Chicken Breasts with Orange and Cardamom

Nov 19, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Blah! I read other reviews noting that the chicken had very little flavor. To compensate for this I doubled the butter mixture and used it under the skin as directed and I slathered the extra all of each chicken breast. I then basted them throughout the cooking process. Even with all that, they had almost no flavor whatsoever. Others also complained...

Reviewed Roast Beef with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce

Nov 16, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I'm not usually a fan of sirloin tip roasts, however searing it thoroughly before cooking produced a juicy and tasty result. The spicy parsley tomato sauce was fabulous. This is a simple dish yet truly delicious.

Reviewed Skirt Steak

Oct 16, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This dish was incredible! It was easy to prepare and the results tasted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. This recipe goes on my list of all time favorites.

Reviewed Skirt Steak

Oct 16, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This dish was incredible! It was easy to prepare and the results tasted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. This recipe goes on my list of all time favorites.

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