handbanana Recipe Reviews (Pg. 1) - Allrecipes.com (10315297)

cook's profile

handbanana

Reviews

Menus

 
View All Reviews Learn more

Carrot Soup 'a la Louise'

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2012
Very good soup! Never had it before and what a wonderful surprise this was. I only had 4 cups of stock but it was perfect for us. Also added a stalk of celery to the onions and the taste is wonderful. Increased the spices by a few more pinches but that was to our taste. Really good and will definitely make again. I also omitted the cream altogether and used 3T of butter.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
0 users found this review helpful

Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: May 30, 2012
Wonderful dish! Even my picky 4 y/o ate the eggplant after the initial cooking before adding the sauce to it. Scaled it back to 3 servings since I had only 1 medium eggplant. I sweat the eggplant for 30 minutes with salt prior to breading (rinsed and dried well). I used Panko bread crumbs and added my own italian seasoning. Made 3 layers in the dish. This is such a great way to cook eggplant. Would give it more stars if I could!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
1 user found this review helpful

Perfect Turkey

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
Made with only a full turkey breast. Only had salted butter and it really does make the veggies and gravy too salty if you brine. The turkey breast was very moist. I had no problem flipping it and it didn't fall apart. I'm pretty sure I used way too much salt too, about 3/4 cup for only a 4 pound breast. Read reviews afterward and might consider adding sugar of some sort to the brine. This was my first experience doing a brine and I'm now a big fan. I used a pound of carrots and next time I will use more. Aside from the turkey and the delicious gravy (although a bit salty but with undersalted mashed potatoes it worked out fine) the carrots were also big stars of the meal.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

The Best Clam Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2012
Wonderful! Husband really loved it too. My picky 4 year old said "yum!" I used 6 big cloves of garlic and should've used more but it was still delicious. Only used about 1/4 cup of butter, added a can of mushrooms after sauteing the onions, added red pepper flakes and a little more clam juice. Used half minced and half chopped clams.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
Two thumbs up! Wanted a recipe that didn't call for yogurt as one child has an allergy to it. This was perfect! Used coconut milk from the dairy case not from the can instead of pineapple juice and threw in a small handful of blueberries. Wonderful!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
1 user found this review helpful
Photo by handbanana

Roasted Portobello, Red Pepper, and Arugula Salad for One

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2012
We aren't salad eaters but are trying to eat healthier. Husband took one bite and was in love with this salad! It really is great. Used a large package of baby bellas instead of the large portobello and made my own greek dressing from this site which is wonderful: Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing. This recipe is so yummy I have to make it again soon. Update: Warmed leftover mushroom/red pepper mix on the stove for salad the following night. The leftover sauce from roasting the mushrooms/red pepper is absolutely divine for dipping bread into.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2012
Perfect! I was very short on time and had kids tugging at my legs wanting dinner so I followed a review by AngKN so I didn't have to scale the recipe down myself. Here's her review: "I love this dressing! Here are the scaled down measurements that will fit into one of those glass, good seasons dressing bottles: 3/4 cup oil 1 cup vinegar 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp oregano 2 tsp basil 1.5 tsp pepper 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 tsp onion powder 1.5 tsp mustard Enoy!" I used dry mustard powder instead of dijon. Used 1/2 basalmic and half red wine vinegar. Blended in blender while slowly adding oil. Used with the Roasted Portobello Red Pepper and Arugula Salad For One recipe from this site. Delicious together!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
Yum! Wanted to make a pot pie from scratch and this recipe fit the bill perfectly! Added garlic and poultry seasoning, and made extra sauce. Cooked it all on the stove until hot. Forgot to buy pie crusts so I poured it into a 9X13 pan and topped with homemade biscuit dough and baked for 12 minutes at 450 degrees. Will definitely make this again.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
1 user found this review helpful

Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
Made according to recipe except subbing kale for spinach. I'm giving it three stars since the recipe as written almost failed. What went wrong: 1) I used 6 sliced on a mandoline medium potatoes, organic from Trader Joes so I'm not sure what type they were although they were golden colored, that never turned to mush so the broth was very very thin. Had to use my immersion (stick) blender to puree it which thickened it up a little bit. 2) Still a very thin soup so I added a cup and a half of potato flakes which saved the soup. 3) Although I drained the sausage it turned the soup orange. After pureeing the soup it really looked like baby food. Read other reviews after the fact and some people rinsed the cooked sausage before adding it to the soup. I've never heard of that before and wished it had been in the directions. Fortunately, the addition of the potato flakes helped absorb all the sausage grease floating on top so it wasn't as unappetizing as before. 4) Wait to add the red pepper flakes or use a very small amount. I used less than the recipe called for and it was still really spicy even with using mild Italian sausage. On a slightly positive note, it's nice to have a meal that I can sneak in some raw kale but this was not a soup for my toddler or preschooler. My husband and I each ate 1 small bowl but as for the leftovers...it's going to take a long time to finish this soup. The type of potato used in this soup must be the key to make it a success.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Baked French Toast

