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Reviewed Parsnip Chips
"Loved the taste (and so did my husband, the picky eater), but the fries were limp, as others also noted. The ones that were cut the thinnest approached crispness, so next time I will cut them matchstick size. The spice mixture was great, and I'll try it with other vegetables."
Reviewed Massaged Kale Salad
"I've made this recipe more times than any of Aarti's other recipes, and it's been an all-around hit. I've made it both as written, and with dried cranberries substituted for the mango. I served the latter at Thanksgiving, when I had a guest who is allergic to mango. Not one person had ever eaten kale before, and now they're all kale lovers. Never before have I seen people take seconds of salad! I will continue making this salad and, when I can get good peaches again, I'll experiment with substituting them for the mango, just for a little variety. This is a versatile recipe, and you shouldn't be afraid to experiment with it.
"I live in an area where we are lucky to have many good Indian restaurants, and this stew rivaled the food at the best of them. The flavors blend nicely, the colors are beautiful, and the stew is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day. Instead of serving this as part of a larger meal, I served it as the entire meal, accompanied by naan, so the recipe made four servings. I've been cooking Indian food for over 25 years, and this recipe will join the ones I make again and again. However, when I do, I will buy precut butternut squash, which will bring the prep time way down. On my list of 10 favorite kitchen activities, cutting up a butternut squash doesn't even come close to showing up.
Reviewed Hot Dogs a la Rose
"I've made many of Aarti's recipes over the past few weeks and most have been excellent, but this combination of Indian flavors and hot dogs just didn't do it for me. It seems as if the flavors of the spices and the hot dogs didn't play nicely with each other. I will continue making Aarti's other recipes -- especially the Massaged Kale Salad and the Indian Summer Stew -- but once was enough for this one.
Reviewed Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas (Arayes
"Very nice, flavorful recipe that I will make again. I usually don't rate recipes unless I make them exactly as written, but I did make two -- I think inconsequential -- changes in this one. I used ground bison rather than beef because it tastes almost the same and has lots less fat. Also, instead of using four quartered large pitas, I used eight halved small pitas. It just seemed as if the small pita halves would contain the filling better. I cored and seeded the tomato, too, as another reviewer did. My only complaint is that the arayes weren't very crispy. I think that., even if you're careful, brushing on the oil deposits too much oil on the pita. Next time, I'll give them a light spray of olive oil nonstick and see if that works better. I do that when I roast a turkey or chicken, and the skin always comes out nicely browned and crisped. Let's see if that works on arayes.
I've been cooking and baking for over 40 years, and am privileged to have been a Pillsbury Bakeoff finalist, and a winner of various ribbons at my local county fair.
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