Hunting for a Dutch Experience

These next few weeks we’re heading to Holland – land of tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, and Amsterdam. Admittedly we don’t know much about Holland but we do have a bit in our ancestry somewhere along the line. So tonight we’re going to dive in and get in touch with some of our roots. On the menu some traditional Dutch fare: Jachtschotel(Hunter’s Dish) served with Poached Pears. Continue reading

Kid Friendly Twist to Key Lime Chicken

We thought we’d throw out a quick update to the Key Lime Chicken recipe. We had three leftover key lime chicken breasts and they made for a tasty and fast Monday night dinner! We sliced the chicken into thin strips, layered it on a flour tortilla shell and added a blend of Mexican cheeses. Optional ingredients included black beans and jalapeno peppers. We then topped with another shell and toasted them on a griddle. To finish we dabbed the quesadillas with a medium tomato-based salsa and were good to go. Mom and dad really liked this take on the recipe from last week (both in taste and preparation). Mr. N was also a big fan – in fact, he said he liked it better than our meal Friday night. Miss A, well she still wasn’t a fan of the chicken, but ate the quesadilla filled with black beans and cheese (chicken was pulled out and tossed on the floor, table and chair! Yeah, we get the message Miss A.). So this bonus meal may give the Key Lime Chicken a bump in our book. Enjoy the week!

Kicking it up with Key Limes

Last night was our second Mexican adventure. Since it’s Mr. N’s pick we let him guide the recipe choice. He was happy with our chicken from last week, so opted for another chicken recipe. This week we picked from the “hard” section of the recipes (gasp!) – Key Lime Chicken. Fortunately it wasn’t really that hard. The biggest challenges were the grocery shopping and the planning. Key limes, chipotle peppers, tomatillos aren’t readily available at our grocery store. So this week Ms. A and I hit a more worldly grocery store and found most of our ingredients and some grape flavored bubble gum which to my knowledge is only found at this particular store. As for Ms. A, she was particularly taken with the key limes – “they are tiny like me!” Grape bubble gum and tiny key limes – we were off to a good start. Continue reading

Viva Mexico!

Well here it goes…our first attempt to try new recipes from around the globe and venture into the world of blogging. Mr. N calls it “cooking around the world.” He was the first to select our cooking destination, and our budding little foodie selected Mexico. We didn’t want to pick the usual suspects (burritos, tacos, enchiladas or fajitas), so instead we picked a more obscure recipe (at least it was unknown to us) – Cinnamon Fried Chicken with Roasted Potatoes. It was deemed an “easy” recipe – with a 6-year old and 2-year old in the kitchen we’re likely to pick the “easy” options for quite some time. The prep was definitely made for the little ones. Both Mr. N and Miss A loved getting to measure the spices, which included flour, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, ground cloves and salt. Miss A took a liking to it immediately and wasn’t afraid to double-dip her stirring spoon. (Fortunately no one has a cold this week!) Mom and Dad cleaned and dipped the chicken breasts (don’t want to spread raw chicken germs around the house), and the seasoned chicken with potato wedges were tossed with canola oil and placed in a roasting pan. The only downside of the recipe was that it took an hour and 15 minutes to bake (on the convection setting) and that made for a long, hungry wait. When we make this again, we’ll start it much earlier! About 20 minutes in to the baking, the aroma of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg filled the kitchen. We were off to a good start. When we finally sat down to eat, the kids were definitely hungry (and willing to eat anything!). Fortunately the meal was a big hit; although the potatoes, while I enjoyed them, weren’t as highly regarded as the chicken. Everyone seemed happy with our first adventure and agrees it’s one to keep in circulation. Mr. N gave the chicken our highest honor of 4-spoons, Mom and Dad agreed it was worthy of 3-spoons and Miss A – well, she ate it so we’ll say she agrees with Mr. N and gives it 4-spoons. We’ve got one more week, and one more meal, of Mexican cuisine. I think we’re all looking forward to it already!

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