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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Chef John's Chicken and Biscuits
It's a good base recipe, but know your limits when it comes to pepper! I cut mine down to 1/2 tsp of cayenne and only a sprinkling of the black and white peppers, but that was too much heat for my preferences. This makes a hearty dish with very generous portions. It's fairly simple despite the long list of ingredients. I was also hesitant on the tarragon because I'm one of those people who gets put off by the licorice-y taste. I topped mine with the Cheddar Onion Drop Biscuits on this site and that made a nice touch which helped to somewhat alleviate the peppery bite. My husband was impressed. Would season according to personal tastes, but would make again. I'm giving it four stars because I not everyone would be able to eat this if made exactly as written; still, it is a good recipe. Thank you, Chef John!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
Malian Ginger Juice
Very tasty and refreshing! My one recommendation is that if you don't like a lot of ginger pulp, filter it with cheesecloth or something finer than your average mesh strainer. (We have never had this before, but my son made this as part of a class project on African foods.) The ginger adds a lot of "warmth", which is great, but some people refused to stir before serving themselves, and the sediment at the bottom made the last few glasses a little overpowering. I, for one, am glad that we found this recipe. When I make this again, I will follow my own suggestion, and am sure that it will merit five stars...

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Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2014
Algerian Bouzgene Berber Bread with Roasted Pepper Sauce
This is our first time trying African food; we made this for a school project. Depending on where you live, you might have trouble finding semolina flour. I tried four different places before finding it at Earth Fare.(I was put out by the thought of paying $11.98 plus tax for 2 bags weighing 1.5lbs each, and I was about to try Cream of Wheat instead, but read Tunisianswifes review and thought it might not work.) Word of advice: FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON GRADUALLY ADDING THE WATER WHILE MIXING WITH YOUR HAND! Otherwise, you may put in too much water and end up with a gluey, elastic dough which still has clumps of dry flour, cannot be rolled out and will not hold its shape no matter how much you try to stretch it! (We have ADD and do not have the patience to read instructions, so this is what happened to us.) We went ahead and fried up our dough after shaping it as best as we could, and even though this resulted in what resembled rubbery, uneven pancakes, the flavors were good - no leftovers. The sauce is very refreshing as written, but I can see myself adding more garlic to suit my personal tastes. This is fairly easy to make, with a little practice... We also made the Malian Ginger Juice and the Shuku Shuku (Nigerian coconut balls) from this site, and were quite pleased in spite of any mistakes we made due to lack of experience. Based on the results so far, I am looking forward to trying more of the African dishes - they might become a new favorite in this household!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2014

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