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Reviewed Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Jan 14, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent. I'll never make mashed potatoes any other way. Don't be scared off by amount of garlic. Roasted garlic is very mellow compared to raw garlic. Three heads was the perfect amount. Adding a bit of cheese, such as blue cheese or parmesan, would be lovely for a special occasion.

Reviewed Lucky 7 Layer Dip

Oct 21, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I followed the recipe exactly. The flavors earned 4 stars but the texture was 1 star. It was a sloppy and mucky mess. After all my "layering," it did not look like a 7 layer dip. It all just ran together. And I don't understand why the recipe says to use a small, deep casserole dish. Especially with how soupy it is, one could not possibly scoop out...

Reviewed Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Oct 21, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Such comfy ooey gooey goodness in my mouth. Loved it. I added extra cheese and everyone loved it. I also used four extra ounces of spinach, since it cooks down so much, and it was perfect. It needs a good sturdy chip, because who wants their chip breaking every time they dip? So I opted to buy chips rather than make my own.

Reviewed Chicken Enchiladas

Feb 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

After making this recipe as is, I felt it was good but not excellent. It required a decent amount of prep time and tasted slightly "from a can." I will probably attempt to make it again, following my suggestions below.

A couple suggestions:
1. Cook most of the spices with the vegetables rather than with the chicken. I added...

Reviewed Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Feb 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I guess I'm going against the grain here, but I made this recipe as written and felt the potatoes were... average. Were they creamy? Yes. Were they flavorful? No. I know it's a pretty simple recipe, but if I'm eating all the cream, cheese & butter then I'd prefer there to also be some better flavor. A little extra salt helped, but I will not be ma"

Reviewed Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feb 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent recipe as written. I have made this recipe several times and the cookies are always chewy & moist with crispy edges and very addicting! The last time I made these I even added a handful of shredded coconut, which, if you're a coconut lover, it was super delicious! Next time I'll try adding coconut and macadamia nuts. ONLY bake 9-10 minut"

Reviewed Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Feb 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe is good but I've made/tasted better. The texture was nice- moist and cakey, but a bit too heavy for my taste (I did not over-mix). What was lacking was in the flavor department. Despite the butter and sugar they didn't taste like anything. Next time I'd increase the salt, use brown sugar instead of white, and add some vanilla."

Reviewed Beef with Scallions, Tomato, and Ginger

Apr 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very good, but it definitely needed some garlic. I added 4 cloves, minced, and also added some broccoli just because. Sirloin worked great instead of using the fattier flank steak. I served with coconut rice and everything was so yummy! "

Reviewed Sausage, Kale, and Lentil Soup

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

Eating this soup made me feel cozy warm on a cold winter night. It's the first Rachael Ray recipe I've been impressed with, and it's healthful too. It needs a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavors, and a tsp of sugar for balance. Otherwise, great. ""

Reviewed Roasted Beets With Feta

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

Just delightful. And even more flavorful after a day or two. I advise two things: First, openly oven roast your beets as the recipe states, rather than in foil or other cooking methods. It provides much flavor for the dish. Second, careful with your salt. Once I added the salty feta, the dish was a little too salty, but still delicious. The next ...

Reviewed Outrageous Brownies

Feb 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Looking for a rich, moist, fudge-like brownie?? This is your recipe. Very chocolatey and flavorful, these delightful bricks of chocolate goodness will definitely satisfy. The texture was unlike other brownies. I'd label them dense and tender, not cake-like or chewy.
Save yourself some grief. Here's what you need to do for optimal results:...

Reviewed Cocoa-Rubbed Steak With Bacon-Whiskey Gravy

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

Excellent, easy, classy and so flavorful. The cocoa flavor does not dominate but rather just compliments. I used 2 cups chicken broth instead of 3 for the gravy as I feared it would be too thin and I'm glad I did- my gravy had a perfect consistency. We substituted filets instead of New York strip steaks (just personal preference) and it worked gr...

Reviewed Paula's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Dec 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were lovely- a light, delicate texture and full of flavor. Although I love brown butter in anything, the delicious frosting almost made it a little too sweet for me. The frosting is very sweet, so proceed with caution when drizzling. I added a handful of chocolate chips, thinking it could only make it better, but I would not do that next ti...

Reviewed Brown Butter Waffles

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

The texture of these waffles was absolutely lovely- light, airy & crispy. The brown butter added a nice touch but overall they lacked flavor. They definitely needed more salt (I added about 1/2 tsp more) and a tsp of vanilla. Also, the first few batches were much airier than the last few batches, as the baking soda lost its oomph. I'm not quite e...

Reviewed Pumpkin French Toast Stuffed with Blackberry-Caramel Mascarpone

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

Used spiced rum in place of the dark rum and a raspberry liquor in place of the blackberry liqueur. Super good & super rich- the blackberry caramel sauce is off the hook. I served with iced coffees and maple peppered bacon to cut the sweetness, and it was a real treat!!""

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