Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Food Cart Curry Chicken

I recently rediscovered Ruth Reichl. I actually wrote my senior thesis about two of her books and I can't believe I haven't kept up with her all these years. One of her new books, My Kitchen Year, had so many amazing recipes that Steve joked I'd tagged all of them. This one for Food Cart Curry Chicken was one of the first that I made (after her insane challah French toast).

Food cart curry

The first time I made this we felt it needed a little something so the second time I added garam masala. I find it hard to believe that one spice made all the difference but HOLY HELL was it good the second time around. I doubled the original recipe and didn't want to share the leftovers.

The combination of the tangy sweet white sauce, hot sauce and a simple salad of romaine, shredded carrot and tomatoes works so well together. This will be a staple in our house for years to come.

Food Cart Curry Chicken
Slightly modified from Ruth Reichl

2 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 onion, cut into thin slices
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Food Cart White Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
splash of white wine vinegar

To serve: white rice, white sauce, hot sauce, shredded romaine, shredded carrot and diced tomato

Add the cut up chicken and sliced onions to a plastic food storage bag.

Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, curry powder, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, garam masala, coriander and paprika in a small bowl until well combined and then pour over the chicken and onions. Seal the bag and squish it around so the onions and chicken are thoroughly coated. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, heat a light oil (canola, vegetable, etc.) in a heavy pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the onions and chicken in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, for about five minutes. After that, stir until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are soft.

Serve the chicken over white rice with the white sauce, hot sauce and the side salad all in the same bowl.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Salmon Sushi Bowls

We recently discovered that the salmon we buy from the local fish market is sushi grade. Ahhhh! Such a game changer. We've gone a bit overboard since then, buying huge slabs of salmon so we can grill some on a cedar plank and cut up the rest for sashimi. One time Steve bought a whole side of salmon. That was $$$ but so damn good.

Sushi bowl

These sushi bowls were everything I wanted them to be and more. I can't wait to make them again but next time I'll also buy some tuna so we can enjoy both types of fish.

Salmon Sushi Bowls
Inspired by Fox and Briar

1 pound sushi-grade salmon
1 avocado, cut into cubes
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
3 scallions, sliced on an angle
4 sheets nori, cut into strips
sesame seeds, for garnish
cooked edamame, optional
pickled ginger, optional
wasabi, optional

For the Sushi Rice
1 cup short grain white sushi rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

For Soy Ginger Dressing
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root
2 garlic cloves, minced

For the Spicy Mayo
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sriracha (or more, to desired spiciness)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Remove the skin from the salmon and cut into bite-size chunks.

Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then add to a pot with the 1 1/2 cups of water and let sit for 30 minutes. Turn on the heat and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes. While the rice is cooking, mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Once the rice is cooked, cool for a few minutes and then pour the vinegar mixture over the rice and stir until combined.

Mix the soy ginger dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, then do the same for the spicy mayo.

To assemble the bowls, add sushi rice to a bowl and top with a portion of salmon, avocado, cucumber, scallion and a few pieces of nori. Drizzle with the soy ginger dressing and some of the spicy mayo. Garnish with sesame seeds. You can also add cooked edamame, pickled ginger and/or wasabi.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nut-Free Vegetable Korma

Indian restaurants are off-limits since Katie is allergic to nuts, but because I don't want her to miss out on all the amazing food I've spent the last few years slowly building a repertoire of dishes I can make at home. Vegetable korma is my favorite Indian dish to order whenever we try a new Indian restaurant so I was really excited to make a good at-home version.


The house smelled AMAZING while this was simmering away and I'm happy to report it was just as good as the traditional version with cashews. I forgot the cauliflower in our dish, but that just means I need to make it again.

Nut-Free Vegetable Korma
Adapted from The Wanderlust Kitchen

For the Sauce
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 (1-inch) piece ginger root, roughly chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded

For the Korma
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 small Roma tomatoes, diced
1 can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 medium red potato, peeled and diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup peeled, diced carrot
1 cup chopped fresh green beans
1 cup cauliflower florets

To Serve
Cooked basmati rice
Buttered and grilled naan

Place the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno in a blender with 1/2 cup of water. Process until pureed.

Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Measure all of the spices (the curry powder through cardamom) in a small bowl. Once the butter has melted, add the spices and stir to coat the butter. You want to toast the spices to bring out their flavors.

Pour in the pureed sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato, coconut milk, yogurt, brown sugar, potato, peas, carrots, cauliflower and green beans. Stir well. Reduce the heat to a simmer then cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes.

Uncover and cook another 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Serve with cooked basmati rice, raita and naan.

Cucumber Scallion Raita
From Smitten Kitchen

1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 thinly sliced scallion
10-12 oz plain Greek yogurt
salt, to taste

Mix everything together and let sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors meld.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

One Pot Cowboy Casserole

I recently saw this recipe for Crockpot Cowboy Casserole on my friend Kylee's blog. I don't use my crockpot so I knew immediately that I wanted to make this into a one pot stove top meal.

