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Reviewed Pumpkin Bars

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

These bars were just "good" the first time I made them. Very moist and not overly frosted. However, I felt as if they needed stronger pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. The 2nd time I made them, I used a larger can of pumpkin and added 1/2 a cup more pumpkin puree. I also increased the cinnamon by a 1/2 tsp. My family and I felt this elevated the...

Reviewed Porchetta with Roasted Fingerlings

Nov 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this dish for my family and guests who are VERY picky eaters. This dish was AMAZING! Even the people who didn't like brussels sprouts were fighting over them. The only thing each guest pointed out was the lack of distinct pepper flake flavor. They would have preferred I either add more or leave it out all together. Also, I added more ca...

Reviewed Porchetta with Roasted Fingerlings

Nov 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this dish for my family and guests who are VERY picky eaters. This dish was AMAZING! Even the people who didn't like brussels sprouts were fighting over them. The only thing each guest pointed out was the lack of distinct pepper flake flavor. They would have preferred I either add more or leave it out all together. Also, I added more ca...

Reviewed Goat Cheese with Fresh Dill

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

You MUST be joking! This was an actual recipe? Please! I really don't want to sound snobby, but out where I live in California, goat cheese with dill would be considered appetizer 101! It's an okay spread, but my family prefers goat cheese mixed with freshly chopped sage or sun dried tomatoes.""

Reviewed Pan-fried Asparagus with Shallots

Dec 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe is not only AMAZING, but so simple to make. I've been cooking for 30 years and am embarrassed to admit that I NEVER thought to cut up asparagas the way this recipe calls for. The weirdest thing...guests and family members eat more asparagas now that I'm cutting up the pieces rather than serving them long. To change this recipe up, I...

Reviewed Potato Gratin "Boome-style"

Dec 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

There are very few recipes that I change after I've made them the first time. However, THIS recipe is one that my family loved exactly as Danny made it. VERY, VERY yummy. I read some of the review stating there was too much cream, but I don't find that to be a problem at all. Great cheese-to-potato ratio. So easy to make. Very company worthy...

Reviewed Orange and Chocolate Zeppole

Dec 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've made these zeppole's countless times, but am giving the recipe 3 stars because on its own, its only "fair." I knew this recipe had potential, so I tweaked it a bit until I came up with something my family raved over. I double the orange zest in both the batter and sugar. To help the sugar "stick," I put the sugar and orange zest in my mini-chopper...

Reviewed Herb Roasted Chicken

Dec 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Like all of Anne's recipes...this one was another winner! Followed the instructions exactly the first time and my family went nuts over this dish. My dad, who is a traditional gravy man, thought he would hate the "au jus" gravy, but confessed he never needs traditional gravy again. Made it a 2nd time, but doubled the herb rub per chicken, tripled...

Reviewed Braised Short Ribs

Nov 21, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I love Anne's dishes, but this one fell short. I bought an expensive bottle of red wine and followed the recipe exactly. Unfortunately, the final results were less than delicious. The sauce had a bitter flavor to it and tasted too heavily of tomatoes. (Couldn't taste the carrots, onions or celery.) My family test-tasted it and didn't think it...

Reviewed Savory Spinach and Artichoke Bread Pudding

Nov 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I have made this "pudding" countless times since I first tasted it at a party I attended years ago. It truly is delicious and I have passed the recipe on many times over. I have never changed the recipe since it's perfect the way it is. It is also a wonderfully filling and hearty dish to serve to vegetarians. One word of caution...it makes a LOT....

Reviewed Succulent Braised Pork

Nov 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I made this twice. The first time, I followed this recipe to the "t" and it was very, very good. The 2nd time, I made a few changes after reading other reviews and it was AMAZING! I trimmed off some of the fat and used chicken broth instead of beef broth. I also added lots of extra carrots and one more celery stalk. I served it to guests who were...

Reviewed Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake

Nov 11, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

My family has to go down to Southern Calif. to our favorite breakfast restaurant just to have a delicious Dutch Baby! THIS recipe not only tastes just as good, but didn't give us all stomach aches like "baby" we usually eat. My family's only comment was that the pancake needed a touch more salt. Other than that, this recipe is a WINNER and we're...

Reviewed Porchetta with Roasted Fingerlings

Nov 4, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I made this dish for my family and guests who are VERY picky eaters. This dish was AMAZING! Even the people who didn't like brussels sprouts (I being one of them) were fighting over them. The only thing each guest pointed out was the lack of distinct pepper flake flavor. They would have preferred I either add more or leave it out all together....

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