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Reviewed cavatelli with sauteed broccoli and garlic

Apr 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

No flavor! Gave it 3 stars because after adding some garlic salt, pepper, butter and a ton of grated parm cheese to the final product it was petty good

Reviewed cavatelli with sauteed broccoli and garlic

Apr 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

No flavor! Gave it 3 stars because after adding some garlic salt, pepper, butter and a ton of grated parm cheese to the final product it was petty good

Reviewed Coq Au Vin

Oct 10, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I don't get this, I give Ina's recipes 5 stars 99% of the time and sadly this was nothing special. The chicken was moist but had no flavor (its just chicken) The broth had flavor but I did feel the end product was a little alcoholy. The end product looked very bland brownish. The hubby liked it, the veggies were pretty tasty in the dish. Overall,...

Reviewed Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Oct 4, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very nice cake, pretty easy for the most part. More like a mocha cake, coffee flavor was strong in the frosting. Left out the raw egg, still really good. My kids who are huge chocolate lovers were thrown off a little with the heavy mocha flavor. Still a great, fresh homemade chocolate cake."

Reviewed Honey Cornbread Muffins

Sep 18, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I think these are good, very easy to make and foolproof, can add what ever you want, cheese, jalapenos etc... but my husband LOVES them."

Reviewed French Apple Tart

Aug 23, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So easy, everyone loved it! Made a few changes. Used early gold crisp apples we just picked. Sprinkled on brown sugar instead of white. Sprinkled on juice from a fresh Meyer lemon, sprinkled on some cinnamon and used salted butter (don't need to use unsalted). Served with whipped cream and salted roasted pecans. Left off apricot glaze. Huge hit"

Reviewed Quick and Easy Apple Tart

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

So easy. Saw Ree make it on tv and just remembered it all. Had all ingredients on hand. Just picked early gold apples at the farm, sweet, tart and crisp, used them. Had peaches, so I did one with apples and one with peaches. The apple was better. Went a little easy on the brown sugar and sprinkled in some cinnamon. Used toasted almonds, did"

Reviewed Fried Green Tomatoes

Aug 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So good! Never made fried green tomatoes before. Went veggie picking at a farm, none of the tomatoes were ripe, but the green tomatoes were huge. I figured might as well try frying them. Followed recipe exactly, had great texture, very flavorful, just a touch a tartness. Didn't need any dipping sauce. Tried frying a few tomatoes that were begin"

Reviewed Fried Green Tomatoes

Aug 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

OMG, so good! Never made fried green tomatoes before. Went veggie picking at a farm, none of the tomatoes were ripe, but the green tomatoes were huge. I figured might as well try frying them. Followed recipe exactly, had great texture, very flavorful, just a touch a tartness. Didn't need any dipping sauce. Tried frying a few tomatoes that were "

Reviewed Fried Green Tomatoes

Aug 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

OMG, so good! Never made fried green tomatoes before. Went veggie picking at a farm, none of the tomatoes were ripe, but the green tomatoes were huge. I figured might as well try frying them. Followed recipe exactly, had great texture, very flavorful, just a touch a tartness. Didn't need any dipping sauce."

Reviewed Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Apr 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

The cookbook calls for 3/4 cup of brown sugar in the streusel, which I did and it came out fine. Great homemade taste. Going to freeze cake and serve in a week for brunch."

Reviewed Crash Hot Potatoes

Mar 7, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Unfortunately, these are just roasted potatoes with the extra steps of boiling the potatoes and mashing each one to look like a crushed potato. I boiled mine for 15 min. and they were a touch over done, they kind of fell apart when I mashed them. They needed a little more flavor. Anyway, they really just taste like a roasted potato."

Reviewed Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Mar 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These are really yummy! Used closer to 6 cups of nuts and kept other measurements the same. Kept my eye on them after 15 min. in oven and probably ended up cooking them another 6-7 minutes under close watch until all the liquid evaporated. Left the last 2 TBS of rosemary out, it was a bit much for my liking. Originally put them on sheet pan co"

Reviewed Old-Time Beef Stew

Feb 21, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I let this simmer for most of the day and the meat gets so tender. I add more garlic and leave out the all spice, added a little seasoning from the beef stew spice packets. Didn't have cornstarch so made a rue with some flour and butter, worked out fine. Great make ahead winter dish."

