Spunky Buddy Recipe Reviews (Pg. 4) - Allrecipes.com (12595822)

cook's profile

Spunky Buddy

Reviews

Menus

 
View All Reviews Learn more
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Greek Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
Very nice marinade. The chicken was moist and tender with subtle herb flavor. I used bone-in chicken breasts and cooked them on the charcoal grill.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
12 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Blue Sky Martini

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2011
The teeny martini weekend is becoming a regular around here. Each weekend we look for an interesting martini to mix up and serve in our miniature martini glasses. It’s a great way to test a drink before making the big boy version. When I first saw this it looked a bit strange; whoever heard of Blue Curacao mixed with olives? So I figured I’d try it without the olives, keeping the rest of the recipe unchanged. First, even for two mini martinis I needed to increase the amount of ingredients. If you used a standard martini glass it would only fill it half way. How did it taste? My wife couldn’t get past the first sip because she said it tasted like rubbing alcohol. I, for one, prefer a Classic Martini but on occasion I can take one that’s sweet with a pleasant blend of flavors. This had neither, and just tasted off. Substituting pineapple juice for the vermouth might salvage it.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
7 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Tuscan Porterhouse)

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
I'm pretty fixed and rigid when it comes to how I like my steak prepared, but this is a deviation I don't mind repeating. The wonderful Italian flavors of rosemary, sea salt, pepper and olive oil are subtle, and actually enhance the flavor of the meat.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
26 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Tiramisu Martini

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
I don't think this was either a chocolate martini or a tiramisu martini. Unless you like something very sweet and heavy this is not something you would want to have before dinner, in spite of the fact I cut back on the creme de cacao in the hope it would be less sweet. That being said, this makes a very good after dinner treat which nicely mixes the flavors of vanilla, cocoa and coffee together. Tiramisu martini implies this would be creamy, which it is not. More in keeping with its name, then, I garnished it with whipped cream but more would have been even better.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
15 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Lemon Drop Martini

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
At first read I thought this would be sour because of all the lime juice. It turned out to be a refreshing surprise. The only modification I made was to substitute .5 oz. of limoncello mixed with 1 oz. of Skyy Vodka to simulate citron vodka. Unlike many martinis which tend to be heavy with alcohol, this was a light, thirst-quenching martini one could enjoy on a hot day.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
14 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Dennie's Fresh Lobster Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
Treated us to fresh, frozen warm water lobster tails for the cooked lobster meat. Rich with butter, but not greasy! Creamy and delicious. Probably would have preferred this as a lobster roll intstead of the romaine with lemon vinaigrette we served it on (healthier option) but this was such a treat we didn't feel deprived. Other than adding some sliced celery for a contrast in texture, I followed the recipe just as written.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
18 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Barbequed Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2011
As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." My wife and I, through a joint effort, have perfected a tried and true method for preparing ribs, but it's still fun to occasionally try something different. The sauce and rub were okay, but our main complaint was that they were neither as juicy nor as tender as they should be. Disappointing.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
8 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Queenie's Killer Tomato Bagel Sandwich

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2011
A pretty straightforward recipe that incorporates everyone's favorites: bagels and cream cheese and garden fresh tomatoes and basil. An easy to make, refreshing alternative to a traditional breakfast menu.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
10 users found this review helpful

Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2011
I like butter on my broccoli - period. But I'm willing to try new things. When the Mrs. served this tonight it didn't seem like something I'd like, but the flavors ended up being subtle and quite good!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
4 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

BBQ NY Strip

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2011
I generally don't like marinades (especially the teriyaki variety) but I try them occasionally when my wife makes me. This marinade is one of the few I thought was pretty good. It enhanced the meat flavor rather than overwhelming or masking it. The measurements of each of the ingredients were spot on, creating a nicely balanced marinade. I can't believe I'm saying this, because I'm a real purist when it comes to my steaks, but I'd actually make this again.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
33 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Grilled Bok Choy

