Presentation: (how did you like the way it looked on the plate?)
Nice! It looked good, but tasted better!
Taste: (pretty self-explanatory!)
Probably the best meal I have ever cooked. I don’t usually care for orange chicken from the restaurant but this was fantastic! I made it twice already!
Cost Efficient: (did the prices justify the taste?)
I was satisfied… the only outrageously expensive item was the honey roasted cashews the recipe called for, but it was so worth it. Plus, Once I bought the ingredients, I was able to make the meal again. In fact, I think I have enough to make it once more, even!
Time to Cook: (The recipe says 30 minutes… did it lie?)
About triple the promise. I do NOT like to handle raw chicken… I have decided it makes my fingers cold, and the little fat pieces are gross. I guess the most frustrating part was cutting the chicken thighs into tiny pieces. NOT fun!
Make Again: (would you make it again, or recommend it to someone else?)
p.s. I just thought you might like to hear a funny side story about this meal… I had never cooked rice before, and didn’t know that once the rice goes into the boiling pot you are supposed to turn down the burner to low. I guess you could say that I found that out the hard way… It went something like this:
(about 15 minutes after the rice had been cooking)
DAD: “Do you smell that? It smells like something is burning…”
ME: (already noticed the smell… hoping that if I ignore the issue it will go away) “Yeah, but everything’s fine I’m sure”
COURTNEY (8 yrs old): “Kelli, what’s that smell? Are you burning something”
ME: “No, everything’s fine!” (still hoping that if I ignore the problem it will go away)
SARAH (7 yrs old): “That smell’s horrible… Dad, do you smell that?”
DAD: “Yes. Kelli- you need to go figure out what’s happening!”
ME: “ok, but there’s nothing wrong… I followed directions!”
-so I go in, scoop the rice, and find charred white rice (that is now more like brown rice). My sister Courtney says, “Kelli, if you burnt the rice, I’m not eating it!”