Roadside Noodles with Bell Pepper, Tomato & Broccoli Rabe. I'm not sure what happened but it did not turn out like the photo on the recipe. We thought we followed the directions correctly but you never know if we messed something up unknowingly. But even if we would have done it perfectly neither of us liked the flavors of this one. We ended up making something else for dinner instead. You win some and you lose some, not every meal is going to be a perfect love it experience but from what we've been experiencing the ones that are amazing make it all worth it in the end!
Summer Vegetable Stew with Cranberry Beans & Crispy Mushroom Salad. We liked this one okay, we ate it willingly but decided we wouldn't make it again. What we liked about this one was the Crispy Mushroom Salad that had fresh corn cut from the cob and used oyster mushrooms! I think if it hadn't had that salad topping it we wouldn't have enjoyed it at all so it really saved the day! We also liked the okra in this dish. I've always like okra and love the nutty flavor of it!
Zucchini Fritters with Endive, Nectarine & Parmesan Salad. I think what we didn't like about it was simply the mistakes that we made making it. I think we didn't salt it enough, the directions said to salt to taste but didn't give a good starting measurement to go by so we tended to under season it. The batter didn't turn out right and I think it was the lack of salt causing the zucchini to not sweat into the batter and liquifying it to the desired consistency. I would try this again to see if we could perfect making it and have it turn out better the next time. Because the fritter batter ended up being to dry after all it was more like a hash than a fritter!!! LOL Oh well, I see it as a good learning experience! We did eat it all though! And I really really loved the Endive, Nectarine & Parmesan Salad! I didn't really know what endive tasted like but it has a very normal lettuce type flavor and I was surprised how the parmesan went so well with the nectarine!
Even those these 3 weren't the most amazing we've had, we learned tons along the way and look forward to what is still to come! Oh and we've also been making the Spice-Rubbed Pork Medallions with Peach Salsa & Cilantro-Green Bean Rice here and there, and have actually made it a total of 3 times now! That one is such a hands down winner! My friend, and also my sister have both made it with success and love it too! OH and for the spice rub we substituted dried tarragon instead of the ground fennel since we couldn't find it and the flavors are similar and it worked well.