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Reviewed quick vanilla buttercream frosting

Apr 17, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

WOW! Light, creamy, buttery and sweet. Not too buttery. I used it to frost cupcakes with a star tip and found the consistency easy to work with. Not only did they look pretty they but the kids loved it.

Reviewed chicken piccata pasta toss

Apr 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Simple to make and very tasty. The only different thing I did was to mix some vegi penne pasta (orange color) to the white pasta and it added some nice color to the mix.

Replied to Royal Icing

Dec 18, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I believe you can add more sugar to the mix to make it thicker for stenciling. If you need some of it for stenciling and some for filling in the outline separate it so you have one stiff and one soft batch.

Reviewed Cranberry Orange Scones

Dec 12, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I have made these twice now. First time I didn't have the orange zest and still they came out tasty. Second time around I made it with the zest and WOW even better.
I really like the texture of the scone and while I'm no scone expert I did give one to someone who eats them all the time and she thought it was one of the best she has ever...

Reviewed Slightly Adapted Mamo's Potato Pancakes

Dec 7, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Easier than I thought it would be. Tasty, kids liked it. I will use this one again.

Reviewed Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Dec 7, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Quick, easy, and delicious. Even the kids ate it up.

Reviewed Mummy Boome's Traditional Shepherds Pie

Nov 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

Loved it. Easy and really tasty!

Reviewed Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Nov 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I agree with the others that these muffins can stand alone without the frosting. The frosting is also wonderful. Light, fluffy and not at all too sweet. I will be making this one again!

Reviewed Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf- A.K.A 'Basic' Meat Loaf

Sep 26, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I didn't have the oats so I used bread crumbs and still this meatloaf was fantastic. Tasty sauce too. Kids ate it up!"

Reviewed Mojito

Jul 16, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

As previously noted Simple Syrup does work great. Also I don't like to shake the mint up with the drink. Instead I muddle it in the glass and pour the shaken drink into the glass. For me that just gives it just the right amount of mint without it over powering the drink.
Refreshing and tasty."

Reviewed Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Apr 11, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've never been a big carrot cake fan...until now! Yummy. Kids and I are really enjoying these cupcakes. I did omit the nuts (allergies) but for me that didn't take anything away. These are also delicious without the frosting and are filling so I had one with my coffee in the morning.
One other note I decided to try making a few in my mini...

Reviewed Old-Fashioned Banana Cake

Oct 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I didn't use the orange zest or nuts (didn't have any available), and I added one extra banana (because I had an extra riped banana) and this recipe came out fantastic! Moist and flavorful the kids are eating it up...as am I. "

Reviewed Banana Nut Muffins

Oct 22, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I agree 100% with the previous review. Moist and SO bland. I decided to add the chocolate chips to the mix and it helped. I also made a batch with chocolate chips and cocoa powder (banana, chocolate, chocolate chip) and it was tasty. It was chocolaty with a hint of banana.
I won't be using this recipe again for banana muffins."

Reviewed Herbed Spaghetti Squash

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

Easy to make and tasty. I used fresh basil and sage from the garden. I decided it needed a little something more so i drizzled a little truffle oil and top and as Emeril would say "BAM" it made a big difference. If your not a truffle fan I'm sure a good olive oil would work as well.
This does not stand on its own so I think it makes a nice...

Reviewed Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese

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

No kidding on the Too-EZ Mac...wow! I did incorporate a little Velveeta cheese too, added a sprinkle of parm and the kids gobbled it up! I like the suggestion for chicken and think it would work well with this dish!"

Reviewed Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sep 1, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

After reading the reviews I also used 1/4 less sugar. I also wanted to use up what I had left over from a previous baking project so I divided my batter and made one batch with white chocolate chips and the other with Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips. Other changes where I used Unsweetened Dark Cocoa and added a tsp of instant espresso (brings out "

Reviewed Banana Nut Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Feb 26, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Made it without the cream cheese frosting and still it was fantastic. Everyone is asking for the recipe. Fantastic!""

Reviewed Turkey and Pancetta Pot Pies

Dec 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I altered the recipe a little since I didn't have all that was needed. I used chicken instead of turkey, potato in place of corn, one dish instead of several and I doubled the crust batch using one half on top and one on bottom (because I love dough on the bottom). I baked the bottom layer of crust for 10 minutes before filling. It worked out gre...

Reviewed Gingerbread Cookies 101

Dec 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was my first attempt at gingerbread cookies and I am so excited at the results. Tasty cookies, right texture and taste. Kids are loving the cookies and I didn't even add the icing. I just sprinkled a little confectioners sugar over them. ""

Reviewed Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Dec 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy to make and tasty. I liked the texture of the cake as it is moist but not falling apart, it is also not too sweet. I followed the directions down to the confectioners sugar and a dap of whip cream when I served it (cool whip) and really liked it. It will be great with coffee in the morning. Even my little ones ate it up. I'll be making this ...

Reviewed Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Dec 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Like someone else noted it is a bit bland and next time I will add a little more salt. Still it is tasty. I decided to try and make it without the chicken and added frozen peas and carrots. Worked very well, I just sauteed the vegi's with the onion and garlic, didn't completely cook them up either and when it came out of the oven the vegi's weren...

Reviewed Potato Latkes with Cranberry Jam

Dec 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy to make, and tasty. I didn't have the ingredients for the Jam but it still worked out fine as the Latkes stood well on there own. I gave them to the kids with a side of sour cream and they ate them up. Next time I'll have to try it with the jam.""

Reviewed Banana Bread

Nov 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Took the advice of others and added apple sauce (about a cup, and vanilla (1/4 tsp. The only complaint I have was that it needed well over 70 minutes. In fact I should have left it in a little longer as the bottom of the bread was a bit dense. Still the kids loved it and I have enjoyed it as well. The suggestion for ice cream with it was very nic...

Reviewed Squash Soup

Nov 7, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Simple to make, and tasty! I didn't have fresh nutmeg so I used nutmeg from a container and that worked. Even my 1 year old enjoyed it.""

Reviewed Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Oct 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy, light and fluffy, delicious!""

Reviewed Hunt's® Lemon-Tomato Chicken Pasta

Oct 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Super easy to make, quick, and really tasty. You can also add chopped broccoli or peas to the dish to sneak in vegi's for the kids, Yummy!""

Reviewed Spicy Linguine with Clams and Mussels

Aug 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tasty and so easy to make!""

Reviewed Irish Soda Bread

Mar 22, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Fantastic! I couldn't find currants at the supermarket so I used raisins and still this bread came out great. My husband now wants me to make it at least once a week it was so good.
A little messy/sticky but easy to make and again a great bread!"

Reviewed Halibut Veracruz

Jan 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Like others I didn't use the olives since my husband doesn't care for them and still this meal is delicious. And as noted by someone else Tilapia works well too.

Reviewed Asian Grilled Salmon

Jan 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So tasty and SO easy. I used Kiko Man reduced sodium soy and still this recipe worked out fantastic. Even if your not a big fan of salmon I would give this one a shot as it may change your opinion of that particular fish.

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