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There are 2 kinds of food bloggers in my mind. The first kind – and most food blogs fall into this category – are the bloggers that only blog about the good recipes. And really, I can totally understand this, because most of us spend quite a bit of time photographing and then writing about the food. Plus really, most of us read food blogs to get good ideas of what to make or to be inspired. But then there is the second group – those who blog about food – good and bad. And this is the group I fall into.

Some of you may ask why I choose to blog about even the recipes that aren’t so good. Well, for a couple of different reasons! The first, and by far the biggest, is that I cook mainly out of cookbooks and magazines. And I know many of you have these same cookbooks and magazines. If I try something and I’m not that impressed, I may as well tell all of you about it, so that if you have that same book or magazine, you won’t make the same mistakes I did. I mentioned earlier this week that I used to be an avid user of allrecipes. One of the biggest reasons I love that website is because if I find a recipe on there that sounds good to me, I can read about what worked and what didn’t work for other people. I’m not stuck blindly trying a recipe, hoping that it is a good one.

I do have to admit, though, that I’m probably not the pickyest of eaters, so most recipes go fairly well. But I do feel it’s my duty to warn you of a bad or so-so recipe. This recipe falls into the so-so category. It was really quite bland. It was supposed to have sesame seeds sprinkled on top, and I realized after I started making this that I was out of sesame seeds, but I don’t think the sesame seeds could have really saved this. It’s a shame, because I had such high hopes for this, but it just did not impress me. I’m including the recipe – not because I think you should try it, but maybe one of you more creative cooks can spruce it up and turn it into something delicious!

What kind of blogger are you? Do you tell only the good, or do you post both good and bad?

Sweet Sesame Chicken
from Southern Living Annual Recipes 2007

Serves 4

1 cup uncooked rice
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 green onions, chopped

Prepare rice according to package directions; keep warm.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot; add 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until seeds are toasted. Remove seeds from skillet.

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Combine chicken and cornstarch, tossing to coat.

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken pieces about 5 minutes on each side or until done. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in 1/2 cup pineapple juice and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until thickened. Remove skillet from heat.

Remove chicken mixture to serving platter. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve with warm rice.

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27 Responses to Sweet "No-Sesame" Chicken

  1. Elyse says:

    I so appreciate you telling us what works and doesn’t!! I think that’s a great kind of food blogger. Ideally, I’d like to post about what works and doesn’t, although I tend to err on the side of only posting my successes (not that I have a problem referencing my vast number of failures). Sad that this chicken is only so-so, but the best thing about a so-so recipe is that it can be jazzed up for next time!

  2. ashley says:

    I’m a only talk about the good food blogger. Although once I had a recipe that we hated so much I had to blog about it :-) And generally I chose to do this because I don’t think people necessarily read the text that comes before a recipe so I could rant about how bad a recipe is but I worry my readers may not necessarily read it…

  3. Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow says:

    I have some szechuan seasoning that might be good on this. Maybe I’ll give it a try. I would imagine the chicken might be more flavorful if it were fried…maybe I’ll try that too.

    I only post the recipes that are original and taste good. :)

  4. Ingrid says:

    Like Elyse I appreciate being told about the so-so and not so good recipes. I do the same and for the very same reasons. I'd hate to tell someone (falsely) how great a recipe is when in fact it stunk! Also if I warn them of problems but potential, they have the oportunity to tweak the recipe to their satisfaction. The truth is not all recipes are winners and everyone's tastes vary….what's good to you may be not so good to me.

    Please keep posting as you are…the winners & the losers!
    ~ingrid

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I only post about the good recipes (unless it is imposed as part of a challenge = Daring Bakers), because I need to feel enthusiatic about what I write and photograph… But, I appreciate when other bloggers write about flops!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Ryley says:

    Oh.. i post the bad recipes!! Ever seen my horrible chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake explosions??
    That was horrible!
    But I mostly do it just to laugh at myself..
    I love when people are honest and post the good with the bad..

  7. Jenn says:

    I post about them all… I’ll definitely tell you when I don’t like something. But like you said, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean it can’t be saved! And sometimes, it’s not the recipe, it’s just my taste.

  8. Rebecca says:

    That’s too bad that this recipe was so-so. Usually Southern Living’s recipes can’t be beat! Keep trying–they’re usually delicious! Our food blog is brand new, so I’m not sure what approach we’ll take with it just yet. I can imagine myself posting pictures of awful recipes just for a good laugh, though.

