coconut chicken curry.

You probably don’t know this about me, but I positively adore Indian food. I find myself craving dates and curries and a rich, lamb tikka masala on a fairly regular basis. There is just something about the delicate, yet intensely luscious combination of sweet and spicy and savory flavors that totally knocks me out.

Due to this rapturous affection, I decided it was about time that I really perfected my own homemade chicken curry recipe. I’m delighted to inform you all that I succeeded with flying colors and the hubs and I will most likely be tucking into this scrummy dish every other week from here until eternity. I’ve posted a chicken curry recipe before, and it was truly tasty, but this one…this one is divine. Absolutely, mouthwateringly, delicious. Ok, I’m officially starving now; must go make the second round.

coconut chicken curry.

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into ½-inch chunks
salt and pepper, or to taste
1½ tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomato
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

Season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper.

Mix curry powder and oil. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the curry oil mixture. Heat curry oil for 1 minute.

Add garlic and onions and cook for 1 minute.

Add chicken chunks and toss lightly to coat with the curry oil mixture.

Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear.

Pour coconut milk, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve immediately, over rice. Enjoy!

*recipe adapted via

fudgy dark chocolate cookies.

fudgy dark chocolate cookies

Baking is a bit like therapy for me. And it’s all the better if I happen to be baking with dark chocolate and a glass of red wine in hand. There is something so soothing and reassuring to me about being in the kitchen. When the days are long and I’m emotionally wrung out, I like to know that I can mix eggs with butter and cocoa powder and twenty minutes later something glorious will pop out of the oven.

It’s been one of those weeks for me. Not necessarily bad, and in many ways quite good, but emotionally taxing nonetheless. For the most part, I’ve burrowed myself deep into novels and endless cups of tea, but sometimes you have to bust out the good stuff. And these cookies, my friends, are the good stuff. They are thick and moist and absolutely sinfully delicious; guaranteed to cure whatever ails you.

fudgy dark chocolate cookies

Ingredients

1 cup salted butter (melted and cooled – directions in step one)
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs (at room temp)
3 tablespoons strong coffee (brewed)
2⅔ cup all purpose flour (more if it’s too sticky)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups dark chocolate chips

Instructions

 Prepping the butter: Melt ½ cup butter in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until completely melted. Transfer to the refrigerator or freezer and cool until solid, about 30 minutes. Leave the other ½ cup butter out on the counter to bring it to room temperature. If the butter is rock solid (usually from the freezer) I stick it back in the microwave for 10 seconds to get it workable again. See notes for more info.

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer (I usually just use a hand-held one), cream the melted/solid butter, room temperature butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until just incorporated.

 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamy butter mixture and mix until incorporated, adding the coffee gradually as you go. The dough should be thick and sticky, but dry enough to touch with your hands without making a huge mess. If it’s still too sticky, add more flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into even balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack right away. They will be underdone and super puffy, which makes them perfectly soft, thick, and fudgy when cooled.

Enjoy!!

*original recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

cape cod, martha’s vineyard, + nantucket.

It’s been a while since I posted, in fact we’ve been to California and back since I last wrote, but that’s life I suppose. Weddings and trips and birthdays usually trump blogging for me. However, we’ve been home for several weeks now and I finally feel rested enough to sit down and talk with you all about our trip to New England earlier this summer, and share our favorite eats while we were there.

Cape Cod

I told you in my previous post that we stayed in Hyannis and we could not have loved it more. We chose the town originally due to its proximity to the ferries leaving for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, but it turned out to be incredibly charming and we will be staying there in the future even if we don’t plan on venturing over to Nantucket.

We loved every minute of our time on Cape Cod; waking up early with the sun, enjoying brunch at fantastic local restaurants (like the Sea Street Cafe), watching the sail boats come in, laughing with friends, and soaking up every bit of the cooler weather. Not to mention ice cream every afternoon – who doesn’t love that?

The Sea Street Cafe, Chatham Bars Inn (order the lobster nachos as your meal, you can thank me later), Black Cat Tavern (great live music and raw bar out back), Alberto’s (fantastic Italian cuisine; this is a great option for date night), and Pizza Barbone (wood fired, Neapolitan pizza…no further explanation needed) were our favorite restaurants…although my husband and I did pick up some local pad thai one night while we watched Game of Thrones in our bungalow and that place was pretty great too. If only I knew what it was called.

We truly adored our time in Cape Cod and are eager for our next trip. Until then, I have about two thousands photos to help me reminisce.

provincetown, cape cod

chatham, cape cod

cape cod

Martha’s Vineyard

Our time on Martha’s Vineyard was unfortunately not quite so favorable. We didn’t care for Oak Bluffs at all; it seemed a bit too overdone for us. Too cheap. Too touristy. Too many gingerbread cottages. Not to mention, it rained the entire time we were there. I really hate that our experience was poor because I so badly wanted to like it (I’m a Sabrina fan, after all). Luckily, our day did have a few high notes. We were able to start the day with some famous Back Door Donuts and coffee, which was delectable and so very needed…even though we enjoyed it all while getting rained on. The Quahog Chowder at the Black Dog Tavern was the best I’ve ever had and their lobster roll was quite divine as well. And as you know, good food can always turn a bad day around.

We hopped on a bus down to Edgartown after lunch and it turns out, we had just been on the wrong part of the island all morning. We found Edgartown to be quintessentially charming and beautiful. We hiked out to the Lighthouse and strolled the streets a bit before we made our way back to the ferry. We both made the unanimous decision that if we ever found ourselves on the island again, we would be staying in Edgartown.

martha's vineyard

martha's vineyard

Nantucket

I think there is something a little bit magical about Nantucket. It’s remained relatively unchanged for decades, with brick buildings and cobblestone streets, and it’s not exactly easy to get to, so you feel somewhat secluded from the world while you’re there.

You really can’t see the island (or properly enjoy it) in just one day. It was all the time we could spare on this trip, but it felt like we had barely dipped our toes in the water before we had to leave. I wanted to watch the sunrise from ‘Sconset Beach, ride bikes through historic downtown, have oysters and lobster pizza overlooking the harbor, and watch the sunset on Madaket. We may not have done everything, but we enjoyed our time and we’re so glad we got the little taste of Nantucket that we did.

 We started our day off with Handlebar Coffee, strolled through ‘Sconset and tried to pick out our favorite homes, enjoyed a couple of Grey Ladies at the Cisco Brewery, wandered through downtown – hunting for interesting door knockers, had some of the best ice cream on our trip from the Juice Bar, and made so many plans for future visits. You can sense that no one on Nantucket is ever in much of a rush. Life happens slowly, and enjoyably there. It’s a world of its own and it is most certainly worth a visit. I hope you’ll make plans to do so!!

nantucket

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