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Reviewed lemon spaghetti

Jun 29, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This is another of Giada's easy and elegant pasta dishes. I've made it following the recipe exactly, and also substituting chopped parsley when I've not had fresh basil on hand, or sometimes with only two lemons, and all versions were delicious. This is what I call quick and lightweight comfort food! And I've also added shrimp roasted with garlic...

Replied to Baked Lemon Ziti Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

Jun 29, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Just watched this episode, and except for the fact that the recipe calls for simmering the b�chamel for an unnecessary 10 minutes, it's otherwise the same as the TV version. (No gruyere!) Simmering the b�chamel for 10 mins. would make it far too thick, and may be why some reviewers reported a dry result. An additional 1-2 minutes is all that's required...

Reviewed roasted shrimp and orzo

Jun 6, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

A perfect hot weather dish. During warm weather my house could double as an Indian sweat lodge, so cold pasta salads become staple meals. I roast the shrimp during the cooler, late evening hours, then refrigerate overnight and finish the recipe the next day. I add a few cloves of whole garlic and toss with the shrimp, olive oil and seasonings before...

Reviewed tartar sauce

Mar 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Fresh and fabulous will all sorts of fish and shellfish. I got tired of trying to find a quality jarred tartar sauce -- even the organic brands feature corn syrup or (even worse) high fructose corn syrup, as well as xantham gum. And other recipes call for sweet pickle relish, and I don't want a sweet-tasting tartar sauce. This easy recipe has bright,...

Reviewed beef with snow peas

Feb 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

No more ordering in! This recipe is better than a very similar dish we usually order from a local Chinese restaurant. I made this recipe first with blanched green beans, just to compare it with my usual delivery version, and it was fabulous. I did add some fresh, chopped garlic (being careful not to let it burn), and was sure to use low-sodium soy...

Reviewed fabulous focaccia

Feb 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I've made this bread several times now, and it's come out consistently delicious every time. The texture and taste were pretty much just what I was expecting. I have to admit that I omit the recipe toppings and use a sprinkle of kosher salt, chopped, fresh rosemary and a drizzle of good olive oil instead. Because I don't add the saltier toppings called...

Reviewed salmon in a couscous crust

Feb 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

An easy and elegant dish to serve for guests as well as for a quick and satisfying weekday dinner. Even the leftovers are great, served at room temp. I prefer fresh wild salmon over farmed, but it's not always available, and I'm not a fan of frozen fish, as it tends to be dry. But I've found that Trader Joe's always has some kind of frozen wild salmon...

Reviewed Chicken with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato

Dec 7, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

This is an easy, delicious and impressive-looking main dish, but if Ina has one fault (and I'm sure she has very few), it's her penchant for salt, as many fans have noted. She mentions in this episode that chicken, being somewhat bland, requires liberal seasoning with salt and pepper. But don't forget that the goat cheese is somewhat salty in itself....

Reviewed Barley Water

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

I recently reviewed this recipe and have found another couple of perks. If I drink a couple of glasses a day, I no longer need the occasional antacid (this may not be the case for others, but was an unexpected side benefit for me). Another use isn't a culinary application, but it's another great use for this barley water recipe: I put aside about "

Reviewed Barley Water

Jul 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe makes great barley water and is so refreshing cold, and soothing and comforting served hot. I think Snowbeast may have used pearl barley, which is why it yielded a cloudy, glutinous liquid -- barley water requires the use of hulled barley, not pearl barley. The health benefits of barley water are amazing -- it retains a surprisingly hi"

Reviewed Perfect Chocolate Cake

May 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this cake yesterday. A bit concerned while doing so, after reading reviews saying the recipe had a tendency to produce a dry cake. Happily, mine came out perfectly at the temp. and bake time given. Maybe the "dry" feeling some experienced comes from the cocoa powder. Chocolate cakes made with all cocoa powder tend to have a "powdery" feel on "

Reviewed Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

Dec 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect, with the oven temp set at 425 instead of 450. And the parchment paper makes for easier clean-up, as well as absorbing a bit of the fat. For vegetarian options, I've tried it with the following:
⬢ Pesto and fontina instead of mustard, ham and gruyere
⬢ Caramelized onion jam and gruyere
⬢ Sauteed, finely chopped herbs...

Reviewed French Apple Tart

Mar 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Anyone try baking this tart using a silicone baking mat to line the pan? I have a silicone liner that exactly fits the baking sheet I used for this tart, and the tart came out beautifully, with minimal scorching around the edges. I first checked the maximum oven temperature acceptable for use with silicone mats, and they can be used at oven temperatures...

Reviewed Homemade Butter

Mar 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

In response to Turquoisecat's question regarding sour cream brands that don't have quar gum or other binders, Trader Joe's brand organic sour cream doesn't have guar gum or carageenan, and also has great flavor. Whole Foods or other stores that carry natural/organic dairy products would be another good place to try, but if you live anywhere near a...

Reviewed Homemade Butter

Mar 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

In response to Turquoisecat's question regarding sour cream brands that don't have quar gum or other binders, Trader Joe's brand organic sour cream doesn't have guar gum or carageenan, and also has great flavor. Whole Foods or other stores that carry natural/organic dairy products would be another good place to try, but if you live anywhere near a...

Reviewed Perfect Pie Crust

Dec 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

FYI to attiesgirl05 - you can now find trans fat-free shortening in many grocery stores. Butter tends to result in a crisp crust, and shortening adds a bit of flakiness, so it's worth a try if you can find the trans fat-free version in your local market. Also, I agree with you about using only 2.5 cups of flour... Great recipe, especially with the...

Reviewed French Apple Tart

Dec 18, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Anyone try baking this tart using a silicone baking mat to line the pan? I have a silicone liner that exactly fits the baking sheet I used for this tart, and the tart came out beautifully, with minimal scorching around the edges. I first checked the maximum oven temperature acceptable for use with silicone mats, and they can be used at oven temperatures...

Reviewed French Apple Tart

Dec 18, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Anyone try baking this tart using a silicone baking mat to line the pan? I have a silicone liner that exactly fits the baking sheet I used for this tart, and the tart came out beautifully, with minimal scorching around the edges. I first checked the maximum oven temperature acceptable for use with silicone mats, and they can be used at oven temperatures...

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