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Reviewed tomato and goat cheese tarts

Jun 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I am rarely if ever disappointed with Ina's recipes. In fact my husband will take a bite of a new recipe and if he really likes it ask 'is this one of Ina's?'. This time he didn't have to ask, it was so good he knew it was 'an Ina recipe'. I made this exactly as the recipe states and there is not one thing I would change. Having said that, next time...

Reviewed barbecued chicken

Jun 3, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I'm not sure how anyone could give this recipe a negative rating. It's very easy to put together and doesn't really take much time at all. We marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts (because that's what we had on hand) and the grilled chicken not only tasted great, but it looked beautiful! It has just a slight bit of heat in the background -...

Reviewed Roasted Asparagus and Prosciutto

Jan 20, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

As soon as I saw this episode I knew I had to try it! We love roasted asparagus and I'm always looking for new ways to compliment it. The combination of the crispy proscuitto, Hollandaise and the fried egg was rather like a deconstructed eggs Benedict. The only problem I had was my Hollandaise broke. I've make the recipe before with perfect result"

Reviewed Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Curry Condiments

Oct 13, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've made this recipe twice now and I definitely recommend cutting the squash in half and roasting it that way! Much easier than trying to disect the whole thing (unless you have a chain saw in the kitchen...Alton Brown probably does, but not me). Otherwise the recipe is wonderful just exactly as written - I don't change a thing. "

Reviewed Breakfast Popovers with Italian Sausage

Oct 6, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Yet another recipe that I would give more than 5 stars if I could. The only thing I changed was cutting the recipe in half as there are just two of us. The combination of the smoked mozzarella and the sausage was wonderful. You have to try this recipe exactly as written, because it is PERFECT! Don't omit the syrup. I'm planning on serving these to"

Reviewed Perfect Roast Chicken

Sep 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I am embarrassed to admit that even though I've been cooking for years and consider myself a good cook, I had never roasted a chicken before. I saw Ina in Seattle last weekend and listened to her talk about this recipe in particular. I'm really glad I used it for my first attempt! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of omitting the fe"

Reviewed Pecan Shortbread

May 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I tried this recipe using chopped macadamia nuts rather than pecans. (I've been craving the Honolulu Cookie Co. cookie) Everything else was the same except I rolled the dough out and used a cookie cutter. I chilled the dough as per the recipe, but I really had to fight with it even after it was chilled, just didn't want to stay together. The end r"

Reviewed French Toast Bread Pudding

Apr 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Ina never disappoints. This recipe was very simple - not quick by any means - but simple to assemble. And the results were fabulous. I cut the recipe in 1/2 because there are just 2 of us, but it lends itself very easily to size adjustments. Next time I think I'll try adding a little cinammon and nutmeg for extra flavor. BTW - makes the house sme...

Reviewed Lemon and Basil Eggs over Foccacia

Mar 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe is wonderful! I cut it in half because there are just two of us, but otherwise I prepared it exactly as written. I found that toasting the bread for 10 minutes was just a little long for my oven, so next time I will try about 7-8 minutes toasting time. I actually had the Meyer lemon oil and I would highly recommend trying it. I didn't...

Reviewed Baked Blintzes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

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

Wonderful! I wouldn't change a thing, except I did cut the blintz recipe in half for just the two of us. It takes awhile to prepare, but the end result is definitely worth the effort. I made the full blueberry sauce recipe and will be using it for ice cream, pound cake topping and anything else I can think of. As Guy Fieri says 'you could put it ...

Reviewed Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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

I took my queue from the reviewers and reduced the oven temp to about 330. I also transferred the hot nuts to another oiled baking sheet to cool, that seemed to help them from sticking together. Next time I make them - which will be very soon - I will cut down on the chipotle powder just a bit. They were a little too spicy for our taste. Otherwis...

Reviewed Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey

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

By far the best turkey I have ever made. I decided to make the turkey and roasted vegetables salad right after viewing the episode. Since there are just 2 of us I purchased a single breast half, and cut the recipe accordingly. At first I thought the glaze was going to be too tart, but it mellowed as it sat. I watched it as it roasted like a hawk,...

