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Bernardsville, New Jersey

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Reviewed easy strawberry jam

Aug 25, 2014 on

I am a big fan of Ina and her recipes but, sadly, did not enjoy this one. I've made it several times to test adjustments. Like others, I had some problems with consistency of some batches while others were quite good. My problem is that I find the jam far too sweet. Perhaps it's my palate. But I found this headache-producingly sweet!

Reviewed chicken stock

Jan 31, 2014 on

Worth the effort! This stock becomes the all-important basis for wonderfully flavorful dishes. The initial prep is easy (though finding pots large enough to hold the ingredients is a challenge--I split the ingredients between my largest pots) and the satisfying aroma fills the house. Removing the ingredients once the stock is cooked is a little...

Reviewed Date Nut Spice Bread

Dec 20, 2013 on

I'm writing specifically about the cream cheese--not the bread. It is fragrant and good but I found it far too sweet--nearly cream cheese icing. I doubled the amount of cream cheese to find, what was to my palate, a better balance.

Reviewed Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

Dec 20, 2013 on

A savory cracker--meant to be eaten without anything spread on it--is quite good with some modification. I've always depended on a Lee Bailey Cayenne Wafer recipe that uses a ratio of 1 c of flour to 1 c of cheese and found that reducing the flour made Ina's version less crumbly. As did another reviewer, I added a small amount of cream to help the...

Reviewed My Favorite Turkey Brine

Dec 14, 2013 on

Both last Thanksgiving and this year I had lovely organic turkeys that I wanted to make certain were roasted to perfection and this brine contributed to their success. I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 and brined both a full bird and a breast in a large cooler overnight. I rinsed and dried them Thanksgiving morning and the results were just right.

Reviewed Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Dec 14, 2013 on

A breeze in a slow cooker; satisfying results. I'm sorry to say that I don't find many of Ree's recipes to be appealing but this one, made in a pinch, turned out to be a winner. The chipotles are key. I pair it with a Dr. Pepper-based barbeque sauce from Elizabeth Karmel that makes for a saucy, tasty dish.

Reviewed Raspberry Crumble Bars

Dec 10, 2013 on

Easy and delicious, the cookie base is buttery and good. One can use any kind of jam--apricot is quite good--for this crowd-pleasing dessert.

Reviewed Tricolore Penne Pasta with Chicken

Sep 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I tried this recipe for the first time when looking for a dish to tempt someone who requested a low-fat meal. I was very pleasantly surprised by its savory and uncomplicated flavor. I made a couple of minor adjustments by adding about 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes and some toasted pine nuts (which my low-fat friend could either eat or leave for me)."

Reviewed Roasted Artichoke Salad

Jul 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I initially gave this recipe two stars. I found the dish to be unremarkable--nothing terrible about it, just a little dull. However, I've been told by two of my guests that it was a favorite of theirs for its simplicity and freshness. I am, therefore, revising an earlier review and giving the dish a solid four stars. Oh, Ina, we can always cou"

Reviewed Roasted Artichoke Salad

Jul 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I am posting my own update! Although I didn't find this recipe memorable, two of my guests made a particular point of telling me how much they enjoyed it. They liked the simplicity and found the dish refreshing. I don't know if I'd give it five starts on this basis, but I'm hopeful these five will counter the two I gave it below for a fairer ass"

Reviewed Roasted Artichoke Salad

Jul 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Sadly, I found this an unremarkable preparation for an expensive ingredient--nothing terrible about it, just dull. I will follow the suggestion of one of the other reviewers and serve some of the leftovers over pasta; I will also chop some and incorporate it into a spinach dish I wanted to try. But I prepared 1.5 times the recipe to serve at a p"

Reviewed Caramelized Shallots

Feb 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Easy to make and a terrific accompaniment to beef or chicken--or really anything else! Tasty, savory, low maintenance. Choose smaller, uniformly sized shallots and the dish becomes a simple yet elegant addition to a company menu.""

Reviewed Chocolate Bread Pudding

Feb 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I'm afraid I found this recipe far too cloying and sweet. The ingredients fought with one another. There was no subtlety. The almond extract was overpowering and the coffee liquer added only calories. My guests, one of whom is a bread pudding fanatic, picked at their portions and left some behind on their plates. Sadly I used very good choco...

Reviewed White Bean and Chicken Chili

May 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Terrific dish: healthy and hearty but not too heavy. "

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