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
This was a good starting point for a baked french toast recipe. I've made many in the past and have never turned out well. This year I went with reviewers suggestions and it was pretty good. 1- used 12 slices of honey wheat bread (regular sandwich bread) 2- used 2 9x13 pans, 6 slices of bread in each 3- used 7 eggs (6 would have done it too though) 4- omitted the milk and used 2 cups half n half 5- dried the bread in the oven for 15 minutes on 300 degrees turning frequently to dry as much as possible 6- poured half the egg mixture with 2 tsp vanilla and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into each 9x13 pan and poured off any excess into the other pan. 7- turned bread slices over to ensure all sides were coated with egg mixture. There was no leftover egg mixture pooled in the bottom of either pan. 8- let sit over night and baked at 350 for 15. 9- turned every slice of bread over at the 15 minute mark 10- made the sauce as directed but only used maybe 1/3 of the sauce 11- spooned 1 tablespoon or slightly more of sauce onto each slice of bread directly which helped cut down on the extreme sweetness. Next time I won't make the sauce at all but use regular syrup at the table to avoid eating all that butter. 12- finished baking it for 20 minutes more after the initial 15. Nothing was soggy. Both sides of the bread were actually crisp too.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
This is a fast and easy recipe. I had to use a variety of canned, frozen, and fresh veggies due to what was on hand. Added barley that had already been cooked in beef broth. Used a whole pound of ground beef, forgot the can of tomato sauce, and added salt and pepper and about 1 T of worcestershire sauce. Also used beef broth instead of water. This is a good recipe that can be tweaked to your preferences and what you have on hand. This was my first time ever making soup with ground beef.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Applesauce Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
These are pretty good but cake like. A bit too sweet especially with the frosting. I added 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to my frosting after reading it in a review and it made the frosting gritty. Not sure if I was supposed to beat the brown sugar with the butter and then add in the confectioners sugar (I just mixed all together by hand) but the result of the frosting wasn't worth it. Next time I will stick to the recipe for the frosting.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful
Photo by handbanana

Vegetarian Penne

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
This was great! I shredded a zucchini, 1/2 an onion, and 3 small carrots to hide the veggies from my 3 year old. I used two huge portobello mushrooms as well. Used Wondra flour and used heavy cream and milk since I was making more than the recipe called for. I eye balled the amounts but guess it was more like 1 cup of liquid perhaps a bit more. Will make again.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful
Photo by handbanana

Zucchini Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
Wonderful! I used 2 medium sized zucchinis grated and about 4 baby carrots grated along with 5 cherry tomatoes cut up. I used 1 cup of Heart Healthy Bisquick and used 1/2 a cup of sour cream and a splash of olive oil after reading the other reviews. My picky 3 y/o loved it and there were no leftovers. A nice light meal that sneaked in veggies to the picky eaters. Next time I will cut my onion smaller. Update: Made again since my picky 3 y/o ate it well. DH said it was bland and he didn't really care for it. This time I used the food processor to shred the zucchini and 2 small carrots as well as the onion. I like the idea of this but will need to try other recipes or perhaps tweak this one with seasonings. With the onion shredded I didn't find it too overpowering. I used a small sweet onion. My 3 y/o gobbled it down so it's still a 5 star recipe in my book.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Italian BBQ Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
Best BBQ hands down! Made exactly as written and it was delicious. Used boneless pork chops and marinated them in enough sauce to cover them for about 5-10 minutes while I figured out it was too windy to grill outside. We don't have a baster for the grill anyway so I used the bowl I had them marinating briefly and made sure they were coated before putting them on the pan under the broiler. I rarely have broiler success but this dish was exceptional. I used a thermometer and the pork was perfectly done and super moist. I had leftover sauce that I saved out to use with chicken the following day. This is my favorite sauce hands down and I'm not a big BBQ sauce fan especially if it comes from a bottle. I use a higher quality balsamic vinegar, you can really tell the difference, and this brand I use is Modenaceti Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. I've used better balsamic vinegars than this one before but never wrote the names down.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
9 users found this review helpful

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
Mine needed more sugar. It was very acidic. It was pretty good though.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
4 users found this review helpful

Dump Cake I

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
This was semi okay. The butter didn't cover the entire top so there were large spots of powdered cake mix all over. I think using more butter would solve that problem but I won't make it again to find out. It wasn't too sweet for me and the pineapple cherry combo works well. It's really just the cake topping and the butter on top that I didn't care for. I love cake but evidently not dump cake. It's edible and I will eat it so it won't go to waste. My husband refused to even try it since the powdered cake mix didn't look appetizing.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Mango-Peach Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2011
This is great! I used homemade almond milk. Added some ice cubes. Loved the other reviewer's tip about squeezing the mango pit. I love mangos and will do this from now on. I also juiced a whole navel orange for this. Bought some organic kale to add to it this weekend. My mangos should be ripe by then. It's taken me a long time to find the right time to eat a mango. I like them when they get soft and just start to ever so slightly shrivel. The hard as a rock ones have a good week or more to ripen on the counter.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
This was good just not fantastic. I was out of a few ingredients and will make again when I have green onions and sesame seeds. Reduced sugar to 3T and used 4 T of oil. Thickened up sauce with cornstarch but I'm not sure if I liked it that way. Husband loved it tho. I stir fried veggies before hand, added the cooked pasta, and poured the sauce on top of both. My chili sauce was the sweet kind so I had to add red pepper flakes. So in all honesty, I didn't follow the recipe that well.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Cucumber Sunomono

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
This is the best recipe I have ever made using cucumbers in a vinegar marinade. I used Marukan Seasoned Gourmet Rice Vinegar with low salt and low sugar bought from our local health food grocery store. My husband devoured it. I added shavings of carrots as well. Wish I had more cucumbers to make another batch right away. It was not vinegary. If anything it was a perfect mix and nothing overpowered on flavor. Thanks to all the other reviewers who mention other recipes. I have found some delicious ones in the reviews for this dish and actually found this dish by reading someone else's review of another dish I made to go with the cucumber salad: Yakitori marinade from this site.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Displaying results 1-20 (of 115) reviews
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Go Pro!

In Season

 Quick & Easy Grilling
Quick & Easy Grilling

Easy weeknight dinners, ready in a flash.

Fresh Summer Meals
Fresh Summer Meals

Enjoy the bright days of summer with easy recipes.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and helpful cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for just $7.99!

Most Popular Blogs

Read our allrecipes.com blog

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States