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
The key here is hot heat and fast. It keeps the thick part of the bok choy nice and crunchy and the leafy part crispy like a potato chip. Nice blend of seasonings. I used baby boy choy which I cut in half lengthwise. This is a make-again.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
24 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
I'm not the biggest fan of cilantro (I'm of the camp who thinks it tastes soapy) but I tolerated this okay because I reduced the amount some. Loved the lime. I used chicken broth instead of the water and bouillon. This was darn good and I added some butter which made it even better. Four stars even with the cilantro.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
16 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Garlic-Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
I'm not generally a marinade guy, but I liked this. It enhancedf the chicken but didn't overpower it as I've known some marinades to do. I used bone-in chicken breasts, 25 minutes on hot coals followed by 10 minutes of resting. Juicy and flavorful.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
9 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
This "recipe" doesn't cut new ground, but if you're not in Chicago this is nice to have as a guideline for the required ingredients to assemble a Chicago Hot Dog properly at home.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
35 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
I am not one for putting a lot of stuff on my meat, but because of the Worcestershire and the liquid smoke this intrigued me. This preparation rocks pork! It adds a great, smoky flavor and the other spices blend well to enhance the flavor of the pork without overpowering it. One suggestion: I mixed the Worcestershire and the liquid smoke, rubbed it on the pork and then mixed the dry ingredients and used them as a rub. In my opinion, to have mixed the wet and dry ingredients would have led to a pasty mess, which would have been difficult to spread evenly on the meat. This is definitely in my file of "do agains."
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
423 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Rock's T-Bone Steaks

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I looked at the ingredients and tried to imagine what this would taste like…I had no idea. It just looked interesting. After pulling the steak off the grill, letting it sit for five minutes and tasting it all I can say is, this is absolutely wonderful, a fantastic complement to steak on the grill. The rub enhanced that beef flavor a man looks for without being overpowering. I would make one adjustment. As some reviewers who preceded me indicated, I would cut back on the salt. Beyond that, this is something I will use again, and often. Special note: for those of you who love strip steaks and your significant other likes tenderloin, using a porterhouse and cutting the tenderloin off, cooking it separately (as shown in my photo), is an easy way to satisfy different tastes and different cooking temperatures.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
58 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Grilled Chicken with Herbs

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
I don’t generally like marinades because the meat tastes like the marinade, not the meat. My wife likes experimenting with marinades so she convinced me to try this. The marinade looked vile to tell you the truth, but it was a nice combination of flavors. To my surprise, although the marinade made the chicken look burnt, it kept the meat moist and didn’t have an overpowering flavor. Other than using bone-in chicken breasts, I followed the recipe with no changes.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
16 users found this review helpful
Photo by Spunky Buddy

Pan Seared Sea Bass with Warm Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
This was a collaborative effort between my wife and me, she doing the “salad,” and me the fish. My filets were about 1-1/2 inches thick – the suggested cooking time for these was probably more than you needed. Depending on the thickness of your filets, cook just until the fish is opaque and flaky, with a golden exterior. As for the “salad,” my wife sautéed the diced bacon, added the onion and some fresh minced garlic, then finished with the remaining ingredients, although she used baby arugula rather than baby spinach, as that’s what we had in the fridge. Both of us were impressed with this dish, and would proudly serve it to the most discriminating palates. Sea bass, in our view, is one of the tastiest, most beautiful fish there is. The warm greens were the perfect counterpoint, in taste as well as presentation. The balsamic vinegar was subtle, only serving to heighten flavor. We served this with a rice pilaf.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
14 users found this review helpful

Armenian Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
White rice can be boring but browning it first in butter along with a little pasta, then cooking it in chicken broth added much appreciated flavor.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
6 users found this review helpful

Displaying results 61-80 (of 94) reviews
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Salsa from Mild to Wild
Salsa from Mild to Wild

Salsa is the fresh condiment you can make at home and put on everything.

Healthy, Delicious Recipes
Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Whether you're going low-carb, low fat, paleo, or gluten-free, we have recipes just for you.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Most Popular Blogs

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States