Easy Chicken Curry

easy chicken curry

We are always trying to eat better. That means more meals at home. This recipe was a hit.

1 rotisserie chicken -  I like rotisserie chicken because someone else cooked it. Just shred it.
2 T butter
4 green onions, chopped
3 T curry powder - Sounds like a lot, but yes you do need 3 T.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 can of pineapple tidbits, plus the juice
3 T crystallized ginger - I chopped it in my new NINGA food processor that I love. (No one paid me to say that.)
Ground red pepper, to taste
4 T raisins
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Trader Joe's brown rice. I get the box with 3 packs of rice in it. It is in the freezer section. Just microwave for 3 minutes.

Shred chicken, set aside.

Heat butter in sauce pan. Add onions and saute 2-3 minutes. Stir in curry powder. Gradually add the coconut milk, chicken stock and juice from the pineapple.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the ginger and red pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add chicken, simmer for 15 minutes.

Add raisins, pineapple, lime juice and cream. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve over rice. Enjoy.

Why I consider this easy is the substitution of rotisserie chicken vs. poaching chicken. Plus the tasty, easy microwavable rice.

jack + ella paper

Just want to share these fun Jack + Ella Paper recipe cards. 20 pack, 4 designs, double sided. Jack + Ella's design, my lettering and illustrations. http://www.jackandellapaper.com/misc-paper-goods

heirloom tomato and onion quiche

This is a great way to use up some of this years bumper crop of tomatoes. It is quite tasty. And to cut prep time I use a frozen deep dish pie crust. Too bad I didn’t make 2.

And here is the recipe http://www.recipebridge.com/g/108/4763565/heirloom-tomato-and-onion-quiche

breakfast smoothie

Time for a cold smoothie instead of a warm morning drink.

The day before.... 1. Brew coffee and put in the refrigerator. 2. Peel bananas and wrap individually in saran wrap and freeze.

To make:

I use my little Cusinart smoothie marker. (Thanks again Jen!)

In the tumbler I put... 1 c skim or 2% milk 3/4 c cold coffee 1 frozen banana chopped in pieces 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

If you want it a little sweeter add a little sugar or stevia.

If you want it a little more chocolately add a bit of Trader Joe's sipping chocolate.

Blend and enjoy!

Corn Soup

Harmony Valley Farm Sweet Corn Soup - L'Etoile Restaurant

3 T butter 2 large yellow onions, peeled and julienned (cut like matchsticks) 1 T salt 1/2 t black pepper 1 T sugar 1/4 t red pepper flakes 12 ears sweet corn, shucked and corn cut from the cob 3 cups cream 3 cups whole milk 2 T snipped chives

Melt butter in 6- to 8-quart stockpot; add onions, salt, black pepper, sugar and pepper flakes. Saute onions, stirring occasionally, until moisture has evaporated (thus concentrating their sweetness), about 20 minutes. Add corn, cream and milk; bring to a boil and cook another 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and puree in blender in small batches (blenders work better than food processors for this). Pass through a medium-fine sieve, season to taste, and reheat. Sprinkle each bowl with chives. Makes 8 servings.

kryptonite. Yes this soup has been referred to as that. It might be my favorite soup recipe. Best made with fresh corn but during the rest of the year I get bags of Trader Joe's Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn.

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The recipe comes from this great Madison cookbook. If you like veggies or the farmer's market it is a must have. Other fav recipes of mine are the Cauliflower Blue Cheese Soup, Spicy Potato Sausage and Greens Soup and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto.

If interested you can get it here. In fact I think I will order one for a favorite gardener of mine.


almost spring, more knitting, good soup & font promos


another post following the theme that it is still Winter ish here. I am now going to say it is almost Spring. I just noticed yesterday that there is water right next to our retaining wall. That is serious cause for celebration!!! But there is still an awful lot of frozen lake out there. But it is starting to get that mushy look.



Here is a cute pair of Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers. This is also from KnitPicks and uses the same yarn as I used for the Frida Mitts. This is washable wool. And they got even softer after being washed.



I am still making Chicken Gnocchi Soup. This soup you can make last minute and it is very forgiving. I use it as a base soup and then add extra veggies that I have. Sometimes I use a roasted chicken or even canned chicken in a pinch. It is always good. I prefer the Trader Joe's gnocchi as it seem to be a little smaller. This is a make it and eat it soup rather than a simmer all day type of soup.

For the recipe click here.

Tomorrow is April, so if you need any new Kitchen or Food fonts there are 4 on sale 50 off. Links on the right.


grand raspberry trifle


Just finished making this for a party. It is always a hit. It is tasty and pretty too. It is a Martha Stewart recipe. And can be found here.

It says it takes only 20 minutes and I find it takes a bit longer to assemble. I use Sara Lee Pound Cake. If you go looking for it the packaging is now different and the one I found was already sliced. I also beat my whipping cream until it is rather stiff. This can be made 24 hours ahead of time.



rhubarb pie and kitcam


Rhubarb pie. In fact I made 2 because we had company and it was enjoyed by all. And it was as good as it looks. Not really being a baker it did take me all morning. But it was well worth it.

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Picture was taken with the iPhone app Kitcam. There you can mix and match 15 lenses, 32 different films, and 20 frames. This is fast becoming one of my fav photo apps. And I like the graphic.

I was going for a Norman Rockwellesque look. Since I very rarely appear in any of my photos I had to set the shot up so my handsome hubby could point and shoot.


I played with the lenses, film and frames until I got what I wanted. Liked the punched up color, the frame and grayed edges. Also set the app to take continuous shots every 2 seconds. Lots of film, not too much pain and I though I would get one decent shot.

As I was researching to write this post I found that GhostBird Software, the developers of Kitcam, has been purchased by Yahoo! to become part of the Flickr team. As a result, it has now been removed from the App Store, though will continue to work for anyone who has already downloaded it. And if you've ever had the app you'll still be able to re-download it.

But to keep you from being too disappointed I'll share my rhubarb pie recipe.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Pie

I start with 2 deep dish frozen pie crusts from the store. If you make your own, well good for you.

FILLING 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 c dairy sour cream 1  1/2 c sugar 2 T flour 1 t vanilla 1/4 t salt 3 1/2 c chopped rhubarb

TOPPING 1/4 c brown sugar 1/4 c flower 3 T butter

Preheat oven to 450.

FILLING: Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Stir in rhubarb. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking 20-25 minutes. Add topping.

TOPPING: Mix together, sprinkle over pie and continue baking until pie is set.

Makes 8 servings.