Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Wraps

by Gwen on February 12, 2012 · 6 comments

Aaaaaand we’re back.

I thought we’d get things swinging with one of my favorite weeknight dinners: lettuce wraps!  This is a hugely versatile recipe which offers you a ton of options with varying proteins, marinades and toppings while remaining low carb and healthy.  Tonight’s version features a korean-inspired marinade and our favorite hot sauce, sriracha!  So let’s get to it already.

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Juniata Trip

by Gwen on September 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Just wanted to post a few iPhone pics from our trip back home to Grammy’s. Despite the flooding and near constant cloud cover, I cannot even express how much I missed this place!  Thanks so much for the great visit Grammy!

The view from up home.

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Another Bon Appetit cover recipe!  This is a portion of Husk Restaurant’s Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Farro and Herb Pistou.  But quite honestly, the farro risotto was so incredibly delicious and well-balanced, it completely stands up on its own as a dinner for two.   And after a decadent night of spaghetti and meatballs in my house, my fiance and I were craving something wholesome and healthful.  Boy did this hit the spot!  At first bite I totally understood why BA was so enamored with this dish.

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The oppressive heat of summer is upon us.  And by us I mean those crazy kids that live in the valley, like Kim.  So in honor of those brave souls that bear the three digit temperatures, here’s a speedy weeknight dinner or side dish you can make ahead of time.  This is great for picnics or bringing to work as leftovers as no heating is required!

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My Mama’s Mango Chutney

by Gwen on August 22, 2011 · 3 comments

So I just wrapped up a fabulous two week visit with my Mama.  Since I had the time off from work, we did a lot of cooking and canning.  My first request was strawberry jam, as we had just killed our last jar of that from her previous visit last summer.  But my second was her marvelous mango chutney.  I grew up eating this alongside my dad’s Orange Curried Chicken, although it was an acquired taste at the time, I really appreciate its deep, complex flavors now that I’m an adult.  The vinegar makes this very assertive, so use it as a condiment alongside Indian food, like my Lamb Tikka Masala, or stir some into your curry chicken salad.  It’s also delicious as a condiment with grilled meats and veggies.  The secret to this recipe is the long, slow cooking that takes place over 3 days to really meld the flavors and create the jam-like texture.  It’s wonderful for canning and makes about four 8-oz jars.

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Slow Cooker Pho

by Gwen on August 7, 2011 · 9 comments

Ok, so depending on your tastes, this may not be ideal for the summertime, but thanks to my hectic work schedule this poor recipe has been sitting around for about 4 months waiting to be posted.  Nevertheless, it’s something I absolutely couldn’t wait any longer to share with you.  Vietnamese isn’t the most familiar cuisine, in fact it was something I had never eaten before moving to Los Angeles, but I was immediately taken by it.  Like most asian cuisines, there are complex, deep and clean flavors.  But where it differs is its bright use of fresh herbs and crisp raw vegetables, making it amongst the lightest and freshest of the region.

By far the most famous Vietnamese dish is pho, a lovely noodle soup with a deep beef broth topped with handfuls of  bright herbs.  So you can imagine my delight stumbling across a recipe to make this beautiful soup in my crockpot while I’m at work!

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Strawberry Apricot Crumble

by Gwen July 16, 2011

First of all, apologies for the absence, it was still Spring last time I posted! Now Summer is majorly upon us, so what better way to kick off the season here on iheartyum than with a simple dessert highlighting the beautiful fruit from the farmer’s market. Living in a small household, I’m always looking for […]

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Thomas Keller’s Perfect Roast Chicken

by Gwen March 9, 2011

I’ve been in a rut with my roast chickens of late. Growing up, my family took roast chicken seriously.  I lovingly recall spending weekends at my Grammy’s, where on Sunday the farm fresh chicken would hit the very low oven early in the morning and slowly roast while we attended church.  By the time we […]

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Late Night Molten Chocolate Cake for Two

by Gwen March 3, 2011

Do you know how challenging it is to find desserts that serve just two?  This is something that’s bugged me for a while now: it’s late on a weeknight and you’re craving a lovely bit of homemade dessert but lamenting over how much time, effort and guilt it will involve.  Thankfully Paula Deen had an […]

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Paris Mushroom Soup

by Gwen March 2, 2011

If you’re an avid reader of our little blog (bless you), you may have noticed the array of mushroom soup pictures on the side that have gone without a recipe.  I figure its time to remedy this.  This is yet another perfect recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.  Ok, near perfect, I made […]

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