- Kung Pao Chicken – First off, the chicken came in large slices, so I cut them into smaller pieces. But even that couldn’t save the dish, which just didn’t taste very good. As Marc said, “I’d be very sad if you told me there was enough for lunch tomorrow.” There was, but we tossed the leftovers that night.
- Orange Mongolian Beef – This meal was at least okay, just not great. There was way too much sauce. And again, the chunks of meat were quite large so I cut them into bite-size pieces before cooking.
- Maple-Thyme Pork Chops with Wild Rice Pilaf – This was my favorite meal of the second batch of dinners. The maple-thyme marinade was quite good, but there wasn’t enough to make a sauce, which the meat really needed. And the pilaf was actually quite bad – I had to add quite a bit of seasoning to make it palatable and even then Marc hated it.
- Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings – This was also okay, though not great. It used the same chicken slices as the Kung Pao Chicken, and while I didn’t cut them smaller, I didn’t like the large size either.
- Caramel Pecan French Toast with Peaches – This sounded great, but didn’t come out well. I think the flavors just don’t go together.
- Thanksgiving Side Station – This consisted of mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, a spice rub, cranberry sauce, and biscuits. I have to admit that I gave away the mashed potatoes because I had a friend who could use them and I always make a Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving. I used the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving but hated it (it tasted like it was made with dried cranberries, not fresh, and was too tart). The biscuits were fine but tasted like any frozen or refrigerated biscuit. The stuffing, gravy and spice rub are still in my freezer and I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to using them given the disappointing nature of the rest of the meals.
The bottom line this time is that I won’t be going back to Dream Dinners anytime soon, if ever. But now that I’ve tried it, I’m open to trying other similar companies to see if I like their food any better.