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Reviewed quick vanilla buttercream frosting

Apr 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This was a great recipe. I am tired of making buttercream that's overly sweet and overpowering. This recipe was perfect. I didn't have whipping cream so I submitted milk and it was still good. Great texture, too - I was able to pipe different patterns onto a batch of cupcakes with ease. I think this is my new staple buttercream recipe.

Reviewed String Beans with Garlic

Nov 29, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

What a great, easy recipe. I wanted a lighter, healthier side for Thanksgiving so I made Ina's string beans with garlic. Super simple, and tasty! The touch of butter alongside the olive oil made the green beans rich and tasty without weighing down the vegetables. This will be my new go to green bean recipe without a doubt.

Reviewed Blueberry Crumb Cake

May 15, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was really easy to make and so delicious. It's not too sweet, and I like the contrast of the crumbly streusel topping with the soft, moist cake. I might add an extra 1/4 cup blueberries to the batter in the future because I like them so much. Overall, great recipe."

Reviewed Poached Egg Tips

Jan 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've never made poached eggs before but I love eating them. These tips really helped! I used a large non stick skillet, added about an inch of water and a splash of vinegar, and let the water come to a simmer before adding a couple eggs using a small custard bowl. I let them cook for about 4-5 minutes, then removed with a slotted spoon. They turne"

Reviewed Parker's Split Pea Soup

Sep 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this using mung beans instead of split peas and I also added sweet potato. It's healthy, easy to make, and tasty. I would definitely make this again."

Reviewed French Toast

Jun 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was really tasty and easy to make. I used 2% milk instead of half and half so it would be a little healthier, and old French bread. The honey really brought a nice sweetness. I will be making this again."

Reviewed Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apr 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were pretty good. The batter is easy to prepare, but after baking one batch for 9 minutes, the cookies were very hard and crispy. I baked the rest for only 6-7 minutes and they turned out pretty good, although I have other chocolate chip cookie recipes I prefer. My friends enjoyed them quite a bit. Overall, a pretty good recipe. Just a warn...

Reviewed Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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

What a yummy soup! This was easy to make, perhaps a little time consuming, but worth it. I cut the recipe in half but followed it otherwise and enjoyed a fresh bowl after it was done simmering. Another plus is that it's pretty healthy, too!""

Reviewed Lemon Chicken Breasts

Mar 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I usually love Ina's recipes but I was very disappointed with this. It was easy and straight forward to make, but the taste was disappointing. I felt the white wine overpowered the other flavors, and it was too salty. I would omit her steps of sprinkling with salt before and after baking, up the other ingredients, and cut back on the amount of wh...

Reviewed Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Jan 14, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a great cake. It's easy to make, rich, and flavorful. I used two 9 inch baking pans so I adjusted the baking time to 30 minutes. I also modified the frosting by substituting white chocolate for the semisweet chocolate and omitting the instant coffee. I was worried that using an entire cup of coffee in the batter would overpower the chocol...

Reviewed Peppermint Bark

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

This peppermint bark is great. I made 1 lb with 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, then sprinkled crushed candy canes on top. Everyone loved it. I'll definitely make this again.""

Reviewed Buttermilk Roast Chicken

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

This was really easy to make. The preparation was only a few minutes. I made a few minor adjustments based on what I had available at home - I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, whole cumin instead of ground, honey instead of maple syrup, and I baked the chicken with the marinade poured on top. I was only able to marinate for about 6 hours b...

Reviewed Hard-Boiled Eggs

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

This method always works well for me - no green ring, etc.""

Reviewed Parker House Rolls

Nov 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were a little disappointing. The dough was EXTREMELY sticky and hard to work with. Once it doubled, it was easy enough to punch it down and form dough balls. They were a good, solid bread to serve with Thanksgiving, and not overly sweet, which was nice, but they lacked flavor. I might add fresh chopped rosemary or another herb to the dough ...

Reviewed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Nov 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've never made turkey before so I was a bit apprehensive when cooking, but this recipe is great. The mix of herbs is delicious, and it's super easy to smear the paste onto the turkey and let it roast. Everyone commented on how flavorful the turkey was. I want to use this herb paste on chicken and other items. Try this - you will not be disappoin...

Reviewed Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Nov 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These are really easy to make and very tasty. I used red potatoes and didn't add as much salt or pepper as outlined in the recipe. I needed just a splash of buttermilk to make the potatoes creamy. Everyone loved them. I will definitely make these again.""

Reviewed Roasted Tomatoes

Aug 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These were easy to make and very tasty.""

Reviewed Chocolate Chip Cookie

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. I also tried substituting butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate chips and the cookies were even better."

Reviewed Red Potato Salad

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy to make and delicious."

Reviewed Perfect Pie Crust

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is one of my favorite pie crusts. Easy to make, and delicious."

Reviewed Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The panna cotta was delicious, but I didn't care for the balsamic strawberries. I think plain, fresh fruit with this panna cotta would be perfect."

Reviewed Coconut Cake

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This cake is fantastic. It's a little time consuming, but it's moist and delicious."

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