The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Late on saturday night as I was preparing an object lesson for my primary kids at church, I realized I had kinda run out of time to bake the 60 cookies that I wanted to give to them for a handout! Instead, I decided to make some cookie-dough balls — if my primary kids were anything like my own kids, I knew they would much prefer these anyway! I substituted the egg in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for milk, to make them “edible” and quadrupled the batch. We had SO many left-over, that the adults got to eat some too–and they were a HUGE hit. I don’t think as many people have asked me for one of my recipes as much as this one! So, I told everyone i’d post it on the Blog! I was going to halve, and maybe even halve again, the recipe–but the batch turned out SO spot-on perfect, that I didn’t want to mess it up. They are soft and creamy, with the perfect balance of salt, and sugar and vanilla! I know this recipe makes a lot, but you can freeze any left over cookie dough balls, or make cookie dough ice-cream, or just hand them out to everyone you know to make them love you! ;-)

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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

I have already found my favorite go-to recipes for chicken curry, chicken tikka masala, chicken korma, and chicken Makhani {aka. Indian Butter chicken}, which are some of my favorite recipes of all time, and the most popular out of all the recipes on my Blog. The next two most popular Indian chicken dishes on my list to make– are chicken tandoori and chicken biryani. I decided to make them together, because they both go hand in hand! The first day I made a curried pilaf rice with the tandoori chicken, then the next day, I chopped up the chicken, sautéed it up with the spinach, added the left-over curried rice, and served it with a side of raita to make the Biryani. This Biryani recipe might seem like a lot of work, but when you make the chicken tandoori and curried pilaf rice as your meal the day before, it comes together in minutes! I have tried a lot of Biryani’s, that have been dry, or bland, or too greasy–but this recipe is the BEST one I have ever tasted–so i’m really excited to add yet another awesome indian chicken dish to my repertoire! I hope you guys enjoy!
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Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

This week I decided to make a delicious Chicken Biryani, which I couldn’t serve without a side of delicious, cooling, raita! I have attempted raita, and its cousin tzatziki, in the past–but just couldn’t seem to get them as thick and creamy and flavorful as I would have liked. This time, I decided to use the highest quality greek yoghurt that I could find, so the base of the sauce was instantly as thick and creamy as possible, then drained every last bit of water from the cucumbers I could so the sauce would stay like that, and not thin out. Not only was this raita finally the perfect texture I had been looking for–but the seasonings, spices and added mint were the perfect blend of flavors. It was delicious served alongside the Biryani–but would also be a delicious accompaniment for any spicy curry, chicken tikka masala, or stuffed naan. What are some things that you like to serve with a raita?
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APRIL 2014

APRIL 2014

This time one year ago I started blogging personal posts for the first time, and have been doing a pretty good job at keeping up {besides the last four months, which have somehow evaded me!} This month I decided to get back on track. Those of you who know me, know that I take a lot of pictures… but if I don’t “document” our memories as they happen, I forget them so fast! I thought April was a really “slow” month, until I looked back through my photos, and realized we actually did quite a few fun things! I do feel bad for cramming them, yet again, into one giant post though!
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Brazilian Hotdogs

Brazilian Hotdogs

My husband lived in Santa Maria, Brazil for two years when he was younger, serving a church mission, and while he was there he discovered Brazilian hot dogs! He has made them for me countless times over the past decade we have been together {not to make me sound old or anything!} And every time he does, he tweaks the recipe ever so slightly to improve it. Today they were SO spot on delicious, that we decided to write the recipe down so we can make them this way every time! We added pommes frites, but you can make these quickly and simply without, and even add peas or corn, which is a pretty traditional thing to do! Has anyone else out there tried Brazilian hot dogs before? How do you eat them?
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