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Reviewed Grandma's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

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

Love this pie! After reading all reviews, I reduced the sugar to a little over 1 cup. I also used the 2 tbsp of minute tapioca plus 2 large tbsp of cornstarch to help the filling thicken . . . worked perfectly. One reviewer mentioned using "tapioca pudding" which is NOT "minute tapioca", which you can find on the baking aisle of any grocery store....

Reviewed Basic Pizza Dough

Feb 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great pizza dough! Easy to make as recipe reads . . . use olive oil to brush dough after rolling out crusts. We mixed in a KitchenAid standing mixer w/ dough hook and it took no time at all. We cooked on a pizza stone at 450 degrees for 15 mins. Dough was crispy with enough "chew" to give it substance. Highly recommend.

Reviewed Savory Polenta

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

This was an excellent polenta recipe. Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding more Parmesan cheese than two ounces. Having read similar recipes from Guy & Bobby Flay, Alton seemed to use the least cheese . . . being cheese lovers, we took a cue from the other guys and used approx 3/4 cup.
We chose to let the polenta set...

Reviewed Slow Cooker Chipotle-Lime Chicken Thighs Jamaican Rice and Peas

Feb 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I really liked this dish and had gone into the preparation with alot of hesitation given some of the negative reviews. I used all organic veggies--pre-sliced/chopped to save prep time . . . avail at Whole Foods Market-- as well as skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Used 4 cloves of garlic vs 2 b/c i am not afraid. Also used nearly 3/4 cup of lime...

Reviewed Kuay Tiaw Pad Thai

Jan 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a good dish. I made as the recipe reads, making a special trip to the Asian grocery for some ingredients. Palm sugar was hard--had to warm in microwave for 90 sec to make usable. Easily found canned tamarind juice that made the sauce neither too sweet nor too salty. That said, I'll prepare again with a few changes: more chopped peanuts; the...

Reviewed Mike's Deli Famous Eggplant Parmigiana

Jan 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a very good, easy to prepare eggplant parmigana. I prepared the recipe as written slicing the eggplants with a large chefs knife approximately 1/4" thick . . . I don't think it would have hurt this dish at all if the eggplant slices were even slightly thicker. Be sure to cut the eggplant lengthwise. The flour/egg/bread crumb combo gave...

Reviewed Sausage and Eggplant-Stuffed Shells in a Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

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

Absolutely excellent and a complete crowd pleaser. The recipe itself is easy . . . just takes a bit of time. Plan ahead and you and your dinner guests will not be disappointed! I bought the mild Italian sausage at Whole Foods Market, which they sell already uncased. I also purchased pre-diced onions to save a bit of time. I chose to use part-skim...

Reviewed Texas Style Chili

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Freaking amazing. I compared a couple of Texas chile recipes and the main difference I made was using 3 lbs of boneless short ribs vs the meat suggested. Regardless of your choice, 1 inch cubes are TOO BIG. Take the extra time and dice the meat to 1/4 - 1/2 inch cube size. I used jalapenos ( 2 w/ seeds, 1 w/o and for the "New Mexican" chilies...

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with little expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and Ro-tel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, when draining the excess grease after browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but not rinsed....

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with little expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and Ro-tel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, when draining the excess grease after browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but not rinsed....

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with little expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and Ro-tel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, when draining the excess grease after browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but not rinsed....

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with not alot of expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and rotel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, when draining the excess grease after browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but not...

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with not alot of expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and rotel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, after you drain the excess grease when browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but...

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with not alot of expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and rotel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, after you drain the excess grease when browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but...

Reviewed Texas Style Chili

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Freaking amazing. I compared a couple of TX chile recipes and the main difference I made was using 3 lbs of boneless short ribs vs the meat suggested. Regardless of your choice, 1 inch cubes are TOO BIG. Take the extra time and dice the meat to 1/2 - 1/4 cube size. I use jalapenos ( 2 w/ seeds, 1 w/o) and for the "New Mexican" chili used 2 poblano...

Reviewed Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

Jan 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

5 stars for taste, ease and portion. I went into making this dish with not alot of expectation. I really think draining the black-eyed peas and rotel make a HUGE difference. DRAIN UNTIL DRY! Also, after you drain the excess grease when browning the beef--go out of your way to do a good job. I used 2 cans of pre-cooked BEP's, well-drained but...

Reviewed Hushpuppies

Dec 27, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

They were only okay in my opinion. I wish I had read jimjackson's review re: WHEN to add the buttermilk before I made. They were very "dough-y" and nothing special. I will make again and re-review. Hoping that suggestion makes a difference in the consistency of these puppies.

Reviewed Brussels Sprout Gratin

Dec 27, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this was a good recipe--esp. for a veggie that gets a bad rap. I made it to bring to a Christmas dinner & it got a nice response. It seems so many people have an inbred hatred of brussel sprouts that convincing them to try it proved difficult. That being said, most of the people at the dinner who did try it really enjoyed it; a few claimed...

Reviewed Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Dec 5, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was really pleased with this recipe and the response I received from family & friends when I served at Thanksgiving. A crowd pleaser & makes plenty for large parties.
The ONLY change I made was the amount of cheese I used; I added more after watching the video clip. The cayenne did NOT make this dish too spicy!
I started out...

Reviewed Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Dec 5, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was really pleased with this recipe and the response I received from family & friends when I served at Thanksgiving. A crowd pleaser & makes plenty for large parties.
The ONLY change I made was the amount of cheese I used; I added more after watching the video clip. The cayenne did NOT make this dish too spicy!
I started out...

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