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Reviewed free range fruitcake

21 hours ago on FoodNetwork.com

This is the 2nd year I've made Mr. Brown's fruitcake, it is the best recipe I have ever tried. Today I baked 5 mini loaves, tomorrow I'll be making 5 more. I add 1 tea of vanilla & 1 TB of molasses but everything else is kept the same :-)

Reviewed pumpkin pie

Monday 7 days ago on FoodNetwork.com

I've always make sweet potato pies instead of pumpkin, the day before I bake enough sweet potatoes to equal 2 cups. I add 2 TB soft butter, 1 TB molasses, 1 TB bourbon, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of half & half, 1/2 cup of brown sugar & 1/4 cup of sugar & 1 tea of vanilla & of course the spices. Adding an extra cup of...

Reviewed Brisket with Carrots and Onions Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I baked two briskets today but only had 1 can of tomato juice so I added chicken stock. It was so good, this recipe is a keeper :-)

Reviewed Potato Basil Frittata Squares Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Unlike most of the people who are gripping about new format I actually tried this recipe & found it to be very good. I did make a few changes. I didn't have riccotta cheese so I used sour cream & soft cream cheese & also added sauted veggies, I grated fresh nutmeg & a spash of hot sauce, dried herbs worked for me since that's all...

Reviewed mustard chicken salad

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I'm so glad I make it a habit to read all the reviews before trying Ina's recipes. Although their good, sometimes she uses too much salt. I made this today & used non fat plain greek yogurt for mayo & cut the salt down to 1/2 tea.

Reviewed Warm French Lentils

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I like lentils but this dish didn't work for me, when I put everything together it tasted like paste. I always cut back on salt on all of Ina's recipes, I've noticed using too much salt in her cooking is a common complaint others share too.

Reviewed Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These are my husband favorite cookies! Since there's a candy bar in recipe I cut back on both sugars to 1/2 cup each & I added 1 more tea of vanilla. I flatten down the dough a little before baking & only baked for 9 minutes. One of our local stores sells this cookies for $7.99 a doz. Great recipe

Reviewed Dijon Maple Glazed Spiral Ham

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I used this recipe last Easter & for this year's Christmas ham, I followed others advise & replaced apple juice for water. This is my go to recipe :-)

Reviewed Free Range Fruitcake

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I made this yesterday & made a few changes. I added 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tea vanilla & a TB of molasses. I didn't have any rum so soaked dried fruit in red wine, it was a big hit with my family, great recipe :-)

Reviewed Homemade BBQ Sauce

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

After reading other reviews I didn't add chipotle but did add a squirt of chili sauce, it tasted good with short ribs I cooked in the crock pot. I won't be buying anymore bar b q sauces anytime soon :-)

Reviewed Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

I baked the blondies today, although they were good next time I'll add a TB of flour to choc chips before adding them to the batter, they sank to the buttom.

Reviewed Confetti Corn

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"Wish I could give this recipe 10 stars, it was really good! Willamette valley corn is at its peak now, 4 ears was plenty for my hubby and me. GREAT RECIPE :-"

Reviewed Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I've been making these doughnuts for years & suggest the following changes for better results. 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cake flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tea soda, 2 tea baking powder, 1/4 tea salt, 1/2 tea cinn, 1/4 tea freshly grated nutmeg & 3/4 cup of buttermilk. I use prepared mini muffin pans, bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. While still warm r"

Reviewed Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I've been making these doughnuts for years & suggest the following changes for better results. 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cake flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tea soda, 2 tea baking powder, 1/4 tea salt, 1/2 tea cinn, 1/4 tea freshly grated nutmeg & 3/4 cup of buttermilk. I use prepared mini muffin pans, bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. While still warm roll "

Reviewed Banana Caramel Cream Pie

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 on Cooking Channel

"Yesterday I made this pie & followed suggested of one review by adding an extra TB of cornstarch & 1/2 cup of less milk, after 7 hrs in the fridge it still came out runny. This recipe was a complete waste of ingredients & time. Do to poor ratings of the crust & caramel sauce I made a graham cracker crust, it was the only thing that was good abou"

Reviewed Banana Caramel Cream Pie

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 on Cooking Channel

"I made this today & took advise of other viewers & added an extra Tb of cornstarch & 1/2 less milk, it's been in fridge for almost two hrs & filling hasn't set up yet :-(. I'll keep looking for that perfect banana cream pie"

