Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!

Chicken Paprikash

Like many areas in the U.S., we have gotten a LOT of snow in the last 24 hours. It’s cold, the wind is blowing, and the snow is piling up. It’s a great day to be inside, eating comfort foods and feeling warm and cozy while looking out the window. It’s a great day for Chicken Paprikash!

This is another of those recipes from my childhood. We didn’t have it often (not sure why, since it’s pretty simple), but when we did, it always felt like a special occasion. My mom used to serve it with dumplings, which were loved by all and were awesome just on their own (yay, leftover dumplings!), but when trying to make them with gluten-free flour, they tended to disintegrate. So we substituted the dumplings with gluten free rice noodles, and never even missed the dumplings, because the chicken was THAT GOOD. Continue reading “Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!”

Tastes Like Chicken!

Crockpot Sticky Chicken

I love using the crockpot for meals. When I get home on a weeknight, I want to be able to sit, eat, and relax with the family – not stand in front of the fridge trying to figure out what will be quick and tasty with a minimum of effort. I want semi-instant gratification. And after 6-8 hours in the slow cooker, that meal is pretty darn tender, tasty, and satisfying. And the clean-up is pretty quick and easy, too.

But, flip-side of that is: I get tired of stew-like dishes night after night. We pretty much have a kind of limited repertoire when it comes to slow-cooking, although hopefully that will change in time as I broaden my horizons for this blog. We do soups, stews, roasts, chicken breasts (which always seem dry to me), pulled pork…and that’s pretty much it. So we don’t use the crockpot as often as we could. Continue reading “Tastes Like Chicken!”

All Thai’ed Up

Pad Thai

Somehow in this life, I existed for…let’s just call it “a lot of”…years without ever tasting Pad Thai. In retrospect, I feel really, really sorry for past Me. About 5 years ago, my mom took me to lunch at a little place up the street that served Thai food. I gave the classic-style Pad Thai a try, and I was hooked! The flavors all went together so well, and the sauce – sharp and sweet, but not too much of it; just enough to give it a flair. And the noodles, veggies and meats gave it an interesting variety of textures. Pad Thai became one of my favorites that day.

Unfortunately, eating at restaurants with a family of 4 gets pricey pretty quick; even getting it as take-out was a bit steep for our budget. Don’t get me wrong, for a planned night out I was all for it. But for an impulse meal, I couldn’t do it. Continue reading “All Thai’ed Up”