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Reviewed mango chutney

Jul 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is a good recipe and I'm grateful to Alton for sharing it. I don't care for the cider vinegar flavor in this mixture and next time will use white vinegar or lime juice as the acid. I like to cook Indian and added some nigella seeds (kalonji) to the hot oil. Other stone fruits like peach and apricot (which I used) also work well. Do use golden...

Reviewed Nutty Green Beans

Nov 27, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Thanksgiving with my vegan daughter and her boyfriend.....used this recipe modified. Margarine instead of butter, homemade vegan worcestershire in lieu of the real thing, almonds instead of pecans by request. Sheesh. Still came out quite tasty.

Reviewed Green Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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

This recipe is a fine basic blue cheese dressing and I have no complaints at all. It's great on a salad. I used half and half because I don't keep cream at home and there was no problem. I also added more cheese and more acid because I like strong flavors. As a dip I would add a little more cheese and a tad more salt. This type of dressing ma"

Reviewed Garden Vegetable Soup

Jun 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great basic vegetable soup recipe. I would prefer onions to leeks for their sweetness when cooked but this was a great use for the leeks purchased at the farmer's market this past weekend. Also had fresh corn and fresh filet green beans from the same place so ideal use. I like a stronger flavor in the broth so added some hots. Also had cilantr"

Reviewed Aromatic Noodles With Lime Peanut Sauce

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

Excellent basic recipe with as mentioned below a good balance of flavors. I prefer soba - Japanese style buckwheat noodles - for this type of recipe and am fortunate these are easy to find where I live. You can use whatever type of hot stuff you prefer to give the dish a kick. Cashew butter and toasted cashews work well too although higher in c"

Reviewed Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

May 19, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this recipe with several modifications based on what I had on hand. To the dressing I added roasted bell pepper, less oil, some hot sauce and a bit of sugar. To the salad I added some coarsely chopped pepperoncini which work well with the olives and capers - also pickled. Because I wanted some crunch in the salad I added some cubed peeled "

Reviewed Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

May 19, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this recipe with several modifications based on what I had on hand. To the dressing I added roasted bell pepper, less oil, some hot sauce and a bit of sugar. To the salad I added some coarsely chopped pepperoncini which work well with the olives and capers - also pickled. It's a great basic recipe that lends itself to many variations. Tha"

Reviewed Asparagus Soup

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

I blanched some asparagus and overcooked it a bit. Considered tossing it since I only like asparagus very green and crunchy on its own. Found this recipe and it's so tasty. I agree with another reviewer who said the soup doesn't really need the cream and also agree it doesn't need so much garlic. I used 2 cloves. I tried not to brown the leek"

Reviewed Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Mar 22, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great basic recipe. I added apple and reduced the amount of sugar to a tablespoon. Used lemon juice and white wine vinegar for acid and hot sauce in place of cayenne. This recipe can easily be varied according to personal taste."

Reviewed Very Green Broccoli Soup

Mar 12, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great basic recipe that tastes good as is and can be varied easily. I like to use a lot of spinach and less broccoli. Added some nutmeg. Have used half and half as well as plain kefir in addition to buttermilk and find all 3 taste good. I've even used frozen spinach with the liquid squeezed and out and used as part of the soup broth."

Reviewed Mini Turkey Meatballs

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

Cooked the meatballs in the oven to avoid the extra calories from the oil and they came out fine. I also used turkey breast. Added both basil and parsley and enjoyed the flavors. A good standby to have in the freezer and I'm having trouble keeping out of them right now."

Reviewed Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

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

This is indeed a tasty recipe. I made the reciple just as it's written and only added some fresh basil on top for garnish. If you are fussy like me about al dente veggies then definitely use the ice water. It only took about 90 seconds after the water had returned to a boil to cook the thin asparagus (19 stalks in a pound). The thicker stems m"

Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

Jan 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is superbly tasty. I trimmed most of the fat off the meat and didn't saute mushrooms in butter to reduce the sat fat. I didn't have any cognac but did use the wine. Though not a fan of pearl onions I loved them in this recipe. All around A+ for flavor. While there are lots of steps I've pretty much got them memorized. This is the type of"

Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

Jan 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is superbly tasty. I trimmed most of the fat off the meat and didn't saute mushrooms in butter to reduce the sat fat. I didn't have any cognac but did use the wine. Though not a fan of pearl onions I loved them in this recipe. All around A+ for flavor. While there are lots of steps I've pretty much got them memorized. This is the type of"

Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

Jan 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is superbly tasty. I trimmed most of the fat off the meat and didn't saute mushrooms in butter to reduce the sat fat. I didn't have any cognac but did use the wine. Though not a fan of pearl onions I loved them in this recipe. All around A+ for flavor."