Reviewed Winter Squash Soup

Oct 28, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect on a cool fall afternoon! I didn't have half and half so I used evaportated milk. I also used an emersion blender since I didn't want to mess with the food mill. Topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and a scant pinch of fleur de sel makes all the flavor difference. Easy, healthy and filling, you can't ask for more than that. Ina does it ...

Reviewed Apple and Pear Crisp

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

I've never been a fan of crisps or crumbles, but I was looking for a way to use up some pears, so I gave this a try. I really loved the end result. I think because the oatmeal doesn't overwhelm the other flavors and in some other recipes. Next time I am going to try blanched sliced almonds in the topping, as Ina does with her plum raspberry crumble....

Reviewed Peanut Butter Cookies

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

Super easy and very tasty. I doubled the recipe and they were a big hit at a church function.

Reviewed Meat Sauce and Spaghetti

Jan 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This sauce is wonderful. I didn't have any problem with curdling, but I did make sure to add the stock BEFORE I added the evaporated milk as other reviewers have suggested. The only mistake I made was thinking that since the sauce was so time consuming I'd double the recipe. About half way through the cooking time I was convinced that I'd never have...

Reviewed Marinara Sauce

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

I don't know why I doubted that this sauce would be marvelous - Ina has never let us down before. But I did doubt that such a quick, simple recipe could be very good. And I am the first to admit I was WRONG!. I love this sauce. It's so fresh tasting and so much better than any of the jarred brands. It's also economical - especially if you use a less...

Reviewed Sweet Potato Biscuits

Dec 31, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I also added a 1/2 tsp vinegar to try to obtain a little 'lift' in the biscuits. They didn't 'lift' much more than the height I rolled them to, but they were still very good. I also added a little cinnamon and the result tasted very much like Fall. I think this recipe would be great with a ranch style breakfast. I will probably leave this recipe for...

Reviewed Roasted Turkey Roulade

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

This turkey was excellent. I followed the recipe exactly except that we didn't have enough oven room, so we roasted it on our gas grill. Very moist and flavor. The only reason I didn't give the recipe 5 stars was that I thought the sausage to bread stuffing ratio seemed a little off. Next time I will use a little less sausage and a little more bread....

Reviewed Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

Nov 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Excellent way to prepare sweet potatoes! The finished product makes a beautiful presentation.
Next time, just for personal taste I will decrease the amount of brown sugar and marshmallows. I thought the recipe was just a tad too sweet, (so I added a little salt to mine) although DH said not to change a thing for him

Reviewed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Nov 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I've used this method for Brussels sprouts many times and they always turn out wonderfully. Lots of family members have become sprouts converts due to this recipe. Yesterday for Thanksgiving I tried adding a slight drizzle of balsamic vinegar prior to roasting and oh boy, were the sprouts great!

Ina has NEVER let me down....

Reviewed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Nov 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I've used this method for Brussels sprouts many times and they always turn out wonderfully. Lots of family members have become sprouts converts due to this recipe. Yesterday for Thanksgiving I tried adding a slight drizzle of balsamic vinegar prior to roasting and oh boy, were the sprouts great!

Ina has NEVER let me down. I'm...

Reviewed Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Nov 26, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Made these yesterday for Thanksgiving and I really believe they are the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten - with just a little tweeking to our taste. First of all I boiled the potatoes in half water and half left over homemade chicken stock, for an additional layer of flavor. And, although the mashed potatoes were just right when I put them in...

Reviewed Chicken Fried Steak with White Gravy

Nov 1, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Just as I remember my Southern Grandma making for Sunday dinner. I tried substituting cube steak and it was the only disappointing thing about the entire meal. Ended up tasting too much like ground beef. Next time I'll listen to Bobby and use the correct cut of meat. Thanks Bobby for taking me back a few years!

Reviewed Easy Cheese Danish

Oct 17, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Rarely, if ever, has Ina let me down. For the time this recipe took, it had spectacular results. I made the danish exactly as written, but after they were baked I tried adding a drizzle of lemon glaze to half of them. While we loved both ways, my husband and I agreed that just the addition of a small amount of glaze really enhanced the flavor. To...

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