Reviewed Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"This was very, very good! I took advise from others and didn't use orange zest or juice, I also added an 1/2 Tb of cornstarch. Next time I'll add a tad bit of more sugar. This recipe screamed summer :-)"

Reviewed Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I liked the smell & taste of the cookie BUT they came out thin & dry only after 9 mins in the oven. I'll keep looking for that perfect choc chip cookie :-/"

Reviewed Green Beans with Mushroom and Shallots

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 on Cooking Channel

"This was a good dish but it took longer to cook then what was stated. I cooked green beans in the microwave for 6 mins then simmered it on the stove top for about 7-8 mins or til it was fork tender, I added fresh garlic. I didn't have fresh mushrooms so used canned. It had great flavor & color :-) "

Reviewed Strawberry Muffins

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"These were good but not very healthy with all the butter & sugar. Thankfully, I read reviews before making these muffins, like so many others I found ways cutting out fat & reduce sugar while keeping the taste. I used 2 cups of flour & 1 cup of cake flour, reduced sugar to 1/2 cup, added salt & vanilla. I only used 1/2 cup of melted butter & 1/2"

Reviewed Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"Loved, loved, LOVED these cookies! I made the following changes: chilled the dough over night, formed the balls then put 'em in the fridge for 10 mins before filling. Baked for 14 mins. If you chill dough before baking, cookies wont spread. I also added 1/4 tea of almond extract. I didn't have chambord or kirch, fresh lemon zest/juice is the k"

Reviewed Dijon Maple Glazed Spiral Ham

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I just made this for Easter, wish I could give it more then 5 stars! I followed the advise of some viewers & used apple juice for water, it had a wonderful flavor. I also studded ham w/whole cloves, this is a keeper :-"

Reviewed Winter Minestrone and Garlic Bruschetta

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I have a pot of this soup on, it smells amazing! I made the following changes. I soaked navy beans over night then brought them to boil & let it sit for 45 mins. I used dried herbs, kale for spanich & whole wheat noodles, added green beans, can't wait until soup is ready. "

Reviewed Sunday Morning Oatmeal

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"This turned out really good! I made a batch for my hubby in the evening, put it in the frige and the next day he had a bowl. Since it needed to sit over night I passed on the banana but did add raisins, cinnamon was a nice touch. I cooked the oatmeal longer then what recipe stated, it took about 6-7 mins to get thick, worth the wait. I also ad"

Reviewed Roasted Salmon Nicoise Platter

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I personally don't eat fish but my hubby does. I made this today for him & had a lot of fun putting everything together. My oldest daughter said it had the "wow factor"! I added roasted veggies & whole peperoncinies. It looks and smells amazing :-)"

Reviewed Stracotto (Pot Roast with Porcini Mushrooms

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"I made this for dinner tonight. Not sure if I bought an old roast from our local store, it turned out like shoe leather :-(. Thankfully I added potatoes and carrots so it wasn't a total loss, broth was amazing. "

Reviewed Apple Crostata

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"This recipe is good and easy to follow however, I feel the orange zest over powers the apples so I leave it out. I add 1/3 cup of brown sugar & 1/3 cup of white sugar to the filling. It takes longer to bake then recipe states, whenever I've baked one it takes anywhere between 40-45 mins. Every time apples are on sale my hubby knows he'll be gett"

Reviewed Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 on FoodNetwork.com

"My hubby has never been a fan of cornbread but jumps for joy when ever I make Ina's cornbread. The other night it was cold out so I made a pot of navy bean soup and a batch of this cornbread minus the peppers, there isn't much left. The cornbread stands up to chilli, soups and doesn't crumble like so many cornbreads do. Thanks for the recipe, i"

Reviewed Fish Taco

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 on FoodNetwork.com

"I don't like sea food but my husband and oldest daughter does. I made this tonight for dinner, got rave reviews. The recipe was easy to follow and smelled really good. I cooked fish on one side for 3 minutes, flipped it then covered it with foil and turned off heat until dinner was ready. Alton, thanks for the great recipe :-)"

Reviewed Cranberry Fruit Conserve

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 on FoodNetwork.com

"I just made this twice in the past week. For the 2nd batch I only used lemon zest/juice, orange was waaay to strong. I also added 1/2 tea of cinnamon. It takes longer to cook then recipe states but it's still a winner, it adds a lot of flavor to turkey sandwiches. I froze 6 bags of fresh cranberries and will probably freeze a couple more. Ina,"

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