Archive for July, 2010

Behold: Indian Comfort Food

Posted: July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Behold:  this stuff!

Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste.  If you’ve ever spent $6 on a bottle of curry spice, you will love this stuff instead.  I grabbed a 2 POUND bucket at Cash & Carry for about $3 – it makes 100 servings of curry.  But the bigger news is:  it’s so much better than the spice.  It’s a blend of several Indian spices, heavy on the curry, and it’s just delicious and so easy to use.

I stir-fried about 2 teaspoons of paste in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes.  The aroma is amazing!  Then I added one can of coconut milk (which, by the way, is about $3 at Safeway and only .89 at Cash & Carry) and one chopped onion.  I let that simmer while the rice was cooking.  I know traditional curry also has potatoes, but I’m not a fan – you could sure add them, though, if you love ’em.  After about 15 minutes, I threw in 3 cups of  chopped boneless chicken breast.  Serve over rice and be sure to add this stuff:

I don’t understand why it sometimes snows in Bend in June, and I also don’t understand why mango chutney holds the key to chicken curry, I just know that it does.  It really does.  Just spoon it on top and open your heart and mind to a taste explosion.

Finally, I have a theory about why Indians don’t eat beef and it’s this:  they don’t have to eat beef, because they have naan. 

I think maybe I’ve expressed my deep and undying love for naan here before, but it bears repeating:  YUM.  I made my own for the first time yesterday using this recipe.  It wasn’t hard to make, but I have to admit that the stuff I buy at Trader Joe’s is better.  It’s pillowy and authentic in a way that mine was not.  But, mine was still delicious and I will definitely make it again in my oven on a pizza stone instead of on the grill.

Even though this is all definitely Americanized, I love it when my children experiencing at least a taste of other cultures.  What’s your favorite comfort food?


Behold: Summer Days

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

Sometimes, nothing gigantic happens to define a day as really good or really bad.  Sometimes, it’s just a pileup of little lovely things that end up creating something pretty grand.

  • My room was exactly the right temperature when I woke up.  Don’t you love when that happens?
  • My venti coffee was extra strong and just really wonderful (and the Starbucks barista and I had a fun conversation about nutmeg.)
  • Speaking of nutmeg, I risked a piece of coffee cake and found NO discernible traces of that sneaky spice.
  • Devotions from Ephesians with a team that I love.
  • Meeting with a passionate co-worker about a wonderful project.
  • Lots of work moved to the OUTbox!
  • Totally fun, surprise visit from a friend who found herself kid-free on a summer day.
  • White bean and sausage cassoulet for dinner.  Oh, how I love French comfort food.
  • Lazy walk with Steve at Old Mill (have I mentioned how I feel about my dear Bend in the summer time?)

Behold:  a beautifully, simple, savory day.  I am so thankful.

Summer Lovin’

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

A few things I’m loving this summer:

Muddled Watermelon cubes & mint, sprite and a splash of lime over crushed ice.  I don’t want summer to ever end!

    O.P.I. nail polish in Tutti Fruitti Tonga.  It just sings summer breeze!

      Fun, flowy dresses.  This one is from Modcloth but they can be found everywhere this year.  Dresses are such a bargain since they stand alone and they save me a bunch of time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear with what.

        Chicken salad sandwiches!  I just think it’s the perfect summer food.  Here’s the recipe for the one in the picture.

          And now, I must apologize for what I’m about to share.  I should keep it to myself.  It would be best for all of us.  But, alas, I cannot.  You must behold:

          Yeah, it’s  a Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake.  Yeah, it’s delicious and deadly.  And yet, if you’re in the mood to live life large, you can find the road map right here.

          That’s it for today – gotta go toast some Jet Puffs!

          For Steve

          Posted: July 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

          Dear Steve,

          I can say this about this year:  Wow.  It’s really been a doozy, right?  But I am amazed at the way Jesus uses so many swirling, spinning things to bring two people into security with Him and with each other.

          I love you.  More than words can say and more certainly than I have ever known it.

          I ran into this children’s poem recently that said exactly what I wanted to say to you:

          I Like You
          I like you because I don’t know why but
          Everything that happens is nicer with you
          I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
          It must have been lonesome then
          I like you because because because
          I forget why I like you but I do

          So many reasons
          On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
          On the fifth of July, I like you too
          If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
          If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
          We could be a HOLIDAY
          We could be a CELEBRATION
          We could be a WHOLE PARADE

          See what I mean?
          Even if it was the 999th of July
          Even if it was August
          Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
          Even if it was no place particular in January
          I would go on choosing you
          And you would go on choosing me
          Over and over again

          That’s how it would happen every time
          I don’t know why
          I guess I don’t know why I really like you
          Why do I like you
          I guess I just like you
          I guess I just like you because I like you.

          -by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

          Til our 999th of Always,


          Go Fourth and Eat

          Posted: July 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

          So, I need to know:  am I still a legitimate American if I don’t bbq something on the 4th of July?   Be honest, I can take it.

          The thing is, while I love grilled food, I secretly think it’s more work.  Especially things like burgers which require sliced, diced and prepared accoutrement in order for them to be holiday-worthy.  Since I have a houseful this year, I don’t want to be doing a bunch of stuff at the last minute so I decided to make this instead.  Baked ziti.  I’ve tried a lot of recipes for Ziti and this is by far my favorite.  It’s cheesy glory and makes enough to feed a whole entire army of proud Yankees.  And it can be made ahead and then baked an hour or so before serving.  Throw in a salad and bread and it’s a party!

          So Ziti is my plan.  And these cupcakes by Giada which remind me of trifle but not so “pile -o-dessert”ish.  Speaking of which, I’m totally on a cupcake kick and I probably will need some sort of intervention soon.

          Loving America, Jesus, family and food,