Just a few things about my neighborhood…..it’s the best. We live on a quiet street, with amazing people and I feel comfortable letting the girls have the run of the neighborhood. Jules has been wanting to do something for our neighbors for awhile…..so last week I got organized and we made cookies. I found an Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I wanted to try, The Pioneer Woman’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies. They turned out great.
My cousin made this for me years ago, and I begged her to find the recipe so I could make it for Dave and the girls. She pulled through for me and searched through her plethora of recipes and found it!! Click here for an electronic expanded (original) version. (jamieoliver.com)
I adjusted the electronic version for ease and for my family’s taste.
1 lb. chicken breast sliced into strips – or shredded chicken thighs
1 onion – sliced
1 serrano chile – seeded and chopped finely
fresh ginger (I used a piece 1 inch long and 1 inch thick) – peeled and thinly sliced
oil and butter
14 oz’s diced tomatos
14 oz’s coconut milk
1 jar (12 oz) tikka masala sauce – I used Seeds of Change (this is a time saver)
4 oz’s of sliced fresh mushrooms
handful of bean sprouts – use based on how much your family likes them
rice and/or Naan (I purchased pre-made in the interest of time as well)
lemon – if you like it
rice vinegar to taste
Once the onions are translucent – add in your sliced or shredded chicken and the tikka masala sauce. Toss that around for awhile, then add in the diced tomatos and coconut milk. I simmer this for roughly 20 minutes – ensuring that it never gets dry (you can add water if needed).This is when I taste test……I tend to do it often….just to make sure the sauce is yummy. Here is where I season to satisfy the family. I added some salt, pepper AND rice vinegar……that is a specific taste and my kids love it…so in it went. While this is simmering and between tastings – I made some rice and I pulled my small cast iron skillet out to saute the mushrooms and bean sprouts.
I was out of town for 3 days….barely….and my garden went and exploded on me….in a good way. I had a few potted vegetable plants that were looking kind of sad and a raised garden full of seeds that hadn’t made an appearance yet. The Memorial Weekend treated my plants very well……….
Out of the blue a friend of ours stopped by the house to surprise us with a few morels.
I used milk/eggs in one bowl and Bisquick/Tony Chachere’s in the other.
Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I sure as heck did not!! I stumbled upon it on a quest to find the one true crusty sandwich recipe, one recipe to rule them all. And Let me tell you….there are so many recipes out there….and so many fancy ones. I don’t want to make a special trip to the grocery store so I will need to create my own celebration of National Grilled Cheese month by making it up as I go!
2 Sourdough slices, 2 tomato slices, grated sharp and white cheddar, American cheese, Parmesan cheese and butter.
HINT: Heat your pan before you even start making the sandwich – that way you are not tempted to put in the sandwich before it is properly heated.
I placed a tomato slice on each side and then put the whole pan under the broiler. When I pulled the pan out, I put the American cheese slice on top (total fake plastic wrap cheese did not need to go under the broiler – the heat melted it nicely after I pulled the sandwich out). I put the two parts of the sandwich together and Viola!!!!
Have you ever had an evening where dinner needed to be super fast….with a limited fridge/pantry selection? I have and this is what I ended up with during the last experiment……
I had the following in my fridge:
olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Let’s do this!
Holiday traditions….ever sat down and really thought about the ones you grew up with and how they influence you now? Quite frankly I never gave it much thought, until the girls. Mister and I were pretty all over the board with what we did activity wise for Thanksgiving and Christmas….but for a few exceptions we always go to my SIL’s house in North Dakota for Thanksgiving and she comes to our place for Christmas. Mister and I decided that some Thanksgiving (activity) traditions need to be started for the girls…..something that will remind them of the yearly, wintery trek to NoDak. My mom gave me a Rosette iron annnndddddd SIL (sister in law) and mister have one that comes from their grandma. Me thinks this could be it!
SIL pulled out the trusty family recipe and went to work. (if you want to adjust for vegan…use soymilk and Ener-G)
Captain Destructo had the sugar station.
Little Bit and I were the official taste testers. I love my job.