New kitchen experience :)

WARNING:  Today’s blog is not so much about  a recipe, but a new experience I had tonight, that I thought was a lot of fun!

At Christmas, my husband gave me a gift I have wanted for at least a year.  Since getting my kitchenaid stand mixer a year ago, I have always wanted the meat grinder.  When I was in Korea, I often bought ground pork to make sausage with, but always had to make patties, and half the time the meat was still frozen, so I didn’t know how fresh it really was.  Now that I am in America, I like several kinds of sausage, and still find it less expensive to make them than to buy them.  I buy my spices in bulk, and with the price of beef these days, I am incorporating a little more pork into our diet (sausage and bacon are really the only pork we eat, with the occasional ham).  So for Christmas, my amazing husband got me the meat grinder.  I have done up a bunch of sausage, but recently started buying a large pork shoulder/butt once a month, butchering it, and freezing it until I want some sausage.  I found the sausage horn on sale about a month ago, so we got the attachment, but didn’t really have any idea where to get sausage casings.  Well today I found them at a local butcher.  They are brat sized, and I paid $15 for them.  I followed the directions on the back to let them soak, and then rinse out the inside, and I ground up some pork.  I also thawed out some habanero cheddar sausage I made and froze last month.

To make this I ground 2 small preserved habaneros along with about a cup of cheddar and a few teaspoons of salt into the meat and mixed it together.  This is really of of my first savory sausages, as I usually do breakfast sausage with maple syrup and sage.  I was guessing on all the amounts, and then put it in the freezer for almost a month.  I made about 2 lbs of this.  Today I thawed it out, and then realizing it has had some time for the flavors to interact with eachother, I added about another 1-1.5 lbs of freshly ground pork to the mix to tone down the heat.

I had a lot of fun using my sausage horn today, and I was shocked that I didn’t even burst the casing.  I have heard that is difficult for the first time.


I twisted the done sausage links and was very excited!  I tried to make them slightly longer than brats, but I think they turned out pretty close.  1 sausage casing made 9 of them.


When they were all twisted up, I took a sharp knife and cut them up for my waiting husband.  He took them to the bbq to grill them up for dinner.


All done, they looked amazing!


They were golden brown in color, and were cooked perfectly.

My recipe was a little dry, as I don’t think I added enough salt, but I was just so excited with myself that I did not burst a casing while stuffing!  my 3-3.5 lbs of sausage made 11 sausages.  My first bite almost made me cry with all of the spice, but it paired well with the potato salad I had made, and that helped cool down the sausage.  I have decided from now on, I am not allowed to make anything with a pepper hotter than a jalapeno! lol

Curry Yogurt Chicken with Naan Bread

chicken curry naan

I have missed blogging over the past year!  I have so many recipes that I want to blog about, but I just have not had the chance.

I got a job in June, Finally!  Then I lost it in August.  Then I was going to start school, and that fell through.  So, time to get back to blogging!

Yesterday I was shopping at Costco, and I found this package of Naan bread.  It looked light and fluffy, and made me crave Indian food.  So, After costco, I went to Winco and bought some curry powder in bulk.  I quickly looked up a yogurt chicken curry recipe and kind of got a list in my head of ingredients I would need at the store.  I got some yogurt and cilantro as well (coriander).  I wish I would have got some lime, but forgot about that.

So today, I thawed out some chicken, and got a marinade started.  I mixed the yogurt, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne powder, fresh ginger, paprika, garlic, cumin, and cilantro.

Mix all of the ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag, and separate half a cup for use later.  Next add 1 inch cubed slices of chicken to the bag.  Gently massage it all together for a few minutes, then let it marinade for several hours in the fridge.  I did it for about six hours.


Once your marinading is done, the cooking goes by very quickly.  Start a pot for rice.  I used pearl rice, which only takes about 15 minutes or so to cook.  First boil four cups of water, then turn it down to low and add 2 cups of rice and cover until all the water is gone.

While the rice was cooking, I pulled out my husband’s grill skewers, and started putting the chicken on.  I heated my large cast iron pizza tray over a large burner, and started cooking three skewers at a time with a total of 5.  I also made two skewers of green bell peppers to add some color.



