Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella

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My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents.  So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it.  Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish.  I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly.  Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again.  It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined.  So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo).  I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar.  Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days.  I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”

Greens Bowl (in honor of St. Patricks Day)

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When midterms are in full swing, so is my culinary prowess.  It is my best procrastinator and my biggest relaxation strategy.  During the chaos of graduate school it seems that I can barely find the time to check my e-mails, but I always have time to bake cookies in mid afternoon.  Add to that that proper nutrition fuels the brain and energizes the body and you will understand why there have been a plethora of new recipes on the blog these past weeks (with more to come).

Today’s recipes arrives in Celebration of St. Patricks Day.  To be honest I have never even put much thought into this holiday before, let alone celebrated.  In St. Patricks Day’s prior you would find me doing little more than  donning a green cardigan while teaching an Irish themed art project.  However, New York takes it’s St. Patty’s day very, very seriously.  As such I made time to get together with friends and enjoy the festivities. We ventured down into the madness that is Times Square, tucked ourselves into a warm, cozy booth in an Irish Pub and spent our time watching the parade, eating potato leek soup and sampling a variety of beers.  Good times were definitely had, but its is hard not two when the afternoon is spent with two of my absolute favorite New Yorkers.

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Afterward I polished off the evening with this homemade, hearty bowl of greens.  So whether you are feeling thematic or in need something scrumptious to recover from your weekend of Irish induced debauchery -Enjoy.

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Salmon Tacos with Sautéed Kale and Cilantro Lime Yoghurt

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The thing I miss most about the west coast is the seafood.  Atlantic Salmon just doesn’t cut it.  Shellfish is hard to score. Cheap sushi is non existent here, and even the pricier fare isn’t as tasty as back home.  So last week I saw a photo on Pinterest of Salmon Tacos, and my taste buds started to tingle (actually).  When I clicked through there was no recipe so I resolved myself to craft something that tastes as good as the Pinterest perfect photo looked.  Then Pacific Salmon was in stock at Trader Joe’s and the rest is history. These, amazing, tasty, filling, simple, awesome, nutrient rich tacos were born.  Enjoy first, and you can thank me later. Continue reading “Salmon Tacos with Sautéed Kale and Cilantro Lime Yoghurt”