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Reviewed chunky chicken and chorizo chili

Feb 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I am puzzled....followed recipe exactly increasing by 1/2 & measuring everything accurately--having 8 people. I have ended up with a mess...looks nothing like chile or picture. I'm an accomplished cook of 40 years and have made chile too many times to count. There is not enough tomato in my final result. I'm panicked...don't know what to do...

Reviewed texas bbq pot roast

Jan 30, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Made exactly as written....very flavorful, easy prep, fall-apart tender. Made a day early, strained sauce into a container, refrigerated both. Next day, removed fat from sauce, then reheated meat and sauce tog., shredded meat and tossed w/sauce to serve on rolls w/more sauce. Yum.

Reviewed texas bbq pot roast

Jan 30, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Made exactly as written....very flavorful, easy prep, fall-apart tender. Made a day early, strained sauce into a container, refrigerated both. Next day, removed fat from sauce, then reheated meat and sauce tog., shredded meat and tossed w/sauce to serve on rolls w/more sauce. Yum.

Reviewed The Fort's Refried Anasazi (Cliff Dweller's) Beans

Jan 14, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Just okay. Had to keep adding Frank's hot sauce to the finished dish to boost the flavor. Husband was not a fan. Will freeze in 1 lb amounts to use in recipes calling for refried beans. I will say they are the prettiest beans ever and deserve to be on display in a jar.

Replied to Creamy Polenta

Jan 7, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very helpful ideas. Also, as a retired English teacher, I applaud you for such a well-written review! Rare these days.

Replied to Shepherds Pie with Scallion-Cheese Crust

Jan 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Hear, hear!

Replied to Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Dec 18, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Thanks, Ashley. Checked out the website recipe and discovered FN confused the two amounts for sugar and vinegar!!

Reviewed The Lady and Son's Smoked Boston Butt Roast

Aug 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Family approved--easy and delicious. Liquid smoke--great idea! Followed exactly, covering as in video. Very flavorful. Correction to julieannep's correction re ratio for house seasoning...recipe is correct as written here--bef. prepping, checked her cookbook and other of her FN recipes.
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Reviewed Turkey Lasagna

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

Wanted to love this, but did not. I've been making lasagna for 45 years and found to ensure neat portion cuttings, the lasagna should bake--lower temp than here--for an hour to bake and dry out slightly the ricotta mixture which should be really beaten at the onset. Dish then sits for 30 min. before cutting. For meat sauce, we like 1 lb chicken"

Reviewed Fried Chicken

Jul 27, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent. Easy. Close to the best fried chicken I ever had. Will up the cayenne next time to equal the best I ever had. Couldn't stop picking off crunchy bits. Husband LOVED this recipe--had 3 crackling-crisp pieces. Didn't have buttermilk so added little lemon juice to regular milk. Didn't deep fry, used 1-2" melted Crisco in chicken fryer "

Reviewed Coney Island Chili Dogs

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

Loved it. Piquant, quick and easy, perfect on dogs. Leftovers we mixed w/ leftover BF's onion sauce from NY Street Cart Dogs recipes--fantastic! Too many persnickety reviewers. Yes, reminds of sloppy Joe which, btw, is nothing more than a cooked meat w/ spices sauce, a topping-turned-sandwich in its own right bec. it's so good. "

Reviewed Lemon Curd Trifle with Fresh Berries

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

This trifle is OUTSTANDING. Have made it many times. First, Ina's curd is not better than Tyler's...have made both and definitely prefer his. Next, recipe says to whisk the curd 10 min., but in the video he suggests 15-20 min. whisking time; for me, 15 min. usually works. So if you had trouble with the curd, try the longer whisking time. Last"

Reviewed New York Street Cart Dog

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

All I can say is outstanding! Had these for the Fourth with his sausage tacos and Cuban burgers. Raves for all. The onion sauce is absolutely terrific, even better today. Followed the sauerkraut recipe from reviewer below...excellent. Can't wait for leftovers tonight!!"

Reviewed Grilled Hot and Sweet Sausage Tacos with Apricot-Jalapeno Glaze, Grilled Pepper and Red Onion Salsa

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

These were a hit for the Fourth! Salsa is delicious, fab but time consuming. Definitely make ahead. Served these a little differently from recipe...made tacos early w/sausages and extra glaze inside, folded. To serve, heated on grill, added salsa to inside, served whole. Really good. "

Reviewed Honey-Balsamic Lamb Chops

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

Yummy and easy! Followed exactly, well....had to use 1" shoulder chops and threw ALL sauce ingredients into FP, no slow pouring of oil--creamy and delicious. Not a heavy vinegar taste at all--perfect blend of flavors. Will store and serve over steak, pork, chicken. "

Reviewed Twice-Baked Potatoes

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

These are delicious....my new go-to recipe for twice baked potatoes (have always used Silver Palate's). Would be great as a casserole, and next time, I thought I'd combine Paula Deen's shrimp stuffed potatoes by adding to this recipe the Cajun seasoning and shrimp."

