My Profile

daniellel02

Evanston, Illinois

Member since Jan 2010

Flag This ProfileFlag as Inappropriate

Reviewed Chocolate Margarita

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

Very tasty. Decadent and heavy, though, so be prepared for it to be the dessert. The orange liqueur and cinnamon add depth of flavor that makes this drink better than the rest of its kind."

Reviewed Chocolate Chips

May 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Salty and sweet and amazing. This recipe is delicious and appealing to the eye. It would be great for entertaining. Plus, it was easy and I have had trouble tempering chocolate in the past. For some reason, the Neely's simple directions worked and my chocolate tempered perfectly and quickly like it is supposed to without the use of a candy the"

Reviewed Stuffed Plantains with Pork and Chipotle Honey Oil

May 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was delicious to eat and look at! My husband and I love plantain and the recipe cooks it just perfectly. Them the slow roasted pork is incredibly tender and flavorful. The chipotle honey oil just knocks it out of the park! This recipe has some kick (spicy) so beware!"

Reviewed Sunny's Smothered Rib Eye Steak

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is now my husband's favorite meal and he is not easily impressed. Made the recipe as written and was delicious. The only changes I will make next time is to pay closer attention to the cook time of the steaks. My steaks were on the thinner side and so I over cooked them. Still came out unbelievably good because Sunny' s seasoning and sauce"

Reviewed Sunny's Twice Baked Potatoes

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were so amazing that the next day, my husband and I discovered that we had both "secretly" licked the pan where the cheesy potatoes had spilled over. Mine came out a little saucy, not nice and perfect looking like Sunny's, but SO not a big deal. They tasted INCREDIBLE."

Reviewed Quick Tomato Salad

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I generally don't like tomatoes straight but the seasoning in this recipe was perfect and I gobbled them up like grapes. My husband and kids who love tomatoes anyway, of course, thought it was fab as well. What a great way to serve a healthy side fast."

Reviewed Chili Pork Empanadas with Avocado Dipping Sauce

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were a big hit. My mother in law, husband, kids and I loved them, including the dipping sauce. I did have to chop the pork cubes a few times more to make it stuff-able into the empanada but other than that, easy and delicious."

Reviewed Frozen Tropical Slushie

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is really good and I am not really into fruity drinks. One thing that would have made this a little easier would be to add the liquids to the blender then add just enough ice to fill the blender. I did it with ice first--the whole 6 cups like the recipe called for-- and it was too much for my blender to hold."

Reviewed Ultimate Spicy Nachos

May 18, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

TOE-CURLING!! The look on my husband's face was priceless. No substitutions--made it exactly as written. This shouldn't be Foodnetwork; it should be McCargo Network. His recipes are the highest rated across the board for good reason."

Reviewed Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

Jan 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was even better than I expected. I love goat cheese so I knew I would like it but the combination of the sweetness of the roasted squash and onions and the crunchiness of the walnuts put this over the top. There were only two downsides: one, its not the prettiest dish since the goat cheese sauce made our penne look grey, although that may ...

Reviewed Turkey Scallopine Milanese with Mustard Cranberry Sauce

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

This is an amazing traditional Thanksgiving turkey alternative. The sweet and tangy flavors balance out perfectly and it is just a gorgeous presentation. Absolutely delicious.

After this recipe, we will never go back to a big bird. This dish is classy, easy to eat (even for little ones), and did I mention gorgeous?? Just make...

Reviewed Chicken Salad and Cranberry Brie Toast

Oct 31, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

What a classy variation and it's an absolutely delicious sandwich. For a short cut, I just season 1 lb of chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper then grill and shred.""

Reviewed Coconut Macaroons

Jul 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this exactly as recipe is written and while they taste good, they were a rubbery texture. Will follow consensus advice for next time: use less sweetened condensed milk and non-fat and chill the "dough" prior to baking."

Reviewed Perfect Pie Crust

Jul 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I had two problems with this crust: first, it fell apart when I rolled it and tried to transfer it to a pie pan, as at least one other reviewer mentioned. Second, the taste wasn't so amazing that it made up for problem number one. I am going to keep looking. This wasn't a hit for me. "

Reviewed Chocolate Eclairs

Jun 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The original recipe is fabulous. However,here is a compilation of tips from pages of reviews that made this recipe even better:
1) if you don't have a vanilla bean, use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
2) For the pastry, use milk instead of water and add 1/2 tsp baking powder.
3) Use a ziplock with a 3/4 inch wide tip cut off...

