Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When they came knocking

Have I mentioned that I love to cook?  I just love being in the kitchen....but, I must say what makes the kitchen all the more satisfying is when I hear my hubby walk through the front door and proclaim "wow, something smells good in here".  That one phrase is about as sweet as a dozen rose bouquet and makes me feel that my efforts in the kitchen were completely worthwhile.  I not only got that compliment from my hubby, but I also got it from a complete stranger. I guess you know a recipe is definitely worth sharing when two recruiters knock on the front door and try to convince my husband to join some "green" party and vote for someone that will save trees and the world from human chaos ( I really couldn't hear everything they were saying, but I'm sure it was very important)....and then in the middle of their spiel one of the door knockers stops and says "your house smells really good".  Yep, that actually happened and I suppose I should also note that in the same breath without much of a pause the dude continued to talk, and talk, and talk.  I think he was trying to prove a point and thought that he just might have a chance if he spewed it all out without giving a moment for my husband to decline listening.  I sat in the kitchen sulking and annoyed, so I did what any logical housewife would do...I began banging and clanking my fork against my plate in hopes that they would get a small hint that we were trying to enjoy eating what was making "our house smell so good".  But they didn't get it, or they chose to pretend they didn't.  And that made my blood boil, I just hate to be ignored. So I finally yelled (sweetly of course) "Hey, honey we need to finish eating." That gave the guy a chance to catch a breath and my husband the opportune time to say "farewell".  They are lucky it was my husband that answered the door, if I would have answered the door (which I never do...I blame it on watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds) but if I had, I would have said, "no, not interested" before they could even utter a word.

But that's just me.  Good think I'm married to someone so stinkin nice. 

So I may not always be nice when people come knocking on my door, but I am nice enough to have dinner ready for my hubby when he gets home. And this is what made our home "smell so good" last night.  The best part about this meal is you can make it all in the morning and let it marinate all day and then just toss it all in a pan and in about 10 minutes you will also have a house that smells delicious...better than any glade plug-in (which make me gag anyway).  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen, which was created by Ree from The Pioneer Woman. Who is absolutely amazing and perfectly witty....and might I add, she can definitely cook! If you ever need food inspiration or a good chuckle check out her blog. Now onto dinner from last night....

Apparently I have been on a Thai kick lately, but I was trying to use up the remaining vermicelli noodles I had left over from my new favorite salad. Couldn't let those beauties go to waste!  So here it is in all its yumminess.....

Thai Honey Peanut Chicken:
Found from: Tasty Kitchen


  • 1 pound Chicken, In Chunks
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 teaspoon Minced Garlic (approximately 1 Large Clove)
  • 2 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (heaping Tablespoon Even Better)
  • 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (optional)
(I actually doubled the sauce from the original recipe, if you prefer not to have extra sauce for drizzling over noodles or rice then simply halve the above recipe)


Mix ingredients and marinate chicken for 2-3 hours.
Cook chicken in the sauce over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes or until chicken is done. Reduce heat to medium-low and add precooked veggies if desired. Serve topped with sesame seeds. ( I like to serve over either brown rice or rice noodles.)

To thicken sauce if needed: reduce heat to medium-low and add a cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water).



  1. I LOVE the Tasty Kitchen website!

  2. I know it's so much fun to look through, I've found a lot of good recipes from there.