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Reviewed Pumpkin Cheesecake

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Outstanding. My "I don't like *real* cheesecake" mother loved it. I would prefer a bit more pumpkin flavor. Will use at least 1.5 times as much pumpkin next time.

Really easy to make.But resist the temptation to buy a graham cracker crust. And use the springform pan; a pie tin doesn't cut it (and misses the point).

Reviewed Good Eats Roast Turkey

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The flavor was good: balanced and not overpowering, though not as smoky as I would have liked. The meat was tender, but not overwhelmingly so (this with a free-range, organic, *really* expensive turkey). The candied ginger was waaaaay more trouble than it was worth.

FYI, whole allspice berries can be found at Mexican grocery st...

Reviewed Shepherd's Pie

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Absolutely fantastic.

A couple of thoughts: 1. If you're not going to use lamb, don't bother; you're missing the point. I made this for my father -- who "doesn't eat lamb" -- and he loved it. 2. Fresh herbs make all the difference. 3. Draining the fat off the meat mixture (before adding the flour) doesn't affect the moistness of...

Reviewed Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I love chipotles, but they really overwhelm the sweet potato (and butter) flavor. I will halve -- or less -- the chipotles next time.

Reviewed Lychee Martini

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Balanced; not sweet, not liquor-y. But you'll definitely run out of lychee juice before running out of lychee fruit. So use 3 or even 4 lychees per drink. And *definitely* use Thai lychees, not Chinese lychees. And use decent vodka (I used Ketel One with great results).

Reviewed Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

Jan 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was indeed the best green bean casserole I ever had. Hands down. Not even close. Perfectly-balanced flavors and textures.

The only difficulty I had was with the onions. I wasn't really pleased with the results done in the oven on a baking sheet -- some burned, some under-cooked -- and I don't think the recipe calls for enough...

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