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Joined Date: Sep 12, 2011
Reviewed Chicken Carbonara
"Good, but "carbone aira" in Italian (where the name is derived) literally means "coal air". This recipe needs a fair amount of black pepper, as the name implies, to really make this a bit more authentic. The walnuts and lemon zest are a nice touch but not necessary, but a sufficient amount of black pepper wakes up another flavor and gives it one "
"Easy to make but takes some time. Needed to split chicken down the middle to make them thinner but not pounded. Added more dijon mustard, used a touch more mascarpone and finished slowly in the oven at 225 to make the chicken more tender. Good on pasta or as a stand alone chicken dish. Made with lemon risotto for a nice contrast in flavors. "
Reviewed Lemon Risotto
"This was very good, BUT I had to deviate from the recipe substantially to get it "lemony" enough. I have been making risotto for years. You always need to add something acidic before the broth. Normally, this is wine. Here, I used the juice of 1 whole lemon to start and let it absorb into the arborio first, then proceeded with the hot low-salt veg"