When my daughter is away on a business trip I take the opportunity to either cook something I love that she doesn't like, defrost something I have saved, or buy a frozen food dinner. Yes dear readers, people like me sometimes want a break from the pots and pans! My favorites in the latter category are Stouffer's Macaroni And Cheese, and P. F Chang' s frozen meals particularly their General Chang's Chicken and their spring rolls. They are as close as you are ever going to get to Chinese takeout.
Last week, just as I was reaching out for a bag, I noticed the new Barefoot Contessa line of frozen meals. Eureka! something new to try out. I must say the choices were not too inspiring, particularly at $8.99 a bag which serves two. Among the meals available were Barefoot Contessa Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses, Sesame Chicken & Noodles, Beef Stew Bourguignon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Shrimp Scampi & Linguine, Creamy Chicken Stew, Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta, Garlic Ginger Chicken, and Jambalaya. Ok, no problem, I can do this. Since I had been salivating for Chinese the choice was easy...Sesame Chicken and Noodles, how easy was that?!
I remembered I still had some Wonton Strip's from Archer Farms at Target which I keep in the pantry for my Chinese Chicken Salad .
The meal comes together in no time and at first glance it looks quite good!
Ready to rock and roll, Mad Men on the screen and I am salivating...!!!
Won ton strips for a personal touch!
And I take a bite,then another and yet another. I want to like this, seeing Ina is not only my hero but everyone's favorite chef. Every single recipe of hers that I have ever made has been a keeper and she has never let me down. She is so nice and so reliable and so is Jeffrey. They deserve a larger apartment in Paris and a bigger house in East Hampton. Truly they do.
Needless to say I was thoroughly disappointed. The whole thing was bland and dull, the chicken pieces although quite plentiful, tasted rubbery. I ended up eating half of what was on my plate and throwing out the rest. Maybe my expectations were too high but then again it is Ina. She never disappoints. I am sure I could have rescued it by adding soy sauce or something else. But not for $8.99 a bag. Maybe some of the other choices are better but my first impression left such a bad taste I don't think I care to try again. If I am going to eat frozen food it better be good and as far as I am concerned, there are other brands out there that deliver a better product, even for frozen food. Sorry Ina, though I still love you!
I was not asked to review this product. The opinions on this post are my own and are based solely on my purchase of one frozen bag of Barefoot Contessa's Sesame Chicken & Noodles
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