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Replied to rib eye steak with onion blue cheese sauce

4 hours ago on

The recipe only calls for 1/2 stick of butter. Always read the text of a recipe .

Reviewed strawberry sparkle cake

5 hours ago on

It definitely is 2 cups boiling water. This is the place for store bought cake just separating all the eggs is too much for a just OK cake.

Replied to strawberry chocolate layer cake

9 hours ago on

Did you use parchment rounds when you prepared the pans. This step almost guarantees that the cakes will release easily. I have made this cake and many others--this one comes out of the pans easily and does not fall apart. You may have made an error while making it--stick to box cake mix but prepare the pans correctly every time.

Replied to strawberry chocolate layer cake

9 hours ago on

Live your life one calorie/sugars at a time. In our culture, having company means going all out to please and impress. Even with your attitudes you must admit that this is a "company" feat. Enjoy your celery sticks and don't watch this show we have free will.

Replied to Scott's Short Ribs Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

2 days ago on

If you want a thicker sauce there are a few things you can do. One, dredge the short ribs in flour before you sear them. If after reducing the sauce it is not thick enough, add a beurre manie--fancy French for 3 tablespoons butter mashed with 2 tablespoons flour. Wisk it in to the reduced sauce at a good simmer for 2 minutes and you should have a...

Replied to Scott's Short Ribs Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

2 days ago on

Did you use enough salt? You probably needed to cook it longer. Cooking times are dependent largely on your meat. Before you take the short ribs out taste one and you will know if additional cooking is necessary. Did you by chance use grass fed beef short ribs? If so they will be tough and dry no matter what you do--I know from experience and advice...

Replied to Scott's Short Ribs Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

2 days ago on

Ignore the 50 minute cooking time and follow the recipe. Those times are usually ridiculous like Prep time 10 min and it takes an hour to clean and chop the vegetables, garlic, herbs etc. Do things at your pace and follow the recipe. Plus cooking time with a braise varies depending on many factors.

Replied to scott's short ribs

2 days ago on

She usually does make a full meal but the theme of this episode was Pot Luck. She did make cheddar dill cornbread to "sop up" the juices. There is a reasonable assumption that as a cook you have the ability to put a meal together on your own and to your specific likes.

Reviewed panettone bread pudding

2 days ago on

I have made this before to much delight. Thanksgiving morning is always chaotic especially serving something special for breakfast. I realized that this would be perfect. While it cooks, I can get the turkey ready and my son can make the butternut lasagne. The oven will be hot and when the bread pudding comes out the turkey and lasagne can go in....

Replied to Panettone Bread Pudding Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

2 days ago on

The printed recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon almond extract not 2teaspoons--the 2 teaspoons are vanilla extract. A Julia rule to always follow-- READ THE RECIPE three times. This assures that you have all the ingredients preferably out to avoid scrambling and confusion while cooking and that you comprehend the recipe. Thus, no stupid errors or surpr...

Replied to carrot cake with ginger mascarpone frosting

3 days ago on

The 1/4cup crystallized ginger in mentioned in a note at the end of the text of the cake part of the recipe.

Reviewed penne with butternut squash and goat cheese

6 days ago on

A good time to use whole wheat pasta. Even though there is a lot of cheese it needs salt. A decent base recipe but as is nothing special.

Replied to Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

6 days ago on

I wrote that review a long time ago. The cookies were ordinary at best and the addition of cheap awful chocolate Hershey's Kisses made them awful. They won't let me delete my old review--if I wrote it I can put it in the trash--not fair Food Network.

Reviewed Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches

6 days ago in Recipes on Cooking Channel

I made these a few years ago. The cookies are less than ordinary. When they go downhill is the addition of Hershey's Kisses that are cheap awful chocolate. Around Halloween it is impossible to find orange sprinkles or such. I made trips to about seven stores for orange decorations and the kisses. All a waste of time but they were not expensive"

Reviewed coconut macaroons

6 days ago on

I have made these for many years according to the recipe without all the problems the reviewers have had. My problem is that they always burn at the base--I have lowered the oven temp, baked them for less time and the rest. The "burnt" part is everyone's favorite and they think that I have such a special recipe so why argue with success. I will make...

Replied to Beef Short Ribs Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

6 days ago on

That is interesting about grass fed beef--I agree but I am only a cook.

Replied to egg-in-a-hole

Oct 2, 2014 on

I thought that I had a reprieved childhood having never heard of these so you have company. Now I have made them three times since the show aired.

Reviewed missy's lemon and blueberry cupcakes

Oct 1, 2014 on

Missed needs to learn how to write a recipe.

Reviewed tuna and hummus sandwiches

Oct 1, 2014 on

Happy to see tuna in olive oil being used--just 2 tablespoons of mayo and it tastes much better. Like everyone, it sounded suspect but I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. I had made Ina's hummus before and liked it with less garlic.
The tuna sounded good and I had all the ingredients on hand even radishes.
I have it quite often and...

Replied to Tuna and Hummus Sandwiches Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Oct 1, 2014 on

In the jarred pickle section of any well stocked grocery store--Whole Foods has them jarred and in the serve yourself pickle olive bar.

Reviewed portobello mushroom lasagna

Oct 1, 2014 on

I have made this many times and loved it. Tips: use a variety of mushrooms, thyme is a good friend of mushrooms, don't salt the mushrooms until the end of the saut� because they won't brown and all the liquid will come out, re the nutmeg issue don't use ground nutmeg--invest in whole nutmeg and grate it with a rasp and use a bit maybe a 1/4 teaspoon....

Replied to sour cream noodle bake

Sep 24, 2014 on

This recipe has been around as I said in my review but
there was less cottage cheese and cream cheese mixed
with the sour cream. It makes a big difference.

Replied to curried chicken salad

Sep 24, 2014 on

Most table salt has iodine in it so it comes across as terribly salty with a harsh chemical taste--buy a box of
Kosher salt.

Replied to Engagement Roast Chicken Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Sep 24, 2014 on

Julia Child was a fan of white vermouth as a go to "wine."
It keeps forever in the fridge.

Reviewed cooked to death green beans

Sep 2, 2014 on

Canned green beans in any amount of time isn't even funny it is not excuse able from any region in the United States. When I was about 4 yrs old an aunt served me canned peas and peas are the only vegetable that I won't eat. FN & Trisha you messed up.

Reviewed orange resolution smoothies

Aug 29, 2014 on

Oh my that is good and pretty too! Only change was to make it for one, used agave rather than honey and not decrease amount of Greek yogurt keeping 20g protein per serving.

Favorited Spinach Salad in a Parmesan Frico Cup

Jul 22, 2014 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed whole wheat & peanut butter dog biscuits

Jul 21, 2014 on

Fantastic! I still have the cutter but lost my recipe. I will give this a try for some special puppies--I actually have a cat.

Reviewed fancy mac and cheese

Jul 7, 2014 on

This is a case of too much of a good thing at best. What you like and dislike is OK within reason. This recipe has structure issues. It is dry because you should only use one box(1lb) pasta. The white sauce should be 4 T butter
4 T flour and 1qt whole milk--no eggs (the eggs are why you have to bake it). The finished product must be like...

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