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Next I toasted the naan bread for 30-40 seconds or so just to warm it up.  Turns out it is the perfect size to fit in my toaster!

naan in toaster

Then when all of the chicken, rice, bread, and bell peppers were cooked through, I assembled the plates. The first plate for my husband had naan with the extra yogurt curry sauce then chicken and peppers on top, with rice on the side.  I served this with a knife and fork.  Then I saw him picking up the naan, and thought eating it like a flat bread gyro was an awesome idea!  My plate had me put the rice on the bread as well, however this became problimatic to eat without a plate.  it was delicious, and I loved the fluffy rice mixed into the sandwich!  It just got very messy, as the naan is not very big, and everything came piling out.

I never thought I liked curry until my friend Niina introduced me to Panang pumpkin curry which I blogged about last December, but I do enjoy most Indian food I have tried, and I thought that I just wanted to try something new.  This recipe is also reminiscent of my Identity Crisis Chicken I blogged about several years ago, except that particular chicken did not have curry and was baked instead of grilled.  My husband RAVED about the recipe, and it is so simple.  It is filling without feeling heavy for sure!


Enjoy the recpie, and let me know if you make it and how you like it!


1.5 cups yogurt

3 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon paprika

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)

1-2 teaspoon cumin (not my favorite but works well with this)

2 cloves of garlic sliced up

1 gallon sized zip lock bag

1 small bunch of cilantro

Mix all ingredients in the gallon ziplock bag.  I find marinating in a bag is easy as you can suck out most of the air, and it coats meat well.  When you are done mixing all of the ingredients set aside half a cup of the yogurt mixture for use later.  Then slice up two or three large chicken breasts into one inch chunks and put them in the bag with the mixture.  Put this in a bowl sealed up with as little air as possible and let it sit for a few hours to marinade.  I think I let mine sit for about 6 hours.  Then I dug out all of the chicken and put in all on skewers, and made two skewers of bell peppers that all got cooked on a cast iron flat top.

Bread:  I used pre-made bread found at Costco, however, you can always make your own naan as well.  I thought I had a recipe for it in my blog but I cannot find it so if I do I will add the link.

I used pearl rice, as that is what I find most authentic to the white rice i got in Korea, and it is what I had on hand.  I think basmati or jasmine would work great with this recipe as well.

When all ingredients were done cooking, I assembled the plate as described above.

Brunch for two!


Wow today you are lucky!  You get 4 recipes in one blog post to make one complete meal.  🙂

This morning, we woke up hungry.  We don’t have a ton of super easy to make food in the house, but I really wanted breakfast.  We didn’t have any milk, so I decided to find a nice fluffy pancake recipe.  I found an easy recipe with only ingredients we have in the house.  I realized half way through my plans that we don’t have syrup.  So,I started this plan what I wanted to put on top of my pancakes first.  I decided a strawberry applesauce would be nice.

Now, Jeremy loves over easy eggs, but because I don’t eat eggs, I have only ever learned to make them scrambled.  So Jeremy quickly read some internet directions on how to make them, and I did my best.  I put some oil in a non stick pan, and I think they actually came out perfectly.  I didn’t break the yoke, and they got flipped over and transferred to the plate.  They were not super pretty, but I didn’t break the yokes!  YAY ME!  hehe

Because I don’t eat eggs, I had to come up with some kind of protein for me.  I didn’t just want a chicken breast, as that is boring for breakfast, but have not had much luck making sausage that will stay in patties if I grind the meat myself.  I have a Ninja food processor/blender system, and in the past I have tried making sausage patties by pulsing raw chicken and adding spices, but they never hold together.  Today I was wondering how to change this because grinding meat in a food processor just does not work the same as having meat ground in a meat grinder.  Well I remembered my friend Nellena telling me to add a little flour as a binder to my potato cakes the last time she came over, and I wondered if that would work as binder for meat as well.  I pulsed them ingredients until it looked like it would hold together, and put the meat in the fridge for about 10 minutes while the fruit was still cooking down to let it rest, and let the gluten work and bind.  The flour worked!  I was so stoked!  Today I actually had sausage patties.  YAY!  Two total firsts in one meal!

The pancakes were simple, but I noticed that there was more baking powder than I was used to, and because of that I think the pancakes were extremely fluffy.  I wish I would have got a better picture, or a pic with my first over easy attempt, but this is what I got before the food was devoured.  I had fun cooking it all, but the best part was that it tastes AMAZING!!!!!


