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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Chicken Bryan Risotto

Chicken Bryan Risotto

Those of you who know me, or have followed my blog for some time, are aware of two of my addictions– 1. To Carrabba’s Italian Grill and 2. To cooking risottos– so it was only natural for me to create this Carrabba’s style Chicken Bryan Risotto. Their Chicken Bryan is their most popular chicken dish–with a lemon butter sauce, goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes on top, it has the perfect combination of tangy, tart, salty, sweet and citrusy! It’s divine. I decided to make my absolute favorite, creamy, cheesy heavenly risotto recipe, and combine the Chicken Bryan with it into one DELICIOUS dish. I was imagining it to be pretty spectacular, but, it turned out even better than i’d hoped! It’s rich, creamy and cheesy with the perfect balance of sweet, and tart and salty! I know it’s quite a bit of work, but it’s oh so worth it!
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Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

The other night was one of those nights where I just needed to pull together a fast, simple dinner–using whatever random ingredients I had on hand, because I hadn’t gone shopping in a while. I had some pineapple-apricot preserves to use, and remembered the delicious sauce I made for my brisket on St. Patty’s. A little while ago I stumbled on my favorite chicken recipe of all time! A carabba’s parmesan chicken–it’s juicy and tender, crisp and crunchy, a little cheesy, and perfectly seasoned; so I thought i’d play around with it, and add some almond slivers, to make an almond chicken recipe. To me, almonds and apricots are just a delicious, classic pairing. I always find it ironic that the meals I think long and hard about, and carefully plan for, sometimes turn out horrible, and the recipes I spontaneously pull-together on the spot turn out SO delicious!! I know the sauce sounds a little weird–pairing two things you would NEVER think would work together, but you’ll just have to trust me that these really do!! The almond chicken came out even better than the original–with a little added flavor and crunch, and the sweet, zing-y pineapple-apricot sauce on top, was perfect with it! {I’m using my favorite made up word again!} Maybe I should just let the pictures do the talking! I hope you guys love this recipe, because it’s one of my family’s new fave’s!

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Salmon with Coconut Lime Sauce

Salmon with Coconut Lime Sauce

This week my little guy asked if we could have salmon for dinner, and since he rarely makes requests that don’t involve mac n cheese or pb&j’s, I jumped at the chance to make it! My instinct was to default to my mothers classic lemon and butter recipe–but I decided to get out of my cooking comfort zone and try something a little bolder and more creative–and came up with this coconut lime recipe. It was sweet and salty and citrusy, and probably the best salmon I have ever made! I am absolutely in love with this recipe, AND so were my whole family! It’s so rare to find a recipe that both my husband and I and my kids all love–so this is definitely one I will be keeping close by! It’s healthy, quick, easy, elegant and delicious! I wanted to serve it up with some rice–but I forgot to put it on in time, so I defaulted to my favorite orzo recipe. I also decided to serve some delicious parmesan asparagus fries with them– {recipe to come!} Let me know in the comments some of your favorite things to serve with salmon! I hope you guys love this recipe as much as my family does!

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