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Best 10 minute Tom Kha

Best 10 minute Tom Kha

Tom Kha is my favorite soup in the whole world, so I have been determined to master the PERFECT recipe for it for ages!! At first, I tried making several recipes without the Tom Kha paste– and I just couldn’t seem to get the level of flavor I needed. So I went to the Asian Market and stocked up on Tom Kha Paste, and have been experimenting ever since– I didn’t just want to make the recipe on the back of the jar, by adding water, which you can do! Mostly because I wanted the recipe to taste as awesome as the ones you find in good thai restaurants. I have made SO much of this stuff recently that I thought my family and I would start to get sick of it, but somehow, the more I make it, the more I LOVE it, and…. I even managed to convert my two small kiddos! They are four and five, and the pickiest eaters on the planet, but they both picked up the bowl, and drank this soup down, and made me SO happy! I’m so glad I stocked my pantry with jars of this paste, because it has become a much-loved go-to meal for my family. It’s not only super delicious, but surprisingly filling and really healthy too! AND did I mention, I can make it in under 10 minutes?! I have some precooked frozen chicken that is already cut into bite-sized pieces to make this recipe SUPER easy and fast, as well as a carton of coconut milk always sitting in my fridge! Everyone needs fast, super simple, healthy, delicious recipes like this on hand! I hope you love it and make it as much as we do!

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Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

This summer we have been so busy that my blog has been totally neglected on an embarrassing scale! It feels good to finally be “settled” again, with a routine, and have more time to be consistent with my cooking and posting! I think fall is one of my absolute most favorite seasons for cooking– but it can be quite “dangerous” as I love to make a lot of comfort food for the cold, gradually darkening nights! One of those “comfort classics” I was determined to master this autumn, was chicken and dumplings! I found a recipe by Tyler Florence that looked awesome– but I didn’t have the time to roast the chicken, and make the home-made stock from scratch. I had a crazy day of running around town, and after getting in the door at 5pm with a car full of groceries and hungry kids, this dinner was quick and simple enough to put together while putting groceries away! It was ready, with next to no effort, in under 30 minutes, and it tasted like I had been working on it for hours! Gotta love that!
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Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

This summer I didn’t Blog very many recipes– partly because we were just so busy, but also because I had a string of really bad luck, where few recipes I made were actually good enough to be posted. Then this week it all turned around, with a string of awesome recipes that have become some of my new all time favorites!
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Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Today was back to school day here in Mattawa. My son Braden started Kindergarten, and my little girl started preschool!
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Salmon with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Salmon with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Life has been pretty crazy this summer, and I have gotten WAY off track with the blogging! I wish I could say that things will slow down, and I will be posting as often as I used to– but the truth is, life is only going to get crazier from here on out, as we anticipate some big, exciting changes! But if there is one thing I have learned from taking a step back, and prioritizing my time, it’s that quality is always more important than quantity. So although I won’t be posting as MANY recipes, the ones I do post from here on out will be much better!!
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