It may be spring where most of you are, but in the mountains spring means warm sunny days scattered throughout big wet snowstorms. We have started lots of herbs in our window, but are just waiting for REAL Summit County spring (aka summer) to come so that we can plant our vegetables outside! As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers right? Next time you are stuck inside on a rainy day, enjoy this comforting and absolutely delicious dinner. The recipe calls for only a half a bottle of wine, which means some left over to enjoy while you relax and listen to the rain.
Colorado has been getting hit with lots of snow and cold weather recently, which has been making me crave hearty food. This classic Thai dish is hearty but healthy! Perfect for cold snowy days in Colorado or warm sunny days in Thailand. If you are feeling adventurous you can make your own green curry paste from my previous post here, if not you can purchase green curry paste from most stores. This recipe is the classic style for Thai Green Curry, but you can switch it up with whatever veggies or meat you desire.
As some of you may know, I am applying to the Basque Stage Sammic Rising Stars Scholarship. If I win, I get to do a 3-month stage at Xarma restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain! If you follow my blog, you probably already know about my addiction to food and experiencing new cultures, and how excited I get when I can combine the two! As part of my application, I had to create a dish to share. I wanted my dish to represent who I am, as well as my style of cooking.
Today I have another how-to to share with you all. It is something that used to seem so intimidating to me, but now seems so simple. Not only is it rewarding to be able to break down your own chicken, it is much cheaper than buying pre-cut chicken! I was able to buy whole chickens for less than $5 each at King Soopers! If you want free-range chickens it will be a little more expensive, but still nowhere close to the price of pre-cut pieces. I have also grown to enjoy switching up my typical routine of boneless, skinless breasts. There is so much more to a chicken than that!
Yikes! Is it already Wednesday?! It looks like I am on Hawaiian time with my blog posts. This weekend/week has been packed with fun and work. For Easter, I got to go to the West side of the island to the gorgeous beaches. Since then, it has been work, work, work at Morimoto. Although I have to admit, I recently read an article about the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. Number one? “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” So, let this be a reminder to us all, sometimes calling in sick or volunteering to go home early is worth more than the $50 from your work hours. I know I won’t be letting work get me down any more while I am here in Hawaii.
Do you hate making decisions? I kind of do. This week was filled with some big decision making, I will share more with you when things are more solidified. Either way, it’s weeks like these that make me want to just pack my bags and go, yet again. I don’t want to decide on things, I just want them to happen; unfortunately this is not always how life works, so for now I will hope that I am making the right decisions and that things will figure themselves out in the end. Our guest blogger this Friday is one of the masterminds behind SaucyCooks, Jill, who has also had to make some big decisions. Luckily for us, they involved her starting the SaucyCooks blog. Check out her delicious Chicken Marsala recipe for this week’s Featured Foodie Friday.
Today is an exciting Featured Foodie Friday for me; it is my mom! After reading this post it will all make sense. My mom is a world traveler foodie, just like me; where do you think I got it? She worked at IBM for 25 years before deciding to quit and start her own private culinary classes business, Cooking With Michele. Check her out and if you are interested in taking classes or going on her yearly trip to cooking school in Italy let her know, she would love to have you. So there you are, I am proud to introduce my mom, Michele with her Caribbean Curried Lamb recipe this week.
Caribbean Curried Lamb
First off, I want to say thank you to all my followers who voted for me in the Whole Foods Market Best Baked Breakfast contest; I WON! Winning a $75 gift card to Whole Foods was so exciting! I also have an interview on the Whole Foods blog that you can check out here. Please check out my winning Breakfast Pizza recipe!
I never thought I’d see the day that this happened, but I applied for a second job this week. I have an interview tomorrow to be a prepared foods cook at Whole Foods in Honolulu! I really hope I get the job, considering that I am B-R-O-K-E (so I encourage you to keep visiting my site and reading my posts to help me earn ad money haha). Another exciting update from here in Hawaii, the rain is starting to die out!! Hooray for sunshine! But yes, now onto the food.