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Recent Reviews

Re:Classic Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe delivered the goods: a classic, delicious chicken pot pie. I followed the recipe as directed with one big exception: instead of making individual pies, I made one big one in a 9x13" baking dish. I have small children who wouldn't be able to eat individual adult portions and I don't own small gratin dishes. A dish that could be served family style was what I had in mind. So, I rolled out the crust into a large rectangle, trimmed it to fit the baking dish, put it on top of the filling, and baked until the filling was bubbling. I had no trouble getting the potatoes to cook and the filling was, well, pretty perfect, with a hint of mustard. Yes, it did take all afternoon, but what do you expect if you are making chicken pot pie from scratch? Not a problem for me. Actually, I totally enjoyed it! But then, that's why I like Fine Cooking!

Posted: 02:29 pm on January 24th 2012

Re:Peppermint Brownies

Amazing brownies! I finally made these years after seeing them in the magazine (in 2002!) and they totally lived up to the other ratings. They are dense, fudgy and irresistible. Making attractive patterns with the melted white chocolate was easier than I thought and made for a show stopping presentation. Processing the sugar with the mint tea leaves makes the sugar amazingly fragrant. My family is insisting that this be our new brownie recipe!

Posted: 02:22 pm on January 24th 2012

Re:Fusilli with Green Beans, Pancetta, and Parmigiano

This was delicious and easy! I doubled the recipe and used bacon because that's what I had on hand. I'm sure pancetta would be delicious too. The green beans are so crisp and fresh. My 4 year-old had two helpings!

Posted: 09:10 am on July 19th 2010

Re:Quick Beef Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Wow! Really quick and really delicious. My only quibble is with the serving size--my husband and I polished off the entire dish, so definitely double the recipe if making it for more people.

Posted: 10:26 am on June 18th 2010

Re:Pan-Seared Arctic Char with Olives and Potatoes

This recipe is awesome! Great flavors and ease of preparation, the hallmarks of a good Fine Cooking recipe. I will definitely be making this often.

Posted: 09:08 pm on June 14th 2010

Re:Moroccan Vegetable Ragoût

A favorite in our house. Goes well with lamb kebabs with mint and olives (another FC dish) and couscous or quinoa. Even more delicious if you soak and cook dried chickpeas.

Posted: 03:45 pm on May 23rd 2010

Re:Spicy Sausage, Escarole & White Bean Stew

Great recipe! Truly quick and delicious.

Posted: 08:05 pm on March 8th 2010

Re:Spanish Potato Tortilla (Tortilla Española) Recipe

I lived in Spain for a year in college and have been looking for a recipe that produced a perfect tortilla, like the kind the mother of the family that I lived with would make at least once a week. . .and this one delivers! Follow the instructions and you have a perfect tortilla. This is my go-to brunch/lunch/appetizer and it never fails.

Posted: 08:52 pm on January 22nd 2010

Re:Mexican Tomato Rice & Beans Recipe

I also used brown rice, and this dish is now on my list of favorites. I had to use regular diced tomatoes, as the store didn't have petite cut ones, but it was fine. Definitely use the full amounts of fresh cilantro & oregano. Served with some yogurt and sliced avocado, this is a tasty, complete meal.

Posted: 12:02 pm on July 1st 2009

Re:Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric & Dill

Delicious and easy! I found it a nice use for the fresh dill I had on hand from my CSA.

Posted: 11:57 am on July 1st 2009