Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Curry Chicken Salad

There's nothing like chicken by the lake on a sunny summer day. A girl can dream right? In the need of some serious comfort food, I decided to make a winter version of one of my favorite warm-weather party dishes. Add some cranberries, nuts and curry powder, and you have a spicy version fit for a cold, rainy day.

I have to admit, I can't take all of the credit for this recipe.  My mom puts curry in a lot of her chicken dishes so this is definitely a meal that's close to my heart :)

What You'll Need:
1-2 pounds chicken
4 tablespoons mayo
Juice from 1 lemon
Curry powder
Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
Salt and red pepper
1/3 cup cranberries
1/3 cup toasted pecans

What to Do:
Place chicken and 1/2 cup water in a crock pot overnight or until tender (about 8 hours). Shred chicken and the mayo, one tablespoon at a time until well coated (you can use more or less depending on your preference). Add lemon juice and spices. I usually use about a tablespoon of curry powder and a few teaspoons of the other spices. It doesn't hurt to taste as you go :) Toss in the cranberries and pecans and enjoy. I love this on yeasty rolls or over lettuce. 

So, how do you like your chicken salad?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kitchen Update

So I know it's been a while. Ok. Almost 2 weeks. But we've been kitchen-less and, let's face it, it's kinda hard to keep up a food blog without a kitchen :) We are close to being done though (yippee!) so I thought I'd share a few photos of the progress.

Here's the kitchen demolition in progress. I am sad that we got rid of the old ironing cabinet but it's going to make the space so much more functional.  We're keeping the old sink for porch parties too.

And here's the cabinetry starting to go up and the new kitchen color. The yellow with black granite counters would not be cool. Too much like GA Tech colors. My dad would never come over if we kept the yellow. 

Oh, and did I mention we actually have cabinets on more than one wall and around the fridge now. Who knew some wooden boxes could make a girl so happy? 
Bonus: we're getting a new laundry room. If if weren't so drafty, I'd love to keep the exposed brick. 

I promise I'm getting back to cooking tomorrow so check back Sunday for a delish curried chicken salad recipe. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Vanilla Caramel Bourbon Sauce

A few weeks ago, a co-worker brought me some amazing vanilla. I mean the real deal. Made in an actual tropical country and everything. And the bottle is huge! So what do you do with a ginormous bottle of vanilla? Make caramel homemade sauce, obviously. It's so much better than anything you could buy at the store. This recipe seriously has me digging caramel now.

All of your key food groups are included too. Butter. Sugar. Bourbon. And it pairs nicely with my favorite food, ice cream.

What You'll Need:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon

What to Do: 
Mix sugar and water over medium heat until mixture turns a pretty amber color. Be careful not to burn it! Reduce heat to low and slowly pour in heavy cream (it will sputter and bubble so watch out). Mix in remaining ingredients until smooth. Sauce will thicken as it cools. 

This is also awesome in coffee (that would be food group #4) and makes a great gift. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blue Cheese Dip

Tangy, creamy, salty. I could eat my weight in cheese and blue cheese is one that's grown on me in recent years. While you can get fancy with the dishes you add it to, I love it in a classic dip. So, in honor of the Super Bowl, I'm sharing two versions of my fave blue cheese dip. 

What You'll Need (Heavier Version):
6 ounces cup sour cream
4 ounces full fat blue cheese
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Dash hot sauce

What You'll Need (Lighter Version):
6 ounces plain greek yogurt
4 oz light blue cheese
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Dash hot sauce 

What to Do:
For both versions, melt half of the blue cheese in the microwave. Add remaining ingredients and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Serve with veggies, pita points or add a bit of olive oil and use as a salad dressing. Now, time to watch some football.