Macaroni Tuna Salad

http://dawns-ad-lib.com/2016/08/10/tuna-pasta-salad/

YUMMโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹

I not only double linked recipe, but we use more salad dressing too, or mayo…if preferred, with a little blast of honey mustard, dash of vinegar, salt, pepper, little ๐Ÿฅ„ sugar; taste to adjust to your preferences. And a lot of onion ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chicken Cacciatore*

*Recipe reload โคต๏ธ

“Make it work” – I had casarecce

My recipe comes from my dad  ๐Ÿคฃ people serve it with pasta and some with mashed potatoes…so I’ve read Our preference, again…probably childhood thing, which, in turn, I created my own kids’ that childhood “thing” ๐Ÿคญ sense memory stuff? We prefer smooth penne. https://dawnspitfire.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/simple-chicken-cacciatore

Or I recommend following the recipe in video below ๐Ÿ˜‰ …                                    I was too lazy (truth ๐Ÿ‘‰ tired and we’re under a heat advisory – 115ยฐ) ๐Ÿ˜œ to add the parsley ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ also, for balance, sometimes more than others, depending on tomatoes (acidity of tomatoes ๐Ÿ… especially if you’re stuck with cannned) etc., I add a dollop of butter, pinch of sugar and more seasonings – GARLIC ๐Ÿ˜ Taste, taste, taste…throughout.                   ๐Ÿ‘‰ Remember “salt,fat,acid,heat” ๐ŸŒถ

Thats my motherโ€™s handwriting (sheโ€™s gone) & to clarify a couple thingsโ€ฆchicken = any parts you prefer. We always did a mix of white & dark meat. Remove skin.
Pasta = we always used penne.
And where it says โ€œsmall can of waterโ€ = the tomato paste can.
Till done = approximately 90 minutes
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BTWโ€ฆme and my sister are in disagreement about mushrooms in it. I clearly remember my dad putting mushrooms in it. Sheโ€™s adamant he didnโ€™t โ€ฆ.

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Canโ€™t go by it not being written down. My mother wrote it, not my dad.
*added later- my sister called my twin in Yuma AZ & he said โ€œyes, it has mushroomsโ€. With my sister being a Taurus. โ€ฆsheโ€™s standing her ground no matter what anyone says.

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SO ADD GARLIC & MUSHROOMS

Cacciatore Dish โ€“ Cacciatore means โ€œhunterโ€ in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared โ€œhunterโ€‘styleโ€โ€ฆ

There’s been times, I had to make it work in a little different ways. From what tomato products I had …

My helper ๐Ÿ˜

To what pasta I had…
And what chicken parts I had; bone-in is BEST; otherwise I have to try to copy the original flavor…like with a LITTLE chicken stock ๐Ÿค”

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Now…I only make it when I have all the ingredients I prefer ๐Ÿฅฐ

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

RECIPE โžก๏ธ http://dawns-ad-lib.com/2019/11/24/creamy-green-chile-chicken-enchiladas/ via Carlsbad Cravings

Went off script…as usual ๐Ÿคญ but not much, just with more seasonings and more cheeses ๐Ÿง€ also as usual, me & my daughter split one ๐Ÿ˜‰ they’re filling!

Chicken Curry…Again

Recipe at the following link or previous post ๐Ÿ˜ I like watching Latifs Inspired also ๐Ÿ‘ for example… โคต๏ธ https://youtu.be/qcJNmRSldmI

I got it spicier this time, so I had to put some coconut milk on mine. ๐Ÿ˜œ

We like…no we LOVE coconut milk in ours; only ‘about’ a 1/4 cup. I save the rest in container in fridge…for people like me ๐Ÿคญ who can’t handle the heat ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿฅต to drizzle more over my own dish ๐Ÿฅฅ I tried yogurt (which I marinated my chicken in all day, in fridge, with seasonings), but simply love coconut milk ๐Ÿฅ› ๐Ÿ˜‹ That and I make enough for 5 people, along with leftovers ๐Ÿ˜‰ I use skinless boneless thighs myself ๐Ÿ” Note: I don’t always have every ingredient I’d like to have, but I have what it takes to “make it work” ๐Ÿฅฐ OH and I used a combination of fresh chopped tomatoes ๐Ÿ… & tomato sauce this time ๐Ÿฅซ