  9. Michelle @ Find Your Balance Health says:

    It’s a good point! I usually only blog about the recipes I love, but I appreciate seeing recipes that others have tried and didn’t turn out so well. It’s all a learning process, right?

  10. kristina says:

    I’m so glad you post about both the good and the not-so-good. As you said, we share many of the same books, magazines, etc., and it’s very helpful to know not only which recipes work but which don’t! K x

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m like you, I try to post the bad ones too. if it makes you feel better it LOOKS good :) I have a sesame chicken recipe I made but haven’t posted yet. it was good! I’ll hopefully be posting it soon :)

  12. Mrs. L says:

    Considering I just posted a recipe that didn’t work for me…:) I’m hoping someone else out there will make it and help me perfect it for next time (or tell me it wasn’t me it was the recipe!)

  13. Sophie says:

    I think I fall under the first category :P. But I like that you post both and I appreciate allrecipes for the same reason :D.

  14. Mags says:

    I think I’m mostly guilty of only posting about the “good.” Unless I’ve found a significant way of changing the bad into the good.

  15. Cathee Conner says:

    I mostly blog the good recipes, but I definitely include my FAILS in there from time to time too. I think its good to discuss what you think went wrong and get ideas from other foodies as to what to do to improve a recipe…I come from the thinking that every recipe has the ability to be improved upon.

  16. Grace says:

    i like to give the good, the bad, and the ugly. after all, i’m only human, and sometimes the bad can be made good. :)

  17. kat says:

    I tend to do mostly good though I will post so-so things with ideas for improvements.

  18. Maria says:

    I am glad you are honest. I like to hear what recipes work and don’t work.

  19. aubrie says:

    I’m sorry that it was only so-so. The recipe looks like it should be delicious, how disappointing!

    I only blog about food that I love, because I mainly blog for myself, so that I have a place to keep my favorite recipes.

  20. Mary says:

    I report unhappy news, but I always couch it with an IMHO. If it’s one of my own I report a failure without posting the recipe. Sometimes the failures are worth a giggle or two.

  21. Paula says:

    I like combo posts … both good and bad. I also like hearing variations on recipes. I can see why you had high hopes for this recipe … pineapple juice and other yummy stuff sounds good to me, too. Bummer that it was bland. Kids might like it though! At least it looks pretty! :-)

  22. Bellini Valli says:

    I sometimes post the recipes that didn’t turn out well, so I am a blogger who is on the fence:D

  23. Abby says:

    I’ve done both. But mostly I only blog the good ones. Like last night I tried ravioli for the first time. I won’t be posting THAT recipe. Heh.

  24. Ruth E says:

    I blog good and bad though most things turn out good anyways.

    Sorry this dish didn’t work as well as expected, reading the ingredients I would have expected more from it myself!

  25. Mary says:

    I’m the type of blogger that lately doesn’t cook very often and then usually forgets to take photos so I have nothing to blog about. I think I used to post more of what didn’t work, but lately I’m not very good about posting anything!
    Bummer about the chicken only being so so.

  26. Ashley says:

    I totally agree – I post the good, the bad, and the “meh”. I spend so much time making them, photographing them, and eating them that I might as well post them all. Plus, it wouldn’t feel complete without posting them all…

  27. blueberribbonbaby says:

    Dear, i have similar recipe. Try this recipe, hope it works for u cos it worked for me. i am from malaysia by the way, i cook a lot of asian dishes :)

    3 pieces of chicken breast- cut to bite size pieces
    1 tbsp of light soy sauce
    1 tbsp of cooking wine (i omit this one…)
    1/2 tbsp of sesame oil
    1 tsp of sugar
    2 tbsp flour
    1 tbsp rice flour/cornstarch
    Salt & pepper to taste

    SAUCE:
    3 tbsp of chili sauce
    2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
    1- 2 tbsp of honey (depend on how sweet you want)
    1 tbsp of oyster sauce
    2 tbsp of light soy sauce
    1/4 cup of water
    some toasted sesame seed(is okay to omit this)

    1. Marinate chicken with soy sauce, wine, sugar, sesame oil, salt and pepper and set it aside for at least an hour. Just before frying, mix the 2 type of flour together and mix it into the chicken.
    2. Prepare oil for frying. Fry chicken until golden brown, dish out and drain the oil in paper towel. Remove all the oil from the pan.
    3. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and pour it back into the pan. Bring it up to a boil and let the sauce thicken a bit.
    4. Add in the chicken and toss it gently until the chicken are evenly coated with the sauce. Sprinkle the sesame seeds to the chicken. Serve with warm rice.

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