The Someday File

March 21st, 2011 · 7 Comments · Chicken and Turkey, Dinner

Here are a few of the dishes you might find in my Someday File: An authentic lasagna from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy (Someday I’ll have time to make pasta from scratch); That Post-it tagged lobster pot pie recipe from one of the Barefoot Contessa books (Someday I’ll be able to justify spending $25/pound on shellfish that gets lost in an ocean of butter and cream); A spicy chicken dish from the New York Times that calls for tamarind paste (Three Somedays here: Someday my kids might be able to handle the hot stuff, Someday I’ll have time to hunt down tamarind paste, and Someday someone will tell me if tamarind paste is the same thing as tamarind concentrate.) My Someday file is not buried on the MacBook or on my epi App. It’s not in a box on a shelf lined up in my kitchen’s Command Central. The file is in my brain and, miraculously, includes an interactive slide show function that has run on a loop ever since 2002, when Phoebe was born. When we were in the middle of The Great Pizza-Pasta-Nugget Rut of 2005, I’d close my eyes and picture the full-page color photos of dahl and turmeric and chilies in Maya Kaimal’s Savoring the Spice Coast of (more…)

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Halfway Homemade: Chicken Curry with Spinach

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Chicken and Turkey, Dinner, Picky Eating, Quick

It’s a good week when there’s a Maya Kaimal simmer sauce in the refrigerator — it means that one family dinner in the next five nights is going to be a complete no-brainer. I’ve tried lots of these prepared sauces over the years (my kids have always liked, or in the case of my youngest, tolerated curry) but Kaimal’s taste fresher and more vibrant than any of them. If I have a block of frozen spinach and remember to thaw some frozen chicken breasts from the weekend shop before I leave for work in the morning, it’s one of those halfway homemade meals I can scrape together in under 25 minutes at the other end of the day. My favorite is the Tamarind Curry (there’s also Coconut Curry, Vindaloo, Classic Korma, Tikka Masala and word on the street is she’s working on a shelf-stable line) but there’s not one in the batch that will let you down. Available at Whole Foods — click to the jump for the recipe.

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