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Reviewed Lentil Quinoa Salad

Aug 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Very good salad. The quinoa took about 13 mins in microwave. Next time I will toast in pan and cook on stove since I think this will help to give the quinoa more flavor. The dressing was very tasty but I feel the salad would have been fine with about 3/4 of it. I did not have the lentils but had a can of organic garbanzo beans and they worked wel...

Reviewed Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts

Aug 2, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Excellent! I substituted toasted sliced almonds for the pine nuts, shallots for the onions since they have a milder taste, and lowered the amt of parsley to 1/4 cup. The recipe turned out wonderful. It was full of flavor. Even my 9 year old daughter took a second helping !!! Will definitely make again. It is a good base to do different variations....

Reviewed Wilted Chard

Jul 11, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

i wanted to make red swiss chard but could not remember how my mother did hers. even though i knew this prep was different i tried it. i left out the nutmeg since i do not like it in savory dishes. it turned out great. cooking for the 10-15 mins reduced the bitterness. even my husband and youngest son liked it and that is saying alot. will definat"

Reviewed White Chili

Jun 9, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

This was ok. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. One clove of garlic is not enough. I added 2 but feel with the amount of beans and turkey, it needs at least 3. Also, it seemed more like a thick soup then a chili. If I make this again, I will take a half can of the cannellini beans and puree with some chicken broth to make a slurry. It really needed"

Reviewed Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise

Jun 1, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

Too Salty! I read some previous reviews and decided to cut the salt in half but it was still too much. I tried to add another egg yolk and some more lemon juice but it didn't help. I will try this again but next time more lemon juice and some additional cayenne (a pinch is not enough)and start with 1/4 of the salt and work up."

Reviewed Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Jan 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

I was very surprised by such a wide range of reviews re: this recipe. I needed a corn bread for dinner and decided to try this one. The ratio, as described by others, of 1:1 is what I went with and I feel that was a mistake. By adding additional cornmeal and not increasing the liquid, as well as, letting the cornbread mixture sit 20 mins before baking,...

Reviewed Company Pot Roast

Nov 30, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on

The taste was very good, however, after all the prep and cook time that this requires, I was expecting more. I used a regular chuck roast and not the prime she requested but I do not feel this made a difference. I may try it one more time with a different cut of meat.

Reviewed Gina's Pumpkin Cheesecake

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

Made for Thanksgiving and was a little disappointed. The taste was good but I felt it was a little sweet. I compared it to other similar recipes and this one had the most sugar. In addition, the water bath is suppose to stop the cake from cracking but it cracked anyway. The foil added to outside did not stop the water from seeping into the crust....

Reviewed Homemade Gravy

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

Terrific! I made it for Thanksgiving with Ina's roast turkey. This was the first time I made my own gravy and the taste was great. I did not have the cognac so I had to skip that but did add the heavy cream and wine. My kids do not like chucks of onion in the gravy so I strained it before serving. My only advice would be to taste before salting and...

Reviewed Perfect Roast Turkey

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

Wonderful!! The couple changes I made were lowering temp to 325 and to add can of chicken broth and 1/2 cup white wine to roasting pan. If you don't I find the little amount of drippings in the beginning starts to burn. Regarding the temp, I saw her make a turkey on tv and that is the temp she used. It was also the temp directed on the turkey packaging....

Reviewed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Oct 15, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

Thanks again Ina! I have never found a turkey recipe I like. Having had a 8 lb turkey breast in my freezer since that Christmas I decided to finally make it. I found this recipe and gave it a try. It worked great. However, like others, the 1 cup of wine did dry up. I ended up using 2 cups wine and 2 small cans of chicken broth. Even though she does...

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