Love People. Like Things.

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indian chicken April 14, 2010

Filed under: Like — lindsayt85 @ 8:00 am
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Do you have a food you really, deep down *WISHED* you liked? I do. Indian food. I’ve tried it several times. I’ve tried different things at different places – I just can’t stomach it. But it’s just so darn glamorous! Like really, only the cool, hip, and trendy people go to Handi or India Palace for dinner. Unfortunately, I don’t drink Diet Coke, wear bug-eye sunglasses, or like Indian food.

I know, I know. You are all confused now. ‘But Lindsay- I thought this was a blog about the things you LIKED, not the things you don’t like!’ Hold on to your shorts.

My sweet lovey, Josh, on the other hand, really likes Indian food. He’s one of the cool, hip, and trendy people in the world. He also drinks Diet Coke… yes, I just admitted that my husband is cooler than me. It’s true.

I don’t like Indian food, but I do like to cook. And I especially like to cook special things I know special people like. (see- I told you we were getting to the point of this…) So a few weeks ago, I made Chicken Vindaloo and Garlic Naan. My house smelled AMAZING. All those spices- even the weird ones (cardamom, really?)- just sort’ve blend together to make this really warm, spicy, delightful kitchen smell. Ahhhh. And the good news is- Josh said he liked it a lot. So, I’ll probably make it again. With a side of grilled cheese for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Indian chicken in the crock pot is super-duper easy to make. You just throw it in there, turn it on, walk away, come home to a really yummy smelling house, and it’s ready! This particular recipe only has to cook for 5 hours, so unless you work part time, this might be better for weekend meals when you’re not gone from the house as long. And the original recipe I used called for tons of other things and said to layer in a certain way. We left a lot out and decided it would have been better all mixed together. So I ended up making my own mixture of spices and therefore a new recipe! Something about paying $13 for a tiny TINY bit of cardamom… couldn’t do it. And if you don’t have all these spices, don’t go out and buy any. Except maybe the curry- you sort’ve have to have that for an Indian dish.

CHICKEN VINDALOO

  • 2 c. fresh green beans
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • a few pinches of cinnamon
  • 2 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt

Put green beans, chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon in the crock pot.ย  In a separate bowl, combine tomato sauce and all other spices and mix well. Pour that sauce in crock pot over chicken. Give it a good stir around. Cover and cook on low 5 hours.

Serve with garlic naan (I’ll post that later- it was SOO good!) and enjoy!

Josh likes indian chicken and I like cooking for him.

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he was right. April 11, 2010

Filed under: love — lindsayt85 @ 7:35 am
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Have you ever gotten really excited about something and yelled out ‘I love that (thing)!’? I definitely have.

But when I was growing up, and still to this day, if I ever said that around my sweet grandfather, Papa, it would be a matter of seconds before he corrected me. And when you get corrected that many times, it just sort’ve sticks with you for life.

“No, Lindsay, you LOVE people. You LIKE things.”

He was right. Still is. And I’m glad he cared enough to teach me this. My hope is that I can begin to let that lesson live itself out in my life and how I speak. It’s important for the people inย  my life to know that I love them and value them more than the things that I like.

I especially want my wonderful new husband to feel that and know that. We’ve been married a whole five weeks and one day ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thankful for him in more ways than I can even think of right now. He is encouraging, a beautiful earthly display of Christ’s love for me, and a great leader of our little 2 person, 1 cat family. He brings me back to earth when I start spinning into orbit. One particular picture from our wedding (thanks Chris Isham Photography!) captures a moment of peacefulness in the midst of one of the best days of our lives. It’s just so beautiful and calm.

I love this man.

I can’t wait to tell each of you more about the people I love and the things I like. And if you have any suggestions, or have someone you love or something you like that you want to tell me about- leave a comment!

Loving and liking,

Lindsay