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Reviewed slow-cooker ribollita

May 19, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I should have read the other reviews before making this recipe. I always do but forgot this time for some reason! I did not love this soup. I used 5 cups of water instead of 7 because I like my soups heartier and cooked it on the stove using canned beans. It was quick and easy, but I don't love the idea of rubbery pancetta floating around my soup....

Reviewed blueberry crumble with cornmeal-almond topping

May 19, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Made this for my mom for Mother's Day and it turned out very well. I used a combination of fresh and frozen berries and it turned out just fine! There seemed to be a lot of extra topping which I was a bit leery of using because I didn't want the ratio of topping to berries to be too high, but it turned out perfectly!

The recipe...

Reviewed black rice risotto

May 19, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I thought this recipe was very tasty and very easy! I used 8 cups of stock only because the containers I bought come with 4 cups each and I didn't have a lot of use for the 2 extra cups of stock that would have been left over; it probably was done with 6 cups. Having said that, I gave this recipe 3 stars because it doesn't have a strong taste other...

Reviewed Cherry-Almond Snowballs

Dec 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Loved these! Followed the recipe as written and they turned out perfectly! Mine yielded 28 cookies as well and they were far and away the favorite of the 3 different types of cookies I made this year for Christmas!

Reviewed Mexican Chocolate Shortbread

Dec 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I took heed of previous reviewers and added a T of butter and subtracted a T of cocoa and mine were not too crumbly. I used about an 1/8t of cayenne which I feel like is enough to taste it in the background. I personally would have preferred a bit more. Tasty recipe!

Reviewed Mexican Chocolate Shortbread

Dec 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I took heed of previous reviewers and added a T of butter and subtracted a T of cocoa and mine were not too crumbly. I used about an 1/8t of cayenne which I feel like is enough to taste it in the background. I personally would have preferred a bit more. Tasty recipe!

Reviewed Dutch Spice Cookies

Dec 25, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

These cookies are visually beautiful and really tasty. They're different than other cookies I'm used to due to all the spices, but I really liked that aspect of them! Would DEFINITELY grease the baking sheet next time I make them. The thinner cookies were especially hard to get off and cracked.

Reviewed Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

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

Loved this recipe! I had made some ricotta for another recipe and was looking for another to use it up-this was a great one to happen upon! De-licious!!"

Reviewed Buffalo Wing Hummus

May 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I also cut the recipe in half and used about 3/4 C dried garbanzo beans. Forgot to cook my soaked garbanzos the first time I tried the recipe, but the second time was a great success! Everybody loved it, especially the boys! Love that you can adjust the heat/bbq-ness of this recipe to your tastes! Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Sweet Skillet Cornbread

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

I used buttermilk instead of the heavy cream as that's all I had on hand, so I was missing some of the richness that would have provided. They were good, but nothing sensational."

Reviewed Four-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

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

My mom made this for Easter this year and used all the recommended recipe ingredients. It was rich for sure, but wasn't really special; maybe a little too rich for my taste. There are other cheesy, buttery, potato recipes that I prefer! I'd give it a 3.5 stars."

Reviewed Corned-Beef-And-Cabbage Rolls

Apr 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this for St. Patrick's Day this year and I loved it! After reading previous reviews, I too added a few things. I loved the kick that the horseradish provided and the crunch of the carrots.

They were very easy to make and even made great (despite their dwindling crispness) leftovers! "

Reviewed Vegetable Gumbo

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

Great recipe! Love the kick that the paprika gives it! I let the black eyed peas thaw before I threw them in and therefore they weren't hard at all. I used the 10 oz. as prescribed and I think I'll add a few more when I make this again!

This is now the second recipe that's called for a roux and then throwing in vegetables. The flour...

