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New Recipes & Nasty Food

I don't usually follow a recipe exactly, not even new ones.  I tend to sneak in extra healthy ingredients, take out fat and salt, substitute something I have on hand, or add some of  my family's preferred seasonings, having the experience to do it pretty well.  But of course, this sometimes leads to unexpected results, good and bad.

At times I try a really unusual recipe and follow it to the letter. Such was the case this week.

This book, written by two women, had a catchy title (no, I won't name it), was funny and cute, and probably will be a big seller.  I picked a baked chicken recipe, and because it was so odd, decided to exactly follow the ingredients and instructions.

Big mistake!!!  At the end of the baking time, I tested the result.   Wow!  The larger pieces of chicken were undercooked; pink juice ran out when tested.  The brown rice was still crunchy and inedible.  The sauce was blah and left a funny aftertaste.  It was also disgustingly runny, and so salty as to be inedible.  Oddly, the chicken had not absorbed any salt or seasonings, and tasted insipid, like plain boiled chicken.  How could the authors make this mistake?  WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? 

After apologizing to two hungry men for the delay, I transferred the mess to my electric skillet, added a cup of white rice and a cup of water.   I microwaved some carrots, celery, green beans and peas until tender-crunchy, and after about 15 minutes more added these to the sauce.  At this point I took out the smaller pieces of chicken, scraping off the still-undone rice, and cooked everything for another 15 minutes, stirring and tasting.  A little pepper, oregano and sage helped some.  Despite these efforts at rescue, it was truly a nasty meal.

This leads to our hint for the day:  

"Expecting company and want to impress them with your cooking skills and hostess abilities?  Stick with what you know or you may make a lasting impression of a different kind.  Don't try new recipes on company."

Frankly, if I'd had company, I would have given that slop to the dogs and sent out for something, or opened cans.

After looking at and analyzing some more recipes from the book, I decided these two ladies were much better comedians than cooks.  Needless to say, it won't be featured in our Books section!

PS:  I made Chicken Salad Sandwiches the next day with the rest of the chicken and gave our canine assistants the leftover rice and sauce.

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