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Reviewed Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

Aug 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a great sauce. I wanted a quick weeknight pasta recipe, didn't have any cream cheese on hand so I just threw in a cup of parmesan into the roux. The sauce was nice and sharp and cheesy without being too rich. The hint of lemon from the zest really gave it an interesting complexity. Delighted to add to my weeknight recipes."

Reviewed Gnocchi with Butter Thyme Sauce

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

I wish I had read the reviews before I tried this recipe - my first time making gnocchi. The proportion of flour to potato seemed really low but the "dough" held together just fine. So I rolled them out and cooked them in the boiling water exactly as described - 4 minutes after they start floating. The result was little potato dumplings. They just"

Reviewed Fire Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa

Jul 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I used less than one ear of corn but still felt that the corn overwhelmed the rest of the salsa. I'd use much less corn than the recipe calls for with more tomato, onion and cilantro to balance the flavours out better and then I'm sure the salsa would be much better.

I also had some Emeril's essence so I used that instead of pepper...

Reviewed Garlic Bread

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

The recipe was very easy and delicious. I did make some alterations though. We like our garlic, so I used 10 cloves instead of 6 and a little more salt. Also going by the other reviews, I only used 1/4 cup olive oil and then mixed the butter with the olive oil mixture and spread it all together. After baking for 10 mins as per instructions, I spri"

Reviewed Zesty Roasted Garlic Bread

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

great recipe."

Reviewed Orange Marmalade

Feb 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

First time making marmalade and it tasted amazingly good. Was a little too sweet and also took almost an hour to "set" - I heated it a couple of degrees above 223 and was worried. Other than that, the instructions were easy to follow and everything went as expected.""

Reviewed Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits

Nov 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious and easy to make. I found the salt content just right, and I did not sprinkle any salt on top of the biscuit. Also I used low fat buttermilk because that was all the store had, and fortunately it made no difference to the biscuits. Guests were very impressed.""

Reviewed Good Eats Roast Turkey

Oct 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm a vegetarian who's never cooked turkey before! I just did a trial run of this recipe in preparation for Thanksgiving. It was quite a painless process, just followed the instructions (watch the videos, they are crucial) and it turned out great. My husband said the meat was very juicy. The flavours are very subtle however, if you are looking fo...

Reviewed Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Jun 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Everyone loved this cake, it is moist, chocolatey and not too sweet. I am not a coffee fan at all but was not bothered by the coffee in the cake. You absolutely cannot taste it.
I wanted a light coloured frosting, so instead of chocolate I put a few tablespoons of unsweetened hazelnut butter in the buttercream. Loved the flavour and the texture....

Reviewed Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

May 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great simple and quick healthy snack. I was a little uneven with my zucchini slices, make sure to slice them very thin or they wont crisp. The breadcrumbs didn't stick very well with just oil, so I dusted the upper face of the zucchini chips with the breadcrumbs, baked for 10 mins, turned them over and dusted fresh breadcrumbs on the now"

Reviewed Baked Macaroni and Cheese

May 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was really looking forward to making this recipe given how popular it is. I made it almost exactly as described, except I skipped the egg and used 1 tsp onion powder because I didn't want onions in my mac & cheese. Unfortunately the result was only ok. My husband thought it was bland; I liked the flavour just fine but it could do with spicing up"

Reviewed Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

Apr 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Used cranberries instead of cherries. Bought roasted almonds and chocolate chips. Which made this a very easy recipe and it was delicious."

Reviewed Sweet and Sour Pork

Feb 20, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I wanted a vegetarian dish so I made this with tofu instead of pork and increased the amount of vegtables. I squeezed the water out of the tofu by weighing it down with some heavy cans for 20 mins and then marinated it for about an hour - which was all the time I had. Turned out great, although a little salty. Will definitely not use any salt next...

Reviewed Homemade Soft Pretzels

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

These were really good and much easier to make than I expected. I ran short of all purpose flour so I mixed in 1 cup of cake flour. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and the pretzels turned out "as good as any at the mall" according to my husband. I was worried about the boiling part but it was quite easy; the pretzels maintained their...

Reviewed Banana Nut Muffins

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Great muffins, really liked this recipe.

Reviewed Cream of Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup with Roasted Sweet Corn and Cilantro- Lime Sour Cream

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was quite easy to make and delicious. I used roasted peppers out of a jar to save time. I also followed the advice in some of the other reviews and skipped the cream to make this a healthy soup. I used about 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk and the cornstarch and the soup had a nice thickness and texture. Also since I'm vegetarian, I used vegetable...

Reviewed Cream of Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup with Roasted Sweet Corn and Cilantro- Lime Sour Cream

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was quite easy to make and delicious. I used roasted peppers out of a jar to save time. I also followed the advice in some of the other reviews and skipped the cream to make this a healthy soup. I used about 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk and the cornstarch and the soup had a nice thickness and texture. Also since I'm vegetarian, I used vegetable...

Reviewed Cream of Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup with Roasted Sweet Corn and Cilantro- Lime Sour Cream

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was quite easy to make and delicious. I used roasted peppers out of a jar to save time. I also followed the advice in some of the other reviews and skipped the cream to make this a healthy soup. I used about 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk and the cornstarch and the soup had a nice thickness and texture. The various flavours really deepened...

Reviewed Ratatouille with Feta, Green Olives, and Almonds

Jan 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I searched for 'french vegetarian' cuisine on this site and came across this recipe. Was skeptical because it sounded like a very simple dish and I didn't expect it to have a particularly interesting flavour. But I was wrong and we loved it - even my carnivorous husband who hadn't been at all enthusiastic about ratatouille said it was a great dish...

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