Reviewed Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds

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

Love this recipe. I substituted pecans and shallots and it still came out great. The shallots need less time to cook as do pecans to toast so the recipe didn't require the full estimated time to prepare. Also added a little organic sugar to the shallots - just a small pinch. So tasty it was hard to keep out of them until dinner time."

Reviewed Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons

Aug 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe worked very well for me. I used some peeled and cooked potato in place of flour for a heartier soup. Fresh grated nutmeg makes a big difference and a tiny bit of hot stuff lifts the blandness since I wasn't making the croutons. I can foresee making this soup with cauliflour and also adding some fresh spinach to the blender to give i"

Reviewed Corn and Potato Chowder

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

Great basic recipe and easily varied by adding things like diced green chilis or other veggies. I cooked the bacon in a separate pan and added 1 Tbsp of the fat to the soup pot with some canola oil to saute the onions in the interest of lowering sat fat.""

Reviewed Corn and Potato Chowder

Mar 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great basic recipe and easily varied by adding things like diced green chilis or other veggies. Good cold weather comfort food.""

Reviewed Potato Leek Soup

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

Great basic recipe that is easily varied to taste. I didn't need the flour slurry for instance and cut the butter in half. Next time I won't use at all. Very satisfying and freezes well.""

Reviewed String Beans with Shallots

Dec 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple and excellent way to use green beans. I had regular beans so cut them on the diagonal in about 2 inch pieces before blanching. This helped them to cook quickly and evenly.""

Reviewed Very Green Broccoli Soup

Nov 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great basic recipe that tastes good as is and can be varied easily. I like to use a lot of spinach and less broccoli. Not a huge fan of broccoli and love finding good ways to eat it. Added some nutmeg. Added spinach to hot broccoli mixture and allowed to wilt for a couple of minutes before doing the puree.""

Reviewed Very Green Broccoli Soup

Nov 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great basic recipe that tastes good as is and can be varied easily. I like to use a lot of spinach and less broccoli. Not a huge fan of broccoli and love finding good ways to eat it.""

Reviewed Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad

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

I had some green beans past their first youth and needing a little help. This recipe really did the job. The onion, walnuts and cheese made those beans very tasty! If you plan on holding this dish or serving only part of it reserve the dressing as the acid can cause the green to fade. Thanks Guy!""

Reviewed Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad

Sep 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had some green beans past their first youth and needing a little help. This recipe really did the job. The onion, walnuts and cheese made those beans very tasty! Thanks Guy!""

Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

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

This is superbly tasty. I trimmed most of the fat off the meat and didn't saute mushrooms in butter to reduce the sat fat. Worth the steps to get the result though. Though not a fan of pearl onions I loved them in this recipe. All around A+ for flavor.""

Reviewed Lentil Vegetable Soup

Jul 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another excellent recipe from Ina. The same recipe is listed with the addition of kielbasa sausage on this site if you like to add some meat. I added some dried chili pepper to give the soup a little bite - only about 1/2 tsp. I also used vegetable broth for my vegan daughter and it came out very well that way too."

Reviewed Lentil Vegetable Soup

Jul 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another excellent recipe from Ina. The same recipe is listed with the addition of kielbasa sausage on this site if you like to add some meat. I added some dried chili pepper to give the soup a little bite - only about 1/2 tsp. I also used vegetable broth for my vegan daughter and it came out very well that way too."

Reviewed Lentil Vegetable Soup

Jul 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another excellent recipe from Ina. The same recipe is listed with the addition of kielbasa sausage on this site if you like to add some meat. I added some dried chili pepper to give the soup a little bite - only about 1/2 tsp. I also used vegetable broth for my vegan daughter and it came out very well that way too."

Reviewed Mac-Daddi-Roni Salad

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

Very tasty. The salad came out quite strongly flavored with the pepperoncini (I used 12 small and red onion). I made the dressing half mayo and half buttermilk and it came out fine. The peppadew peppers add some sweetness. The onion and garlic mellow a lot after a day in the frig."

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