Roasted Asparagus + White Bean Soup Two Ways

I really like the soups we’ve experimented with for the Food Matter’s Project. If you are new to my site, I’m cooking through Mark Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook with a fantastic group of food bloggers and sharing our creative versions once a week.

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Butter Chicken ::: Murgh Makhani

Stop. Put down the phone. You will NOT order Indian delivery ever again after making this. 


I have such fond memories of eating Indian food with my big happy nuclear (at the time) family as often as they’d take us growing up. I think it was the only International cuisine my brother and sister would eat. We’d always order lots of naan, Tandoori chicken, and chana masala.

Indian food followed me to college, my Dad would visit and we’d go to Bombay Dardar in Coconut Grove almost every time he came down from Orlando.

I never dreamed I’d be able to create Indian food at home. I also never dreamed I’d have a cooking blog and enjoy home made meals better than gourmet restaurants meals though. {I was incredible at making easy mac in college and ordering take out.}

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Sweet and Spicy ::: The perfect contradiction

Do you have a favorite flavor combo? One that your eye ALWAYS head to on a  menu at dinner?

I definitely do. I feel like it is a little bit weird.

I have an obsession with everything and anything SWEET AND SPICY! The contradiction is fabulous to me.

I think almost half of my recipes on the blog so far are categorized as sweet and spicy.

SWEET AND SPICY recipes pictured above:

Cracked Black Pepper Kettle Popcorn
Sweet & Spicy Shrimp and Veggie Pasta
Red Curried Vegetable Tomato Soup
Shrimp and Scallop Stir Fry
Taiwan Ramen Noodle Soup
Chipotle Honey Glazed Squash
Beef Lettuce Wraps
Cocktail Meatballs
The sauce on this pizza

And one recipe that has been popular are these copycat Hooter’s Boneless Wings.


AND if you really want to hear about a 360 degree edible contradiction:

Try and think of a dish that is hot and cold, sweet and spicy, crunchy and soft– ALL AT ONCE.

I’ll give you a hint.

It is popular at trendy southern California sushi restaurants. No clue? {You are missing out}

Ok fine here it is.

Crispy rice spicy tuna. Heaven. My all time favorite dish to order. Too bad Miami is way behind with this trend. Man, I miss our Sundays at Sashi with passion.

I am off to cheer myself up with a bite of some cayenne dark chocolate…


::: keelymarie :::

Whole Wheat “No-Work” Pizza


My thoughts this past week:

I can’t wait to make homemade pizza for the first time
Good thing I have a stand mixer now
I’m so happy Niki chose this for this week’s Food Matter’s Project recipe
Ohhh it must be super thin and crunchy so Peter loves it
Crap, pizza is definitely not on this 6 day diet, oh well, it’s whole wheat right?
Hmm, I don’t need a stand mixer for this recipe. Weird. 
How am I going to make a flat circle with this gooey mess?
I’m guessing my “perforated pizza baking sheet” won’t work with this dough
oh…. I’m supposed to use HALF the dough per pizza! Oops.

This was an experiment to say the least! And it ended up a fun and delicious one…even though we’re not fans of fluffy thick crust pizza. I am still not sure how much of the thickness was my fault or the recipe’s. The result:

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Quick Note ::: Giveaway Winner!

Ahhh what a weekend. Exercise, outdoors, clean house, lots of quality time with Peter, & just enough wine. Very happy right now!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Le Creuset giveaway. Amy Graver is the winner of 4 gorgeous flame color Le Creuset cassoulet bowls. She will receive them in the next 2 weeks. 

To everyone:

Thank you so much for following my blog. When I first started blogging last June I was a tiny bit scared to put myself out on the internet so publicly. It was a vulnerable feeling. 

But with the sincere compliments and encrouragement from followers like you it has become such a passion and I am here to stay! I hope what I write about hits home at some point for all you; whether it is a recipe, a city, or some fabulous trend. 

Thanks again- and congrats to Amy!

::: keelymarie :::