February 20, 2014

Roasted Country-Style Potatoes

I think one of my favorite vegetables to roast are honestly potatoes because they get so darn crispy and flavorful. While I still love my Roasted Ranch Potatoes, these country-style potatoes make a perfect side for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

February 8, 2014

Indian Butter Chicken

Alright, so I'm going to start this post by saying that I never ever thought I would be an Indian food fan based on the smell alone. One step into my hometown's Indian restaurant to hang up a poster and I thought I might pass out.
But here I am, a couple years later, realizing that I do in fact like curry and absolutely love this Indian Butter Chicken.

Thanks to a fellow blogger, I tried this recipe and fell in love. There is so much flavor going on in this dish and it doesn't scream curry. Love, love, love it.

Indian Butter Chicken
Adapted from Let’s Dish
Serves 4-6
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 Tbsp. butter
1 can (14.5 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream or half & half
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
                    
1. Combine the garlic, salt, pepper, spices and lime juice.
2. Pour over chicken in a shallow container or Ziploc bag and marinate for at least two hours.
3. Saute the onion in the butter until soft. Add marinated chicken and cook about 10 minutes.
4. Add the tomato sauce. Cook for 30 minutes over medium-low heat with the lid on.
5. Add the cream and cilantro and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, until sauce is thickened slightly. Serve over rice.

February 6, 2014

Soft and Thin Snickerdoodles

Ok everyone, these snickerdoodles honestly changed my life. They are moist, buttery and have the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar. I made them for my friend's baby shower and they were a big hit (as were my favorite chocolate chip cookies.)
If you want a simple and delicious cookie recipe to try, this is it. You will not be disappointed.

Soft and Thin Snickerdoodles
2-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
 2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. Cream together butter and sugar. {If you're doing this by hand, cream until pale and fluffy. If you're using a mixer, mix for about 3 minutes.)
4. Mix in eggs until well combined.
5. Gradually mix in flour until dough forms.
6. In a separate, small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon together.
7. Shape dough into about 1-3/4 inch balls.
8. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar.
9. Space about 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
10. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Enjoy!

February 4, 2014

Kitchen Gallery Wall

To switch things up a bit, I want to post about my new kitchen gallery wall my husband and I hung up last month. For this gallery wall, I wanted some more texture and dimension so I hung more than just frames. I want to give just a brief description of everything I used and where you can still purchase some of these items.
I absolutely love this quote by Julia Child. I find it completely true and hilarious. I wanted a print to frame, but couldn't find one I liked well enough. This tea towel I found on Etsy was perfect though. 

That serving set is from good old Antrhopologie. Jordan got it for me last year for Valentine's Day and I've always wanted to display it somehow. It's too pretty not to. I found some cute ribbon at Target, wrapped it around the handles and tied a knot over each nail. Easy peasy. Sadly they are no longer available, but I think this set is just as dreamy.
I have always wanted to display some of my food photography and took full advantage. This hamburger print is of this yummy recipe.

My sister gave me this 2014 Rifle Paper Co. Herb and Spices Calendar for my birthday and of course I'm in love with it. Don't worry, it's only February and you could honestly use it every year.
This shelf holds some random yet cute decor that I've had for quite a while.

The fake plant is from Kohl's, the picture frame holds a photo of my beloved Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo, the pear is from Michael's, the teacup is from Anthropologie years ago and the plate is from T.J. Maxx with some Target ribbon weaved through.
Lastly, I hung up a photo of my Belgian Cinnamon Liege Waffles, Burger Gyros and a flower print from IKEA in some old frames.

Overall, I love the way the wall turned out and how it fills up the space so well.