comfort food

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Country style Pork ribs

A Happy New Year to all the readers out there.  May 2017 be filled with lots of yummy dishes in your kitchen. It was a busy holiday season, so unfortunately my blog took a seat on the back burner so to speak.  But I’m back again, ready to share some of my own creations and read a lot of yours.

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Lentil and vegetarian cottage pie

In keeping with the warm Fall colors, this delicious and aromatic cottage pie came to be.  Can you imagine my excitement when I saw this orange cauliflower just waiting to be picked at Trader Joe’s? Trader Joe’s is a neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and produce from around the globe and around the corner. The quality is second to none and the prices, very reasonable.  The flowers used in this presentation are also from Trader Joe’s – my one stop shop 🙂

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Thai Basil Chicken

When there’s a slight nip in the air, my taste buds crave comfort foods.  Whilst many long for an endless summer, I anxiously await the drop in temperatures.  You see, summers on the East Coast of the USA are hot and humid; I’m not a fan of air conditioning, but in this part of the world, one cannot live without it.  I welcome Fall with open arms, there’s just so much to look forward to.  This Thai Basil Chicken curry was the first dish I cooked when the weather turned.  I wanted to use some of the Thai sweet basil that I had in the garden, I also wanted to test the Thai chilies – be warned folks, they are pretty hot, so handle with care.  It is National Curry Week in the UK, so what better way to showcase this week satiating your taste buds with a glorious aromatic curry.

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Four gals, a guy and a cooking party!

Cooking all alone in your kitchen day in and day out can seem like drudgery, especially if you aren’t particularly interested in the culinary arts. But when you invite a few friends over and turn it into a party, suddenly cooking becomes a lot more cheery.  A cooking party is a great excuse to host a get together, and this is exactly what we did a couple weeks ago.   When one of the gals decided on an “Indian-themed Nite” we put on our thinking caps and came up with a menu in a few short days.  Colby was kind enough to host this wonderful get-together at her Philadelphia home with Sallie, Amy and my husband 🙂 Isn’t it just dandy when you are able to cook together with friends, fueled of course by glasses of vino, music and dancing?  Cooking with friends requires a sense of humor and a relaxed demeanor, we definitely had that going for us.   It’s the perfect occasion to enjoy the fun of entertaining from prepping to clean up, and everything in between.

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A family affair – A guest post by my Husband

This is a fun post.  Some of you who are my regular readers, may remember that we started a tradition last year by introducing a curry cook-off as a way of getting friends together in the depths of winter.  Well, we hosted it again this year and my husband Bert, agreed to do a guest post for my blog.   Here’s the post in his words.

Last week we held our annual curry cook-off, the second annual anyway, so I guess it’s a tradition. As a sequel, Loretta asked me to write something about my background. Organized as a winter counterbalance to our friends Owen and Angela’s (annual) chili cook-off, it brings out the competitive streak in our male friends. They are extremely creative with their curries. Me, I’m no cook and lucky to have Loretta.

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Spinach and Sweet Potato Curry

As promised, here is another curry that will warm you up from head to toe.  We are finally going to experience our first substantial snowfall of this season, (which is projected to be a blizzard), so what better way than to celebrate with a couple of hearty and robust curries.  The paneer dish (Indian cheese) below was replicated from Naina’s Blog “Spice in the City”.  Take a peek around her blog, it is simply amazing with an array of recipes all strikingly showcased. I especially liked the creaminess of this dish derived from the ground cashews with a dollop of sour cream.  I made a few adjustments to her recipe, but if you’d like her full recipe, click here.

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Lebanese inspired Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas

Thinking of Selma again as I prepare to cross the pond in a couple of months to visit family and friends.  You see about this time last year, Selma and I had arranged to meet up in Winchester, explore the area and get better acquainted as blogger friends.  But it was not to be, in the end I was not able to keep our assigned date, but had promised that we would try again this year.  I am still so saddened by the tragic loss of a wonderful woman who reached out and touched so many hearts and minds.  She was well loved by all the blogging community.  Looking through her blog again prompted me to try this chicken dish.  I love chicken cooked up in many different ways and this one has to be my all time favorite.  I’ve cooked it a few times and it always receives rave reviews at our house.

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