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A Pad Thai Worth Making

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2008
Pad Thai without tamarind is like salsa without cilantro - just missing something. I added tamarind paste, cut down on the lime and bean sprouts a bit and kicked up the heat more. It came out great. I also didn't have a wok on hand so I cooked the chicken and garlic and green onions first, then removed them from the pan, cooked the eggs then added the noodles and sauce then added the chicken back in.
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Beefy Mushroom Barley Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2003
This came out excellent. I ended up making it twice in one week. I followed some of the other's suggestions. I doubled the barley, used 4 cans of beef broth and one can of chicken broth (no bouillon), and added a third cup of wine towards the end as well - it was delicious! I tried it once with fresh thyme from the garden (added it towards the end) and that added a nice flavor to it. If you double the barley, add more liquid, else the barley will soak up all the soup and you will have stew. I tried it once with regular mushrooms and once with half fresh shitake mushrooms. The shitakes gave it a little better flavor in everyone's opinion, but it was great both ways. I tried it once with small meatballs (Italian wedding soup style) since I didn't have a beef roast in the house. This was terrible. Definitley stick with a decent shoulder or other roast cut into small cubes. This soup is best the second day so make plenty extra. Serve with a good crusty french loaf toasted.
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