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Reviewed Guacamole

May 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This guacamole is SO good it's hard to believe how simple the recipe is. I love cilantro so I added a chopped handful. It sounds strange to add lemon juice to guacamole instead of lime juice but it really does taste delicious! Will be my go to recipe, but I still do want to try making it Alton Brown's way. "

Reviewed Cinnamon Twists with Cardamom-Honey Dipping Sauce

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

These were okay. They looked a lot better on TV. I didn't care for the dipping sauce, it tasted like sour honey which did not appeal to me but then again, I'm not very big on the flavor of honey to begin with. The bottoms of my cinnamon twists burned pretty badly and the insides didn't seem fully cooked but I used wax paper instead of parchment pa"

Reviewed Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

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

The sauce is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Tilapia is a staple for my family so I will definitely be re-making this recipe. I'm not sure if broiling the fish was the best way for me to cook it because my fillets were much thicker than the ones in the video so they took a long time to cook through in the broiler. Next time I will proba...

Reviewed Cantaloupe and Mint Granita

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

Way way way WAY too sweet! I couldn't even believe the recipe suggested to add even MORE sugar after blending the ingredients! It definitely didn't need any more sugar and in fact could have used less. I also found it difficult to scrape up a serving size, you really have to work at it. I don't think I will even try to make this again. I love ca...

Reviewed Southwest Turkey Burgers

Feb 27, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm usually not very impressed with Rachel Ray's recipes but this one is a winner! Super delicious and healthy too. Easy to make. I served these with Parmesan steak fries and it was a perfect meal. It was a little bit spicy for me so next time I will reduce the amount of hot sauce or just leave it out completely. These burgers will become a regul...

Reviewed Orange Banana Smoothie

Feb 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is a good basic smoothie recipe. I like it because it's very versatile, you can add ingredients or substitute ingredients if you don't like the ones she used but I made it as written and it was delicious. I'm not sure smoothie is really the right word for it though since it doesn't come out very thick or cold for that matter but it does say ...

Reviewed Chicken Parm Meatball Subs

Feb 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm usually very disappointed with Rachael Ray's recipes but this one was actually pretty good, but I should point out that I didn't cook her marinara sauce because it sounded weird to me so I just used my favorite jarred marinara sauce and it came out delicious. I had been craving meatball subs for a long time and this recipe hit the spot. Very ...

Reviewed Sauteed Onions and Peppers

Feb 23, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

So delicious and so versatile! I served this on chicken sausages that I bought from Trader Joes along with some fries and it was such a quick, easy and delicious meal. I also used red wine vinegar with a pinch of sugar and it came out delicious. I was able to find tomato puree at my local grocery store. Hunt's makes it so it should pretty easy to...

Reviewed Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Feb 13, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious and healthy soup! I'm surprised Giada didn't include any garlic though, I think I will add some next time. Also make sure you really use a big pot so you can fit all the ingredients. It may look like 4 cups of broth isn't going to be enough but I only needed to add maybe 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup extra after the simmer time but I prefer my sou...

Reviewed Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Feb 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! So fresh tasting and simple. The only down side is you do sort of have to babysit the potatoes and you really do need to turn them twice during the baking time otherwise they burn. It's totally worth it though in my opinion. Easy enough for a weeknight side dish but tasty enough to serve to guests. Ina never disappoints! ""

Reviewed Portobello Burgers with Roasted Pepper Paste and Smoked Mozzarella

Feb 10, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm always skeptical of Rachael Ray's recipes because I'm never happy with the outcome and this recipe was no different. The burgers were difficult to eat and the red pepper paste made the buns soggy. It ended up being a knife and fork sort of burger. If you're a vegetarian I guess this recipe is an okay burger replacement but if you're a regular...

Reviewed Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Feb 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious muffins and surprisingly easy! I don't know why the difficulty level is intermediate because the recipe was very easy to follow. The only thing that was a major pain in the butt was chopping the cranberries because they roll all over the cutting board! I used an ice cream scooper to spoon the batter into the muffin pan and they came out...

Reviewed Thai Iced Tea

Jan 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I agree with others that this doesn't taste like the iced tea you get at Thai restaurants but it's still pretty darn good! I took advice from other reviewers and reduced the sugar. I only added a 1/4 cup of sugar instead of a 1/2 cup and it was plenty sweet for me! I will definitely make again!""

