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Reviewed chicken parmesan

2 days ago on FoodNetwork.com

REALLY good. I used a can of LaRomanella Marinara sauce and added the onions & garlic. I didn't add the balsamic and forgot to add the red pepper flakes and basil which would have enhanced it even more. Very easy. I bumped up the amount of mozzarella (I used Italian cheese blend) from 2 ounces to 4. We only used about half the sauce for the 3...

Reviewed salmon hash

7 days ago on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for two of us. I made the full amount of sauce and halved everything else. I used half red/half green pepper - very good. The original recipe called for 2 cups of arugula per person which the package said was 3 ounces - way too much so I cut it back to 1 cup/1 1/2 ounces per person.

Reviewed butterflied jerk chicken

8 days ago on FoodNetwork.com

I made this using the indoor/oven method and it was way overcooked/dry. This original recipe was from Sandra Lee's cookbook and also on Food Network but the directions are slightly different between them and ambigous. I only roasted the chicken for about 45 minutes. The flavor were good so to correct the overcooking: turn down the temp to 375� and...

Reviewed Taco Casserole

Jan 7, 2015 in on Food.com

This has really great flavor. The original recipe called for 8 ounces of chips and a 9x13 which would have made a very thin layer of the meat sauce and cheese. I used an 8x8 with 4 ounces of chips and it was perfect for the sauce and would serve 5 as is or 6 with a side salad. I used 90% extra lean ground sirloin which reduced the calories and...

Reviewed stracotto (pot roast) with porcini mushrooms

Jan 5, 2015 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe using a 3 3/4# chuck roast. It was good but after reading a zillion great reviews about the gravy, I didn't think it was all that special. Plus the meat was bordering on dry. I should have cooked it for less time since it was smaller but I did reduce the heat to 325�F at the halfway point. I think 325 would have been good for the...

Reviewed shellfish stuffed spinach cannelloni with a truffled balsamella

Dec 15, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I made half this recipe and it was really fishy. It was probably the crab. I bought good quality seafood too. I got this recipe from Emeril's book "Potluck". I bought cannelloni shells and didn't make the pasta. I added jack cheese to the sauce as it sounded kind of bland but it didn't help the flavor. I used basil and parsley for the herbs. We threw...

Reviewed good eats meatloaf

Dec 11, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

It goes together really quickjly and easily. After reading reviews about the oven temp and how long it took to cook, I baked at 350�F for about 50 minutes and it was completely done. It was quite dense and inspite of the ingredients, I though it was just okay. Certainly nothing special. I followed the recipe completely except the package of croutons...

Reviewed hash brown cakes

Dec 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

asty? WhReally easy and the result is so good. I madde 2 big ones but think 1/4 cup cakes would cook better. Mine got a little too dark.

Reviewed Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

Nov 30, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

A bit of work for no noticeable result. I put the rub under the skin and that did add to the flavor and you could smell the garlic as the turkey roasted. The glaze did nothing. I didn't want it to end up in the pan drippings so we put it into another pan, poured the glaze over and let it sit about 30 minutes.

Reviewed cheese straws

Nov 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Very difficult to twist. The cheese falls out and they weren't crispy.

Reviewed grilled tuna rolls

Jun 26, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I made half this recipe for 2 of us. I can't see this serving 8, as half made enough for 3 but we did heap on the filling. I pan seared the tuna (ahi) and 1 minute per side is too long. The tuna was still a little pink but 30 seconds per side would be perfect. GREAT flavor!!! For half I used most of 1 avocado. A little effort but well worth it!!!

Reviewed grilled turkey with pomegranate-black pepper glaze

Jun 16, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

We made a 14 pound turkey starting out on the rotisserie and it was too heavy and wouldn't hold on the spit/prongs. We switched to indirect heat and the result was a very dry turkey. The glaze turned the turkey black and in our opinion, added nothing to the flavor of the bird, just ruined the appearance. We thawed the turkey overnight in cold water...

Reviewed bacon, date and manchego quesadillas

Jun 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I made these as an appetizer for my hubby and I because I had Manchego on hand. REALLY good. I the tortillas I used only held 5 slices of bacon and I used figs instead of dates because I had them. I didn't do the pistachio cream but will next time as it sounds fantastic - maybe for company.

Reviewed Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken Breasts

Feb 5, 2014 in on Food.com

I made this as diet food. It is good and quick but the cooking time is way too long and a shorter time doesn';t yield browned breasts. I had larger chicken breasts and horizontally sliced them to make cutlets - in the oven 20 minutes max. There is no such thing as a 4-ounce chicken breast. To make it again, I would do equal amounts of the ma...

