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Reviewed Whoopie Pies

Mar 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Baking soda should be TSP, not TBSP! Fortunately I caught this early and adjusted. I would also recommend buttermilk or soured milk to counteract the baking soda.
The batter is not very sweet, so you may want to adjust the sugar as well.

Reviewed Puntine di Maiale con Polenta: Pork Ribs with Polenta

Mar 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Excellent dish!
Did not have any olives or allspice, and used boneless ribs, but other than that followed the recipe for cooking the pork and it turned out great!
As for polenta, I used my own recipe and sauteed rather than grilled. I would definitely recommend trying this dish!
(and please take the time to make the...

Reviewed The Perfect Yellow Cupcake

Mar 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I can only speak on the cake itself as I haven't tried the butter cream. I've been using this yellow cake recipe as a base for a long time, but strangely, I did not get the recipe from Gale. I found it in Martha Day's Encyclopedia of Baking. It is EXACTLY the same recipe, except Day's calls for slightly more vanilla. Anyway, as I prepared to make...

Reviewed Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Cream Filling

Mar 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was going to write an awful review of these cupcakes until I went back and double checked the ingredients. I had cut the recipe in half, scribbling down the halved measurements in a notebook and completely missed the baking soda. I ended up with baking powder only (a suspiciously small amount--this should have tipped me off), and dense, fudgy,...

Reviewed Mini Brownie Bites with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Mar 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've made these brownies 3 times. Each time the frosting was great (Warning: Super Sweet!!!). Had no problems with that part.
The first time, however, the brownies turned out incredibly sticky, gooey, and nearly impossible to manage.
The second time, I adjusted the recipe using only 1 stick of butter instead of 1 1/2, cooked them...

Reviewed Grilled Chicken and Avocado Napoleons

Mar 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Definitely one of the top 10 best chicken sandwiches I've had.
This is super easy to make, and has a near perfect texture.
Flavors blend exceptionally well, and although some may be tempted to use plain mayo as opposed to spicy, I would urge them not to. It is a brilliant touch, believe me. The sandwich is not the same without...

Reviewed Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Mar 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

These were certainly heavy cupcakes. Mine turned out sticky in addition to being dense. A lighter cake would have been suited better for the peanut butter and jelly part of it considering that the cream cheese frosting was also very thick and sticky. Also, wasn't a big fan of the P.B./cream cheese combo, less so of the P.B./cream cheese/sour cream...

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