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Reviewed Fried Potatoes with Spicy Aioli

Apr 22, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Awesome! A hit all around. Everyone loved them, kids and adults alike. I tried the potatoes in olive oil as I didn't have any of the fats he suggests. I hate to fry and avoid it as much as I can, but this dish was worth it. One of my sons can't eat mayonnaise, so I made a second batch of the aioli substituting the mayo with silken tofu. It wasn't "

Reviewed Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

Apr 22, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Very good! This was my first time making whole chickens because they intimidate me, but watching the episode and following the directions made it easy. I used free range chickens from Whole Foods. Next time, I would use a bit more salt. We felt it needed it. The salsa verde was very good, but the mint wasn't my favorite. I'll use half the amount n"

Favorited Fried Potatoes with Spicy Aioli

Apr 22, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

Apr 22, 2012 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake with Ganache

Mar 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Outstanding! I baked it in a Baine Marie, otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. Amazing! Decadent, smooth, like mousse, but much better. Served it with macerated strawberries and homemade whipped cream. This will be one of my "special" desserts going forward.""

Reviewed Bourbon Praline Cake

Feb 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

It took 1.5 hours to reach doneness in my oven. The finished product was disappointing. The cake part was soft but not as flavorful as I would have liked. The topping was too heavy on pecans. Won't be making it again.""

Reviewed Profiteroles

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

Although my puffs were a bit overdone (20 minutes in my oven was too long, this dessert was surprisingly easy to make and amazingly delicious. I agree that the chocolate sauce is one of the best I've ever made or tasted. Big hit with my family and friends! Will definitely make again.""

Reviewed Strawberry Shortcakes, Deconstructed

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

So delicious! It was ten times better than I anticipated. I macerated the strawberries for eight hours to allow me time to cook other dishes. Also made the shortbread and whipped cream in the morning. The shortbread was amazing! And very easy to make. It was great to have all the components ready to assemble at dessert time. Very pretty.""

Reviewed Beef Bourguignon

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

All twelve family members I served this to loved it. I kept it in the oven for a lot longer than indicated, probably 3.5 hours. I used only half of the frozen pearl onions, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Wonderful entree and the house smelled great! Definitely recommend.""

Reviewed Candy Bar Cake

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

This was delicious, but too sweet. I made it a second time but used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips to make the topping, and it was much better. This dessert catches everyone's eye and everyone loved it. I served it for a big family dinner and brought it to a party the second time. A big hit!""

Reviewed Tiramisu

Jul 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I haven't had tiramisu this good at any restaurant I've been to. Easy and wonderful. My guests loved it! It tastes just like my mother in law's authentic Italian tiramisu."

Reviewed Bucatini All'Amatriciana with Spicy Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs

Jul 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is the second time I make this recipe and it's outstanding, a real crowd pleaser. I do double the amount of crushed tomatoes though, and keep any extra sauce for another day. Wonderful! I highly recommend trying it. "

Reviewed Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Mustard-Dill Dressing and Black Olive Yogurt Sauce

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

I made this for 5 adults tonight. The shrimp was wonderful with the vinagrette, but none of us cared for the yogurt sauce. Followed the recipe to the letter, no changes."

Reviewed Roast Beef with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

WHAT A HIT! I hate making roasts because they so often turn out tough. I made this recipe with beef tenderloin roasts, I used two 3 lbs roasts for a big family Easter dinner. Roasted it with a meat thermometer to 150. It was marvelous!!!! Not a bit leftover! The sauce was as amazing as everyone else here says, and I have some of that leftover to u"

Reviewed Spring Peas With Dates and Walnuts

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this, and quite a few in the family thought they definitely would not. It was very good! Everyone really enjoyed this dish! Easy to make and pretty on the table. I'll definitely make it again, and probably double the quantity of dates and walnuts, since those flavors weren't as pronounced as I would have liked."

Reviewed Raspberry-Lemon Easter Cake

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was very good, but not as outstanding as I expected it to be, considering how labor intensive it was. I took the cake out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving, but it was still too hard therefore the flavors didn't quite come through. I would take it out an hour or an hour and a half before serving next time. Instead of making the sugar co"

Reviewed Scalloped Potatoes with Creme Fraiche

Apr 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is the second time I make this recipe and it's very good. I had to substitute sour cream for the creme fraiche today because no one in my area had it available, but it turned out great. Everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breast

Feb 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is the second time I serve this dish to my family and friends. Yes, the stuffing part is frustrating, but the finished product is awesome, so worth the effort. I used a thermometer to determine doneness so I wouldn't overcook them as I did the first time. The filling is delicious and I had a lot left over. As long as the leftovers haven't come...

Reviewed Profiteroles

Feb 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Although my puffs were a bit overdone (20 minutes in my oven was too long), this dessert was surprisingly easy to make and amazingly delicious. I agree that the chocolate sauce is one of the best I've ever made or tasted. Big hit with my family and friends! Will definitely make again."

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