PW Wednesdays ~ The Finale {roundup & ratings}

It’s hard to believe four months have passed already. We started this journey together in April, not totally expecting what was coming our way. How our pants aren’t busting at the seams is beyond me. Kitchens were splattered in grease and fried recipes were sworn off from that point on… which by the way, totally didn’t last long at all! We went through this together, even if miles apart. We laughed, cringed, questioned and thoroughly enjoyed almost every bite.

I wish I’d been keeping track of the amount of cheese, bacon, cream and butter we used. Maybe it’s better that I don’t have those totals. We’d be disgusted and you’d probably be scared off. Right?

Some tidbits:
-We clearly loved our chicken; 4 out of 9 recipes called for it.
-Savory recipes won, with 7 out of 9 being savory.
-6 out of 9 recipes called for cheese with an easy estimate of 9 cups or more…and that’s probably low balling it.

I really enjoyed this series, mostly for the fun of it and getting to know the other girls better. And don’t get me wrong… the food was good too. The good thing about the recipes made is they can easily be adjusted to suit you… feed a crowd, cut it way back to feed a normal sized family or even adjust to make healthier.

Where did each recipe rank? Let’s start at the bottom of the list. No jumping ahead, k?

(PS links to the recipes can be found by visiting each post.)

#9 Honey Orange Soy Chicken – I’m just not a sweet/savory girl. What can I say? If you love sweet/savory dishes, this is totally for you though.

#8 Mushroom Sliders with Spicy Fry Sauce – I love sliders but there was something off about the flavor here. Plus, I had the absolute worst time making these. RIP OXO spatula. The only redeeming part of this dish, for me, was the onion rings. Hubs totally loved the spicy fry sauce though.

#7 Italian Cream Cupcakes – These had definite potential, with some tweaking they could totally move up the list.

#6 Carnitas Pizza – I love pizza. I’d have loved this more if I had remembered to leave half without sauce! So it’s not really the recipes fault. Plus, I just loved others so much more.

#5 White Chicken Enchiladas – Chicken and cheesy goodness. My only gripe is that in the future I’d want soft veggies or smaller pieces. Totally tweak-able.

#4 Ranch Style Chicken – Full of flavor and seriously easy. Plus this can be eaten as is, in a salad or as a sandwich. If you don’t want to grill your chicken, bake or pan fry it! A total winner in my book.

#3 Orange Sweet Rolls – These are similar to one of my favorite Christmas rolls, they’re just smaller but still full of awesome gooey orange flavor.

#2 Breakfast Pizza – I LOVED this pizza and it was seriously close to being a tie for first. This had some of my absolute favorites… cheese, potatoes and bacon. How can you possibly go wrong there? It’s heaven in pizza form. No joke. My only gripe… it’s super heavy and takes some time to make but it’s completely and utterly worth it. Make this. Trust me. I’ll be making this again sometime soon.

Annnnd that leaves us with my absolute favorite of the PW series.

Drum roll please…

#1 Fried Chicken Tacos – Amazing. Insane. Gooey. Hot. Greasy but not (just trust me). Chicken. Cheesy. Incredible. Oh and btw… I’ve totally made this again since April. That says something for sure. Do not fear the frying… make these. Love these.

PS. When I questioned The Mr about his favorites from the series, he agreed… a near tie for the tacos and breakfast pizza.

What was your favorite recipe from the series? 

Be sure to check out the other girls posts for their thoughts and ratings!
Running To The Kitchen
Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Table For Two Blog

Stay tuned for exciting news from us in the coming months! ;)



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17 Responses to “PW Wednesdays ~ The Finale {roundup & ratings}”

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    Kathryn — August 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Interesting to see what you made of it. I’ve made a couple of recipes from the first book and never been that impressed with it but I didn’t know if that was just a UK/US thing or not. Those fried chicken tacos do look amazing though…

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — August 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

    nice to have your rating.
    I would love to try the italian cream cupcakes.
    the taco pizza sounds great- minus the cooked egg on top.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I find it so amusing how different our ratings are! I think if we ever actually get to go out to eat together it would be an interesting spread ;)

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    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — August 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Those tacos….I’m drooling right now – they look amazing!! Such a fun project – thanks for sharing!

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    Sandie@afoodieaffair.com — August 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Italian Cream Cupcakes!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    love this round-up! This seems like such a fun group – it’s been great hearing your opinions of all the recipes :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

    This was so much fun – and i think you and I have the same idea on the breakfast pizza – it was insane to the Nth degree. I’d slave over a hot stove and oven to make this one. And those tacos were ridic – in a good way. I just needed a barge load of tums afterwards. haha

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I have to try that breakfast pizza.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Love the round up. I really need to try those tacos and pizza. They both would go over really well here!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Fun round-up and interesting points about the cheese, etc….at least it was only a weekly series, right? ;)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — August 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    It’s so weird to see all of these together! None of them look like “traditional” PW recipes. They all look fantastic though!

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    Liz — August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Oooh, your fried chicken tacos sound marvelous! My family would love them…so I’m glad you reshared them in this post…off to save the recipe :)

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — August 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    great round-up Rachel. something for every taste, some like savory, some, like me, crave those orange rolls. mmm

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    JulieD — August 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Nice job, ladies!! It’s a great cookbook!! Those tacos look amazing!!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I seriously cheered when I saw that fried chicken tacos were #1 hahaha, I thought no one was going to have one of my choices at the top :) i flopped with billie’s but clearly not with the tacos ;) i loved reading all our reviews!! they’re so different and the pictures are so fun to look at

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I loved following this series! Those Fried Chicken Tacos are on my must try pronto list! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    ive loved this series and enjoyed everyone’s diff reactions to things – some people loved the cinn rolls, others, not so much for example.

    and those billie cupcakes/cakes – too bad that one wasn’t a hit with most of you b/c they look so good!

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