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Cookeville, Tennessee

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Reviewed Mexican Chicken Soup

Oct 24, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Wow! Great kick with just 2 jalapenos. I didn't make any substitutions, and just by fluke, I had the chicken broth from cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot the day before. What a great lowfat meal if you do it that way. I should really add another 2 jalapenos so no one in else in the family will want to eat it. I could have it all to myself!

Reviewed Shrimp and Grits

Oct 17, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

This dish was perfection. Want to impress a group, try this recipe. The grits were very creamy the longer I simmered and stirred. I did make two adjustments (added chicken bouillon to the water and a can of diced tomatoes with extra garlic to spoon on top of the grits and with the shrimp). That's purely optional but brings more color to the dish.

Reviewed Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw, Tomato and Avocado Salsa and Pineapple Hot Sauce

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

SLAW was my search today. I wanted a vinegar based one. If you've ever hesitated with Bobby's combos, you're in for an eye opening, mouth watering, lower fat slaw that can sit out in the heat while the mayo based ones sit by and go bad.

I wouldn't add a thing to this recipe except for the meal. This was quite light, refreshing,...

Reviewed Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

May 28, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Way too much sugar, so modifying it is essential. A half a cup or less would be adequate. Trying different mustard flavors works well too. Overall, a very good slaw recipe."

Reviewed Fettuccine Alfredo

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

Using this recipe with boxed fettucini made it a snap. Remember to salt your water when cooking pasta. Save about 1/2 cup of this salted water. Cook pasta to al dente. Cook sauce as Tyler states. Drain pasta and add to the sauce. Slowly add the salted water. (Doing this will make the sauce cling to the pasta and taste even smoother.) "

Reviewed Chicken Parmesan

Apr 13, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'd made Giada's chicken parmesan and it wasn't a hit with my husband. I was having company and decided to try this recipe. I watched the video and saw the ease of this dish. So I had all the ingredients (minus the fresh herbs). Even though the recipe called for kalamatas, I made the recipe as stated and used dried herbs. Holy moly. The guests I h"

Reviewed Throwdown Cuban Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Feb 13, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

There are no words except MAGNIFICENT!"

Reviewed Fried Apple Pies

Jan 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Brilliant and easy recipe. Husband said they were the best he has EVER had. Do not improvise."

Reviewed Herb Crusted Fresh Ham

Dec 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Kapow! Yummy! Bold. Slightly salty. Fantastic with rolls. Highly recommended with horseradish or a stoneground mustard. Wow. This was amazing!"

Reviewed Fried Apple Pies

Dec 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is my go to recipe when I just want the apple guts as a side! Yummy!"

Reviewed Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Dinner in a Skillet

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

I was looking for a dish to do in a skillet with ground beef. Up this popped. The only 2 ingredients I was missing were mushrooms and egg noodles. I substituted 1 tbsp. of steak sauce (to give the beefy flavor and penne. Other than that, I followed someone's suggestion on adding a carrot to get some vegetable content in (shredded one carrot. <...

Reviewed Florentine Scallop Scampi with Fettuccine

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

I added 1/2 cup chardonnay and it made this dish wonderful. The amount of garlic was fine, but I even added 2 cloves more. Scampi is fast and easy. "

Reviewed Black Bean Salad

Aug 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I used this recipe this week at Camp Monterey (Tennessee girls camp) since camp was coming to a close. We had everything but the pineapple. It was quick and easy and looked fabulous in our salad bar area. It was such a hit that I decided to make a double batch to last us through the next few days. Wonderful!"

Reviewed Sauteed Squash and Zucchini

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

Super easy in a wok! Great flavor. Quick, easy, healthy, bam!"

Reviewed Mixed Tomato Salsa Crostini

Apr 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a more detailed version of his Mixed Tomato Salsa in his Mesa Grill cookbook. Because I never have all the types of tomatoes on hand, I've resorted to adding a large can of crushed tomatoes. This is an amazing salsa with the canned but it must be outstanding when followed to a tea. Great stuff. Always a hit. Great flavor because of the bal"

Reviewed Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup

Apr 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect blend. I didn't need to alter anything! Delicioso!""

Reviewed Venison Chili

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

A neighbor gave me 2 pounds of ground venison. So I thought to follow Emeril's recipe because I have never been steered wrong with him!
I used turkey bacon (since that's all I have ever have on hand). I used 2 onions. And everything else was right on according to the recipe. And per someone else's suggestion, I added a can of drained black...

Reviewed Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Dinner in a Skillet

Dec 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was looking for a dish to do in a skillet with ground beef. Up this popped. The only 2 ingredients I was missing were mushrooms and egg noodles. I substituted 1 tbsp. of steak sauce (to give the beefy flavor) and penne. Other than that, I followed someone's suggestion on adding a carrot to get some vegetable content in (shredded one carrot). &l...

Reviewed Brunswick Stew

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

Easy to intermediate, yes. Lengthy, yes. Flavor, amazing! I didn't have an entire chicken, so I used 2 pounds of drumsticks and 1.5 pounds of pork loin and cooked as directed. I cut the sugar to about half. And I made an iron skillet of jalapeno cornbread. This was my first time EVER having Brunswick Stew, and if a local says this recipe is as go...

Reviewed Spaghetti with Roasted Eggplant and Cherry Tomatoes

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

I am bowing to this recipe. OMG!""

Reviewed Roasted Eggplant Spread

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

I combined the recipe with another and got a very tasty dip. I cut up, tossed, roasted and processed the veggies in the food processor as directed. However, mine were done roasted in 30 minutes. Might have had smaller pieces that called for. Then I followed a more traditional eggplant dip recipe and added 1 Tbls. fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbls. tahini...

Reviewed Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint and Basil Vinaigrette

Jun 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy. Beautiful. Excellent when chilled. Show stopper for sure."

Reviewed Curried Zucchini Soup

Oct 3, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This is WEIGHT WATCHERS friendly! I didn't have heavy cream so I used evaporated milk. Four servings was only 1 point. This was so filling and a hearty. I had to share this with the Weight Watcher's community and Facebook community. Wow!

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