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Reviewed thai shrimp curry

Aug 31, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

The shredded carrots give this curry great texture. Flavors are fabulous. I've made a number of curries from the food network website that were mediocre to bad and needed a lot of doctoring. This was happily not the case with this recipe. Will make again and love that it's easy enough to make for a quick week night meal.

Reviewed pat's broccoli and chicken stir-fry

Aug 27, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Really nice flavor, but as others have mentioned, the sauce needs to be doubled. I hadn't read the reviews the first time and made it as written and the stir fry was rather dry. I unfortunately, didn't have time to make more sauce. The extra sauce made a big difference the next time I made it!

Reviewed quinoa salad with asparagus, goat cheese and black olives

Aug 27, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Delish! Great flavor, super fast, pretty colors, what's not to like!

Reviewed thai-style halibut with coconut-curry broth

Aug 26, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

As written, the recipe was ok to bad. I read reviews after I made it the first time and spruced it up based on other suggestions- doubling the curry paste, substantially cutting back stock, adding a bit of brown sugar, and using regular coconut milk and a lot more than the recipe called for. This made it taste so much more authentic. It was so easy,...

Reviewed easy chicken curry with vegetables

Aug 24, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I am really surprised by all of the 5 star reviews. This did not taste like curry. There was a faint hint of the red curry in the background, but the canned tomatoes overpowered the rest of the recipe. It is seriously lacking in a lot of flavor, which I have never said about a curry before this. I will definitely not make this one again. It's a shame...

Reviewed apricot glazed lamb chops with pistachio and sumac

Jun 30, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! I made the recipe as written with a rack of lamb (minus the sumac) and it was extraordinarily wonderful! I paired it with an herb salad and grilled apricots and it was quite a hit for our dinner party. Will definitely make again and easy enough for a mid-week meal.

Reviewed seared mahi mahi with zesty basil butter

May 28, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

really simple, really tasty. doubled the garlic and it was great.

Reviewed turkey and spinach lasagna

Feb 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Super tasty, relatively easy, I"ll make it again. It was a little spicy for my son, so next time I'll probably omit the red pepper flakes and maybe sub another kind of sausage. The adults loved it. One thing to keep in mind is that the formatting of the recipe does not differentiate the essence recipe from the rest. I almost dumped in 2 tbsp paprika...

Replied to Green Beans and Bacon

Nov 24, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Please don't rate the recipe before you've tried it!

Reviewed Challah French Toast

Sep 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy, very straightforward flavors, an all around solid no frills french toast recipe. The orange zest is a very nice addition. I have used the recipe with cinnamon raisin brioche and that worked well too. "

Reviewed Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Mango Basil Salsa and Lime Jasmine Rice

May 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! If you like heat, this is a great recipe. If you're not much of a super spicy fan, I'd cut back to 1 jalapeno. The mango salsa is a must. We will definitely make this again! Next time, we'll try cooking the shrimp on the bbq and then adding back the sauce. "

Reviewed Turkey Lasagna

Apr 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe was good & very flavorful, but I think it could be improved. I really liked the tomato sauce and the turkey sausage. The ricotta/goat cheese mixture was also nice. I used the highest quality cheeses/meats available, which I can imagine made for a nicer dish, but also did make this quite an expensive lasagna. I agree with the previous r"

Reviewed Fish Baked in Coconut Milk

Mar 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! Will definitely make again. Incredibly easy & fabulous flavor. "

Reviewed Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

Jan 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious. Very easy. Perfect for a weeknight meal. We will make this often!"

Reviewed Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad

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

Although I enjoy the combination of apples, blue cheese, and nuts in salads, this one fell flat for me. I'm very surprised because this type of salad is typically my favorite. The dressing is the culprit. The ingredients seem to be there, but in all the wrong proportions. I will keep looking for a killer recipe or try to tweak this one to make it "

Reviewed Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Peppers and Goat Cheese

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

Very interesting recipe! My husband dislikes squash and usually pushes it around his plate. He ate every bit of this one. I was somewhat skeptical about the veggies with the squash, but the combination (plus the roasted squash seeds) was delicious. Make this!"

