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Replied to mocha chocolate icebox cake

Apr 15, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Once the cake sits overnight the cookies soften and become cake like. I wouldn't use graham crackers, it kind of defeats the purpose of the chocolate chip cookies. Good luck.

Reviewed roasted shrimp and orzo

Apr 11, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Although I'm really not a fan of fish, its good for me and I'm really trying to develop a liking. Since I live coconut shirmp and shrimp cocktail, I thought this would be a good starting point. This rendition didn't float my boat. I liked the orzo salad part of it, but the addition of the shrimp didn't do much for me. I think it may be my palate...

Reviewed lentil soup

Mar 22, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I've been on the search for healthy meatless dishes lately to expand our horizons. This was my first attempt at lentil soup and it was fantastic. I followed the directions exactly - always do the first time I make something - but wouldn't mess with this recipe a bit. A slice of crusty bread and this soup made a cozy dinner on a cold night. Thanks,...

Reviewed Cocoa Tinged Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

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

The flavor of this stew was terrific and completely different than a beef burgundy. While I adore that winey flavored gravy, the cocoa lent this one a real earthy, deep flavor. Completely different, but just as wonderful. Will definitely make this one again.""

Reviewed Toasted Israeli Couscous with Vegetables and Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Excellent salad for summer veggies! And the dressing is now my go-to dressing. No more bottled supermarket dressings for me. A good balsamic and fresh lemon juice are the key to really make this dressing sing."

Reviewed Instant Chocolate Cake

Apr 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Well, it was quick and chocolaty. I might try this again with a couple changes. Like subbing some of the milk with coffee to bring out more of the chocolate flavor and maybe use natural cocoa instead of dutch process and butter instead of oil. Worth fussing with the ingredients for a weeknight, but not special enough for company."

Reviewed Spinach-Ricotta Pesto Pasta with Crisp Prosciutto and Asparagus

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

Quite good for quick week-night one dish meal. Even though I tasted the Spinach Ricotta dip and it was tasty and the prosciutto and asparagus was tasty, when added to the pasta it was altogether a little bland. Added some Romano and a bit of black pepper to the final product and moved it up to tasty. Would make again and might even add some peas...

Reviewed Lemon Pepper Orzo

Apr 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

A delicious week night alternative to a long cooking risotto. This was sone while the pork chops finished in the oven. I agree with the comments regarding the use of one lemon's juice. Any more and it would have been too lemony. I also used half and half instead of cream. Definitely a keeper and will be a tasty addition to Easter dinner."

Reviewed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

I've been baking chocolate chip cookies of one kind or another for nearly 30 years. Combos of white sugar, brown sugar, shortning, butter, oil, and all different kinds of chocolate chips and chunks. I've been on a search for the perfect cookie for me - crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is it. Some recipes require chilling and waiting...

Reviewed Chicken Divan Egg Noodle Casserole

Mar 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This has all the flavor I remember from chicken divan 'back in the day'. Rachel sure has a knack for deconstructing a recipe and then reconstructing it for the better. That said, I made a LOT of pans dirty making this so beware, its not a 'one pot meal'. Hubby loves it, however, and it gets some veggies into him as well. I did add some of the...

Reviewed Butternut Squash Lasagna

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

this lasagna is quite tasty. However the instructions are not quite right. If you put one third of the squash mixture on the first layer of noodles, you can't make THREE MORE exact layers as 12 noodles would indicate. If the last layer is just sauce and cheese - as it would be in most tradtional red sauce lasagnes - that's ok, but the instructions...

Reviewed Butternut Squash Lasagna

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

this lasagna is quite tasty. However the instructions are not quite right. If you put one third of the squash mixture on the first layer of noodles, you can't make THREE MORE exact layers. If the last layer is just sauce and cheese - as it would be in most tradtional red sauce lasagnes - that's ok, but the instructions don't say that. That's the...

Reviewed Butternut Squash Lasagna

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

this lasagna is quite tasty. However the instruction are not quite right. If you put one third of the squash mixture on the first layer of noodles, you can't make THREE MORE exact layers. If the last layer is just sauce and cheese - as it would be in a tradtional red sauce lasagne - that's ok, but the instructions don't say that. That's the only...

Reviewed Italian Wedding Soup

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

Excellent! This soup was perfect for a cold winter evening and is certainly a full meal with some crusty bread along side. I didn't find any dill in the market so I used basil instead. I also ended up with 50 meatballs instead of 40. It had a wonderful flavor and makes enough to feed an army.

Reviewed Orechiette with Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone

Jan 31, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I've had this one saved to my recipe box for a long while and decided to finally make it last night. We thought it was quite tasty and really fast for a weeknight meal. Though I normally like to make something as written the first time and then change it up, I did make a couple changes right from the start based on comments here. I used the spicy...

Reviewed Florentines

Dec 20, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These cookies will make you look like a professional. I, too, over baked the first sheet pan the first time out, but once you get the hang of it and get a good feel for how your oven treats these cookies, they are beautiful. I used 3/4 teaspoon of dough for each cookie and baked for 6 to 7 minutes and they're great. Good job, Giada, keep them ...

Reviewed Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp

Dec 19, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Raises a simple 'crisp' to a whole new level. The apple/pear combo really elevates this old fashioned stand-by to gourmet, restaurant quality. So yummy and satisfying. I did reduce the sugar in the fruit mixture as I used an apple called Honeycrisp. Quite sweet while staying crisp and firm. A beautiful dessert that goes with any entree or guest...

Reviewed Beef Short Ribs

Dec 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Let me first say I love Ina's recipes and have yet to find one that wasn't spectacular. Maybe that set the bar too high for me with this dish. It was ok, but not really what I was hoping for. Even though I hit the sauce with the stick blender at the end, it was not the smooth, tasty, more gravy-like sauce I was looking for. I've now tried both...

Reviewed Double Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Nov 14, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I kept looking back to the recipe to see if it really WAS as simple as it appeared! I did have to take out and put in the pork chops a couple times as the instant read thermometer wasn't quite where it was supposed to be for pork. The timing on this recipe may be a little off - mine were no where near done in the time indicated on the recipe. The...

Reviewed Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Nov 12, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Tastes very sophisticated - simple flavors and each one plays a part. I know capers are traditional in Chicken Piccata, but I'm not a fan so I left them out. Also added a bit of Parmigiano cheese at the end. Nice quick weeknight dinner. I've made it twice now and the second time with leftover chicken breast and it still tasted wonderful.

Reviewed Smoked Almond Turtles

Oct 27, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

The flavor of these is absolutely yummy, but getting the texture correct is the tough part. I, too, used mini muffin tin, but think next time, i'll let the caramels cool completely, pop them out and put the chocolate on the opposite side. There just doesn't seem to be enough chocolate otherwise!

Reviewed Orechiette with Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone

Oct 20, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

I've had this one saved to my recipe box for a long while and decided to finally make it last night. We thought it was quite tasty and really fast for a weeknight meal. Though I normally like to make something as written the first time and then change it up, I did make a couple changes right from the start based on comments here. I used the spicy...

Reviewed Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake

Oct 20, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Wow! this was tasty and fast and looked really special. While the Ducth Baby was in the oven I put a chopped up apple with some butter, cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup in a pan - what a topping! Hubby is still wondering why he got this 'special breakfast'. I will definitely make this again.

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