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Crazy for Curry

Beautiful colors, divine smells and rich flavor is what you will find when you start cooking up curries.  We are relatively new to the curry scene and found ourselves asking questions when browsing the menu at our favorite thai hangout.  Just what is “curry” and what is the difference between red, green and yellow curry besides the obvious.

“Curry” is a term used to describe any variety of dishes using a combination of spices including chili peppers, garlic, lemongrass and coconut milk.  The color of the curry denotes the color and type of chili, and general seasonings used.  However, curries can vary from dish to dish and country to country.

Green Curry is made from a young green chili giving it a hot flavor, yet is balanced with more sweetness than some red and yellows.

Red Curry is usually made with long dried red chilies making it very hot.  Spiced more heavily with Cumin and Coriander giving a savory flavor.

Yellow Curry is the mildest but most aromatic of the curries from roasted spices and heavy turmeric, often very in rich flavor.

Searching the internet you can find numerous recipes and variations with all different meats, seafood or vegetarian.  Have fun experimenting and don’t be afraid to try it. It’s delicious!

http://www.templeofthai.com/cooking/curry-by-color.php

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Presidents Day

I hope everyone is enjoying presidents day.
Perfect day to spend whipping up some new dishes in the kitchen!
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Presidents Day

I hope everyone is enjoying presidents day.
Perfect day to spend whipping up some new dishes in the kitchen!
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Bragg Liquid Aminos

Another one of the products we have been introduced to in our new diet is “Bragg Liquid Aminos”.  Sounds delicious right?  As it turns out, it is quite a versatile and tasty addition to our seasoning selection. It has a “soy sauce” like flavor with far less sodium and far more health benefits.  Great to use in stir-fries, salad dressings, marinades, gravies or dipping sauces.  Use your imagination!

Made from Non-GMO Soybeans and 16 essential amino acids.  Check out the Bragg Website to read up on Bragg Liquid Aminos and many more great products.
http://www.bragg.com/

Bragg, Liquid Aminos, All Purpose Seasoning from Soy Protein, 32 oz

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Bragg Liquid Aminos

Another one of the products we have been introduced to in our new diet is “Bragg Liquid Aminos”.  Sounds delicious right?  As it turns out, it is quite a versatile and tasty addition to our seasoning selection. It has a “soy sauce” like flavor with far less sodium and far more health benefits.  Great to use in stir-fries, salad dressings, marinades, gravies or dipping sauces.  Use your imagination!

Made from Non-GMO Soybeans and 16 essential amino acids.  Check out the Bragg Website to read up on Bragg Liquid Aminos and many more great products.
http://www.bragg.com/

Bragg, Liquid Aminos, All Purpose Seasoning from Soy Protein, 32 oz

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Healthy Pets

Don’t forget about our furry little friends.  We set out this morning to create a recipe for Vegan Dog Treats for our 2 “doggie babies”.  Brittney could hardly wait for them to get out of the oven, she LOVES carrots and got excited when she saw us pulling them out for our recipe! 

Check out our Etsy Shop “Puparazzi Pet Shop”
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93230032/homemade-gourmet-vegan-dog-treats
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Healthy Pets

Don’t forget about our furry little friends.  We set out this morning to create a recipe for Vegan Dog Treats for our 2 “doggie babies”.  Brittney could hardly wait for them to get out of the oven, she LOVES carrots and got excited when she saw us pulling them out for our recipe! 

Check out our Etsy Shop “Puparazzi Pet Shop”
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93230032/homemade-gourmet-vegan-dog-treats
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Vegan Meat Substitues…Tempeh

When you start browsing through vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, you may find you don’t always know what the ingredients are.  At least I didn’t so I thought over the next several posts I would define some of the commonly used meat substitutes. 

One that I found interesting and in many recipes was Tempeh.  It is a whole soy product that is fermented and then bound into a firm patty.  It proves to be an excellent source of fiber, protein and vitamins which makes it an excellent addition to a vegan diet. 

The taste can be described as mushroom like with a meaty texture.  It is popularly used in dishes such as “hamburger patties”, tacos, chili or simply broken apart and fried. 

While I have not yet tasted it, I am definitely going to keep my eyes open and try it when I see it.  That would be the largest obstacle, at least in my area, it is not something that is easily found. 

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Vegan Meat Substitues…Tempeh

When you start browsing through vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, you may find you don’t always know what the ingredients are.  At least I didn’t so I thought over the next several posts I would define some of the commonly used meat substitutes. 

One that I found interesting and in many recipes was Tempeh.  It is a whole soy product that is fermented and then bound into a firm patty.  It proves to be an excellent source of fiber, protein and vitamins which makes it an excellent addition to a vegan diet. 

The taste can be described as mushroom like with a meaty texture.  It is popularly used in dishes such as “hamburger patties”, tacos, chili or simply broken apart and fried. 

While I have not yet tasted it, I am definitely going to keep my eyes open and try it when I see it.  That would be the largest obstacle, at least in my area, it is not something that is easily found. 

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Day after day of cold weather leaves me looking for some warm comfort food.  I’ve found there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of creamy soup with a spicy kick on a chilly winters day.  This Butternut Soup has a hint of sweetness blended with the subtle spice of curry that will warm you right up! 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Saute until browned in large pot:
1 Yellow Bell Pepper-Diced
1 Medium Sweet Onion-Diced
3 Cloves Garlic-Chopped Fine
2 Carrots-Diced
Add:
1 Medium Butternut Squash Peeled and Cubed
2 tsp. Curry Powder
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
2 TBSP Sugar Free Apricot Jelly (you can use orange marmalade or applesauce as substitute)
32 oz. Box Vegetable Broth
1 Can Light Coconut Milk
1 Cup Uncooked Rice (I prefer brown or wild)
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes or until rice and squash fully cooked.  With potato masher, smooth butternut squash until soup reaches desired consistency.
Enjoy!
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