Make it work ๐Ÿ˜‰

The yogurt didn’t work for me and I needed cilantro ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ

Chicken Curry

My version ๐Ÿ˜œ after watching countless videos/recipes. And tastings ๐Ÿ˜ Note: I personally prefer bone-in pieces, but my daughter wants boneless cut up chicken ๐Ÿ™„ what we do for our kids. It’s all good.

I highly recommend Vahchef – VahRehVah

I’ve been watching his videos for years.

Although many video recipes are good. I took a little bit from different ones. I just think Vahchef is good for beginners and/or non-indians ๐Ÿ˜‰ STEPS, layering flavor is important…in most cooking, if not all.

I don’t measure ๐Ÿ˜ฑ this is a NOTE TO SELF ๐Ÿ˜ถโ€๐ŸŒซ๏ธ because it turned out so good; leading my daughter to say “chicken curry is your signature dish”๐Ÿ“ so for my family’s sake, I’ll guesstimate

SO many versions and options; I’ll add links at bottom for interesting lists. It’s impossible to list them all.

I doubled recipe compared to a couple links I shared here.

5-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut to desired size pieces ( bone-in chicken pieces)
1 onion, chopped
3 (?) garlic cloves, minced
1 inch of fresh ginger, finely diced
2-3 tbs ginger garlic paste
2-3 tomatoes, depending on size, chopped small
3 green chillies, seeded & sliced lengthwise (serrano or jalapeรฑo)
1 tbs (or so) turmeric
3 tbs (a pile really) red chili powder [I used 2 different kinds, the basic (?) & New Mexico]
Dash of cayenne pepper ๐ŸŒถ depending on heat level you want & dash of red chile flakes (both optional, but we like it)
1 tbs curry powder (a pile again)
1 tbs garam masala… right….
1 tbs coriander powder
1 tbs cumin
1 cinnamon stick/bark
3-4 cardamom pods, broken up with mortar and pestle
Bay leaves
Curry leaves IF you have them
Salt & pepper to taste
1 can coconut milk (or cup of cream or yogurt)
4-5 tbs ghee or cooking oil
I think that’s it ๐Ÿค”

MISE EN PLACE !

Add ghee/oil to heated pan; I like a cast iron
Add onions, sautรฉ until translucent
Add garlic & ginger (I used both garlic ginger paste & freshly minced garlic, finely diced ginger)
Sautรฉ until golden color
Add chopped tomato, cook until tomatoes soften
Add chili powder, turmeric, curry powder, garam masala, coriander, cardamom – (I added some more seasoning after cooking chicken) went by TASTE, stirring, about 5 minutes
Add chicken pieces and cook, stirring until no longer pink
Add water, a couple cups (here I eyeball it, knowing I’ll be adding coconut milk, because that’s the flavor we usually want), stir.
Cover and cook about 20 minutes. It’s all judging how thick or thin you want it, but knowing you can let it cook DOWN for thicker. Seems better cooked longer ๐Ÿ˜‰ just sayin’, but my daughter (again ๐Ÿ™„) was in a rush.
Add coconut milk, stir, I didn’t add entire can and that left some for option to add more to individual servings (daughter again ๐Ÿค). I added more seasonings to taste here. And more sliced green chile & cilantro. OH and a couple tablespoons of butter ๐Ÿงˆ ๐Ÿ˜‹
Cook another 10 minutes and/or cook down to desired thickness.
Add cilantro at end also. And/or on servings, optional; there’s that love/hate thing regarding cilantro.
Enjoy with rice. Also great with naan.

