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Jamaican Jerk Chicken with a Cucumber, Mint Yogurt

Happy holidays everyone! As always, I was spoiled rotten by my family and friends this Christmas and now have a whole bunch of goodies. I received a lot of cooking-related gifts, which I am thrilled about. Of particular relevance to this blog post are the gifts I received from my Uncle Bob. He got us these absolutely beautiful cook books spanning different cultures and cuisines. One of the books that caught my eye was an authentic Jamaican cook book entitled “Lucinda’s Authentic Jamaican Kitchen.”I knew that jerk chicken was next on my to-try list!

And boy was I glad I had this recipe because this dish was awesome! I had to adapt the recipe a bit, simply because I didn’t use a charcoal grill (1: I don’t have one and 2: it’s too cold to venture outside). However, baking it in the oven still gave it a nice, crispy skin while preserving the inside moisture. This was perfect paired with a refreshing avocado salad and a cool, cucumber and mint yogurt. Hope you all enjoy as much as we did!

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Spooky Halloween Sugar Cookies

Happy belated Halloween! I have always loved Halloween and all things festive that relate to this wonderful holiday. So, naturally, I had to make a special, spooky treat. As I’ve mentioned before, Nevin’s parents got us an amazing KitchenAid Mixer so I figured I’d use it to make a big batch of cookies! This recipe makes a seriously aggressive amount of cookies so feel free to halve or scale it down if you don’t want to have cookies for a month :-). Again, this recipe can be used for any roll-out sugar cookies. Get yourself some fun and festive cookie cutters and have a blast!

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Housewarming Party!

So this post comes about 2 months late, but better late than never! As you know, Nevin and I moved into an awesome new apartment back in July. We managed to get the place in good enough condition to have a housewarming get together in the middle of August! We invited a bunch of friends over, made some food, and enjoyed some drinks. Also, it just so happened to coincide with Han and Chewie’s 1st birthday, so we made sure they were dressed to impress and enjoy the lime light. Unfortunately, Chewie grew a little shy and decided to spend his evening relaxing under the sofa in Nevin’s office, so we didn’t get many pictures of him all dolled up. Luckily, we had attention seeking baby Han to fulfill that requirement.

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Kale Citrus Salad! (Guest Blogger!)

Every now and again, Amanda goes off on an adventure and leaves me (The Photographer) to my own devices. So I thought…why not use those devices and takeover her blog while she’s out of town!

Now, I know what all of you out in the Blogosphere must be thinking: Time for a post about the shady inner-workings of ‘PinchPurrfect’! Chef Chewie’s DARK SECRETS revealed!! Unfortunately…no. She comes home soon, and I value my life. Soooo, let’s just stick to the food!

I’m sure Amanda has mentioned my love of the Food Network (specifically, Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa – I feel so nurtured when I watch her!). When I do get a chance to watch Ina, I sometimes stick around to see who’s on next; the other day I caught the first segment of “The Pioneer Woman”. It’s a show about “an accidental country girl” who whips up recipes that have to be approved by “cowboys, hungry kids”, and her! Nice! During the segment she showcased her Kale Citrus Salad…it looked so good I decided to have it for dinner and share it with all of you! You’re welcome!!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Another reason why I am obsessed with crockpots: this recipe. This buffalo chicken dip is delicious and surprisingly ‘healthy’! I use healthy in this instance simply to demonstrate that it is relatively low is calories, fat, and sugar. Using a crockpot makes this a very easy starter to pull together. All you do is mix your ingredients, wait, then serve to hungry people! It’s all the flavor of buffalo wings and none of the messy, sticky hands! This is an especially fitting recipe given that football has also just started up. Can someone say Superbowl Party ideas? I know, I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but don’t pretend you weren’t already thinking about it! Continue reading “Buffalo Chicken Dip”

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