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Friday, June 25, 2010

What's for dinner?


My youngest recently told me how lucky I was to have a son who loves to cook with me. I agree. He has aspirations of becoming a chef, but also wants to be able to cook for his wife and family. What a sweetie!

Our latest hit at the family dinner table was a new curry recipe (we love experimenting with different combinations) and Naans which are a fabulous yeast flat bread. Everyone loved the meal, so we thought we'd share with you.

CHICKEN CURRY

Ingredients:

3 T oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 t grated ginger root
3-5 T curry powder (to taste)
1 t cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 t sugar
salt to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut up into small pieces
1 C plain yogurt
1 can coconut milk
3 T lemon juice

Directions:

Saute onions, garlic and ginger until lightly brown. Add curry powder, cinnamon, bay leaf, sugar and salt. Stir for two minutes. Add the chicken, tomato paste, yogurt and coconut. Stir until the chicken is well coated, then bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is no longer pink, for about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leave and stir in the lemon juice. Simmer another couple of minutes. Serve with rice and Naams.




NAAM

Ingredients:

1 package of dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 c sugar
3 T milk
1 beaten egg
2 t salt
4 1/2 C flour
1/4 cup melted butter

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a tablespoon of the sugar. Let stand about ten minutes until the mixture is frothy. Stir in the rest of the sugar, milk, egg, salt and flour until you have a soft dough. Knead for about six minutes on a floured surface. Place the dough in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.



Punch down, then pinch off golf ball sized sections of the dough. Roll them into balls and place them on a plate or tray. Cover with a towl and let them rise again for about thirty minutes. Preheat a non-stick flat plan. Dip the balls, one at a time, with a light dusting of flour and roll out into a thin circle. Brush one side with a light coating of butter and place on the grill, butter side down. Butter the top side. Cook until bubbly, about 2-3 minutes then turn. Continue until finished with all the naan.

These recipes will make enough for a family of four or five with no leftovers! We'll share more favorite recipes soon!

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I'll choose a winner of the Crazy Contest Monday, so if you have a recipe to submit, you have a couple more days. And if you haven't checked out the recipes in the comments, there are a lot of great, summer recipes to make with your kids or just for fun.

Enjoy!

Lisa and Jayden

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