Reviewed Chilled Asparagus Soup with Goat Cheese

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

Easy. Delicious. Made as written but no goat cheese--not a fan. Not watery, not too salty, just right. In my own bowl, I did give a few shakes of Frank's hot sauce--yum, yum. Also like Sunny's version....the paprika. Next time, I'm going to combine the two."

Reviewed Mussels in White Wine

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

Enjoyed this traditional version, a flavorful easy meal--one of our favorites for umpteen years. I've never purged and have never had a problem. As someone else suggested, try Costco's mussels, fresh and clean. I serve this dish with small baguettes quartered lengthwise, long triangles of bread. Butter, flavor, toast, and stick down into the "

Reviewed Breast of Chicken with Rosemary and Polenta with Porcini Mushrooms

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

Delicious. I did what I never do trying a recipe for the first time...a change or two. The polenta--I used half water and half milk and also mixed the porcini into the polenta. Polenta went down first, chicken on top, sauce over. Wonderful."

Reviewed Spicy Shrimp, Celery, and Cashew Stir-fry

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

Very good....fast, easy, flavorful. Used chopped peanuts--didn't have cashews--and added a package of snow peas. Husband and grandchildren liked it very much. I will make this again."

Reviewed Turkey Meatloaf

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

My, oh my! We must prefer more flavorful dishes than most people. Had to give this recipe a try because of the reviews, but my head was telling me not to bother based on past ground turkey experiences. This followed suit--bland. Very disappointed. Family nixed having it ever again although it did taste better in a sandwich. Try Rachael's curr"

Reviewed Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

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

Followed the recipe exactly. I found the onions and garlic had a raw taste even after baking; next time I will saute before adding to the mix. Also, this was mostly rice, so if I make this dish again, I'll add broccoli florettes, more cheese. Not a hit with the family. "

Reviewed Collard Greens

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

Excellent. Had only a small hock so added 4 slices bacon, diced, as well. Instead of making a batch of house seasoning for 1 TB, I reduced the amounts to a ratio and added to the water 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp salt. Basically, followed the recipe exactly, and we thought the greens were delicious. Will be making these regula"

Reviewed Tagliatelle with Rock Shrimp, Corn and Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Feb 27, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy prep, colorful, flavorful--loved! Cookielady...forget rules. My family is from Bologna. While by taste I don't use cheese on seafood, others do--my husband does, likes the flavors. Rule: Bolognese sauce must have veal. My grandmother never put veal in her sauce. Rule: salt pasta water...not in my family. Well known Italian NYC chef w"

Reviewed Smoked Salmon on Irish Soda Bread with Chive Butter

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

Excellent. Made as written except the caraway seeds--not a fan. These were part of a light luncheon for my bridge group and were a hit, half the bread squares with salmon and other half chicken salad--I must have cut the bread slices thinner than Hearty Boys did because I had more than 16 pieces. Presentation on white-linen-napkin-lined tray pi"

Reviewed Santa's Sleigh Cocktail

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

Gave this a whirl when it first appeared on Sandra's show and have been making it every Christmas since. Delicious. Perfect for the holidays."

Reviewed Baked Shrimp Scampi

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

Fabulous! Followed exactly--not too salty, just the right amount of butter. Used fresh shrimp from Costco 2 lbs 24 in a pkg. Removed tail shells--not a fan of leaving them on. Used broiler for about 2 min. for a little burn on the ends of the tails. Perfect! Served with orzo salad, Italian chef salad, Tyler's blueberry lemon tart. Luncheon "

Reviewed Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lexington Style Dip Sauce

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

This is the real McCoy, just as we had pork BBQ when stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY/TN--no sweet traditional BBQ sauce there. Pig went on the fire in the a.m., ready in the p.m. when the BBQ master had it all packed up, ready for our party. This was the finishing and dipping sauce. Perfection! Really enjoyed this. "

Reviewed Osso Buco

Nov 6, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Outstanding. I used lamb shanks which needed to be cooked, and the dish was fabulous. Skipped cheesecloth--put herbs in and later fished out stems. Poured pan juices into fat separator and then poured defatted juice into FP with vegetables and pureed to make a smooth sauce. Reheated sauce and shanks at serving time and served over creamy polen"

Reviewed My Mom's Tomato and Bean 15 Minute Stoup

Sep 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very good. I'm a once-a-week soup, not stoup, maker and have others soups we like better. But, this is quick. I, too, add more broth, either more chicken or some beef broth. We also prefer more flavor, so I add any one or combo of kielbasa slices; diced bacon, pancetta, prosciutto; pepperoni pulsed in F/P. We also like to add cabbage and/or s"

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