Reviewed Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Cream Cheese Bagels

Jan 31, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

SO delicious!! I LOVE vegetable cream cheese but never buy it because Philadelphia doesn't make a reduced fat version. Now I can just buy plain reduced fat cream cheese and make my own vegetable cream cheese! I did not use the smoked salmon because I really don't like salmon so my review is just for the cream cheese alone. I didn't use an electri...

Reviewed CHICKEN KORMA

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

Very tasty, quick and easy to make! I do wish that it had more sauce. I think next time I'll double all the ingredients except for the chicken and onions.""

Reviewed Barbara Bush's Mushroom Quiche

Jan 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This recipe needs some serious tweaking. I agree with others that the spices were a little overbearing so they need to be cut down. Definitely cut down on the amount of mushrooms!! When I tried a slice of mine, it was all mushroom and hardly any egg!! I wanted a quiche with mushrooms in it but instead it seemed like more of a mushroom tart becaus...

Reviewed Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Dec 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This risotto was okay but way too cheesy for my taste and I LOVE Gorgonzola cheese but it's a very strong cheese so 3/4 cup of Gorgonzola was just too much, it was all I tasted in the risotto. I was hoping it would taste more "mushroomy". I think I'll look for a different mushroom risotto recipe rather than make this one again but if you do make ...

Reviewed Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Nov 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This cranberry sauce definitely beats the canned stuff. I used spenda instead of regular sugar but next time I will just use regular sugar because it was a little too sweet with the splenda. I ended up having to mash some of the cranberries with a wooden spoon because I didn't want it quite as chunky as it turned out but despite that, it was stil...

Reviewed Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus

Nov 25, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

SO flavorful and moist! Best turkey we've ever had. Not too much work and a great result. My mom was SO apprehensive to try this recipe because she was worried that if it was bad Thanksgiving would be ruined but boy was she glad we tried it! Will definitely make this our usual turkey recipe every year! I used the pan juices in gravy but I cheated...

Reviewed Pat's Famous Beef and Pork Chili

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

This chili was very good! But I do agree with another reviewer who said it was a safe chili. Nothing extraordinary but still very good! I didn't have beer on hand so I just used water and it still tasted great but I'm sure it would have tasted even better if I had beer. I tasted the chili before I simmered it for an hour and half and it was extre...

Reviewed Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash

Nov 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

WOW. Delicious and not too difficult to make which was a great surprise. I used half the amount of butter and it still tasted rich and delicious! I think 6 cups of broth was kind of overkill, next time I will use 4 or 5 cups at the most. I had barely a pinch of saffron left in my spice cabinet so I didn't use the full teaspoon but it still tasted...

Reviewed Pea Pesto Crostini

Nov 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very delicious and UNBELIEVABLY easy! Great for a party/entertaining. Will make again. It was a little salty (Giada tends to over salt in her recipes) so I would start with half a teaspoon of salt and add salt to taste from there.""

Reviewed BBQ Chicken Pizza

Nov 6, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Very good pizza recipe! Easy, delicious, and simple. It will definitely be one of my regular go to recipes.""

Reviewed Orange Sugar Fried Donut Holes

Oct 21, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

These tasted great and I love that it didn't require a ton of ingredients. However, I did have trouble frying them as some of them didn't cook all the way through but I think that was because I didn't have a candy thermometer to make sure that the oil was at the correct temperature. But the ones that cooked properly tasted delicious! I used a zip...

Reviewed Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Oct 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tasted good but didn't really taste anything like cornbread in my opinion. It also didn't taste very much like jalapenos. It's a tasty bread but not a very good stand alone cornbread recipe. ""

Reviewed Baked Corn Pudding

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

A yummy easy side dish for any meal!""

Reviewed Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream

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

THESE ARE SO GOOD!! One of my favorite meals to make and really easy too! The hardest part is filling and rolling the tortillas and even that doesn't take up too much time. The avocado cream is to die for I make it sometimes and just eat it with tortilla chips. Using the rotisserie chicken is such a great shortcut. They make great leftovers too. ...

Reviewed Pea and Pesto Soup

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

Such a delicious and easy soup! I always whip it up for lunch with a little side salad and I'm all set! Very comforting on those cold rainy days.""

Reviewed Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

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

This soup is SO GOOD! My only complaint is it can be a little labor intensive and requires a lot of ingredients that I don't normally have on hand but it's worth it if you only indulge in it once in a while. It would be much faster if you didn't have to make the mushroom stock but it really does add that extra special touch.""

Reviewed Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip

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

This is such a great healthy alternative to other more fattening dips. Definitely recommend making for a quick easy and healthy snack!""

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