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 TBSP. oil or butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
2 TBSP. sugar (I used 2 TBSP Stevia in the Raw instead)
2 cups water
2 eggs

Mix wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together in different bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir with hand or a stand mixer.  I have a new kitchen aid, and am getting all of the use of out it I can. Get all of the lumps out! Let batter rest for 5 minutes. and put some oil in the pan.  Fry the pancakes, flipping when it is full of bubbles.  These turn out a little heavy, but very thick and fluffy.  I usually hate pancakes, and I LOVE these!

Fruit topping:

3 apples

10 frozen strawberries

4 tablespoons of stevia in the raw (or sugar)




Peel, core, and dice three apples.  Place them in a small pot and cover them with water.  Put in the strawberries and turn the burner on high.  They need to break down, and I kept them on a rolling boil to break down the apples a bit faster than usual. Remember to stir every few minutes so the bottom does not burn. I added the a few shakes of cinnamon, and 1/8th teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt as well as the stevia.  Add more water if necessary until the fruit is cooked and broken down to your liking.  After the apples are soft,  throw about 1/2 of the mixture into the blender to break it down a bit faster if you like (or use an immersion blender), but cooking for a few hours will achieve the same effect…basically making a quick strawberry apple sauce.  Taste, add more stevia if necessary.  Serve on top of pancakes and pour melted butter either on pancakes or on top of topping…Delicious!


1/2 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

a few sprinkles of sage

4 tablespoons of flour

Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until meat is broken down and starts sticking to itself.  In a Ninja, that takes 10 pulses or less.  Be careful not to liquify or puree the meat.  You want a little texture.  Let it rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to let the flour do it’s job.  Next, make patties, and throw them in a frying pan with just a little oil.  Next time I will throw a little more seasoning in them, and maybe just a touch of oil to make sure they don’t dry out.  Make sure they are cooked all the way through and serve. These are oh so good!

And I guess the last recipe is over easy eggs, but you can find directions for that anywhere… 🙂


Stuffed Chicken Breast


Last night I was looking through my ever thinning kitchen (payday is Friday)  and trying to figure out what to make with the ingredients we have.  I have been thinking about stuffed chicken breast for a while, and realized we had enough to make it that night.  The last time I made it years ago, I used goat cheese, spinach and garlic as my filling.  That was before I was married I believe, and it was the first candle lit dinner my now husband and I have ever had.

This time we had cream cheese instead so I used that.

I get Foster Farms 10 lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Costco…and the breasts are HUGE!   I thawed out two breasts and got my filling ready.

The filling was super easy.  I sauteed some 3 cloves of garlic (lets say one or two in the future though) in a little butter.  Once that is done, throw in a large handful of spinach to wilt a little in the butter.  Once it  wilts just a little, starts turning bright green, throw the mix in the food processor with 8 oz of cream cheese (it probably could have been less).

I butterflied two chicken breasts, and split the filling between two chicken breasts.  It could probably be up to four breasts for that much filling as mine were over filled.  I used my hands to try to shape a pad of the cream cheese mixture to fit into the breast. I opened up the chicken breast and filled it up.  then I did my best to close it around the filling, and placed them into a hot pan with some butter and olive oil. I seared one side, and the other side.  Once both sides looked nice and golden brown, I put the pan into the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  Once the internal temp of the meat was 160 degrees.  The chicken opened up and some of the filling came pouring out which turned out amazing with the next step.  🙂

I put a slice or two of cheddar on top of the chicken, and broiled it until the cheese was melted and bubbly.  This caused the filling that had poured out to crisp up, and become very savory.  This also firmed up the filling and made it easier to to take out of the pan and place on a plate.

What I love most is that this entire recipe only takes 5-6 ingredients  and is actually really really easy!

stuffed chicken breasatThe chicken came out perfectly moist.  It looked nice and the flavors were great together!

3 tablespoons butter

2-4 chicken breasts

2 cups in spinach

3 cloves garlic (1-2 is good)

Panang Pumpkin Curry

Panang pumpkin curry

In March, when I came home from Korea, my husband and I went on vacation through Oregon.  Half of the places we went we were cooking Korean food, but we reconnected with my friend Niina from my first two years of college, who had just gotten home from a mission trip to Thailand.  She made one of her favorite Thai dishes and I LOVED IT!

