Archives for the month of: November, 2010

My favorite comfort food has to be coconut-milk based currys.  DH and I were trying to remember how I developed a taste for such curry, but who knows.  Give me anything with coconut milk and Thai red curry paste and I am a happy girl.

I have had various versions of seafood + coconut curry sauce + green veggies at many restaurants (and, loved it everytime) so I had to try this version from Cooking Light.  Had to try it so much that I made it for a Sunday night supper and forced DH to eat it.

That is a tasty coconut curry broth!

Adapted from Cooking Light

2 tsp canola oil, divided

4 6-ounce white fish fillets

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1 tblsp minced ginger

1 cup light coconut milk

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp fish sauce

3/4 tsp red curry paste

1/2 tsp ground corriander

1 tbls fresh basil

2 tsp fresh lime juice

Heat 1 tsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add fish to pan, cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish is cooked. Remove from pan

Add remaining 1 tsp oil to pan, Add onion, green onions and ginger – saute for 2 minutes.  Add coconut milk and next 4 ingredients.  Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in basil and juice.


Serve over rice and sautee’d greens.  I used spinach, but you could also use kale.


This was the DH’s and my first time hosting Thanksgiving.  It was a very appealing alternative to driving 7 – 9 hours for Thanksigiving, especially since Thanksgiving Day was our wedding anniversary!  Being the domestic gal that I am, I was much happier taking two days to work in my bright and cheery kitchen!

DH and I were on vacation and then travelling for business the two weeks prior to Thanksgiving, so I was lacking on the traditional planning part.  But it broke down like so:

Wednesday:  Baking and prepping appetizers
Thursdays:  Turkey Day Run by 7:30; Prep and serve appetizers by noon;  Dinner by 4

Like usual, I probably tried to do too much.  But, I managed to stay focused and it came together beautifully.  Overcooked the broccolini, but not too bad given that the majority of these recipes were brand new to me!  (And, DH and I got to serve on our wedding china – the 2nd time we’ve been able to use it since we were married 4 years ago.  He could care less, but I was thrilled).


My obsession with formal dining re-iterates the belief that I am, in fact, 60 years old


So what was on the menu?

Roasted Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Stuffed Mushrooms
Brie en Croute with Crackers

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
Pumpkin Loaf
Sausage and Pear Stuffing
Green Beans and Kales with Parmesan
Lemon Broccolini
Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Potato Pie

There will be recipes and pictures to come.  In the meantime, I leave a pic of DH and I after finishing the 5K Turkey Day run.  Official time was less than 29 minutes – FOUR minutes better than my first 5K last year!


Still smiling despite all of the hills!