Recipe Testers: January Recipes

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January 5, 2012

The Relish Recipe Testers rate our recipes every month—here's how our January recipes stack up with our favorite home cooks!

Pork Chops with Orange and Thyme
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Curry Noodle Soup
This is not your Mother's chicken noodle soup, but it was delicious! I thought that red curry paste would be difficult to find in my local stores, but it was right there in the Thai section.
Mary Cooper
 

I was not able to obtain Thai egg noodles, so I used Thai rice noodles instead. They made a very good base for the liquid.  I also substituted plain basil for the Thai basil. It probably was not as strong in flavor, but with the green onions it was good. I will use this recipe often, because it tastes so good, is so simple and is so economical.
Ruth Thurston

I made the recipe exactly as written except I used a little over 2 tablespoons of curry paste.  I was afraid it would be too hot. It was excellent. I would make it exactly the same way again for my taste.
Marianne Evans
 

I did not dare to make or serve this soup; perhaps it would have caused a divorce.
Peggy Foster

 

French Lemon Tart

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French Lemon Tart
I will definitely be making this pie again.  It is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.  You've heard the saying, "If you're handed some lemons, make lemonade"?  If they hand me some lemons, I think I will make a French Lemon Tart instead!
Mary Cooper

Nice lemon flavor.  I like lots of lemon and would have liked just a bit more.  One person said it reminded them of lemon bars. This was enjoyed by everyone who ate it—would like to try making it in a tart pan.
Peggy Foster

 

Wheat Berry Soup

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Harvest Wheat Berry Salad
The salad was fine, but the dressing was too 'baking spicy' the nutmeg and cinnamon too strong.
Peggy Foster

Not complicated to make. A hearty salad—the grain is satisfying. Used farro the ancestor of wheatberry. Didn’t care for the vinaigrette. Maybe it wasn’t sweet enough. Or my spices were too old. Used a dry ginger beer that didn’t provide much sweetening.
Caroline Zichterman

 

Beef and Mushroom Barley Soup

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Mushroom Beef and Barley Soup
Very quick to assemble, and I had most of the ingredients on hand. I used spinach instead of Swiss chard—Swiss chard was $3.99 and spinach was .99.  It still came out well. Loved the heartiness of this soup, which could be a main entree combined with salad and bread.  Great winter meal!
Mary Cooper

 

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Pork Chops with Orange and Thyme

The sauce gives these pork chops an elegant appearance to dress up everyday dinner or served for a dinner party. It was smooth and creamy and complimented the tender chops nicely, but with perhaps a little more thyme and orange zest than I liked.  But I would make this again for a special occasion.
Cindy Kerschner

We really liked this. It was easy to prepare and tasted as good as it looked—the orange flavor was just right and went well with the thyme.
Janet Talbott

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