Why, oh why do I agree to take on all challenges that won’t kill me? Reading the Rice-A-Roni box gave me heart murmurs, as generally my dinner is not comprised of a litany of yellows and reds with numbers. But a faithful reader (with a devilish and fab sense of humor and irony) challenged me to taste it on air. Can this classic supper be saved? Let’s find out, shall we?
Surprisingly, the pasta and rice part of this boxed wonder is pretty tasty.
The problem starts when you open the spice packet. It gets worse when those special flavorings and spices warm up enough to hit the olfactory nerves. And when you taste them, it takes you back to those horrible Lipton Cup-o-Soups. Additionally, the aftertaste is bitter and lingers, coating the throat in something akin to sleeping for 8 hours with your mouth wide open.
Since this blog is posting while I’m in California, I make you the solemn promise that I will be seeking out the true treats of San Francisco, not falling for anything with a trolley on it.
In the end, this supper could not in fact be saved. The only salvation is if you throw out the seasoning packet and just toss it with some nice stock and a few fresh herbs.
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Tomorrow, actual food, Sartori Salad with Apples and Walnuts.