Foodie Friday and Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

First for the Follower Appreciation. Here's the drill: Tell me what you like best about Spring (or Pretend-Spring). I will randomly choose one commenter on Sunday, if they are a follower they win a pretty little something chosen especially for them by me, mailed right to their doorstep. Nice.

Greetings to all those visiting from Friday Follow! So glad to have you! Please stick around.Friday Follow is a bloghop hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades. (If you want to jump in, the McLinky is at the bottom of this post)

Well good people! It's Friday! Which means I am here to update you on my culinary adventures this week. Or shall we put it: Cooking With Amy part 3. Click here for part 1 and part 2

After the unfortunate incident of the homemade gnocci, I lost some momentum but back on the horse as they say. Here are some of the recipes I have made since the last posting.

Chicken Korma, vegetables and naan.
Ok. So. Don't be impressed, this was a total cheat. I got a kit to make the korma and a box to make the naan. I highly recommend this method. They were delicious, affordable and it only took about 40 mins to make (including rising time). These are not photos of our meal, my camera battery was flat and there was no way we were going to wait for it to charge so I could take a photo of the meal I made from a kit ;) But you know, there was yeast involved and rising and rolling so it was not as if I shoved a frozen pizza into the oven...which is what I call progress.

Breaded pork chops with sweet potato fries and apple sauce. I love sweet potatoes, so it is impossible to ruin them for me. But I must say, they were not as crispy as I'd hoped. I will try again sometime., so yummy. I could eat sweet potatoes on a daily basis.

Braised herb chicken thighs with potatoes. I did not have paprika. I was sure I did. But it turned out to be one of three (3) jars of cayenne pepper. Awesome. So I called trusty Amy who went about tasting the contents of her spice cabinet to figure out what would be an acceptable substitute. I think she ended up prescribing 1 teaspoon of cumin,1/2 teaspoon of all spice and a little bit of red pepper...I forget what else...Anyway it turned out to be wonderful. I'm not sure if it tasted anything like the original but it was great. (I also used fresh thyme).

Peppy Bow ties with chicken

This was as promised, peppy. Here's the recipe. I found it most enjoyable warm and then cold as lunch today. I would make this again.

Prep Time:
30 minutes Cook Time: none Serves: 4

  • wheat bowtie pasta (we used wheat penne)
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 container frozen spinach, drained (we used a large quantity of fresh, chopped finely)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • salt to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • turkey pepperoni, cut in halves
  • Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
Cook the pasta, drain and keep warm. Cook the chicken in a skillet and dice. Cook peppers, mushrooms, and garlic in skillet with oil. Stir in milk with cornstarch. Add oregano and black pepper. Stir until slightly thickened. Add chicken, spinach, pepperoni, and cheese. Allow to cook for a few minutes until all mixes together and is heated. Pour over pasta and serve.

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Samantha said...

I'll be waiting to see if you figure out how to make sweet potato fries crispy--mine are never crispy. Since I can make normal potatoes crispy, I figured the uncrispiness was an inherent property of sweet potatoes. But, I'd love to be wrong!

USCGWifey said...

Oh that food made my tummy growl! :) My favorite thing about Spring is being able to get back outside and enjoy the outdoors! Plus, I LOVE being able to open the windows in my house! Ahhh :) I'm already following you, but wanted to stop by and say HAPPY FRIDAY! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Krissy @ ArtsyMom said...

I love to be able to take my kids out to the park or just out with their friends when the weather gets better. I absolutely love spring because of the great weather that isn't too hot but isn't too cold either. :)

Following your blog from Friday Follow! Check mine out!!

One 2 Try said...

I like spring because everything is so new! Your cooking made me hungry. Thanks for supporting Friday Follow. Have a wonderful weekend. Rita @ One 2 Try.

Rondi said...

New Follower! Happy Friday Follow! Have a great weekend!!!

InspiredDreamer said...

Mmmmm, that looks fantastic. I love naan!!

My favorite thing about Spring is when you can smell things growing. And not like that mold at the back of my fridge, but the trees and plants. And the rain smells like newness. That's what I love most about Spring. :)

Felissa Hadas said...

Happy Friday Follow. Hope you have had a great week. Feel free to stop by when you get the chance.


bizzimommiofboyz said...

Happy Friday Follow!

Following from...

Hope you'll stop by!

Debra said...

I new follower from Friday follow! Check me out at Housewife Eclectic!

Looking at your blog has made me hungry!

Nicole said...

Mmmmm . . . I'm hungry now! The best thing about spring is I have more opportunities to take my stir-crazy three-year-old to the park to burn off energy!!