Reviewed Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

Jan 10, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for ladies bunco and people really like them. I halved the sauce ingredients from the original recipe as it made way too much as a dip. I used a whole rotisserie chicken; reduced fat sharp cheddar; low fat mayo; gorgonzola and more of it for the blue cheese; and Franks Wing Sauce for the hot sauce. I made my "balls" a little smaller than...

Reviewed Spinach and Goat Cheese Hashbrowns Nests

Dec 28, 2013 in on Food.com

I made these for Christmas Day and we all concluded that they were very bland. I made 2 dozen in mini muffin tins and used about half the hash browns and all the filling. I had a note to add bacon but forgot:("

Reviewed Spinach and Goat Cheese Hashbrowns Nests

Dec 28, 2013 in on Food.com

I made these for Christmas Day and we all concluded that they were very bland. I made 2 dozen in mini muffin tins and used about half the hash browns and all the filling."

Reviewed Ranch Pasta Salad With Bacon

Dec 7, 2013 in on Food.com

I made this to bring to a pot luck. I used low fat ingredients and low sodium bacon. I increased the amount of bacon, tomatoes and cheese from the original recipe, otherwise too much pasta. I added salt and pepper and the salad does not need salt with all the bacon. I thought it tasted salty but others did not. It was only refrigerated for about ...

Reviewed Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Dec 2, 2013 in on Food.com

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was really good and very easy to make. The topping could be reduced by half but depends on what size baking dish you use."

Reviewed Green Bean and Pearl Onion Casserole

Dec 2, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for Thanksgiivng and I didn't think it was very good. I used haricots verts and frozen pearl onion. What I didn't like was the consistency of the sauce AND it was not very flavorful. Too bad because it sounded real good.

Reviewed Green Bean and Pearl Onion Casserole

Dec 2, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for Thanksgiivng and I didn't think it was very good. I used haricots verts and frozen pearl onion. What I didn't like was the consistency of the sauce AND it was not very flavorful. Too bad because it sounded real good.

Reviewed 3 Cheese Artichoke Bites

Dec 2, 2013 in on Food.com

I made half this recipe for Thanksgiving and didn';t make enough, they were gone in a flash!! We had 12 adults so that was only 2/pp and should have made enough for 3-4/pp. I followed the recipe completely except it needed more time in the oven. I made these a day ahead and reheated before serving."

Reviewed 1000 Island Vegetable Dip

Nov 25, 2013 in on Food.com

This is so simple but really strong of the dressing. Maybe a littler on the sweet side. I forgot to buy the reduced fat dressing but did buy the neufchatel. Something less than 50/50 ratio might be better. Definitely good with vegetables not crackers."

Reviewed Turkey-Apple Swedish Meatballs

Nov 14, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

The changes I made: 1 1/2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce in the meatballs, doubling the gravy and adding 1 small red apple. I think 2 medium granny smiths would be a good amount.. The recipe is very odd but all came together. The meatballs have nice flavor and are quite light density-wise. I used party pumpernickel because that is all I found and...

Reviewed Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding

Nov 11, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I had this at a dinner party last weekend and it is EXCELLENT!!!

Reviewed Broiled Salmon With Tomato Cream Sauce

Nov 11, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe (which is modified from the original) for 2 of us. I used half and half instead of cream/water and ended up diluting it with skim milk because it got pretty thick. The sauce was good but I think I had a little too much shallot. It tasted better on the fish than when testing.

Reviewed Crock-Pot Chicken With Black Beans & Cream Cheese...yum!

Nov 7, 2013 in on Food.com

It seems pointless to review with 1435 reviews!! but....I made this for 3 of us and we all loved it!! I used two 10-ounce frozen chicken breasts (more than needed for 3 of us), Thick and Chunky Mild Salsa and added 1 can of chopped green chiles the other ingredients. I used reduced fat cream cheese that I sliced before adding to the crockpot. It...

Reviewed Salmon Scaloppine

Nov 1, 2013 in on Food.com

This is sauce is to die for!!! Lots of work but worth it. I made half the recipe and there was enough sauce for 4 people. I tried to use half and half and it curdled right away. I whisked it and got the consistency right and then added a little to the finished sauce that wasn';t so hot and that worked great and it didn';t need the whole a...

Reviewed Omelet for Two

Oct 20, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made my own version of this recipe using hot/mild sausage instead of bacon, canned green chiles instead of jalapeno, added jarred diced roasted red pepper, some fontina, reduced fat cheddar - all that I had on hand The result was so good!! This recipe would serve 4.

Reviewed Chicken Stroganoff

Oct 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made a modified version of this for 2 of us and I and it was EXCELLENT!! From the original recipes I reduced the noodles (2 ounces per person) and chicken (3 ounces per person); used breasts instead of thighs; doubled the mushrooms; added 1 medium shallot that I had on hand; and doubled the sauce ingredients (we love lots of sauce on the noodles"

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