Tasty Thai Soup

curry chicken coconut soup

If you’re a fan of Thai flavors, then you’re going to love this soup.

And it’s going to give you an excuse to learn how to use lemongrass. (P.S. Lemongrass will only run you about $1 at your local Whole Foods.)

curry chicken coconut soup

This Curry Chicken Coconut Soup combines the best of Thai flavors: lemongrass, ginger, curry powder and creamy coconut milk.

curry chicken coconut soup

It all comes together in a healthful, complex chicken soup. No noodles needed here, when you’ve got some punchy spices!

curry chicken coconut soup

This soup also taught me how delicious chicken thighs can be. I used to think I didn’t like them, but when they’re seared and simmered in the soup, they end up perfectly juicy and tasty.

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Winter Baking Ideas

winter baking collage

You may, like me, have spent some time indoors surrounded by white powdery stuff lately. And in that case, you may have been craving some comforting baked goods to warm you up and make use of some extra free time.

Whether it’s a snow day off, you’re working from home or you’re just wanting to use your oven, I’ve got 6 winter baking recipes for you to choose from! (Recipes listed from top left down; click on title to go to recipe page.)

1. Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my favorite things to make on snow days, and these are seriously out of this world! They are light, fluffy, cakey and sweetened with studs of melty chocolate chips. (Even though you don’t use the oven to bake these, you’ll need it on to keep what you’ve already made warm.)

2. Sweet Potato Blondies

If you’re looking to do some healthier baking (and you have a sweet potato or two laying around), these blondies are perfect winter baking. The walnuts and chocolate chips make for a nice texture balance to the moist sweet potato blondie batter.

3. Chai Tea Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes from the past few years. It combines spice-filled chai tea with shortbread cookie dough and creates a masterpiece of baking.

4. Chai Banana Cake

I guess you know by now that I love the flavors of chai. This cake is super moist and flavorful, like a mix between banana bread and warm, exotic spices.

5. Goat Cheese Biscuits

These fluffy biscuits are perfect for winter baking, and they just take the basic ingredients with some cream and creamy goat cheese. If you’ve got those ingredients laying around, I highly suggest making these biscuits!

6. The Best Granola

If you’re in more of a quick snacky mood, then make a batch of my favorite granola. It’s got coconut, lots of cinnamon, almond extract and nuts to give you a sweet, healthful crunch (it’s delicious on yogurt, too).

I hope you enjoyed this little winter baking session, and let me know if you end up baking anything tasty.

Chicken Parmesan Reimagined

chicken parmesan soup

I hope you all had a nice Sunday, and that you either got to pig out while watching the Oscars, Downtown Abbey and/or The Great British Baking Show.

If you haven’t heard about that last one yet, you must turn on PBS an hour before Downton. This sweet little British baking competition will steal your heart.

Back to today’s recipe, I’ve got another soup to share!

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Ingredient of the Month: Ginger

Ginger root

Hello out there!

I hope you are staying bundled up and with hot tea or coffee in hand on this chilly Saturday (if it is in fact chilly where you are).

Today, I’m kicking off a new monthly series called “Ingredient of the Month”. I love finding new ingredients to try and share with you, so I hope this is a fun way for us to explore new things together.

This month, ginger has totally been on the brain.

I guess with the cold weather and it being the time of year that you hold on to good health, ginger is a winter hero!

Ginger

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Mocktail Inspiration

ginger lime spritzer

Have you joined in on the #OscarNomsParty yet?

If not, check out Monday’s post, look through the delicious recipes from our group of bloggers and enter the giveaway to win an Apple TV!

Today’s recipe could also go on your Oscar Noms list for this Sunday, and guess what, it’s a mocktail!

ginger lime spritzer

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Oscar Noms Party: Grilled Cheese & Giveaway

aged cheddar apple grilled cheese

It’s an exciting day, everyone.

It’s Oscar Noms Monday, when you get to see movie-themed recipes from a group of 15 awesome bloggers, and you get the chance to enter a giveaway for some sweet prizes.

One lucky reader will win a streaming media player — their choice of an Amazon Fire TV, an Apple TV or a Roku 3. It always seems to be a challenge to catch up on the year’s best films, so I’m thrilled to give you the chance to do so!

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Love in Pastry Form

savory palmiers

In the honor of Valentine’s Day week, I felt that I might need to have a V-day themed dish to share.

I’m not totally sure what romantic food looks like, but I do know that butter and pastry bring people together.

And I know that when I made these Savory Palmiers, they came out shaped sort of like hearts, which is adorable.

This lovely recipe for sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and pesto pastries comes from Ina Garten. If anyone knows entertaining with tasty food, this lady does.

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N.C. One Bite at a Time (Part 9)

And we’re back again.

It’s been another two months since we explored what’s new and fun in Raleigh (and the surrounding areas).

This past weekend, my husband and I even celebrated our 1-year anniversary of moving to NC. I can’t believe it was just one year ago that we made the long journey from AR to NC. But, thankfully, we really love it here, and I’m looking forward to tons of NC adventures in the future.

So, here’s what has been up in my part of the Triangle recently:

Tasty Beverage Co.

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Simple Saturday: Roasted Veg Orzo Salad

Roasted Veg Orzo Salad

Growing up, Sunday lunch was always a big deal.

When we came home from church, mom would get to cooking a feast (even in her Sunday best), and my sisters and I would help get dinner on the table. Yes, Sunday lunch was such a big deal that we even called it “dinner” sometimes. Maybe this is a Southern-ism; I don’t know.

This lunch would be many courses, including meat and bread and veg and salad. And maybe even a dessert to finish it off.

Well, these days, since it’s just my husband and me (for now), Sunday lunch is more of a combine all of our leftovers from eating out on Friday and Saturday type of situation. Or it’s clean out the fridge and create something good for lunch.

So, this past Sunday, I turned to a half-full box of orzo, the veggies in the bin of the fridge, feta cheese and a quick vinaigrette to create this tasty Roasted Veg Orzo Salad.

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Cooking the Books: Butternut Squash Pangrattato

butternut squash pangrattatoCooking the Books is a monthly (or so) series on the think fruitful blog where I share a recipe from a favorite cookbook or magazine.

Pangrattato!

How fun is that word?

You know what’s even more fun? Imagining Jamie Oliver saying that word to as he whips up a delicious, no-fuss meal.

Lately, I’ve been remembering (sometimes) to consult my cookbooks for new recipes, and I must say that Cook with Jamie has a lot to offer. The cookbook is full of both meat and veg recipes that are simple, comforting and really highlight each ingredient.

This Butternut Squash Pangrattato introduced me to a whole new way to cook butternut squash by just throwing it whole and with skin on into a pot of boiling water for just over an hour.

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