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Reviewed homemade hot giardiniera

Oct 27, 2014 on

I've made this twice, once exactly per the recipe and once with a 50-50 oil and vinegar base. I have not found it to be too salty, but I did rinse it thoroughly as indicated. It's beautiful and worth a bit of time to make. However, there is just something missing in the flavor. It's a little flat and I can't quite put my finger on why. This...

Favorited Applesauce Apple Tart

Apr 30, 2014 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Easy Pastry Shop Apple Tart

Apr 30, 2014 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Mustard-Roasted Potatoes Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Apr 9, 2014 on

I am considering this for Easter so I thought I'd try a batch tonight. I followed the recipe exactly as written (50 mins. bake time), and these were terrific. Great flavor and attractive appearance. It's nice to get something special out of such simple ingredients. Like other reviewers, some of my onions burned a bit. This recipe might have to...

Reviewed ab's chili powder

Mar 9, 2014 on

I made this strictly according to the recipe, with the exception of subbing guajillos for the cascabels (couldn't find them). I started with a mini prep food processor to grind but switched to my coffee/spice grinder with better results. The chili powder was excellent, with beautiful color, deep flavor and medium heat. Using good ingredients will...

Reviewed baked fontina

Jan 31, 2014 on

I made this on NY''s Day, following the recipe exactly. It's quite easy to make, smells great and looks beautiful. The flavor is excellent. It is a bit expensive if you buy good cheese (I got mine at Whole Foods). I have one minor complaint -- after 5-10 minutes the cheese will become quite firm and will no longer serve easily. You can't dip...

Favorited Strawberry Galette

Jul 1, 2013 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Jan 6, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is an easy and excellent chicken salad. It's like many of Ina's recipes, good quality, simple ingredients that produce great flavor. However, be advised that the salt is WAY too much, to the point of being inedible. Ina tends to be pretty aggressive in her seasoning, but this one almost seems to be a typo. Use S&P to taste, or you may be "

Reviewed Fruitcake Cookies

Dec 20, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I am a big fan of Ina's recipes and will be making several for the holidays. However, I have to concur with a previous reviewer that described these as dull and lacking sweetness. The flavor just isn't there. Technically, they were simple to prepare and have a lovely appearance. They would certainly look beautiful on a holiday cookie plate. I"

Reviewed Honey Pistachio Biscotti

Dec 17, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I've made 2 batches of these biscotti, and they do have a very nice flavor. On both occasions the center of the log was raw after the first bake of 25 minutes. They did cook completely after the second bake. These cookies are exceptionally hard to slice, and on each batch I ended up with 8-10 intact biscotti, while the rest broke into pieces. "

Reviewed Sourdough Bread Stuffing

Nov 25, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I doubled this to serve 12 on TDay. I bought 2 sourdough loaves from Whole Foods, and used about 1.5 of them. I followed the recipe exactly as written. I served a very good dinner, probably the best I have done, and the stuffing received the most compliments. We ate nearly all of it, and my family members that took home leftovers claimed the r"

Reviewed Frozen Lemonade Pie

Sep 7, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This is a snap to make and is truly terrific. I'm sure this will be a summertime staple for me. I did use a pre-made crust, something I rarely do, and it worked really well. I'd recommend the Keebler Ready Crust. Make sure to get the larger size, labelled "2 Extra Servings". Otherwise you will have leftover filling. You can also transfer the"

Reviewed Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes

Aug 21, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

For something so simple this was terrific. I served it for a casual Sunday dinner. I broiled and chopped the peppers over coffee in the morning to save a bit of time. I used 3 sausages (instead of 2), and finished with 4 oz. of goat cheese. The goat cheese added a very nice flavor to the final product. Very easy to prepare and A+ results."

Reviewed Italian Plum Tart

Aug 5, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was terrific. Like many of Ina's recipes it's a simple preparation with basic ingredients, but somehow results in wonderful flavor and presentation. I did manage to find Italian plums, but didn't use the liqueur, instead adding some raspberry preserves. I did botch the dough slightly, getting a paste/batter instead of crumbs, but while thi"

Reviewed Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

May 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I made these strictly by the recipe, and they are terrific as everyone else has stated. The video is also helpful if you care to watch it. Many of my favorite recipes are also the simplest, and this one is as simple as it gets. It can also be used as a baseline for your own variations, using seasonal fruit spreads, chopped nuts, or whatever you"

Favorited Barley, Bean and Vegetable Soup

Dec 11, 2011 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Favorited Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Dec 11, 2011 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Nov 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

A+ tomato soup. This is a perfect example of what I like about Ina's cooking -- simple, good-quality ingredients, great flavor and a lovely presentation. I used a 4 oz clamshell pkg of basil to get 4 cups of leaves. I have always been unsure about washing basil leaves, but since I was using so much I did soak them briefly and ran them through ...

Reviewed Pumpkin Bread

Oct 19, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I prepared this with 50-50 AP flour and KA white whole wheat. Shredding the fresh pumpkin took me about 30 minutes. I bought an 8" diameter "pie pumpkin" and used approx. 2/3's of it to get 3c. The toasted pumpkin seeds were a very nice addition; I believe the criticisms made in some reviews were due to using unshelled seeds. In the video you ca...

Reviewed Spicy Bean Soup

Oct 16, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I made this soup because I liked the ingredient list and it looked like a healthy dish. The recipe produced about 6 quarts of soup, and by my estimates about 160 calories per cup (YMMV). It's very simple to make. I gave it only 3 stars because I just can't get past the harsh flavor. For my palate it is just too much, despite my fondness for s...

Reviewed Zucchini Bread

Oct 8, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Typically when I attempt a recipe for the first time, I follow it as written. But I was looking for a zucchini bread recipe that was a bit healthier, and I liked this one, so I made two changes. I used 50-50 AP flour and white whole wheat flour (both King Arthur), and replaced the sugar with Splenda Sugar Blend. Worked perfectly and disappe...

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