Since I just posted a few days ago, I thought I’d make this a short (but sweet) post. Let’s start with some new menu items from Starbucks. They’ve introduced a new caramel flan latte and a couple new caramel treats to go along with it. The first treat is a chocolate caramel muffin (a rich chocolate muffin with a creamy caramel center) and the other is a salted caramel square (a dense chocolate square full of crunchy pretzels, pecans and swirled with caramel) Both the treats sound lovely, and I hope to try one or both soon.
Just this past Sunday, I tried a new slow-cooker meal that took just 6 ingredients and almost no prep to turn out a flavorful dinner. My husband always seems skittish of curries (I’m not sure why, since he nearly always enjoys them.), but we enjoyed this one even more than most. I only made 1/2 of it, which made about 3 servings. It had a nice bit of heat to it, but was mostly just lots of delicious flavors.
Slow-Cooker Marmalade Curry Chicken (from AllRecipes.com)
5 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I sliced mine in strips. They cooked through a little faster, but still stayed very moist.)
1 12 oz. jar orange marmalade
1/2 c. chicken stock
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 pinch ginger
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it in the slow-cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together everything but the chicken, then pour it over the chicken.
2. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 5-7 hours. Flip the chicken once during the cooking. (Since mine were in strips, they cooked on low in 3-4 hours and didn’t need to be flipped.)
Pictures updated 7/12/16
We also recently tried some oatmeal bars that I was pleasantly surprised with. When I heard “oatmeal bars”, I expected something chewy and nice but not incredible. What I got was the best, chewy, chocolate-chip-studded oatmeal cookie you could hope for. The flavor is simple, but somehow, you still can’t eat more than one — they’re just perfectly satisfying. If you need a quick but satisfying treat, I urge you to give this one a go.
Oatmeal Bars (of unknown origin)
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
2 c. quick oats
1 1/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips (Or only 1 c. if you don’t do the chocolate drizzle on top. I thought it was fine without it.)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; grease and set aside an 8 in. square pan.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high til fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the milk, then the flour mixture. Stir in the oats and 1 c. chocolate chips.
3. Spread the batter into the prepared plan and bake for 35 minutes or til a toothpick inserted in the center removes cleanly. Cool completely on a wire rack. Melt the remaining 1/4 c. chocolate chips and drizzle over the cooled bars.
Since it’s only been a few days, I don’t have many more pictures to show you. Still, I thought I’d leave you with the one I took for Sunday. The caption was colorful, and I decided on a picture of my lovely washi tape collection (recently augmented by my husband).
Well, until next week, I hope you’re enjoying your some delicious food and time with your loved ones.