Reviewed Mississippi Mud Cake

Feb 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Just for ease, I used a cake box mix. The filling was really easy to make and good. The frosting is good too, you need the 6 cups of powdered sugar with the bittersweet chocolate. I just used a 10oz. Bag of bittersweet chips, it came out fine. I just didn't care for the consistency of this frosting, it comes out very grainy and not smooth. Als"

Reviewed Soppressata and Cheese in Puff Pastry

Feb 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So easy and impressive looking. Made probably 5 times already. I like using a thinly sliced spicy Spanish chorizo and freshly shredded jarlsberg cheese. You can really use any meat/cheese combo. I get it ready in the morning, then brush the egg wash on and bake right before serving."

Reviewed Sausage Hors d'Oeuvres

Feb 17, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Pretty good. Gave 4 stars because I did change recipe around. Used 1 pound of fresh spicy sausage, not that tubed sausage. Added 2 cups of freshly grated sharp cheddar, used the 3 cups of bisquick and added 2 eggs to help bind everything. Also seasoned generously with salt/pepper. Didn't use a mixer, kneaded the mix like dough for 5 minutes ti"

Reviewed Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Feb 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So delish, fresh and easy. Can definitely make ahead and assemble 1,2,3 before serving. I halved the recipe for just me and my husband and it was so filling. Served with some red wine, we didn't even want the spaghetti and meatballs I made for dinner. Followed recipe exactly, maybe added a touch more basil and pine nuts. Can't wait to serve to fr"

Reviewed Winter Vegetable Soup

Feb 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very easy, but it just tastes like a canned processed soup, used the immersion blender at the end a bit. Gave it 3 stars because it was so easy and pretty healthy."

Reviewed Winter Vegetable Soup

Feb 9, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very easy, but it just tastes like a canned processed soup, nothing fresh is in it. Used the immersion blender at the end a bit. Gave it 3 stars because it was so easy and pretty healthy."

Reviewed Chicken with Shallots

Jan 24, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

We were very pleasantly surprised and how yummy this was. Used boneless skinless chicken thighs, used only one juicy lemon, probably reduced the sauce for 8-9 minutes and added half and half instead of heavy cream. Didn't double sauce. Served with rice and roasted vegetables. Wish we had bread for the extra sauce. Excited to try this on pasta. Wi"

Reviewed Roast Beef with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce

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

Very easy to make but the bottom line, the roast is flavorless and tough. The sauce is nice, flavorful and desperately needed for the roast. "

Reviewed Braised Short Ribs

Oct 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Easy and awesome! Only change was using dried thyme instead of fresh. So glad to finally have a short rib recipe where the meat stays so tender and on the bone."

Reviewed Pasta Bolognese

Sep 11, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I feel bad giving it 4 stars, but it was a lot of work. That being said, it was very good. Better than any restaurant that we have ordered Bolognese. This recipe was enough for 3 dinners for my husband and I. Served it with fresh spagetti and will make again on a wintery Sunday when I have time again. It is a heavy pasta sauce. I probably us"

Reviewed Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Sep 2, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So great, used all the veggies I had on hand from the farm. Didn't have yellow peppers on hand, had some poblanos, so threw those in. Added the chopped garlic about 20 min. into roasting the veggies. Added some extra pine nuts and basil. Other than that, pretty much followed the recipe...
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Reviewed Herb-Roasted Fish

Aug 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect way to cook fish. I use whatever fresh herbs and olives I have on hand. Can make salmon for me and cod for my husband and have done so. Making this tonight for the 3rd time already. Sometimes I add a splash of white wine, if that's what we are drinking. Don't need the egg wash to seal the parchment paper, just fold it, maybe dab a touc"

Reviewed Herb-Roasted Fish

Aug 15, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Perfect way to cook fish. I use whatever fresh herbs and olives I have on hand. Can make salmon for me and cod for my husband and have done so. Making this tonight for the 3rd time already. Sometimes I add a splash of white wine, if that's what we are drinking. Don't need the egg wash to seal the parchment paper, just fold it, maybe dab a touc"

Reviewed Garlic Spaghetti

May 30, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Loved this. I always make the garlic oil and feel the pasta always needs more flavor. The butter and crushed tomatoes gave this another depth of flavor I really liked. Actually used a can of diced tomatoes, about 5 tbs of butter and added spicy chicken sausage to the pasta. Also served with a wedge of fresh parm cheese for grating. Always hav"

Reviewed Banana Bread

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

So easy and always have these ingredients on hand. Threw in some chocolate chips and a splash of vanilla. Used whole wheat flour and skim milk and it came out really well. Only baked for about 45 minutes."

Reviewed Banana Bread

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

So easy and always have these ingredients on hand. Threw in some chocolate chips and a splash of vanilla. Used whole wheat flour and it came out really well. Only baked for about 45 minutes."

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