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Reviewed penne with sun-dried tomato pesto

5 hours ago on FoodNetwork.com

Very good. Added some pine nuts to the pesto but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Next time might up the garlic and cheese. And as with any pesto, a little goes a long way. The sweetness of the sun dried tomato and basil might be a bit cloying for some.

Reviewed sweet potato oven fries with avocado dip

8 days ago on FoodNetwork.com

This method of making fries has been the best I've tried and make them often. Even if they blacken a bit they don't taste burned. Just tried the avocado dip and it was fantastic, will certainly make it again, just cut back on the cream cheese and mayo.

Reviewed ribbony shrimp and pasta scampi

Mar 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Similar to some other recipes I've made and just as good. The squash is a great addition. Added some dried rosemary to the shrimp which adds depth. And using whole wheat pasta certainly makes it more filling.

Reviewed ribbony shrimp and pasta scampi

Mar 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Similar to some other recipes I've made and just as good. The squash is a great addition. Added some dried rosemary to the shrimp which adds depth. And using whole wheat pasta certainly makes it more filling.

Reviewed swiss steak

Feb 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

After googling swiss steak I found that it is more about the method rather than the exact ingredients, so no worry in changing it up. I've made the recipe here several times and although the smoked paprika is an interesting twist it is by no means absolutely necessary. Just made it without, adding some fresh thyme and bay leaf and it was just as...

Reviewed garlic and herb grilled sweet potato fries

Jan 26, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These were good, especially with the garlic herb oil. Kind of pain to boil then grill, will probably do again but will just bake them in the oven to finish unless the grill is already going. Not sure grilling did a lot for the flavor.

Reviewed Omelet with Strawberries

Jan 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This was great, perfect for New Year's brunch. Really was like a crepe. I omitted the sugar from the eggs as I didn't want it to sweet. Different and easy, what's not to like.

Reviewed Italian Quesadillas

Dec 16, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Very good! I used whole wheat tortillas and a packaged Italian cheese blend and they came out great. Served as a side for Giada's turkey, kale and brown rice soup.

Reviewed Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Dec 8, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Wow. Totally worthy of all the five star ratings. Only changes I made was using a packaged bbq rub and added a couple of tbsp. cider vinegar to the sauce. Might add a few drops of liquid smoke next time but seriously, this recipe doesn't need any tweaking.

Reviewed Chicken Stew

Nov 10, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

The main things this recipe has going for it is the speed and ease of prep and a fairly basic ingredient list. To avoid the dreaded blandness I added three cloves of garlic, a parm rind, and seasoned liberally, which no doubt helped give it some flavor. I also added a half of a cabbage that need to be used which added some substance as one can of...

Reviewed Rice and Black Bean Pilaf

Oct 27, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

This is great. I thought the bean mixture looked kind of dry when cooking but it came together fine when combined with the rice. Very flavorful, didn't need to add any salt which is a plus. Perfect with grilled chicken.

Reviewed Green Bean Salad

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

Excellent. For someone who is not a big fan of green beans this recipe makes them downright delicious, and without butter, bacon, etc. "

Reviewed Herbed Quinoa

Sep 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great quinoa recipe. I only used a squeeze of meyer lemon in the dressing and added pine nuts. Perfect side dish for just about anything. "

Reviewed White Bean and Chicken Chili

Sep 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Bland and kind of bitter. Like another reviewer said, I should have thought twice about the fennel. Have made much better and easier white chili than this. "

Reviewed Meat and Mushroom Lasagna

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

The lemon zest is just wrong, way overpowering, and I used less than called for. Can't tell if the rest of it was any good. I used low fat ricotta but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Was also drier than I'd prefer. Sorry but this is a fail. I'll eat the leftovers, hopefully the lemon flavor will dissipate. "

Reviewed Lentil Quinoa Salad

Sep 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Really good, one of the best quinoa recipes I've tried. I left out the cilantro and added some diced cucumber after it cooled, everything works great together. If the leftovers hold up in the fridge reasonably well I can see making a large quantity for an easy side dish during the week. "

Reviewed Killer Kale Pasta

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

It does make a lot so I made about half the pasta and mixed it with some sauce in a separate bowl before serving. Cut back on the crushed red pepper by half and it was just right. You should like kale as the taste comes through clearly. Decent, light pasta meal."

Reviewed Beef Taco Salad with Chunky Tomato Dressing

Aug 24, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Good take on a taco salad, and easier to make and eat than regular tacos. I used Alton's taco potion, added onion to the meat and avocado to the dressing. Light but filling."

Reviewed Greek Noodle Casserole (Pastitsio

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

Hard to give something this basic five stars but it's close. Love the way the flavors all meld together. I used 1.5 lbs ground beef and gruyere that needed to be used up, and cut back on the spices by half based on some of the reviews and nothing was overpowering. Plus it's easy so will make again. "

Reviewed Parker's Beef Stew

Aug 10, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Really good and pretty easy to make. I only marinaded for a few hours, longer might have made the meat a bit more tender but it was great regardless. Also, some of the reviews mention bacon but it's not listed among the ingredients. I added a little smoked paprika to the flour to get a smoky flavor and that seemed to work plus cut out some fat. "

Reviewed Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Jul 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Just added some garlic, otherwise stuck to the recipe. Turned out excellent, very satisfying. I was afraid the herbs would be overpowering but that wasn't an issue. I'll make this again for sure. "

Reviewed Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Jun 30, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is perfect, don't mess with it. "

Reviewed Quinoa and Bean Pilaf

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

I omitted the spinach and cheese and didn't miss them. The only problem was the quinoa didn't cook fully. Next time I make it I'll prepare the quinoa separately and add the other ingredients when the quinoa is done. "

Reviewed Chinese Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

Good flavor and pretty fast. Cant imagine using all the liquid called for, I cut it half and it was still soupy. I plan to embellish the leftovers with more of everything plus extra veggies like broccoli and carrots. "

Reviewed Mushroom, Onion and Basil Pizza

May 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great pizza recipe. The sun dried tomatoes really make it. Used arugula instead of basil cuz it gets cloying. Don't skimp on the onions too. "

Reviewed Classic Italian Lasagna

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

I was looking for a good lasagna recipe and after reading the mixed reviews on this thought it might be worth a try. Turned out pretty good with a few tweaks. Added onion, garlic and carrots minced in the food processor and mushrooms to the meat mixture. Also subbed half the beef for italian sausage. Only made about 3/4 of the bechemel and did"

Reviewed Grilled Beef Skewers with Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

Apr 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Was a bit skeptical but the relish seemed intriguing. Turned out as good as the reviews here suggest. Only change was to add some balsamic to the marinade, otherwise stuck to the recipe. Will certainly make again."

Reviewed Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Apr 20, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very good recipe, just be prepared to tweak it to your specs. I subbed red bell pepper for the carrots and added mushrooms. I only had about a tbsp of curry paste so added a bit of sirracha and fish sauce, which worked well. The only thing I would change next time is to use less coconut milk as the final product was a little soupy. Would also "

Reviewed Quinoa Tabbouleh

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

Although a bit different from regular tabbouleh this is a great use of quinoa. I also used about half the parsely and no mint, which I never use anyway, subbed cumin for the nutmeg, and threw in some toasted pine nuts. As usual, much better the next day."

Reviewed Braised Chicken Thighs with Button Mushrooms

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

Awesome, will definitely be making this again. Great balanced depth of flavor, might use a little more essence next time. Highly recommended!"

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