Now when I heard what was in this dish, I was afraid to try it.  I have never had a curry I liked, nor do I enjoy pumpkin, both of which are in this recipe.  I was really worried, but wanted to be polite so I tried it.

I have wanted to make it since, but have always been worried about the cost and finding all of the ingredients.  🙂  I was right to be worried in Boise, Idaho, but I was able to play with the recipe a little and get a pretty good result.

My one substitute to Niina’s Recipe was that I could not find the curry paste.  I used a pre-assembled panang sauce rather than panang paste, because it was all I could find.  This is what I used.

Panang pumpkin curry sauce

I did add everything else in the recipe and it turned out amazing.

I will admit, I am going to be lazy and just copy and paste from Niina’s page now that I have added my substitute and her information.

I added this to jasmine rice.  and it was awesome!

3 tbsp. Panang curry paste

3 tbsp. peanut oil
2 (13.5 oz.) cans coconut milk
1 pkg. (roughly 2 lbs.) chicken fillets, thinly sliced
3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
½ large sweet onion, sliced
10 to 20 Thai Red Basil Leaves
4 c. fresh pumpkin, cubed
½ sweet red pepper, sliced
½ sweet yellow pepper, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 asparagus bundle, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pkg. whole mushrooms
Blend curry paste and peanut oil together in wok until smooth and creamy. Slowly add coconut milk until paste turns into a thick soup. Add onions, garlic and a handful of pumpkin cubes (it will dissolve into the curry paste) and turn stove on low heat.
Use cooking scissors to cut chicken fillets thinly into the wok. Cook until chicken turns white.

Add basil leaves, sliced red and yellow peppers, cubed pumpkin, zucchini, asparagus and sliced mushrooms into the wok. Mix together and let curry simmer (stir occasionally) until the pumpkin cubes are soft (at least 30 minutes). Serve with Thai Jasmine Rice.


What I noticed was that my pumpkin was not really breaking down.  I actually took a potato masher and mashed them up a bit once they were really soft.  Maybe I did not cook it long enough, but I cooked for a total of two hours, and I needed to eat.  Once did that, I cooked the chicken and added the veggies.  I cut the pumpkin in much smaller chunks when I added the other veggies, so it would cook faster.

Thank you Niina for changing my mind on both curry and pumpkin!  I love this stuff, and will be making it again!  I have more of the sauce and half a pumpkin that is going into the freezer for next time!  Yummmmmmmy!!!!!!!



Summer Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet

Strawberry Sherbet

This recipe is super easy and could be a frozen drink or a frozen dessert, depending on how much liquid you use in the recipe.

I squeezed the juice of one lemon, and blended it with half a cup of frozen strawberries and about six ice cubes in my food processor.

I added about 10 drops of Berry Sweet Leaf Stevia to it, as well as about 10 drops of the Lemon Drop flavor (to taste).

Next I used a spatula to scrape it all out into a bowl and enjoyed!
If you would like to make it a frozen drink instead of a thick dessert, just add a little water to the mix.

The perfect end to a good day of dieting!


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Chicken Sausage Cabbage Rolls

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I was going through my Omnitrition Drops cookbook today, and it mentioned sausage…it sounded good.  I got some cabbage the other day and have been meaning to make cabbage rolls, so this sounded perfect.

First problem, no ground chicken:  Solved, I made my own.  I had three thawed chicken breasts (about 24 oz) and I put them into a food processor with hot smoked paprika, rosemary, parsley, and oregano and pulsed until it was ground.  When that was done, I took it out and pulsed the onion and garlic.  then I mixed them together.

Next I sliced up 16 oz of cabbage, tomato, celery, and onion.

I cooked 16 oz of the sausage up with the veggies until the chicken and veggies were all cooked and added one tablespoon of tomato paste.

I took the outer leaves off of the head of cabbage, and one by one boiled them.  Each was in there for no more than two minutes.  When the leaves got pliable they were removed and placed on paper towels to dry.

Next I weighed the sausage and veggie mix.  I divided that by 4, and then weighed out 4 servings.  I took one serving and wrapped it up in one leaf.  This made four full cabbage rolls.

Somehow, the sausage turned out a bit sweet, but a drizzle of Franks Original Red Hot was the perfect compliment!

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