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Reviewed irish potato cakes

Apr 23, 2014 on

I make mine similar to these but add an egg and onion granules. My mashed potatoes are quite thick in general so I think the person who had problems with the thickness of the potatoes must make theirs more like a gruel, like you see on Food Network TV sometimes. I don't knead mine or roll pat them down; the pancake mixture isn't dry enough after I...

Reviewed Macaroni & Hot Italian Sausage

Sep 20, 2013 in on

using mild sausage, but am thinking a pinch or two roasted red pepper flakes might have been a good addition. good to hear I will need to stir as this bakes... I am interested to see how the sour cream works. it was good just as it is. I put the casserole dish';s lid on so maybe that will make a difference. thanks to Bergy for posting this. I...

Reviewed Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Butter

Jul 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

pitting peaches: some varieties of peaches pit easier than others. I forget which is which. If you have the right type, all you have to do is run your knife around the fruit and twist to open..."

Reviewed Huevos Rancheros

May 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I am making this recipe tonight for dinner and it will be the second time I'm making it. My daughter doesn't like runny egg yokes so I slightly scrambled hers the first time hoping the egg yolk would cook fully while mine didn't. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. This time I am going to fully scramble her egg before putting it in the cup. I foun"

Reviewed Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

May 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Regarding the polenta, Melissa was referring to coarse ground corn meal. You are right; grits are made from hominy.

I'm making the ribs and onions tonight. All your reviews helped me feel more confident about making this recipe although so far none of Melissa's recipes have 'gone wrong' for me to date."

Reviewed Aunt Agnes' Garlic Dill Pickles

Feb 8, 2012 in on

hmmm I haven't tried this recipe yet, but am wondering how it would do with other vegetables, like green beans or asparagus. I do like those vegetables pickled! Any thoughts?"

Reviewed Chicken, Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole

Jan 24, 2012 in on

I made an 'end of the month' version of this recipe tonight, which means I made a bunch of substitutions:

4 raw chicken thighs for cooked chicken
cream of mushroom soup for the chicken soup
mayo for the sour cream
5 slices of american cheese for the cheddar

For the most part I made it the same except I added the chic...

Added Recipe Photo to Chicken, Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole

Jan 23, 2012 on

Reviewed Creamy Shrimp Bisque

Dec 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I watched the show today and it inspired me to make this soup. One difference, though, was she used a shallot, not green onions. Either one could be used, but I used the shallot. Very tasty. My daughter really liked it too.""

Reviewed Pepperoni and Cheese Casserole

Nov 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I have to add a new review! This is a good 'base' recipe. In the show she says you can use pepperoni or salami or whatever. Tonight I am using 3 sweet italian sausage links (out of the casings) and instead of the canned tomatoes I am using prepared pasta sauce. I also added summer savory (an herb you can get in your grocery store spice rack) beca...

Reviewed Pepperoni and Cheese Casserole

Nov 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I haven't even finished assembling the casserole and already I love the dish! I used 2 each 14.5 oz. cans of fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic (Hunts brand for the tomatoes called for in the recipe. Yum! I don't have rotini so I'm using shells. I think any shape would work. The tomatoes and zucchini in the sauce make a vegetable serving so I'm no...

Reviewed Grand Champion Peach Jam

Aug 23, 2011 in on

I haven't tried the recipe yet, but wanted to write an answer for Tisme. I helped my mom can peaches for years and years when I was growing up. The way to peal peaches is actually quite simple. First you have a large pot of water boiling on the stove and fill the sink with cold water and ice. Prick the peaches and place the peaches a few at a time...

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