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Reviewed Easy Parmesan "Risotto"

Mar 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe rates right up there with oven baked roux for gumbo! Ina never disappoints me, thank you!"

Reviewed Smothered Pork Chops

Mar 5, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I actually had all the ingredients for this dish and needed some comfort food after a tough day. This hit the spot! So, so good and easy to throw together. A keeper!
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Reviewed Corn Casserole

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

This is such a terrific side dish and really feeds a crowd. Be careful though, Jiffy makes a Banana Muffin Mix which I used by accident the second time I made this recipe. Didn't seem to matter since my family ate the whole casserole before I discovered my mistake! Thanks Paula!"

Reviewed Sausage and Apple Stuffed Pork Roast

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

I made this for Christmas Dinner...it was a winner! I made two roasts, which was way too much for my family, so I wrapped up the second roast and shared it with friends as left-overs. WOW again! This was even better as a left-over meal! WINNER!"

Reviewed Candied Corn

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

Really tasty, a nice surprise for a standard side dish. Be careful with the cayenne pepper since a little goes a long way. I bought a fresh jar recently and it has a kick to it!"

Reviewed Black Cod in Papillote with Pinot Blanc

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

This was wonderful.....easy to prepare and cooked in such a short period of time. I "lost" the recipe by the time I was ready to prepare it for dinner. I had the ingredients but no details. I ended up making this in parchment pouches. Didn't have the onion or leafy greens but this was absolutely wonderful. My calorie count puts this at less th"

Reviewed Roasted Chicken Breast with Marmalade

Aug 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a great technique and variation with the marmalade and other whole-fruit spreads and preserves! I love Alex; she always gives you something good to eat! I'll be using this for those weekday meals to give a good old fashioned family dinner."

Reviewed King Ranch Chicken

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

This is a CLASSIC! I grew up in South Texas, very close to the King Ranch. This is how my mother made this recipe and it's the one I have always used for my own family. Just thinking about this recipe makes me think of home."

Reviewed Shrimp Creole

Jul 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe is a keeper! I doubled the recipe for a quick supper between shows during a weekend of Shakespeare productions. What a treat for my guests, it was so easy to finish off the shrimp while the rice cooked. I used San Luis hot sauce which gave the dish a wonderful kick. Excellent! "

Reviewed Chicken Divan Tonight, Chicken Tetrazzini Next Week

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

I made the Tetrazinni part of this make ahead recipe but used all the sauce recipe with half the chicken. The final sauce was a little thin but it was absorbed by the noodles by the time it was ready to serve for dinner. I will try the two-fer recipe and see how that works.
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Reviewed Buffalo Drumsticks

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

Made up a double batch of these for a girl's night out, really great flavor. Left overs were good cold and reheated. This is a keeper!"

Reviewed Neely's BBQ Sauce

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

Absolutely wonderful...made it to pour over some left-over chopped pork loin roast for sandwiches. Makes a take 2 meal taste extra special. I love the idea of making big batches and canning it for gifts....sounds like a good way to make Christmas extra special.""

Reviewed Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Apr 2, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made the recipe after watching the video to confirm that a roast was used instead of a tenderloin. That said, this is the best and easiest recipe I've ever cooked! On top of that, the taste is "to die for"! My husband and I are empty-nesters (thank the Lord after raising 4 precious children to adulthood) and we've already agreed that this is...

Reviewed Stuffed Peppers with Broken Meatballs and Rice

Mar 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Confession time, I made this recipe with one substitution. I didn't have time to make meatballs, so instead, I browned a pound of broken up pieces of Italian sausage out of the casings. The results were YUMMY delicious! I did this as a make-ahead meal with great results. While sitting in the fridge, the rice and orzo absorbed the tomato sauce ...

Reviewed Ratatouille with Poached Eggs and Garlic Croutons

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

I made the ratatouille portion of this recipe to serve as a side-dish to stuffed jumbo pasta shells. It was AWESOME. So much flavor and each ingredient really held up to the cooking process. It was hit at my dinner party and I can't wait to eat the left-overs. Ratatouille gets 5 Stars!""

Reviewed Savory Baked Tomatoes

Aug 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My husband and I have gone low carb so I have tried to add as much savory as I can to our side dishes. This was a nice side-side dish to add an extra savory flavor. Super easy, I cooked it along with asparagus""

Reviewed Nacho Topped Chili Pot

Jul 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a very tasty dish! The chili has a rich, deeply layered flavor and the presentation of the dish is impressive enough for company. I made this the first time strinctly by the recipe for good friends ~ it was a big hit! No changes recommended, this is a keeper!"

Reviewed Chipotle Chicken Thighs with Chunky Guacamole

Mar 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a very tasty dish with a deep flavor of smoky goodness. I used a Mexican chorizo so the sauce wasn't as chunky but couldn't have been any better. I'm going to put the left-overs in my slow-cooker with a cup of chicken broth and let it simmer until the chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender and then serve it over rice or wrap it up with a flour...

Reviewed Cornbread Stuffing

Nov 25, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Another Thanksgiving tradition is born! I followed Paula's recipe to the letter and produced a beautiful dressing for my family. I also used the recipe, plus just a little bit more moisture, to create a chicken and dressing casserole for a hearty freezer meal. Delicious~

Reviewed Southern Cornbread Stuffing

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

When I made this recipe for the first time, I balked at the 5 eggs in the stuffing recipe until my Dad suggested that if I was going to "use a recipe" then I should "follow the recipe"! Dad was right and Paula's recipe was right-on! I am a reformed doubting Thomas!This has become my go-to recipe!

Reviewed Homemade Tomato Soup

Nov 7, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Coming from the Bible-belt I can tell you that this recipe is an "evangelist" when it comes to converting non-tomato soup eaters into zealot converts! Plus, the technique I learned for roasting the tomatoes is one I will use for other recipes. Oh so good!

Reviewed Pot Roast with Vegetables

Oct 23, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Love, love, love this recipe and Tyler Florence! Takes plain old yummy to a whole new level. I make my version of this recipe with beef base instead of water, V-8 juice instead of tomatoes and pearl onions to "fancy" it up! A splash of red wine will make the whole thing even better....again, this recipe says L-O-V-E!

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