Butter Chicken with Peas and Cauliflower

butter chicken with peas and cauliflower

butter chicken with peas and cauliflower

If a recipe for butter chicken has no butter in it, can it still be called butter chicken? I hope so, because “spiced cream chicken” sounds a little iffy, although that’s closer to the truth in this version of the popular Indian dish. Butter chicken (also known as murgh makhani) is what I imagine Indian comfort food must be like (along with rajma, of course) – it’s creamy, it’s filling, and it’s got a nice kick to it. Continue reading

Walnut & Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

walnut chicken salad with blueberry vinaigrette

I have a problem. I’m obsessed with pick-your-own-fruit orchards. First, I picked tart cherries in northern Michigan last month, and that was all fine and dandy and I limited myself to about six or seven pounds of cherries. Then, while visiting family in western New York last week, my aunt asked if I wanted to tag along with her to the blueberry fields, and I figured heck, why not? And so I picked seven pounds of blueberries. Continue reading

Classic Tart Cherry Pie

classic tart cherry pie

Last week, my parents came to visit and we took a short trip up to northern Michigan. We spent some time on Mackinaw Island (more on that later!) and in Traverse City, and before heading back south, we stopped by King Orchards to do some cherry picking! I’ve always wanted to bake a pie with fruit I picked from the tree myself, so I was elated to find that our trip coincided with the short two-week window for picking tart cherries (which are what typically go into cherry pies, rather than sweet varieties). Continue reading