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Reviewed strawberry pretzel pie

Nov 21, 2014 on

We had this pie for dessert last night. I give it 4 stars, only because as mentioned below the recipe needs to be a bit more specific on a couple points. First, I definitely recommend UNSALTED butter. There is a ton of salt in the pretzels and you do not want to add more, it will taste salty. Also, do not pour the rest of your bag of pretzels into...

Replied to strawberry pretzel pie

Nov 21, 2014 on

HI Juney, definitely yes, see my review above. It is a beautiful pie you will get lots of complements�plus it's delicious!

Replied to strawberry pretzel pie

Nov 20, 2014 on

I used a regular size pan because that is what she used on the episode where I watched her make it. That said, there is definitely enough pretzel mixture to fill a deep dish pan if you prefer. For some reason I had extra liquid that spilled over a little bit so I think you need to let the berries cool longer to let it gel up. It's in the fridge now,...

Reviewed pasta with pancetta and leeks

Aug 28, 2014 on

Great! Might throw some red pepper flakes in next time for some heat.

Reviewed Deconstructed Shrimp, Okra and Ham Gumbo

Sep 27, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was so tasty. I went to my local spice shop and got the file powder (aka gumbo file or sassafras). When you taste it on the shrimp you get the authentic flavor of gumbo. It is not expensive either, totally worth it. I also served it over white rice for a filling meal. Using fresh farmers market okra was excellent, too. The whole house smel"

Reviewed Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries

Mar 25, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've made this a couple times now, it's soooooo goooood! Tonight I made them with slivered almonds and I think I like those even better. The flavor of the nuts is more mellow and you et more of the Brussels sprout flavor."

Reviewed Stuffed Cabbage Stoup

Mar 12, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Utterly fantastic! Very deep complex flavors going on with the fresh herbs and spices. I bought a new jar of dried coriander since it was a key ingredient. But then I got home and realized I was out of allspice so I used Pumpkin Pie spice instead, close enough and it tasted great. Looking forward to having this again and again!"

Reviewed Thai Shrimp Stir-fry with Tomatoes and Basil - Slimmed

Jan 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This one was a little disappointing. I followed the recipe as described, using the 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. All my ingredients were fresh, but the flavor of everything combined was nothing special. I felt it was a little bland, and I would have liked the sauce thicker. Was an ok dinner but will be making a different Thai stir fry next time. Too "

Reviewed Southwestern Nachos Potato Skins

Oct 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

These were very good. My skins never really crisped up but were still good. I also mixed the salsa into the potatoes before I stuffed the skins. Good even with reduced fat sour cream. Don't forget the pickled jalepenos, it makes it, in my opinion."

Reviewed Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Aug 3, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Simple and delicious."

Reviewed Lentil Quinoa Salad

Jul 9, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Wow, utterly fantastic! I had some quinoa in my pantry for a while and wanted to use it. Made this recipe and was not disappointed. The mustard and lime are great in it. I used green lentils. Might be grazing on this one all summer...."

Reviewed Stewed Black-Eyed Peas with Country Ham

May 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delish! Must use the country ham for best flavor. I didn't change a thing and even my 5 year old ate it. Did not add any salt or pepper, it didn't need it."

Reviewed Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

May 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I had venison tenderloin to use up and tried this recipe with it. It was fantastic! And so easy. Not spicy at all so good for kids, too."

Reviewed Leeky Chicken Soup

May 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I might have a new favorite chicken soup! I was a little intimidated with the leeks, but once I watched the video which showed Rachael cleaning them, I think I will start using them more, they are so delicious. The wine also gives it a more complex flavor than regular ole chicken soup. I felt like I was back in Paris with the flavors. With toast"

Reviewed No Mess or Stress Stuffed Shells

Mar 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Ooey and gooey, we enjoyed this. Based on other reviews I doubled all the ingredients in the ricotta mixture and had just enough for 24 full shells. I could not find shredded provolone in the market o shredded some myself using stacked deli slices. I was disappointed how pricey this dish ended up being (pre seasoned raw meatballs were expensive a...

Reviewed Roasted Cauliflower With Dates and Pine Nuts

Feb 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I have made this several times and it is really delicious. I tend to roast the cauliflower a little longer, about 30 minutes total, because that makes I really soft. Today I did not have dates, so I tried coarsely chopped golden raisins and guess what...FANTASTIC! Much more affordable, too. Give it a try, you will love it.""

Reviewed Spaghetti and Meatballs

Feb 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Wow, I was really surprised how good this was, because it is so simple. The favors really work. I did not have crushed tomatoes so I pureed two small cans of diced and it worked just fine. Came home from jogging looking forward to the leftovers for lunch and my husband and 4 year old had polished them off! Oh well, will have to make it again. And...

Reviewed Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Dec 23, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Made several batches last year or Chrstmas, they are great. Thi year the store was out of chocolate so I got German chocolate.....they were not nearly as good as with the regular chocolate mix, FYI!""

Reviewed Wild Mushroom and Venison Stroganoff for Two Lucky People

Dec 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Really delicious. The store had white beech mushrooms and Sonoma brown oyster mushrooms so that's what I used. It was fun to cook, too. The hardest part was trimming the venison steaks to the proper shape, but once that was done it was very easy. The dish tasted very gourmet with the complex flavors hat were going on.""

Reviewed Margarita

Sep 3, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

So fresh and the perfect balance of sweet and sour. We have a key lime tree in our yard and used fresh key lime juice. Also, Bobby Flay had recommended El Tesoro brand in his Smoky Margarita recipe so we splurged on using that. It did not taste too strong, but it definitely just the right kick. Made these a few times now and is a go-to from now o...

Reviewed Chili Mac

May 17, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Really good! Makes a ton but I am looking forward to leftovers. Used Emeril's green pepper sauce (made with jalepenos) instead of cayenne and peppers because I was out. It had great kick but not too much. Would definitely make again but this time for a crowd."

Reviewed Chicken Fried Steak

May 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Had some venison steaks to use and......AWESOME! Used half and half because I only had skim milk, wanted to go richer and it was absolutely fantastic. Definitely not lo-cal but a great splurge. The gravy was fantastic! Alton is the best."

Reviewed Raspberry Cake Bars

Jan 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I made these for a cookie swap this Christmas and they were a big hit. Several friends and family members have since made it themselves and all thought they were yummy. I have made about six batches myself,and find you can prevent any excessive sticking by making sure only the dough touches the edges and bottom, not the jam. Also, make sure to cool...

Reviewed Turkey Osso Buco with Parsley and Rosemary Gremolata

Jan 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I bought turkey thighs after Thanksgiving and threw them in the freezer. I searched for a recipe for them and made this tonight, without the breasts, using two large thighs (2 1/2 lbs) for my husband and I. It was delicious with just thighs. I also cooked them in a Dutch oven and it was very moist and flavorful. I threw some bow tie pasta into the...

Reviewed Chili Dog Nachos

Oct 29, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I have made this recipe several times, almost always for football game watching at home. It is very filling and totally delicious. Now family members request it when I haven't made it in a while. Sometimes I throw a few extra hot dogs in.

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