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Reviewed Beef Stew with Caramelized Onions and Amber Lager

Oct 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've made this recipe several times and always loved it--it's my go to beef stew recipe. I always add some potatoes (because a nice hearty stew needs potatoes) and serve with bread. I use whatever beer we have in the fridge (sometimes it's an ale, sometimes a lager), and honestly can't detect a significant difference in the end result. "

Reviewed Orange Olive Oil Cake

Jun 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This cake is quick and easy, and uses only ingredients that I tend to have on hand regularly. The orange flavor is just right--definitely noticable, but not overpowering. The only change I made was to coat the greased pan with turbinado sugar instead of flour--it creates a nice sweet, crunchy crust. It's best eaten not long after it's made--it ten"

Reviewed Strawberry Bread with a Mixed Berry Compote and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Jun 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I only made the cake, which is quite tasty, but the strawberry flavor is much more subtle than I expected or hoped for, particularly considering how many strawberries went into the recipe. The cake is very moist--probably due to the strawberries--and developed a nice crust on the outside. I had just made a strawberry jam (Ina's with strawberries, "

Reviewed Hot Cross Buns

Apr 8, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I'm not very experienced with making yeast breads, but I was happy with the final results of these buns. They were a little drier than I would have preferred, but still very tasty. The lemon zest in the icing was the perfect touch. The only change I made was to omit the currants (we're not fans. Next time, I'll probably divide the dough into 16 r...

Reviewed Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Red Cabbage

Mar 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Loved this--the result was delicious and colorful, and the process was quick and easy. I didn't love the quantity of pans and bowls that it required to make, but it is definitely a dish that I will be making again. I paired it with our St. Patrick's Day Irish boiled dinner (from which I normally omit the cabbage) and it added a nice variety of co...

Reviewed Coconut Madeleines

Jan 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've tried a few madeleine recipes, and this is by far my favorite. The texture is nice and dense, and the bottom (pan side) developed a delicate crunch that I really like (I used Pam instead of butter). The only problem is that I love coconut and the 1/3 cup in this recipe just didn't bring the depth of coconut flavor that I would have liked. Ne...

Reviewed Flourless Chocolate Cake

May 15, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious. I followed the cake recipe exactly except that I substituted Kahlua for the Frangelico because it's what I had on hand. Texture and flavor were excellent--chocolately, but not too sweet. I had planned to make the ganache, but ran out of time. In the end, a little lightly sweetened whipped cream and dusting of powdered sugar were all tha"

Reviewed Baked Acorn Squash Filled with Italian Sausage and Rigatoni Pasta

Nov 13, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Loved this. The whole process takes a long time, but nothing about it is complicated. I used a spicy Italian sausage, which I highly recommend--it worked great against the other milder flavors. The sauce was too watery, so I simmered it for a while to reduce it, and it was delicious. Next time I'll take the other reviewers' advice and leave out the...

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