Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Green Curry Thai Crockpot Chicken

One of my favorite dishes is Thai Green Curry. While this dish is not like the Thai Green Curry soup that you will find in a Thai restaurant, it has a similar flavor and is DELICIOUS! Oh... and extremely easy to make.

Ingredients:

4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 can bamboo shoots
Thai Green Curry Paste (I used WorldFoods Thai Green Curry Paste, which isn't very spicy but is packed with flavor. I used about a half a jar of it. Some green curry pastes can be very spicy so be careful if you use a different variety... a couple of spoonfuls can do the trick.)
1 can coconut milk
Chinese Five Spice
Salt and pepper
Thai basil (Optional)

Directions:

1. Place raw chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with Chinese Five Spice, salt, and pepper. Pour coconut milk and green curry paste on top. (I also added a little bit of Thai Basil that I had frozen.) Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, high for about 4 hours.


2. Remove chicken, shred it (it should fall apart), then return it to slow cooker.

3. Add broccoli and bamboo shoots, stir, cover, and heat on low for a about another 30 minutes. (You could also add fresh Thai basil at this point for a little extra flavor.)


4. Serve over brown rice and enjoy!

Notes: You could also substitute the broccoli with something more traditionally Thai like red peppers and/or eggplant. (I had broccoli on hand, so that's what I used.)

Warning: This dish smells amazing... it may drive you crazy if you are home while it's cooking. I could hardly wait to eat dinner!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wedding Card Album

Ever wonder what to do with all of those beautiful wedding cards that you received. Luckily, before our wedding, I saw this idea on Pinterest. Now, I'm not the scrapbooker in my family (that would be my sister L. Grace Lauer over at Grace's Scrap Attic) but I've got all the supplies and I can hold my own. So, last night I sat down to tackle this project and our huge stack of cards. I followed her directions fairly closely with a couple of improvisations along the way :) The biggest change was that I couldn't find a metal ring that was large enough to go through all of the cards. Instead, I threaded some twine through each card and tied it in a bow.

I love this idea because we get to keep all of the wishes and thoughts that our friends and family wrote in one place. It's neat, organized, and pretty. What a great keepsake!

Front Cover

Finished Book, Side View

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

National Martini Day!

My hubby's away tonight and I found out that it was National Martini Day... so I thought I would celebrate! I searched our liquor cabinet for something to make a yummy martini. I was thinking chocolate and some sort of berry. However, the only berry liquor we had was strawberry rum. I'm really not sure how rum would mix with vodka so I kept looking... and there it was Triple Sec. Therefore, I'm calling this my Chocolate Orange Truffle Martini. Here's to girls night in!

Sheay's Chocolate Orange Truffle Martini

1 part Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 
1 part Chocolate Vodka 
1/2 to 1 part Triple Sec (depending on how much orange flavor you like) 

Drizzle a martini glass with dark chocolate syrup. Shake over ice, strain into martini glass, and  enjoy!

(Disclaimer: Please drink responsibly and make sure that you are at least 21 before you enjoy this! BTW- I'm sure someone else has tried something like this, but I didn't bother to look it up.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

J'adore le blog!

I recently discovered this blog, The Novice Chef, thanks to a link on pinterest. I am in love with it. Last night I made her Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas and they were amazing! They will definitely be a repeat dinner in our home. Her Cake Batter Martini looks fabulous and would be perfect for a birthday celebration. Someone I know needs to have a birthday party so I can try it out!

On a side note... last semester I started taking French classes. This semester I am continuing with french 102. I'm loving the language so when you see postings or phrases in French please just bare with me. I'm a bit of French language geek at this point :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Welcome Mr. & Mrs.!

That's right I am now a Mrs.! After months and months of planning, the wedding is over and we are returning to our normal lives again. Which means I have time for cooking again! Yay :)

Yesterday, I went to potluck at a friends house. The idea was to make the crazy recipes that you've always wanted to try. Mine was this Grapefruit Guacamole recipe. It has been intriguing me for a while, but I really wasn't sure about it. Turns out it's amazing! Even Tom liked it and he doesn't like grapefruit. It is a very refreshing summer guacamole. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Recipe Notes: Rosted green chili is impossible to find in Chicago, so I used a can of the store bought hatch chilies. It was really good, but very mild. If you live in Colorado I would recommend getting the good stuff... freshly roasted green chilies. Enjoy!