Reviewed Skillet Rosemary Chicken

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

I am surprised at all the very positive reviews for this recipe. I thought it was too lemony and didn't have enough depth of flavor. While the mushrooms and potatoes were good, they didn't seem to complement the chicken. I don't think I"ll make this one again."

Reviewed Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Oct 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Roasted root vegetables are a staple at our house. I'm so glad to find a recipe with different herbs. This recipe is delicious!"

Reviewed Panko-Crusted Halibut with Swiss Chard

Oct 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Fabulous meal- super easy and full of flavor. Made it with roasted vegetables and it was absolutely perfect. Will make often."

Reviewed Lemon Chicken Breasts

Sep 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Ina is right- this is a super easy dish, perfect for a tuesday night. It's not stellar enough however to serve to guests, but great to have in my arsenal. The only down side is that I typically don't have fresh thyme on hand and probably won't want to buy it for this dish. Next time I'll make it with dried thyme for a truly tuesday night dish!"

Reviewed Sixteen-Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breast with Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce and Green Onion Slaw

Sep 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Absolutely delicious! This is a recipe that I will make a number of time. The spice rub is unbelievable. I plan to make it in advance so I can have it on hand for when I need it. I omitted the pasilla chile because I could not find it at any store. I also used boneless, skinless chicken. Putting the rub on one side of the chicken was perfect. If I"

Reviewed Toasted Couscous Salad

Sep 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This salad was easy, tasty, but really wasn't anything special. I'll probably make it again for a quick side, but don't consider it a recipe that I'll reach for if I want to impress. It called for WAY too much couscous, so I'll probably half the quantity if I make again. Take note, the recipe doesn't indicate when to put in the feta in the descrip"

Reviewed Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze

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

So easy, quick, and delicious! I used boneless skinless chicken breast and everything was perfect. Don't skip the grilled peach- it added a touch of sweetness. But outside of peach season, the chicken would still be good without. This will be a regular recipe for me on the grill."

Reviewed Green Bean Salad

Sep 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Such a simple but delicious way to prepare green beans. My husband raved about it and asked to have it again the next evening, which is definitely a first for him. This is sure to be a go to recipe for me in the future."

Reviewed Mixed Green Salad with Diced Avocado, Peaches, Crispy Bacon, Feta Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette

Jul 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Absolutely delicious! Guests raved about this salad and ate every last bite. I was skeptical about peaches, bacon and avocados, but it turns out that they are a perfect match. Definitely try this super simple, super tasty salad."

Reviewed Pasta, Pesto, and Peas

Apr 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent, easy, delicious recipe! I used store bought pesto because I needed a quick meal, but will definitely try Ina's pesto next time. Like other reviewers, I intended to omit the mayonnaise, but ended up trying it and found that it was the ingredient that really took the recipe to another level. Don't leave out the mayo! This recipe will cert"

Reviewed Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sugo

Jan 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Guests raved about this meal. I used fresh gnocchi from the store and it was a super easy, very tasty and hearty main. I went a little heavy on the salt and probably would hold off salting until the end next time. I used dried mixed mushroom and rehydrated plus some criminis. The mushrooms were perfect. Next time, I would add additional tomato ch...

Reviewed Sauteed Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil served with Parmesan Crisps

Jan 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Everyone loved this recipe at our dinner party. We made everything, including the parmesan crisps. It was easy and quite flavorful. The parmesan crisps added a bit of fun and flair, but certainly were not necessary for flavor. They were super easy to make as well. Will certainly make again. ""

Reviewed Italian Greens and Herb Salad

Jan 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This salad was a huge win. I was not sure if I'd like it much based on the simplicity of ingredients, but together, they were light, fresh, and wonderful. It was a great accompaniment to the richness of gnocchi. The lemon/honey dressing balanced the bitter greens nicely. We will definitely make it again in the future. ""

Reviewed Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup

Jan 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

My husband and I make this recipe constantly. It's so easy- something we can whip up after a long day at the office. It's hearty and tastes like we slaved over it. A little crusty bread and parmesan cheese, and we have quite a meal! We like to add a few more tomatoes and a bit more onion/garlic, but other than that, delicious!""

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