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Reviewed potato-leek pizza

Jul 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I'd wanted to make this pizza for a while, but have to say that I found it pretty disappointing. I use PW's pizza crust recipe all the time and really like it. I sliced the potatoes on the thinnest setting on my mandolin and cooked the pizza for the full 11 minutes, and felt the potatoes were a little underdone. I also felt it was a bit heavy on the...

Reviewed sauteed swiss chard

May 8, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for dinner last night (to go with roast chicken) and thought it was just okay. I did not find the flavor to be anything special. I'll keep looking for a good saut���ed chard recipe.

Reviewed parmesan crisps

Mar 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These would be 5 star if they weren't so salty. I'd read other reviews that advised cutting down the salt, but blanked on that when I actually made them. I will definitely make these again, cutting the salt by at least half.

Reviewed tuscan mashed chickpeas

Mar 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Good recipe for a gathering in that it is tasty and can be made ahead (except for the grilled bread). I cooked dried chickpeas in my pressure cooker rather than using canned, and used 3 1/4 cups, which seemed about right. Based on a review of this recipe I read elsewhere, I made half the batch with fresh tomatoes and half with sundried tomatoes packed...

Reviewed orange pound cake

Mar 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

This was a delicious cake and, though I love chocolate desserts, made a nice change, especially with oranges at their best right now. Instead of loaf pans, I used a bundt pan, and the cake was done after 45 minutes in the oven. I greased and floured the pan well and had no problems with sticking. I felt like a lot of the orange syrup simply ran off...

Reviewed panna cotta with balsamic strawberries

Feb 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I have owned the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook for seven years, and can't imagine why I only tried this recipe for the first time yesterday. It is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. (I think I used to be intimidated by vanilla beans - how wrong I was!) The recipe in the book makes 8 servings, so I made a half batch, which uses the same...

Reviewed Roman-Style Chicken

Nov 13, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I would rate this as a good recipe, nice for a midweek family meal, but not super special. Here are the modifications I made: used 2 bone-in skinless chicken breasts and not thighs, took the advice of other reviewers and drained the tomatoes before adding, and added about 1.5 tsp tomato paste. I served it over pasta and would have liked the sauce...

Reviewed Ham Hock, Red Beans and Rice

Nov 6, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this a couple of weeks ago, using a leftover ham bone with some meat on it. Otherwise, I made the recipe as directed and it was absolutely delicious - just the right amount of kick. It made a large amount so I put some in the freezer and we ate it for dinner the other night. I've made Emeril's vegetable chili and we love it, but I've never...

Reviewed Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Nov 6, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I'm an Ina Garten fan and usually love her recipes, but this soup was a misfire for me. I followed the recipe exactly, but used proportions for a half batch. It wasn't too sweet, it was just blah. I hate food waste so I won't toss the leftovers; I'll have to work on spicing it up for lunch tomorrow.

Reviewed Pork Chop with Cider Gravy, Sauteed Apples, and Onions

Oct 24, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I thought these were good, though not amazing. I made the recipe exactly as stated, doubling it for two people. The gravy was a little too sweet for me.

Reviewed Real Meatballs and Spaghetti

Oct 17, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

A good meatball and sauce recipe, but the sauce definitely needs some flavoring in addition to the parsley. As others have suggested, oregano and/or basil would be a good addition.

Reviewed Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper Sauce

Aug 27, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I was so excited to try this recipe based on the many 5-star reviews, and was a little surprised - and disappointed - in the end result. It was okay, nothing bad about it, but nothing to write home about, either. I made the recipe exactly as stated. "

Reviewed Blueberry Crumb Cake

Aug 19, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The cake itself was very good, but the crumb was too crunchy for me - bordering on hard. If I make it again, maybe less flour would help? I took other reviewers' advice and upped the amount of blueberries. I also held back a couple of tbsp. of flour and used those to coat the berries, so they didn't sink to the bottom. "

Reviewed Refried Beans

Aug 5, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a fun change from canned refried beans - yet using canned beans was a nice convenience. Based on others' recommendations, I used about half a cup of broth and that seemed like a good amount. I also added a little cumin to spice it up a bit. Next time I will try it with black beans."

