have you ever read a user review/comment on a recipe where the reviewer changed all of the key ingredients/aspects of a recipe in ways that would clearly impact the final product, and then proceeds to pan the recipe for not being good?
here, i’ll give you an example: white russians are typically cream (light or heavy) + vodka + kahlua. well, the other night my husband asked if we had any cream because he wanted to make a white russian. i said yes. what i should have said was, “well, we have a carton marked ‘heavy cream’ in the fridge but i opened it awhile ago so i don’t know what state it’s in.” i believe “horse barn” was the flavor my husband used to describe the cream when he tasted it… after he’d already mixed the vodka and kahlua.
so, “we” (this was mostly my terrible idea) decided to try mixing skim milk, almond milk, and redi whip as a stand-in for cream (there is no excuse for this folly). unsurprisingly, his “white russian” was not any good. out of respect for my fellow recipe writers, we did *not* then hunt down a white russian recipe online and post about how terrible it was when made with skim milk, almond milk, and redi whip in place of cream.
(i should pause here and state that i love it when you comment on my recipes and say things like, “i added honey to the sriracha sauce and it was delicious” or “i added chicken sausage to this soup for even more protein” – those are helpful comments that encourage all of us try yummy new combinations! i also love comments that say “i tried increasing the whole wheat flour from one third to one half (by weight) and it just didn’t work” – that helps all of us learn. what i’m talking about are the skim milk + almond milk + redi whip does not equal heavy cream comments. because, obviously.)
(here’s the part where this long preamble becomes relevant:) so, all of that to say, recently i took a recipe that i really like, un-baked ziti, aaaaand changed all of the ingredients. and now we have kale and white bean one pot pasta. and it turned out to be delicious!
the un-baked ziti is delicious. and also? so. full. of. cheese. so i took out all of the cheese (and sausage) and replaced it with kale and white beans! some of you are laughing right now, but it’s really good. i promise. (plus, you can always add some sliced and sautéed garlic chicken sausage…)
i really liked the ease and speed of the whole one pot situation, i just don’t always want to eat 3 pounds of cheese for dinner (i didn’t say never, i just said not always). hence pulling a recipe-commenter on the recipe and changing all the things to make kale and white bean one pot pasta. this new version is super delicious too, and now we have one more way to get dinner on the table with just one dirty pan.
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