The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of chili powder. I did not have any at home so I used cayenne pepper. Figuring that it's probably a bit more spicy than chili powder, I used only one tablespoon cayenne with two tablespoons of mild paprika. I thought I was safe...Think again...Cayenne pepper is WAY more spicy than chili powder.
I did the taste test and almost choked when I put an entire spoonful into my mouth. I coughed and sputtered like my old Datsun 610 used to when I would forget to fill the gas tank. Holy Hot Tamales Batman! Was that Snobby Joe a kick in the gut! So, I won't sentence the recipe to death just yet. I'll try it again another time and will buy the chili pepper. I'll take a taste of the chili pepper first before committing to 3 tablespoons of it. With the recipe, all I could say was "Where were the firemen when I needed them for the three alarm fire going on inside my mouth?"
The other recipes were delicious and the book was well worth the $16 I paid for it. Here's a list of the recipes I tried and loved:
Black Bean Burgers
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango
French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme
The book is certainly worth buying...even if you're a carnivore. Oh, and for the record, if you buy the book at the Barnes & Noble store (not online), you'll pay almost twice the price. On Amazon, it's about $16 as it is online at Barnes & Noble. Buy it online!
Did someone say it's spring? Where is it?