In my house, we absolutely LOVE Moby Dick House of Kabob. And when I say we - I mean all three of us. My 4 year old orders his own platter and eats every last bite. The food is awesome - but it ain't cheap. I decided to try to mimic the famous yellow chicken recipe at home (Persian saffron chicken joojeh). Surprisingly, it was a super easy two-step recipe.
2lbs chicken breast, trimmed and cubed (1-2 inch chunks)
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used a Chobani)
1 yellow onion, minced finely (almost a paste)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 cloves of fresh garlic, minced finely
1 tsp fresh black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp saffron threads dissolved in 1-2 tbsp warm water
1 1/2 tbsp turmeric (for color)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl that is not going to absorb the color of the saffron. You could probably use glass, but I used a metal bowl to be safe. Cover in the refrigerator and let marinate for a minimun of 4 hours.
*If you're going to put the kabobs on the grill using wooden skewers - make sure to let soak in water for at least an hour before you're ready to start cooking to prevent the skewers from catching fire.
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup butter (melted)
Grill kabobs for about 3-4 minutes per side (all 4 sides). I had my grill set on medium heat - but all grills are different, so adjust the heat and timing as needed. Baste each side of kabob with lemon butter mixture. Serve hot with basmati rice.
After I made this and was cleaning up dinner, B ran around the corner in the kitchen and said, "Mom, that was PERFECTO!"
I'll add this to my arsenal of recipes. Hope you enjoy!
Belle Mode Intimates hosted a Bra Drop @ Fairfax Corner to support Breast Cancer Awareness month in October and to benefit the Tigerlily Foundation. Over 450 bras were dropped off to be recycled! The donated bras were hanged on clotheslines across fairfax corner to bring awareness to the event - so neat! Women (and men) stopped in to sip on wine, meet Miss DC, snack on Pinkberry, and have a personal bra fitting. Congrats to Belle Mode for a successful event! I was happy to be a part of it!
Last weekend, B was swept away and spoiled by my parents. In turn, I, too, was spoiled with a whole day of freedom. We ended up snagging DREAM SEATS to the skins game! HAIL YEAH! We usually go to one or two games a year, but this was probably the best game we had ever been to. RGIII ran his record-setting touchdown right into our end zone. The crowd was insane!
Since it was a 4pm game, the night was still young when we left FedEx and we decided to further our date by stopping by one of our favorite sushi spots in Shirlington. Bonsai has a great outdoor seating area and it was the perfect night for it.
Of course, being kid-free, we couldn't end the night there. There has been such great hype about the World of Beerthat opened up in Ballston so we checked it out... however, I was not impressed. At all. I guess if I wanted to spend $10 a beer, receive bad service (i'm pretty sure our waitress was drunk and/or high), and eat from their menu of basically pretzels and sausage.... no thanks.
Regardless of the last stop, what an awesome Sunday Funday we had! huge shout out to my mom and dad for making it possible! xo
by Jenn Plant
What a beautiful day to travel to Millwood, Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley Wine and Music Festival. I fully expected a crisp autumn day but as the sun broke through the clouds, it warmed up nicely and ended up being absolutely perfect.
For our third date, David and I made our way to the fenced off area where the local wineries had set up their tents. There were ten Virginia wineries on location that day, none of which I had ever had the pleasure of drinking before. And was I in for a treat! David, being a chef, had already tried a few of the local wines, but most were new to him as well.
It was $20 for a commemorative glass and unlimited tastings. From super sweet whites to extra dry reds and every possibility in between. One winery had us try the “Kiss of the Devil” made from 30 varieties of peppers, including ghost chilies! They claim it’s “better for basting than tasting” - David and I tried it anyway. It was definitely hot and would be great in a chili recipe. We also discovered the beauty of mulled wine. Think hot apple cider and your favorite red wine. A few of the wineries had their own spin on the sensational drink, but all with the same basic ingredients.
