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Reviewed grilled fig and stilton salad with port wine vinaigrette

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Excellent salad. Makes a good amount of dressing so can be refrigerated and used later too. The blue cheese pairs wonderfully well with this.

Reviewed lamb shanks with sweet potato risotto and serrano vinegar sauce

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Amazing!!! Didn't make the risotto (not a fan of sweet potatoes) but the lamb recipe is perfect and delicious. I used 3/4 of each serrano but included all the seeds. It was the perfect amount of spice. Cooked 2 1/2 hours and held well.

Reviewed Affogato with Chuck's Coffee Cigars

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 on Cooking Channel

"Fantastic. Here are a few tips on the cookies - make sure you get the lumps out of the batter. I strained the batter through a sieve and presto- no lumpy flour. I made my cookies with 1 tablespoon of batter, so they were closer to the size of a cigar. The cooking time was the same for the larger ones because the batter just spreads out. I use"

Favorited Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 in Recipes on Cooking Channel

Reviewed Herb and Blue Cheese Croquembouche with Walnut Honey and Port Syrup

Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Beautiful appetizer (great with wine/champagne) but needs to be completed relatively last minute. Puffs should be made small.

Reviewed Mini German Pancakes with Apple-Calvados Caramel Sauce

Sunday, May 11, 2014 on Cooking Channel

"This was fantastic! I made it for Mother's Day Brunch, and they were a hit! They puff up so tall. I was able to keep them in the oven and keep them puffed (with the oven off) for a few minutes while I finished off the rest of the sauce and some of our other food preparations, but they do collapse quite a bit once they are out of the oven. "

Reviewed lemon curd tart with fresh blueberries

Sunday, May 11, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Delicious! I couldn't believe how easy this was. Made this for Mother's Day 2014. Didn't use the whipped cream on top - just the blueberries. So pretty and easy. As some recommended I used Paula Deen's crust (from her fresh fruit tart) and it was good (similar to a shortbread crust), but I think I may try another more traditional tart crust next...

Reviewed shrimp and beef skewers with soy and scallion butter

Sunday, May 11, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Terrific! Made just the beef skewers as this was part of a larger meal and we already had too much stuff to eat. The scallion butter is AMAZING! Next time I will make the shrimp and mushrooms too and serve as appetizer. Recipe says to just serve with the sliced butter, but better if you slather the butter on the warm grill meats so it is all ...

Reviewed Moist Roasted Whole Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Basil and Oregano

Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 on FoodNetwork.com

"Fantastic! I never made a whole fish before and this turned out spectacular. My store didn't have Snapper so I got Branzino which is smaller but I adjusted the cooking time a bit and it was flawless. So moist and delicious. This is now my go-to recipe for fish."

Reviewed Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 on Cooking Channel

"Fantastic! The goat cheese is a must for this recipe - it takes it to the next level. This was SO delicious! And the Naan bread goes great with it. I'm taking the leftovers and adding them to eggs in the morning for breakfast - love this!""

Reviewed Fennel Puree

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Sorry, I normally love Giada's recipes, but this one just didn't do it for me. It turned into a gloopy tasteless mess. I LOVE fennel, but this really had such a subtle fennel flavor, and didn't really have much flavor at all. I won't make this again - next time will go back to Tyler's Parsnip and Potato puree, which has much more flavor. ""

Reviewed Olive Bites

Monday, Sep 5, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"More than just 1 bite for me. Very good, but I guess my stuffed olives (stuffed with garlic) must have been a bit large, because the amount of dough only made about 8 of these. They were about the size of golf balls, but tasty (I took Claire's advice and added a 6th ingredient - a bit of cayenne). The dough was very light and flaky, and the rec""

Reviewed Beer Braised Chicken

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"I usually love Claire's recipes - I found this one to be just OK. It was really lacking some depth of flavor. Beer note: don't use a bitter beer or your chicken will taste bitter. We used a Stout, and had to add some honey in order to take the edge off the bitterness. Next time I'll stick to braising my chicken in red wine.""

Reviewed Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Great recipe, and flexible too. I used snapper instead of the salmon, and didn't have agave nectar so I just drizzled a little (very little) honey on the fish before cooking. The citrus salsa is wonderful - make sure to use a slotted spoon when adding the salsa to your fish so you don't get too much liquid on your plate. I'll definitely be maki""

Reviewed Grilled Romaine Salad with Spicy Caesar Dressing

Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Awesome! The dressing had just enough spice. I will definitely make this again - it's a keeper!"

Reviewed Grilled Flat Bread Topped with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Mascarpone and Crunchy Red Grapes

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Phenomenal!! Word of caution - this is very rich. I wasn't sure about adding grapes to this - sounded a little bizarre, but this turned out amazing. The grapes added a nice sweet crunch. The flat bread is gorgeous, and so delicious. This was the hit of the superbowl. I will definitely make this again for a party.

Reviewed Rack of Lamb with Mint-Basil Pesto

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Great! The pesto is easy to make ahead of time and just chill, completely covered with plastic wrap. I cut the chops and broiled them per Giada's suggestion and they turned out delicious as "lamb lollipops". Next time I may try to grill them up on a hot pan so they get more color. Overall these were tender and delicious, and would make a great party dish.

Reviewed Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Excellent brunch dish. I was a little worried about the amount of oil, but this recipe had less than others so I decided to give it a try. You really do drain off most of the oil, so it doesn't come out tasting greasy. Next time I may serve with a little sour cream on the side. Terrific and very hearty.

Reviewed Grilled and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Gorgonzola

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 on FoodNetwork.com

"Delicious. I don't like turkey sausage so I substituted mild italian sausage, and I used panko breadcrumbs. The stuffing was phenomenal. I used crimini mushrooms (baby portobellos) instead of the large ones, and they were a bit hard to stuff but you can pop them in your mouth for a scrumptious little bite. Next time I will definitely use the larger portobellos and serve them with a knife/fork. This made a lot of stuffing, so the next day I mixed it with some eggs in an omelet and it was great. Fantastic recipe overall - I would definitely make this again over and over.

Reviewed Beef and Guinness Short Ribs

Monday, Nov 29, 2010 on Food Network

"Phenomenal! I took another reviewer's suggestion and used chuck roast cut into "short-rib-sized" cubes. I love short ribs, but we've been having them a lot lately, so I thought the chuck roast idea was a good one. Toward the end of cooking I added a splash of cognac, then finished in the oven for another 15 minutes or so. Fantastic! And the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen were unbelievable. Served this with risotto-style potatoes from Chuck Hughes on sister site the Cooking Channel. Absolute heaven!

Reviewed Brick Chicken with Apricot Couscous

Saturday, Nov 27, 2010 on Food Network

"Fantastic! I've made this over and over and over. It's always a hit. I don't change anything in the recipe and it always turns out great. We've done on the indoor grill and the outdoor grill. Foolproof! Love the Za'taar spice he uses on this show with the flat bread too - it goes so well with this recipe.

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