Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's For Dinner?

My general excitement level when it comes to preparing dinner is kind of low. Lately I've been focusing on quantity over quality-like it is more important to make 5-6 dinners a week that are okay than to make 3 really good meals but end up eating out the rest of the week. Why can't I make 5-6 great meals? Excellent question!

Last night I made a really scrumptious dinner though, and I am bursting to share; it's chicken tikka masala. I got this recipe from Katherine, the librarian at Ellie's school. She told me the ingredients and what to do with them, but no measurements. So here's what she told me-verbatim:

1. Saute the onions in butter until soft.
2. Broil the chicken rubbed with curry powder.
3. Add curry, chili powder,and a dash of ginger to the onions. Three parts curry to one part chili powder. Saute one minute.
4. Add one can of diced tomatoes with juice, chopped chicken, and half and half to the onions.
5. Simmer for twenty minutes and serve over Basmati rice.

Oh boy was this good! All my smalls liked it (except Ellie, she only eats white) and even went back for seconds.

I especially liked making this because I feel like an extra successful homemaker when I make foods from other countries and they come out well. Like if I make burgers, meh, who cares? But Chicken Tikka Masala...that's impressive.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Do I Stay or Do I Go?

Everyone already knows that I love to read, and usually I am totally out and proud to announce that I love kids books. I say things like, "I love juvenile literature." Firmly. Because I was raised by my parents, certainly, but also by Narnia, Oz, Middle Earth, King Arthur, Nancy Drew, Anne and Emily, Gulliver, and a host of other childhood friends. Add to that that one of the best joys of motherhood is access to the constant stream of books my kids bring home, from Ivy and Bean to Uglies and Pretties.

Yep, I'm proud of my affinity for all of the non-adult genres, but last week when I was happily browsing at the delightful downtown Barnes and Noble I really had to own it. There I was, blissfully perusing the jackets in the Young Adult section, when I looked up and noticed the sign above the shelves. It read, "Teen Paranormal Romance."

Oh. I know. I do like those.

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