Reviewed French Toast with Berry Butters

Aug 3, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious. I think that next time I will leave out the lemon zest - I love lemon, but didn't think it went so well with the other flavors in the french toast, particularly the maple syrup - and add cinnamon, as other reviewers suggested. I made strawberry butter as I had strawberries on hand. "

Reviewed Baked Eggs in Hash Brown Cups

Jul 31, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These looked so great on the show - and when I made them - but tasted just okay. Despite the nifty presentation, I think I'd rather have tasty hash browns and delicious eggs and make them separately. Together, they weren't great. "

Reviewed Black Cod With Miso

Jul 22, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Even with frozen black cod from Trader Joe's (since it's not in season right now), this was absolutely delicious. Prepared exactly as directed, except did not serve with pickled ginger. Can't wait to try this again when the fish is back in season! "

Reviewed The Lady's Coleslaw

May 29, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I didn't find this to be anything special. A fine coleslaw, but not the go-to recipe I'd hoped for. I made it exactly as directed. "

Reviewed Herb Dip

Apr 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made this over the weekend and it was delicious - lots of compliments. I used light mayo, light sour cream and light cream cheese and didn't miss the extra calories. On the advice of other reviewers, I made it a day in advance to let the flavors develop. The fresh herbs made such a difference and the flavors were so robust. I predict I will make t"

Reviewed Potato-Fennel Gratin

Apr 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for Easter and it was delicious. Per the instructions in the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, I made this a day in advance. After 65 minutes in the oven, it was quite browned and a paring knife easily slid through the potatoes, so I let it cool on the counter for a bit before refrigerating it. The cookbook said to reheat it for 30 minutes a"

Reviewed Baked Virginia Ham

Apr 12, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this for Easter and it was very good. The glaze is delicious, but as other reviewers point out, it makes FAR more than you need for the ham. Per the advice of others, I passed some at table as a sauce, then froze some to use later with salmon (seems like that would be good). I made the glaze a day in advance."

Reviewed Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Mar 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was my first time making pulled pork and this recipe is very easy. I made it in my crock pot - 9 hours on low for a 4 lb pork shoulder {probably longer than necessary but the extra time doesn't hurt}. I used about 2 cups of diet Dr. Pepper. After reading many reviews, and since I don't care for very spicy food, I only used about half a 7 oz....

Reviewed String Beans with Shallots

Dec 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple and tasty. Next time, I'll reduce the amount of butter.""

Reviewed Weeknight Bolognese

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

I liked this recipe and would make it again, but I'd make a few changes. I think I'd skip the last addition of wine - up until that point the sauce looked very rich and delicious, but the addition of the cream and the wine one after the other turned everything a muddy purple color. I'd also reduce the amount of salt. Normally I'm not that sensiti...

Reviewed Steamed Artichokes with Almond Saffron Dip

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

Surprisingly bland, for all that's in it. I wouldn't go to the trouble of making this again."

Reviewed Chicken Bouillabaisse

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

I love almost every Barefoot Contessa recipe I've tried, so it pains me to say this one was a disappointment. I'd been waiting for a chilly weekend when I had the time to invest in making this for what seemed like forever. While the sauce had a good flavor, it was not thick like the one pictured; it had a more soup-like consistency. I wish I'd followed...

Reviewed Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

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

I made this for dinner with my inlaws and it was well-received. I had a hard time finding fresh cranberries in my part of the world (Los Angeles) due to the bad weather on the east coast, so I used a 10 oz. bag of frozen cranberries from Whole Foods and it seemed to work just fine. I'd thought it would be more cake-y throughout, but basically it was...

Reviewed Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

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

I made this for dinner with my inlaws and it was well-received. I had a hard time finding fresh cranberries in my part of the world (Los Angeles) due to the bad weather on the east coast, so I used a 10 oz. bag of frozen cranberries from Whole Foods and it seemed to work just fine. I'd thought it would be more cake-y throughout, but basically it was...

Reviewed Parker's Beef Stew

Dec 20, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this tonight and it is very tasty. My husband is a stew lover and thought it had wonderful flavor and I agree. I'm giving it 4 stars out of five because it was quite complicated and time consuming to make. Like other reviewers I had a difficult time with too much flour sticking to the beef, so it took longer to brown. However it didn't seem...

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