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Haley starts Kindergarten tomorrow. Big day. Exciting day. But it also marks summer coming to an end. Sigh…
I love summer. Loooove it. The ease of shorts and flip-flops, afternoons spent at the pool, the bounty of fresh fruit that fills the Farmer’s Market. The heat…the bugs…the sunscreen…pfft. Don’t care. And the four seasons everyone raves about? Pretty, yes. But I would be perfectly fine living in Hawaii. No question.
So, I’ve been playing. Photographing and writing? Not so much.
But I don’t want to deprive you of my latest finds, just because I didn’t take my own pictures. These are dishes that I’ve made recently, some more than once. They are so so good – give them a try!
Emeril’s Chicken Patty Pockets by Emeril at Everyday Food – this is a simple, and super fast summer meal. And a chance to use up the tomato and cucumber in your refrigerator that’s about to go bad. I knew I’d love these the minute I spotted the cumin, cayenne, coriander, and nutmeg. I’ve made these 3 times now.
Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken by Elise at Simply Recipes – I’ve made this one twice. With cashews, soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice, I was pretty much smitten immediately. You can determine the level of heat by the amount of jalapenos you use.
Creamy Chicken Marsala by Lisa at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary – Ah, and this one. Lisa never ever fails me. Neither does Parmesan, cream, and wine. Mmmm. Admittedly, I did use chicken thighs instead of breasts, but only because that’s what I had in the house.
Chicken with Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce by Marla at Tasty Kitchen – Obviously, I subbed in cashew butter. I knew I’d enjoy this, since I love Asian food. Another one with lime juice and soy sauce. But also? The thai curry paste gives it a little heat, while the coconut milk balances it out. Yummy.
Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken by Ree at The Pioneer Woman – Well, no surprise that I loved this. Peach jam and barbecue sauce? Sweeeet. I did, however, skip the whiskey because I refused to spend $30 for a cup, knowing it would be a long time before I used it again. I didn’t miss the alcohol. The chicken fell off the bone and the sweet sauce soaked into the mashed potatoes, making my belly want more even though there wasn’t any room left.
Pictures courtesy of (from left to right/top to bottom): Creamy Chicken Masala at Cutting Edge of Ordinary, Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken at Pioneer Woman, Chicken w/ Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce at Tasty Kitchen, Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken at Simply Recipes, Chicken Patty Pockets (not shown)