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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Foodies at Home: Curry Dijon Chicken and Saffron Rice

Curry Dijon Chicken:

4 bonesless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup dijon mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1.) Mix all the ingredients together.
2.) Place chicken in 8X8 or 9X9 pan and evenly coat it in the marinade.
3.) Allow chicken to marinate for at least 3 hours.
4.) Preheat over to 375 degrees.
5.) Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
6.) Turn chicken and redistribute the marinade.
7.) Bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes.
8.) ENJOY!

Saffron Rice:
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch saffron, crumbled
1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2 small onion, sauteed

1.) Rinse the rice well and drain.
2.) In a medium size saucepan, add the rinsed rice, chicken stock, butter, salt, and saffron.
3.) Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
4.) Simmer for 10 minutes.
5.) Add peas and carrots and onion
6.) Recover, and let simmer for 5 to 10 more minutes.
7) Fluff with fork and serve.

We LOVE THIS DISH! It is so easy to make and tastes divine. We found the recipe online. I am pretty sure that Paul adds more curry when he makes it. But, this is another one of those recipes that you can tweek to your own tastes. Those two go together so well, too. YUM! We always have these ingredients so we can throw this together any time.

Thought- this would be a good one to throw together at lunch, the chicken part, so it can marinate while you are at work. Then all you have to do when you get home is throw it in the oven and make the rice.

If you like the flavor of curry, then you will love this dish! Make it soon. You won't regret it!

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