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Simple Chicken Curry by Spice Eats
https://youtube.com/c/SpiceEats
Video here โคต๏ธ
https://youtu.be/jwyge5daKUQ

Recipe here โคต๏ธ

Types Of Curry โ€“ Complete List And Guide 2022

Here’s a another good link! โคต๏ธ
CURRY CULTURE

Asian Food Guide: 8 Curry Dishes & the Best Places to Try Them First!

Differe types of curry around the world ๏ŒŽ

I could go on and YouTube is full of curry recipes too ๐Ÿ‘

Tick-Tock Tikka House

Shout out to this Indian, Afghan, Pakistan, Halal restaurant. The food was better than we expected; will definitely order again. It’s even better than their pictures. Larger servings too.

Spicy chili chicken

Garlic blast naan

933 E University Dr Tempe AZ * another location in Mesa AZ * (914) 217-1965

Biryani with tandoori chicken – & it says with pieces or “chunks” of chicken, mine had a whole drumstick & thigh. ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ”๐Ÿš

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And we did do again ๐Ÿ˜†

Too spicy to share with Bear, but…I did get a mango lassi this time! ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅญ๐Ÿฅ›

My son got the spicy chili chicken also AND butter chicken ๐Ÿ˜‹

However, all this being said, we are going with actual restaurants next. Couple problems with this being some type of pop-up; delivery services; first time Uber eats driver couldn’t find it (my daughter has done Doordash, it’s not hard, but you do have to get off your ass once in a while & first driver evidently didn’t; we can watch them thru app & sure the name might not be on outside but the ste number is, AND after abandoning order, new driver (with higher score) found it quickly & made decent progress considering first driver, Hussein, took an hour, making for late dinner. We ordered again bc food was GOOD! Albeit this time the restaurant for our yogurt dressing; important with food this spicy, not to mention it states it comes with it AND we requested extra. So with an order for 3 people at over $80.00 … it’s the least they could do. We’re usually quite forgiving, but have an extremely limited menu, no number or people to talk to & a problem both times.. it’s time to try out regular restaurants. Will update.

Ribeye Crown Steak

Or ‘rib cap steak’ ๐Ÿฅฉ Private Reserveยฎ Ribeye Crown Steaks from Omaha Steaksยฎ

with steakhouse style hashbrowns ๐Ÿฅ” and sweet corn ๐ŸŒฝ

2 minutes per side with a 3rd flip for 1 minute, total of 5 minutes cooking & at least that long resting. We like ours rare ๐Ÿ˜‰

The hashbrowns, also from Omaha Steaksยฎ, go in 400ยฐ oven (ninja oven here; it’s 110ยฐ out; Arizona summers ๐ŸŒž) for 22-25 minutes. Sweet corn ๐ŸŒฝ cooked in water, milk, butter, salt, & dash of sugar ๐Ÿ˜‰ then cut off cob. ๐Ÿ˜‹

The Rib Crown Steak is bursting with juicy, rich flavor. The coveted cap steak is carved from the most prized part of the Ribeye and is known for exceptional marbling, flavor and tenderness. It is perfectly trimmed with generous interior marbling for that signature juiciness. Take one delicious bite and you’ll understand why the Private Reserve Rib Crown Steak is “the crown jewel” of the Ribeye. We recommend cooking these steaks to medium (140F) to allow the full flavor and juiciness.

  • Only the richest, butteriest portion of the ribeye!
  • Exceptional ribeye flavor with unbelievable tenderness
  • Extra-aged at least 35 days for maximum tenderness
  • Triple-trimmed by Omaha Steaks master butchers
  • Flash frozen after carving for perfect delivery
  • Intense marbling deepens rich ribeye flavor

Yummโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹

Gemelli Pasta with Meat Sauce

My usual meat sauce, similar to this previous post โคต๏ธ https://just2note626395589.wordpress.com/2022/04/19/casarecce-bolognese/

Love Parmigiano-Reggiano ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’–