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Reviewed Mocha Meringue Bark

Dec 5, 2013 on

This was easy and delicious! For a sweet treat, this is on the light side, which is great during the Christmas season when everything seems so rich and heavy. I followed the directions exactly (except I forgot the pinch of salt in the egg whites, but they beat up nicely anyway). I used a silicone baking mat and had no issues with the meringue sticking....

Reviewed Lobster Mac and Cheese

Feb 22, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've always thought lobster mac and cheese was a weird concept but I got Ina's Foolproof cookbook for Christmas and it looked so delicious that I gave it a whirl. This was by far the best mac and cheese I've ever eaten. I halved the recipe, since it's just my husband and me. It still made a lot. I used two lobster tails and steamed them, then cube"

Reviewed Chicken Fajitas

Mar 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

These are delicious! There's quite a bit of prep work but it's worth it and the actual cooking time is pretty short.

A note on salt: some reviews find these too salty. This is a recurring issue with Nigella's recipes and I think it's because of the salt she uses. She calls for twice the amount of kosher salt as table salt. This...

Reviewed Lobster Pot Pie

Jan 28, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Delicious! I made it just as written. I agree that maybe the pearl onions could be reduced and the amount of lobster bumped up. And it would be a bit healthier with only a top crust. That crust may be the best part of the recipe! I'm a pretty decent cook but I CAN'T make pie crust to save my life. This worked like a dream. It was very easy to rol...

Reviewed Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis

Jan 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

We've been making these at Christmas for three years now and everyone loves them. They've become our house holiday libation. I mix them individually, using 1/4-1/3 fruit mixture and the rest sparkling water, champagne or Prosecco. I squeeze a little wedge of lime into each drink and then drop in the peel. Those who find them too sweet, just use l...

Reviewed My Mother's Praised Chicken

Jan 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was really good and made the house smell wonderful while it was cooking. It needed a fair amount of extra salt but that was the only adjustment I made. My husband had three bowlfuls! I had read swensonconnie-1's comment before I made the dish so I removed as much excess fat from the chicken as I could before cooking. Per Nigella's suggestion...

Reviewed Guinness Gingerbread

Nov 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is probably the best gingerbread I have ever made---or eaten! I found Lyle's Golden Syrup at a local supermarket in the British foods section. Love that it's made of real cane sugar, not corn sugar. This is amazingly moist, easy because of the preparation in a saucepan, and absolute perfection with a little sweetened whipped cream. Thank you...

Reviewed Party Poussins with Festive Couscous

Oct 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Talk about bang for your buck! This recipe has such a huge pay-off for the minimal effort it requires. I auditioned this tonight, thinking I will make it over Christmas when my daughters and their husbands are home. I definitely will! My husband loved it and so did I and it was absolutely beautiful to look at. As easy as it was, I think you could...

Reviewed Cornbread Topped Chili Con Carne

Oct 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I love this recipe. We make it every year for Super Bowl Sunday. It's so easy because you can make the chili the day before (it's better if you do), then just reheat, mix up the batter, and bake. The spicing is different than most "American" chilis but very delicious and little bit sophisticated. The cocoa makes a huge difference! The only things...

Reviewed Good Eats Roast Turkey

Oct 13, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I reviewed this recipe last year and my reaction was "meh." I thought I'd give it another try since other reviewers were so enthusiastic. I used this method to roast a turkey breast that was lurking in the freezer. MUCH better results! I halved the brine recipe. Used Knorr extra large vegetable broth cubes since the broth in cartons gets pretty e...

Reviewed Pantry Paella

Jan 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I had high hopes for this recipe but I was very disappointed. I gave it a full 20 minutes and the rice still wasn't cooked (I used Arborio). It was still crunchy on top and sticky below. The pork flavor just wasn't right with paella. And it was underseasoned. The recipe calls for "a pinch" of saffron but that was insufficient to either flavor or color...

Reviewed South Indian Vegetable Curry

Dec 31, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I hate it when people rate recipes they haven't made, but it's the only way to post a comment that I think might be helpful. I gave it the average rating it's earned to date so as not to distort things too much.
I think the quart of vegetable stock in the online recipe (and the American edition of Nigella Kitchen) is a mistake in the conversion...

Reviewed Good Eats Roast Turkey

Nov 6, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

This was a perfectly good turkey but I didn't find it as amazing as other reviewers here. And there are significant downsides. The half hour at 500 degrees makes a terrible mess in the oven; a self-cleaning oven is a must! The house will smell like scorched turkey drippings instead of roasting turkey for the entire cooking period. Prep is quick and...

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