Red Wine. Apple juice. Mulling spices. Keep on low in crock pot. Quick. Easy. Fantasticly delicious. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I plan on making large quantities of this and I may or may not share with my family.
After sampling most of the wines, David and I walked around the beautiful property at Long Branch. The paved walkway took us around the historic home and we found ourselves in one of the most beautiful and picturesque places we’d ever seen. Rolling hills, a small pond and horses running in the fields before us; it was absolutely gorgeous. We sat under a tree and simply enjoyed each other’s company and the scenery for almost two hours. Whether it’s another wine festival or maybe a tour of the historic home, I’m hoping that we will be able to visit Long Branch again very soon.
Here’s to an amazing third date and hopefully a fourth. Cheers!
A few of our favorites from the day:
We liked their Traminette 2011 and Chamboucin 2010
Barren Ridge Vineyards
We loved the 2011 Red Barren and 2010 Harmony
Mix their Chocolate and White Chocolate dessert wine for a bit of heaven in your mouth!
Peaks of Otter Winery
If you dare – Try the Kiss The Devil Chili Pepper Wine
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Every bottle of wine on Giant is on sale at their Manassas/Centreville Rd. location. The store is going out of business on November 1 and wine is marked down 40% off! Plus, if you buy 6 bottles, you get an additional 10% off. Being the savvy consumer that I am, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I had let this sale pass. So, clearly, I picked up a very necessary 18 bottles of wine. Gracias (and adios!), Giant.
by Anola Trott
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the show “Kimchi Chronicles”, but it’s an eye-opener. It’s basically a documentary on Korean food and was one of my favorite shows when it was on -- the dishes they produce are incredible. True Korean food is so healthy, delicious, and unfortunately, very difficult to make.
I’ve been aching to make a Korean dish for a long time, but everything that looks or sounds yummy requires lots of ingredients (some are very uncommon) and even requires 2-3 days of prep time. No thanks!!! I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest and it was done. Here is the recipe for Korean Beef.
1 pound lean ground beef (the lean part is very important or it will become greasy)
1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar (I did just 1/4 because I wanted it to be more spicy)
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used low-sodium)
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch green onions, diced (don't skip this!)
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Stir in some of the green onions at the last minute and serve over steamed rice and top with the rest of the onions.
I served mine with a side of Kimchi...enjoy!!
I seriously sat in my car and watched this lady back in and out of her spot 4 times. And this was the result.
I somehow talked myself into buying ground turkey rather than ground beef. And not only did I buy ground turkey, I bought it at Costco... meaning I had 4 2lb packages of fresh ground turkey. Why did I do this? To be healthy-er of course.
I do not prefer ground turkey for three reasons:
1. The color. It turns weirdly gray after cooking.
2. The smell. Ugh.
3. The taste. If I'm going to bite into a sloppy joe, it sure as hell better taste like it.
So I found myself scouring the internet for recipes that would turn the turkey a different color, not make me smell it, and taste delicious. I found Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili which had rave reviews. I was so gung-ho about the recipe that I went to Giant at 11pm to buy all the ingredients so I could start the crock pot first thing in the morning. Impulsive? Maybe.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 (10.75 ounce) cans low sodium tomato soup
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
salt to taste Directions
1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown; drain.
2. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans and onion.
3. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.
4. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.
I read all of the comments and decided to make some slight modifications before preparing.
- use regular tomato soup, skip the salt
- replace one can of tomato soup with a large can of diced tomatoes
- use a pack of chili seasoning, not individual spices
- whole onion (what would I do with the other half?)
- cayenne pepper rather than chili flakes (1/2 teaspoon)
- cooked on low for 6 hours
The results? AB FAB. This was one of the best chili's that I've ever had. It was hearty, sweet and spicy, and involved very little work. Best of all, the turkey was actually edible! I would claim this recipe as an all around success. There was no need to add cheese or sour cream to fancy it up either. This was actually my first time making chili in the crock pot and I somewhat prefer it to the stove top... not sold just yet.
Do you have a chili recipe or
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