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Reviewed Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies

Aug 6, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious and easy to prepare! I halved the recipe and got about 2 dozen. They are very tasty and the ground and chopped walnuts give the cookies great texture.

*A note to mkblanke who reviewed the recipe on 12/23/2012: When I took a peek at my cookies after 18 minutes, it does LOOK like they are not done. They even felt soft...

Reviewed Chicken Piccata

Jul 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I kind of combined aspects of Giada's recipe with Ina Garten's chicken piccata recipe. So for that reason only, I'll give it 4 stars since I didn't follow this recipe exactly. I dredged the chicken in not just flour, but also in egg and seasoned breadcrumbs. I also served the piccata sauce on the side. Everyone liked it. Great flavor. I actu"

Reviewed Pan-Fried Trout

Aug 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Great recipe! I used tilapia instead of trout. It was very flavorful and citrusy. I liked the multiple layers of lemon that the recipe called for. I tried baking it in the oven the second time I made this, but I definitely found the pan-fried in olive oil method to be tastier and a better texture. The oven-baked fish became soggy after adding"

Reviewed Chicken in Pumpkin-Ancho Mole Sauce

Jan 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This recipe sounded amazing on t.v., but I was a little disappointed. In my opinion, the cilantro killed it. I think this recipe has a chance at being good if you leave the cilantro out of the sauce. You may feel differently if you absolutely love cilantro. I've always been neutral about the herb, but I don't think it has a place in a recipe fo...

Reviewed Chicken and Mushroom Goulash with Gnocchi

Oct 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I agree with another reviewer that this is a nice base recipe just to get the technique and basic flavors of goulash while adding the vegetables and spices of your choice. I used ground beef instead of chicken and radiatore pasta instead of gnocchi. After reading several reviews that said this recipe was a little bland, I added garlic powder, o...

Reviewed Jerk Chicken with Habanero-Mint Glaze and Mango Relish

Sep 29, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I only made the jerk rub, and I thought it was fantastic! Spicy, smoky, deep flavor. It was also very easy to put together. I had most of the ingredients in my spice cabinet already. I wasn't making 32 ounces of chicken, but I still made the rub with the measurements as given and saved the remainder in a jar for next time. I imagine it would...

Reviewed Sunny's Fish Escovitch

Sep 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

It seemed that the pickled topping is really what was supposed to make the flavor the dish, since the fish itself is only seasoned with salt, pepper and lime. I wasn't very impressed, though I like many of Sunny's recipes. I even added a julienned jalapeno to give the pickled veggies a little kick, but still found it lacking in spice and flavor....

Reviewed Churros

Sep 12, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

These were good, but I agree with some of the other reviewers that the dough wasn't quite what I was expecting for churros. I felt it was slightly too dense, neither fluffy nor crunchy enough. I might try adding a little baking soda next time if I try it again. ""

Reviewed Sardinian Sugo

Dec 25, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

It was pretty good, but the flavor wasn't quite as bold as I expected it to be after hearing her talk on the show about how "spicy" and "big flavored" the recipe was. If you're really into spicy food like I am and can handle some heat, you might want to add more red pepper flakes and maybe some cayenne pepper as well. Also, it wasn't as thick and...

Reviewed Thai Red Curry Mac 'n' Cheese

Dec 19, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was highly unimpressed and disappointed with this recipe. It sounded different, spicy, and exotic. However, it was extremely bland. I felt that the curry paste added nothing to the recipe. It was just a waste of a trip to the store to get it. I may as well have omitted it and made regular macaroni and cheese and because that's all it tasted...

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