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Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto!

Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto!

A little while ago I got brave and made a Pad Thai Risotto which turned out to be one of my favorite dishes of all time! It sounded so crazy, I was actually really reluctant to try it, but when I did, it completely blew me away! So then recently, I thought: “why not try a Chicken Tikka Masala Risotto?” I love the flavors of Chicken Tikka Masala {it’s also one of my most favorite dishes on earth!} And I love the texture of a thick, creamy, dreamy risotto–so combined, it had to be a win-win! And it really was! I think I love this dish even more than the pad thai risotto! I know there are a lot of ingredients, but it’s so simple to make, and it’s SO worth it!

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How to Cook Perfect Indian Pilaf/Pilau Rice

How to Cook Perfect Indian Pilaf/Pilau Rice

I mentioned recently that the “focus” of my Blog this year, is to create recipes that I would want to print in a personal cookbook, if I ever decided to publish one in the future. This helps give me clarity as I think carefully and more clearly about the recipes I would love enough to make time and time again, and be proud to pass on to my friends and family. I’m still learning, and am unsure what my “forte” might be, but one thing I DO know, is that this book would have one big, fat awesome indian section in it! I just love cooking and eating Indian food too much–it’s a problem, so much so, that i’m actually going to start doing Yoga or running first thing in the morning {I can’t decide on which yet}. I wish I could be more decisive in life! But all I know is that for now, I am going to be doing a lot of Indian cooking as I work my way through a list of popular dishes I am determined to master this year.
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Mini Tepenade, Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Pizzas

Mini Tepenade, Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Pizzas

A couple of months ago my mother in law made us some tepenade flat-breads with prosciutto, sliced buffalo mozzarella cheese and freshly torn basil, which were pretty much pure heaven on earth, and a huge hit with everyone! I decided to recreate a similar recipe with mini pizzas. I already had a batch of tepenade in the fridge, so these came together so quickly and easily, yet seemed as if I had spent a lot of time and effort on them {just my kind of recipe!} This is one of my new absolute favorite go-to recipes when i’m in a pinch! <3 it & hope you do too!
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Gourmet Shepherd’s Pie

Gourmet Shepherd’s Pie

On New Year’s Day I made a delicious, Roast Beef Dinner with Yorkshire Puddings and all the trimmings, and had a LOT left-over. Because a prime rib roast is quite an expensive cut of meat, I didn’t want to let it go to waste, so I decided to use it in a beef pot pie. I know this isn’t your average “shepherd’s pie” with left-over minced lamb, and mashed potatoes piled on top, but it did use almost every left-over ingredient from my roast dinner, so I feel as if I can call it a “shepherd’s pie”… just a jazzed up, more gourmet version. The left-over mashed potato was used to make a delicious, golden brown, flaky pie crust, the beef was added to a thick, flavorful red wine gravy, and I also added the left-over peas and carrots to the mixture for color and flavor. This dinner came together so quickly and easily, and was SO delicious–i’d even argue it was more delicious than the beef and yorkshire roast itself! This is one of the BEST pies I have ever eaten! I hope you all love it too.
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Mother in Law’s Chicken Posole

Mother in Law’s Chicken Posole

My mother in law makes the most amazing soups, and my absolute fave. is her Chicken Posole, so this week I asked her if we could make some together– {and by this, I mean, she makes it, while I write down the recipe!} ;-) “We” made a large batch to fill my freezer, but it’s also a GREAT recipe to feed a crowd {which is another one of my mother-in-law’s fortes!} This recipe is not only super delicious, but is so quick, simple and inexpensive to make, and can be adapted in so many different ways. We added the peppers as a garnish at the end, to make the soup “kid-friendly.” You can also add sour cream, sliced radish, Pork, cabbage, fried corn tortillas, lime and cilantro to change it up according to individual tastes! I’ll have to keep this recipe close by for when I have a lot of hungry people to feed! Thanks so much to my amazing mother in law for sharing another one of her delicious recipes!

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