Thursday, September 27, 2007

We Win Some, We Lose Some

Manicotti was a hit, Chicken Tacos - not so much of a hit, not even on the dartboard, actually.

Let me start this by saying I am ALWAYS won over by ratings. You could sell me almost anything as long as it has 5 stars, or even 4.5. I need to stop this though because I have been sorely disappointed more than once.

On to the chicken tacos. One, chicken thighs are too fatty. I've used them before and they were too fatty then, so what the heck was I thinking when I thought, oh hey, delicious chicken thighs only .79 cents a pound! Wooo hooo. Also, they are a pain in the butt to debone. I even cooked them on the bone and the meat still wouldn't pull away from the bone. Two, this could have probably cooked all day instead of for half an hour. They were pretty flavorless except for fat and as I mentioned in the manicotti recipe post, salt and garlic are the flavors that persevere here. Third, save your tortillas for what I call "bunuelos" (fry a tortilla in a pan with butter, sugar, and cinnamon). We had them for dessert and they were most excellent.

Don't remind me that the recipe called for chicken breasts. I only read instructions on a need-be basis and I only follow them when I feel like it. I'm a rebel like that.

One of these days soon I will post more than food. I've been in a pretty snarky mood lately and I'm been swallowing sugar by the poundfulls to keep myself from pissing off the world.

I've got some cool Darsie art to share and as soon as I can find it, I'm going to be posting from the journal Jeff and I kept while D was in the hospital for two very long months.


Katy said...

Can I make a suggestion? Once you've been there, you will NEVER go back to food network (well, maybe for a little Emeril now and then). ANYWAY, the recipes are from Gourmet and Bon Apetit, so they're pretty good to start off with. Also, reviewers there give in-depth hints on how to improve the recipe, or things that didn't work--it's like having your mother help you out. You should try it.

Shannon said...

Thanks Katy! I'm always open to suggestions.

Anonymous said...

I've been crabby too. And it seems like a lot of the bloggers I read are crabby as well, although that could be because I'm particularly noticing the way the crabby ones match my mood.

Black Sheeped said...

I love epicurious, too! If only for vague ideas. I usually actually ignore the reviewers there (I'm always, why are you rating this recipe when you openly admit you changed it in a billion ways, fool?!) but, yeah! It's a good time.

Nowheymama said...

But I love the food posts! Ok, it's your blog; you can write what you want. ;)

Mommy Daisy said...

Well, you live, you learn. Next time you'll know what yo try differently for that recipe. I'm going to check out that website Katy mentioned too. It sounds cool. I don't know how many times I've called my mom while in the middle of a recipe and said "What am I doing wrong here?". Ha.

I hope that things start looking up for you more. Blogging is good stress relief too. I think people are feeling the change of seasons, because I've noticed a lot of people feeling that way. I'm the opposite...things are going great lately.

Anyway, I'll keep reading no matter what you post. I'm always interested. ;)