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Domesticating Sarah | Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

I hope you all got at least a little laugh out of the title of this post. I’ve never had much of a knack for cooking or baking- or housework of really any sort. Part of it probably is that I’ve never really tried- call me lazy- but I love me some take-out. I figure, leave it to the professionals, right?!

I’ve never really had any desire to be good at cooking or baking- only really the eating part (I’m realllllly good at that). But once I became a married woman that all changed. My number of pinterest boards doubled- with boards like “House–> Home” and “To make the Tummy Happy” and “Bathroom Ideas”….it just kinda, happened! I now have this desire to be a “domestic goddess” of sorts- but I have a long way to go:)

I’ve always been a creative person- and with that comes an appreciation of all things lovely and yummy- I just didn’t get that talent necessary to magically make things tasty! My creativity mostly centers around decor and prettiness…and stops when you get to the kitchen!

When Joey and I first started dating, I was immediately impressed by his culinary skills. On our third or fourth date- he made me “Tequila Shrimp”- it was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It wasn’t until our second or third month of dating that I finally cooked for HIM. I think I made some kind of pasta- which ended up being okay- but no match for his spicy and tasty Tequila Shrimp. I think it was then that I decided I needed to work on my skills- I wanted to impress him as he had impressed me! So since then, I’ve experimented with a variety of dishes- mostly things found on pinterest…Joey is always a very gracious receiver and eater of my meals- but I know for sure I have a ways to go before reaching “domestic goddess” status!

Well with some new found free time while here in Colombia, I’ve decided to make it a goal to work on my culinary skills- I’ve perused lots of cooking blogs through pinterest- and I have no shortage of recipes to try. Yesterday Joey told me he was craving some sort of chicken stew- so to the boards I went!

While pinteresting- I stumbled upon Ali Ebright’s blog : Gimme Some Oven. Talk about a wealth of yummy material! I found the perfect recipe for a hearty, healthy, and tasty chicken stew!

It was a bit of a challenge grocery shopping for our meal- because there are some things that the grocery store here doesn’t carry- but I used my noggin to think of a couple different substitutes, and I happy with the result! And I think Joey was too!:)

Check out Ali’s blog post on the Tomato Basil Chicken Stew – for the recipe! I couldn’t find any canned cannelinni beans at our grocery store- so I substituted some canned corn. I also added a cup of chicken broth to make it a bit more soupy! The recipe is PERFECT for chilly winter days- and with a baguette on the side:)The final photo is one from leftovers I ate just a few minutes ago- so not as pretty a spread as when we ate last night- but it was too good to wait and take a picture!

Enjoy!

 

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December 4, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Jennifer Williams - I am so proud of you I could cry!

December 4, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Sheila - Love that you are cooking, but love more the beautiful pictures you took of the process. Advice from an old married lady. Don’t do ALL the cooking. Since Joey is good at it and seems to like it, let him do some, too. Or, cook together. Trust me, there will come a time when you think, “If I have to come up with one more meal I’m going to scream!” ha!!

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