Cowboy casserole

I had no idea this was going to be worth blogging so I didn't take a good photo. D'oh. So you'll just have to trust me that this was delicious. Steve thought it was basically chili, which I usually refuse to make because I just don't love it. But homey and comforting. And easy. So, so easy.

Stovetop Cowboy Casserole
Modified from Kylee Cooks

1 lb ground beef
1 large onion sliced
3 large potatoes, diced
2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz. can diced tomatoes, UNdrained
10.5oz can cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
handful cilantro, minced

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and leave it alone so it can start to brown. Add the onion and cook until the beef is fully cooked and the onions are translucent.

Add the potatoes, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, cream of chicken soup, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

After 30 minutes, uncover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes to thicken the sauce. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the cheese on top and cover. Let the cheese melt before serving. Top with cilantro and serve.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cheese Danish

I'm so glad Kate over at Kate's Recipe Box decided to try her hand at homemade cheese danish. I love them...when they're good. And they rarely are. Most have barely a hint of cheese filling and the filling is tasteless, more texture than flavor. But these are incredible. And so easy thanks to frozen puff pastry dough.

Cheese danish

I cut my dough into 8 pieces, which was a good size for us. We all agreed that we didn't need the glaze in the original recipe. I also added a pinch of salt to the cheese filling.

Cheese Danish
As seen on Kate’s Recipe Box
Makes 8-12

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature for an hour, until it unfolds without breaking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out the puff pastry into roughly a 9 x 13" rectangle. Cut into 8 or 12 even pieces. Lay the pieces on the lined baking sheet.

Using a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, salt, lemon zest, and vanilla. Place about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on top of each puff pastry, spreading out slightly so you have only a thin band of dough at the edges.

Beat the egg with the water and brush evenly over the puff pastry.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the puff pastry is lightly browned. Let cool to room temperature and serve.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

I think it's safe to say this blog has become just a space for me to easily share recipes with friends and family. Case in point - I posted a photo of this stir fry on IG last night and am only blogging it because a friend asked me for the recipe.

Beef stir fry

I had planned to make Amy's Stir Fry Beef with Snow Peas but Steve and Katie bought snap peas, which I don't love for stir fry, and at the last minute I decided I wanted a lot more veggies. I turned to my Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry recipe for inspiration and this recipe was born.

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry
Adapted from Belly Full and So Tasty, So Yummy

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 pounds beef sirloin, fat trimmed and sliced very thin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
2 carrots, peeled and cut on the bias
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 bag frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix
8 ounces fresh snow peas (or snap peas)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can baby corn
1 can sliced water chestnuts
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
white rice or noodles, for serving

Placing the sirloin steak in the freezer for a few hours before you want to slice it helps you get super thin slices of meat.

In a large bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar and cornstarch. Add sliced meat to bowl and toss to coat. Set aside.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add onion, red bell pepper and carrots and stir fry until starting to brown. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside.

Allow pan to get very hot again, adding more oil if needed. With tongs, add half the meat by spreading it out in the skillet, leaving the marinade in the bowl. Let the meat sear, without stirring, for one minute. Turn meat over and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate. Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first.

Once all the beef is cooked, add a bit more oil to the skillet and heat. Add the mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower and snow peas. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then add the ginger, garlic, baby corn and water chestnuts. Stir fry until fragrant, then add in the beef, cooked veggies and chicken broth. Cook for one more minute, then add the scallions.

Serve immediately over cooked hot rice or noodles.
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Monday, July 23, 2018

Cuban Taquitos

My friend Amy over at Bellyfull recently posted a photo of these Cuban Taquitos on her Instagram page. I knew immediately that they'd be a huge hit. We all love the flavors in a Cuban sandwich but my usual recipe is much more time-consuming. These were so easy!

Cuban rollups

I guesstimated the amounts based on how we like our Cuban sandwiches and the results were perfect. I was only able to make one small (taco size) roll-up and four larger (fajita size) roll-ups so I adjusted the amounts below. I had the leftovers for lunch today and they reheat beautifully in the toaster oven.

Cuban Taquitos
As seen on Bellyfull's Instagram

10 fajita size flour tortillas
yellow mustard
1/2-lb thinly sliced deli ham
1/2-lb thinly sliced deli turkey
1/2-lb thinly sliced lacy Swiss cheese
1 jar sandwich stacker dill pickles

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Lay out your tortillas on a clean work surface. I find it easier to portion out amounts when you can do all of them at once. Spread some mayo on the bottom half of each tortilla. Squirt a little mustard on top of the mayo. Divide the ham and turkey evenly between the tortillas. You should be have at least two slices of each meat per tortilla. Layer on some of the Swiss and then top with one or two pickles.

Roll the tortillas as tightly as you can and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that's been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tortillas or baste with melted butter. Sprinkle some salt on top.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the meat is hot.
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