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Reviewed Parker House Rolls

Dec 6, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I've probably tried 20 different Parker House Rolls for holiday meals over the last 15 years. This recipe is - by far - the best. Almost foolproof. I had to rush them this year to make room in the oven, so I baked them about 3/4 done and then put them in for an extra five minutes a few hours later, right before we served dinner. Even with a somewhat...

Reviewed Ricotta Gnocchi with Sausage and Fennel: Gnocchi di Ricotta con Salsicce e Finocchio

Jun 16, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is our go to "Sunday Dinner" gnocchi. I like way more than the denser potato gnocchi recipes out there. Combine this with homemade ricotta (it's ridiculously simple - see the Ina Garden recipe for Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta on Food Network's website) - it's fabulous. I usually do sausage and peppers on the side, and either pan fry these wit"

Reviewed Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce (Beef and Italian Sausage)

Jan 17, 2013 in on Food.com

Fabulous recipe. I make a lot of sauces, but I was looking for a heavy meat sauce to use up some leftover sausage and ground beef in the fridge. Found this recipe and am glad I did. Only change was using crushed San Marzano in place of diced tomatoes (didn't have any). This is a perfect rich sauce for a winter weeknight."

Reviewed Cinnamon Stewed Chicken (Cat Cora)

Sep 11, 2012 in on Food.com

Big old winner right here. Had to work on my chicken butchering skills, but it came out just great. Had this recipe at Cat Cora's restaurant, Kouzzina, this summer when taking the family on vacation and just had to try it. Only change I would make for next time is to double the cinnamon. I even threw in a whole cinnamon stick before the cover...

Reviewed Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Garlic-Onion Gravy

Aug 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Oh my God, was this good. We often make chicken Milanese for Sunday dinner, but this week wanted to mix it up. I happened to be watching Guy's episode that morning, and said hey - I've got all those ingredients. Let's try this. Simply amazing. The depth of flavor with this basic onion gravy and then the punch of the slaw was just fantastic. "

Reviewed Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Aug 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

One of the most consistent dishes in my lineup. An absolutely great gumbo recipe. As others note, it's all in the roux. Premade roux just aren't as good, and there's no substitute for taking the time to start this gumbo off right - so keep the heat on medium, and KEEP STIRRING. Personally, I like to at least double the amount of rustic rub, and"

Reviewed Calabrese Fried Eggplant

Jun 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple recipe, delicious results. If the eggplant mixture is properly roasted, it will be soft, but thoroughly cooked, on the inside. I did bread the exterior of the ball before deep frying, cooking them a bit like arancini. Results were fabulous. I was worried about the sauce being a bit too spicy, but the mellow flavors of the eggplant offse"

Reviewed Neely's Breakfast Sandwich

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

I never made biscuits before in my life, but I was watching The Neelys this morning at breakfast time and figured, what the heck ? EASY ! I didn't have any cream, so I just used half and half - worked fine. Required about 1/2 cup more flour for my dough to come together, but the biscuits baked perfectly, and taste great. This is a keeper.""

Reviewed Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce

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

I've made this several times since I came across the recipe last year. I really don't understand how anyone who likes gyros could give this under 5 stars. It is absolutely perfect technique, but amenable to subtle modifications depending on your preferences. For instance, I like to use 1 1/4 lamb, 3/4 lean ground beef. I also nearly double th...

Reviewed Frittata

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

Simple way to make a frittata. Comes out perfect every time. Don't be afraid to just eyeball or replace the ingredients - it's basically just a mixed up omlette. Mine today was made with bacon, spinach, scallions and a little swiss cheese added - delicious and a great way to clean out your fridge for the weekend shopping.""

Reviewed Baked Manicotti with Sausage and Peas

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

Absolute home run dish. It's pretty simple, though a bit time consuming given the distinct steps. I highly recommend investing an extra hour and making a fresh marinara (Giada has a great recipe ... it absolutely makes the dish pop. Served with garlic bread and a Italian summer salad; simple and delicious Sunday dinner. I do echo what many oth"

Reviewed Baked Manicotti with Sausage and Peas

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

Absolute home run dish. It's pretty simple, though a bit time consuming given the distinct steps. I highly recommend investing an extra hour and making a fresh marinara (Giada has a great recipe) ... it absolutely makes the dish pop. Served with garlic bread and a Italian summer salad; simple and delicious Sunday dinner. I do echo what many ot"

Reviewed Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala

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

Simple and good ... but way too much salt. Could easily halve the salt in the recipe and it would be fine. Still, a nice quick version of the dish that had a lot of depth."

Reviewed Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala

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

Simple and good ... but way too much salt. Could easily halve the salt in the recipe and it would be fine. Still, a nice quick version of the dish that had a lot of depth."

Reviewed Chicken Paillard with Curry Gravy

Jan 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple, easy and delicious. Gravy was perfect consistency, and I found the curry just the right amount of kick. This is an easy weekday recipe, perfect for if you buy your chicken breasts in quantity, as I do.

Reviewed Endive Salad with Candied Pecans and Maytag Blue Cheese

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

Nice, simple salad. I usually skip the candied pecans and just toast them quickly. Also good with walnuts. The key is in the quality of the balsamic on this one ... don't skimp.

Reviewed Sweet Potato Chips Dusted with Chili Powder

Nov 16, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Loved them. Simple and easy to make. I had to stir the chips up in the deep fryer basket halfway through to get them to crisp evenly, but that was simple enough to do. Don't be shy with the spice dusting - needs a lot on there.

Reviewed Leek Potato Soup

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

Tried this recipe for the first time tonight, and it was fantastic. An immersion blender is key for getting the texture right and mixing in the cream/creme fraiche by 1/4 cups helps a lot as well. Next time I make this it's going to be with homemade chicken stock and yukon gold potatoes .... but this was delicious following the recipe to a t.

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