We Are Back! And Some Recipes I Am Loving Right Now

December 15th, 2011 in Our Travels Worldwide, recipes

We got back from Costa Rica and are just trying to adjust back to real life. I want to run away again. Who wants to be a grown up?! Not me.

Our last night in Costa Rica was MAGICAL. We went into Jaco to a little Italian restaurant and ate outside. There was some sort of horse festival going on, so the streets were full of families, horses doing tricks, music and everyone smiling. Then we came back and sat by the pool where we listened to the ocean, and all of us talked about our favorite parts of the trip. No one wanted to leave, except for Poki — she said she missed all her stuffed animals back at home. The plane ride home was…oh my…the kids were great, but there were a couple of things that happened that were just absolutely horrible.

We survived though, and are back decorating the house for Christmas, getting presents out and getting back on schedule with things. But we are just ACHING to go back. I would move there in a heartbeat.

Anyway, I wanted to put up a recipe post, but I haven’t really made any new dishes that are *MY* recipes. I have really loved these recipes from other people:


Faux Pho
 image via bon appetit

#1 Faux Pho by Bon Appetit: I wanted to try something new that we had never had before. My girls, my husband and I really enjoyed it. I only put in half of the anise flower (it is the spice that gives a licorice kind of flavor to the broth), and I am glad I did. That is a spice I am going to have to get used to. Half of it was just enough. I also minced up the ginger and just used ground cinnamon. That way I didn’t have to pull it out of the broth, and I was also able to just cook everything in one pot (meaning I didn’t pull the noodles out, then do the meat, etc.) I just simmered everything in the same pot. This was a *big* winner, and I will save this recipe to do again. Find it here: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/quick-recipes/2011/12/faux-pho

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image via alisaburke.blogspot.com

#2 Andy’s Chicken & Kale Curry: I didn’t use the curry powder or chili powder…I used a curry paste that I love in place of it. I also soaked the chicken in yogurt, salt and pepper overnight like I do in this recipe of mine. Oh, this curry is so good…so, so good. The coconut milk makes it sweet for my kids and I serve it with basmati rice. Find the recipe here: http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2011/10/andys-chicken-and-kale-curry.html



image via Steph Modo

#3 Gray Sea Salt Brownies: They are cooling on the counter right now. I have made them five times since finding the recipe about two months ago. DEAR EVERYONE, PLEASE TRY THESE BROWNIES, AND THEN THANK ME FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. LOVE, VANESSA. Just do it. Find the recipe here: http://www.stephmodo.com/2011/11/gray-sea-salt-chocolate-brownies.html

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