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Recent Reviews


Re:Panang Curry Beef with Basil

Love! I also made it with red curry paste and a thai chile, as we wanted more heat. Didn't have crunchy peanut butter which worked out well; instead I chopped up peanuts and waited until the end to add them which gave it a nice crunch. Forgot the onion but didn't miss it at all. And like the other reviewer, didn't want to use peas so we added fresh thin green beans (our staple and fav with red curry). We make Thai red curry at least once a week and this was a great and welcomed variation. Will definitely add this to our regular line-up of weekly favs.


Posted: 02:32 am on November 22nd 2013

Re:Crispy Orange-Sesame Chicken Breasts

We really wanted to love this, as it reminded us of a dish we use to get from our favorite gourmet grocery store. Followed the recipe to a T -- except we didn't have anything to make our own breadcrumbs so substituted panko bread crumbs instead. It just didn't turn out right. My husband didn't like how strong the orange flavor came across - almost bitter. And the rest of the chicken lacked additional flavor and depth. Disappointed.


Posted: 10:12 am on January 23rd 2013

Re:Kung Pao Chicken

Loved this recipe and will definitely make again. Agree with other reviews that it lacks depth and not sure what would help? Also, be sure to cook your chicken in batches so not to steam the pieces. The cornstarch really does give them a great crispy texture! I left the chicken out while preparing through adding the sherry, as I wanted to be sure the pieces retained some of that crispiness when all was done. Additionally, these little peppers are super hot (and we love spicy food). However, to be safe, I only cut up 1 whole pepper and threw 2 others into the pot whole. Still gave it the heat, but easy to remove so that the bites weren't overwhelming.Definitely recommend making this dish. And agree - be sure to have everything chopped and ready to go!


Posted: 10:00 am on May 4th 2011

Re:Pecan-Crusted Skirt Steak

I wanted to give this a high rating and had high expectations for the recipe. However, the topping did not turn out well for us at all. I followed the recipe to a T, but think the salt amount was off? The balance of salty to sweet was way out of balance. (note - I did use unsalted butter, so the only salt in the topping was what was called for)I'm not giving up on this one and will certainly try again, while adjusting the salt and honey ratios. Definitely had my mouth watering when I first saw the recipe!On a more positive note, I had to start the steak in my grill pan due to other items in the oven, but followed the timing as suggested in the recipe. I finished it off under the broiler as directed and the meat came out perfectly! We simply just scraped off the topping this time around.


Posted: 10:40 am on March 31st 2011