Reviewed Double Blueberry Muffins

Jun 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My husband and I thought these were good but not great. I followed the recipe exactly and baked them for the minimum suggested time (25 min. They were almost overcooked at that point so I skipped leaving them in the pan for 30 minutes after baking--ok, slight change from recipe. The inside was fluffy and had a good flavor but the outside was a "

Reviewed Double Blueberry Muffins

Jun 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My husband and I thought these were good but not great. I followed the recipe exactly and baked them for the minimum suggested time (25 min). They were almost overcooked at that point so I skipped leaving them in the pan for 30 minutes after baking--ok, slight change from recipe. The inside was fluffy and had a good flavor but the outside was a"

Reviewed P. F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

Mar 11, 2011 in on Food.com

Never had mongolian beef at PF Changs but this was definitely the best MB recipe I've tried. Served it over s..."

Reviewed Greek Grilled Leg of Lamb: Gyros

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

This was good but it didn't taste like "gyros". However, I was expecting it to taste like it tastes at most dives in America so who knows, maybe it is more authentic. The sauce was great and everything wrapped up in a tasty pita (we used naan), was yummy.

Reviewed Eggs in a Basket

Jan 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Love the concept, love the look. Taste wise, I am not a fan of tarragon and this was my first taste of it. Great base recipe though, will tinker with other ingredients to tailor it to my family's tastes.

Reviewed Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese Slaw

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

This is a decent sandwich. I didn't know how hot buffalo sauce was so I skipped dipping my kids cutlets in it. For my husband and my sandwich, I followed the recipe exactly. The amped-up slaw offset the spicy well enough but it was a little soupy and I would add a little more blue cheese to put it over the top next time.

Reviewed Loaded Lamb Meatball Hoagie

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

Very good! Followed recipe exactly except the spinach. I used 5 oz of fresh spinach because that is what I had. It turned out so well that I will probably make it the same way next time. This meal is tasty, fast, and kid friendly. And I love dishes that include vegetables!

Reviewed South Western Sopaipillas

Jan 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great concept but lacked flavor. The dough was somewhat flavorless and the salsa just wasn't that good. I wound up sprinkling cinnamon sugar on the fried dough and served them as beignets.

Reviewed CORN AND CHEESE-STUFFED CREPES WITH POBLANO CREAM

Jan 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another home run for Ms. Valladolid! The sauce was amazing--smokey and creamy, not spicy at all-- the crepe recipe was perfect and easy, the corn added nice fresh taste and some texture. All in all, the combination was terrificly delicious. I made one substitution: I used cheddar cheese for the crepe filling just because we prefer that flavor over...

Reviewed Arroz Con Pollo Bites

Jan 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I probably shouldn't write a review here because I changed so much. So I will say that without my changes, I think this would have been a little bland. But anything on a fried plantain is going to taste pretty decent and I love the concept, hence 4 stars for being a great base recipe.

FYI: I left out the olive tapenade and topped...

Reviewed Carne Asada Tacos with Green Salsa

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

I thought this was ok but my husband really liked it so that bumped it up from 3 stars to 4. The meat was a little tough but from other reviews, apparently, chuck roast was the way to go and I got round. I thought the green salsa was good but I wonder if it could have been better if the tomatillos had been roasted first.

Reviewed Big Daddy Spicy Beef Salad

Dec 30, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe is bursting with some of my favorite flavors (roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, chipotle...) Sweet and spicy, balanced nicely together. The only issue was cooking the steak. Maybe it was the way my meat was cut but it was a big, thick hunk and after cooking, the middle was still too raw (even for my husband who likes it pretty...

Reviewed Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

Dec 29, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Another slam dunk from Giada! Delicious and easy to make, I was looking for an appetizer I didn't have to keep warm. These were perfect. Substantial, too! I Three sandwiches filled me up. Also, the recipe is written perfectly, down to the timing. I appreciate that Giada includes approximations of how long to cook items.

Reviewed Spicy Braised Chicken

Dec 28, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was an ok dish. Aside from the prep time, it would make a pretty decent weekday meal. I just don't get that excited about chicken and rice dishes. When I saw the show, I thought maybe this was an exception. It wasn't. Well, let's say it is an above average chicken/rice weeknight meal. Also, i couldn't really taste the coconut in the rice--and...

Reviewed Orange Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

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

This pie is easy to make and beautiful. However, the sweetened condensed milk dominated the flavor too much for me so it winds up tasting like a store-bought pie (not in a good way) instead of freshly made.

Not what you're looking for? Try: