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Reviewed Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Dec 2, 2013 on

These potatoes were the perfect consistency, and so easy to make! I didn't bother to bake them, just served them right after mashing, but it's nice to know that baking is an option for future family dinners. Excellent!

Reviewed Crock Pot Chicken W/ Black Beans and Cream Cheese...yum!

Jan 28, 2013 in on

This recipe could not be easier to make, and I always have the ingredients on hand, so it's a great go-to when I've been forgetful or lazy. Based on another reviewer's recommendation, I use salsa verde-I also add chili powder and cumin, just to give it additional flavor. Definitely shred the chicken before you add the cream cheese (I use reduced ...

Reviewed Clam Chowda Mug O Soup with Deviled Ham and Cheese Melt Mug Toppers

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is a very easy chowder, but tastes like a lot of time and effort went into preparation. It's a little thinner than most clam chowders I've had in the past, but I actually like that. The leftovers heat up well, and make for a great lunch the next day. I haven't made the sandwiches, and don't intend to-the chowder with some crusty bread works j"

Reviewed Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Jan 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I never quite know what to do with shrimp, and this recipe is a great way to use frozen shrimp that one can get at Costco or other big box stores. Serve it over pasta, and it makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. My only complaint is that is doesn't make for good leftovers-the shrimp toughen up. Overall, a very nice go-to recipe. Thank you Gi"

Reviewed Spicy Chicken

Jan 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is my husband's most requested meal, served alongside Giada's fiery angel hair pasta. It's simple, quick, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand (which makes it a great go-to recipe). Don't skip the chili oil step-it makes a big difference, and any extra can be used in other recipes (it's excellent to pop popcorn in!). Thanks Giad...

Reviewed Chicken Piccata

Jan 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is a tasty, easy dish to make on a busy weeknight, and my family always loves it. The only catch? Yikes, there's a lot of butter and oil! I typically cut the amount of both in half, and forgo the butter at the end-the lemon and capers impart enough flavor that you can definitely ease up on the fat. I like the fact that I always have these ing"

Reviewed Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Jan 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is a fantastic chicken recipe, and so easy! I don't even bother making the sauce, the chicken already has so much flavor. Perfect for a weeknight meal, paired with roasted potatoes and salad. Thank you Giada!"

Reviewed Chicken Parmesan

Jan 14, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This recipe won't blow your mind, but it's tasty and comes together quickly. Because there isn't a thick breading on the chicken, this dish feels lighter than traditional chicken parmesan; and, like I often do with Giada's recipes, it's easy to lighten up in terms of fat and calories (easing up on the cheese and butter, for example). I use Mario B"

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