Archive for ‘Recipes’

September 20th, 2007

Ahhh…fall!

I wish I could say that it’s obviously no longer summer, but that’s not really the case here in Northern Alabama. It’s definitely cooler at night and in the morning, but the days still get up into the mid-80′s. That’s an absolute improvement over the low 100′s we had for over three weeks in a row, but it’s not the fall/autumn that I know and love. We’re getting there, though!

In an effort to move things along, I’ve stopped wearing shorts and changed my blog theme to a fall look. I’ve been bouncing between two of them, trying to decide which I like better. Each of them requires some editing, which scares me, so I’ll probably end up sticking with the one that requires the least amount of effort on my part.

This time of year makes me crave soups, breads, and hearty foods. I’ve never been very good at making great soups, but I’m hoping to change that this year. If any of you have easy-ish recipes that you would like to share, please feel free! In the meantime, I think I’m going to start with this simple Asian Chicken Soup from Martha Stewart. It seems fairly light, so that might help balance the calendar with the actual weather outside. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Since I don’t have any good fall photos yet, I’ll leave you with this one of Alex enjoying our last strawberry pie of the season. He really likes strawberry pie…

BerryPie

March 6th, 2007

Any Thai cooks out there?

One of our favorite restaurants in Huntsville is a Thai restaurant. For the longest time, I think it was the only Thai restaurant in town. Their food is awesome and the atmosphere in the place is very friendly. But, as much as we love this place, there is no way we can afford to eat there as often as we want to. Actually, if the crowd there Saturday night was any indication, we probably couldn’t get in even if we could afford to. Anyway, I thought I would try to figure out how to make our favorite dishes here at home. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no experience in Asian cooking — unless the La Choy Chow Mein counts.

According to the restaurant menu, my favorite dish is Pad Gra-Tiam Prig Thai. It is chicken sauteed with garlic, broccoli and special Thai seasonings. I’m good with the chicken, garlic, and broccoli, but I’m clueless on the “special Thai seasonings.” It’s a spicy dish, but it has really good flavor, too. Immensely helpful, I know. Have any of you had luck with Thai cooking? Any idea what the special seasonings could be? Should I just head into my local Asian market and look for the jar of Special Thai Seasoning? Seriously, any tips are greatly appreciated.

Update: I think I’ve found a reasonably close recipe to the one I was looking for. I haven’t tried it yet, but if you like Thai food, you might want to check out this website.

February 12th, 2007

Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice

We made this the other night for dinner. It was really quite good and not all that difficult to put together. It was rated Easy, after all, but I’ve found those labels aren’t all that accurate at times.

It’s one of Rachael Ray’s recipes. I don’t know why, but I’m just not a huge fan of hers. Her recipes all seem good enough, but there’s just something about her personality that rubs me the wrong way. Anyway…

It made quite a bit and Rod took some to work with him the next day. He offered some to a coworker who gave it the ultimate compliment – “what brand is this?” We also made the glazed spinach salad that was supposed to pair well with the chipotle cashew chicken, but we didn’t really care for it.

We’ve tried a few other recipes lately and I’ll try to get them posted to share. We’ve been fortunate that they’ve all been pretty good. I probably just jinxed myself with that comment…


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