Reviewed Tomato-Tortilla Soup

Nov 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Sadly, I didn't love this recipe. I like thicker soups so I used 2 3/4 cups of stock instead of 4 and still found it too thin. I am a fan of spice so I added a poblano pepper to the jalapeno pepper that was suggested and used one can of fire-roasted tomatoes to add a more complex taste. In the end, it tasted like a "souped up" version of tomato s...

Reviewed Mesa Grill's Pumpkin Soup with Mexican Cinnamon Creme Fraiche and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Spinach, Pear and Pancetta Salad

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

Delicious soup! I love thicker soups, so I took heed of the other reviews and used 3 cups of pumpkin puree and 3 3/4 cups of stock. I also used an immersion blender to puree the carrot, celery and onion. Amazing results! Everyone loved it and we plan to make it again for Thanksgiving! ""

Reviewed Chocolate Souffles

Oct 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

For a 5 ingredient souffle, this is great! Not extremely tasty, but in a pinch, this is a super easy, super fast and good-tasting dessert!""

Reviewed Pumpkin Seeds

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

I made the Indian version of this recipe and it was great! I used raisins instead of currants and used 1/2t of both canola oil and garam masala. I didn't have a ton of pumpkin seeds to begin with-maybe 1/3 of a cup. Exciting new take on the already delicious salted pumpkin seeds. Can't wait to try the other combinations!""

Reviewed Spiced Mixed Nuts

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

Great spiced nut recipe! I made the Hot version because I forgot to add the chile powder! Still a good amount of heat. Will definitely make again!""

Reviewed Lotus Rice With Sausage

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

Delicious!! While I deleted both the lotus leaves and the sausage out of this "Lotus Rice with Sausage" recipe, it was still amazing! Definitely a refreshing change to the normal rice routine! Would definitely make again!""

Reviewed Honey Peanuts

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

I am on the fence about these nuts! I've been wanting to find a good, spiced nut recipe for awhile now and decided to make this one the other night. It's very good and definitely uniquely savory. I am not a huge fan of the taste of anise, however, and that really is a lot of what I tasted between the fennel and anise seed in the five spice powder...

Reviewed Sesame Chicken With Snow Peas

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

Delicious recipe! I randomly had some miso broth left over so I used that instead of the chicken broth and it came out wonderfully! Had a great hint of heat from the chili paste as well!

Will definitely make again, next time with more chicken and more rice! I know this is supposed to be lower-cal, but I love me some leftovers and...

Reviewed Pumpkin Waffles With Trail-Mix Topping

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

Great recipe! Delicious waffles! Loved all the components of the whipped cream and trail mix combined with the pumpkin-y waffles themselves to make for a delicious breakfast!

Not a complicated recipe, just had a lot of steps-and dishes. I roasted the pumpkin and strained the puree the night before and had no trouble using it the...

Reviewed Roasted Broccoli

May 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a great recipe! I was nervous, after reading previous posts, that the garlic would burn and turn bitter, but I had no problem! I used cooking spray to coat the pan, tossed the garlic together with the sesame oil and broccoli in a bowl before putting it on a roasting pan and I was good to go! A delicious and easy alternative to our regular"

Reviewed Spiced Popcorn

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

If you follow the directions to this recipe, the spices will burn! I don't know why I didn't realize that before I followed the recipe! If I were to try this again, I would pop the kernels in the oil and immediately add the spices.

Even though the spices were burnt, the heat from the cayenne came through which was a plus!"

Reviewed Curried Couscous

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

This recipe has such amazing building blocks-I was so excited to taste it. Everything was great except that I found the raw red onion and scallion to be quite over-powering and bitter in taste that I really couldn't get past it. I am anxious to make this recipe again, this time sauteeing the onions first just to take some of that bitterness out!

Reviewed Turkish Coffee Pots de Creme

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

I love traditional pots de cremes and I also love Indian food which often have hints of cardamom so I was excited to try this dessert.I unfortunately found it too custardy for my liking as well as quite over-powering in terms of the cardamom flavor.

I did serve it over brownies which helped to de-intensify the cardamom flavor and...

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