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Reviewed Slow-Cooker Bean and Barley Soup

Oct 12, 2013 on

6 cups of water was not nearly enough--it stuck badly to the bottom of my slow cooker. I've never had that problem with any other recipe in about 8 years of using the cooker. I didn't bother trying to salvage what was left--even after the full 8 hours on high, as the recipe says to do, the beans were still hard and the rest was tasteless (except for...

Reviewed Warm Chicken and Butter Bean Salad

Jul 19, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I liked this pretty well and would make it again. I took the advice of the reviewers who said it was dry and served it with a red pepper vinaigrette. I added maybe a tablespoon of dressing to my portion and thought it was just right. I have leftovers, so I'm a little sorry I added the lettuce to the mixture--it'll probably get pretty soggy. Next t"

Reviewed Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Jul 16, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Ugh. Sorry, FN, but this was awful. Marinating the noodles was the wrong approach; the sauce needed to cook to mellow a bit. The shrimp and veg were OK--I ended up having some with some leftover white rice and that wasn't bad, so I could at least salvage that. But something's off with this recipe, and I didn't like it nearly enough to tinker with "

Reviewed Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Mar 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was OK, but not great and not worth making again. The only change I made was to reduce the amount of onion to 1/4 cup, and that was still too much (and I normally like onions a lot). Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. The sauce was nice and creamy when it went into the oven, but when it came out, it had clumped up between the elbows. N"

Reviewed You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta

Mar 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

As written, this recipe is not good at all. The sauce is thin and watery with very little flavor. (And yes, I used good vodka and tomatoes, and still found it flavorless. I'm going to try to salvage the leftovers by reducing it a LOT; that should help thicken it up and concentrate the flavors better. It needs seasoning, like red pepper flakes, and"

Reviewed Lasagna with Turkey Sausage

Feb 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Excellent flavor, but we thought there was far too little pasta for the amount of sauce and cheese. I'll make it again, though, either with a lot more lasagna sheets or as a base for baked ziti. I don't understand all the reviews that say there's not enough sauce.""

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