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Coconut Chicken with Apricot Sauce.

Japanese

Sandwiches. Soup. Fondue/Sauce. 100 Calorie Snacks. Lasagna Timpano. I went to see tUnE-yArDs on Monday night with some friends, and as always we wanted to cook a meal that somehow related to the show we were heading to.

Lasagna Timpano

Sometimes this is hard to do, but other times it seems to come naturally. Finding culinary inspiration in Merrill's lyrics seemed like it would be tough, but my sister knew what she wanted to make without hesitation. Butter Chicken. Note: By popular demand, we’re featuring this recipe again.

Butter Chicken

Great reports across the board! I originally loved the looks of this recipe, submitted by Tasty Kitchen member lillieknits, because I knew I had almost all the ingredients in my kitchen (important, since I don’t live around the corner from a grocery store)…and because the sauce contained both tomatoes and cream. Yum. My favorite. But after I made it…oh, boy. Ratatouille. The boyfriend and I saw Ratatouille last week.

Ratatouille

Besides it being a cook/animation lover’s wet dream, it inspired a discussion afterward about Pixar movies in general. We surmised that they rule. Or, to expand a bit, we agreed that we’ll be watching Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and The Incredibles well into our ‘80s, while films like Shrek and Shark Tale will be obsolete by the next Olympics. See, where most current animation relies on pop culture references and kitschy radio tunes, Pixar concentrates on story and character. Good Luck Potatoes. My friend Donna Natale Mason…what can I say other than that Texas is not nearly as colorful without her?

Good Luck Potatoes

She is a vibrant, loud, gorgeous bit of Texas stomping through the snow in Indiana in red cowboy boots. We were debutantes together in Wichita Falls and she keeps threatening to come back to Texas and have a get together where we all wear our (very small sized yet shockingly poufy) deb dresses and eat lots of food and tell raunchy jokes. In the meantime she has given me a very decadent, yet simple recipe that is dear to her heart. You know I have a soft spot for recipes that are truly an embodiment of love. This recipe not only yields a baked mashed potato dish that will make you tear up with delight, but the story behind it will make you a little weepy, as well.

Bacon Cups. I had an occasion calling for bacon themed food and my mind immediately turned towards the famed bacon mat.

Bacon Cups

I needed something a little more single-serving though, so I decided to attempt bacon cups. In the bacon mat instructions there is mention of draping the mat over an overturned metal bowl and cooking it so that it would turn out in as a bowl shape. I decided to try using the backs of various muffin and mini cake pans, I ran out of bacon before I got to try as many as I would have liked so I’ll have to try more at a later date.