Happy Friday Follow! I'm your newest follower :-)

Dimes2Vines said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi! I already following and hope you are having great week - can't believe another week has gone by!

Auntie E said...

Here from FF, I'm number 239.
Love all the food pics. To get the sweet potato fries crisp, ones needs to double fry. Fry first at 375F then take them out and drained off oil. set temp to 400F and fry again til crispy. double frying allows the out side to crisp up.

Kel said...

Happy Friday!


The Domestic Princess said...

Stopping by from Follow Friday! Your recipes look delish!

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

I'm stopping by from Friday Follow - and I'm so glad I found you! I'm now following so I don't miss anything.

Here's what I like most about spring. Hope. Spring feels like there's hope for renewal - flowers, green, buds on the trees, all the pretty stuff!


Lara said...

Happy Friday Follow! I am your newest follower!!

Oh how I love spring!! The warmer weather, taking walks with my baby, flowers!! Can't wait!!

Danielle said...

Hi there! I just found you through Friday Follow and I'm glad I did! :)

My favourite thing about string is the anticipation of flip flops!! Does that make any sense?? ha ha! I love how it's sunny, but still a little bit crisp ... but you just know you'll be wearing flip flops someday soon! :)

2busy said...

Oh my gosh, that Bow tie pasta recipe sounds so delicious! I'm making that! Thanks for the recipe :)

Freely Living Life said...

Wow! Look fantastic. Can't wait to try this. <3
Following from FF. Have a great day!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

What I love best about spring is that it's not "flu season" anymore! My Peanut is such a fragile girl that flu season scares the crud out of me. We made it through unscathed this year, knock on wood. She had a few bad runs but nothing that landed us in Club Med. WOOHOO! That is an accomplishment. So spring means new flowers, baby birds, and no more flu season! :)

Mama Thompson said...

Just wanted to let you know that you won my giveaway...hurray! And while I'm here...your meals this week look YUMMY...I LOVE naan AND sweet potato fries (mine are never crispy either).

I am Harriet said...

Hi there.
Stopping by via Friday Follow to say hello!

Enjoy your Friday.

Christie Cottage said...

All these recipes and picturs made me hungry! LOL

Happy Follow Friday!

LLL with Leslie said...

What I love about spring is weather,the pastel colors and to watch my nieces and nephews look for easter eggs! The look of their faces are priceless! I am also a follower.

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

Jaime said...

MMmm that looks delicious!
Happy Friday Follow!
I'm following you now!

Mandy said...

Happy Friday Follow!!! :o)

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Dawn said...

Now following you from Friday Follow. Stop by and visit me at

Kelley said...

ohh... now I really am hungry!

Hello from FF... have a great weekend.

Margaret said...

I love that it is jacket weather! I have tons of jackets and I love that I can wear them with a cute jacket and be warm enough and if I get to hot I can always take the jacket off. It is great weather that is for sure!

Lisa said...

Happy Friday~
Following you now!

Lisa @ All That and a Box of Rocks

sara said...

Friday follower and new follower to your blog-please enter me in the drawing :)

sara said...

oops-forgot to tell you about favorite thing is not having to bundle three kids in coats, scarves, mittens, hats, and boots!

Chrystal said...

Hello from FF. I am following you now. Come chack out my blog at

One Southern Girl said...

The best thing about Spring is all the birds hopping around and the warm sunny weather! Love it!

Stopping by from Friday Follow! I'm your newest follower!

Hannah @ Happily Southern

happygal said...

I'm already a follower, but had to comment to say how good those pork chops look!

Shelby said...

you've got a new follower in me! Yummmmmy site!

I love new buds and fresh spring flowers in a vase on my counter. I LOVE spring!

Stop by and say hello if you get the chance!

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

I like Spring because I can open the windows and air out the house after a long winter with the blinds drawn.
The peppy bow-tie pasta recipe sounds really good. I may have to try that.
Stopping by through Friday Follo.

Angel said...

New follower!

I want to see no more SNOW!! Can't wait for Spring!

"Deal"icious Mom said...

Happy Follow Friday!

Jen said...

Happy Follow Friday!

Following You From...

I hope you'll stop by! I look forward to blogging with you.

Have a great weekend!

Shop with Me Mama said...

That food looks sooooooo good! Wow! Happy FF, I am following you now :)

Erin said...

I love that all my bulbs are coming up even if it's supposed to snow this weekend. There's hope that spring will make it. Thanks for the Friday Follow. Following you back. Have a great weekend.

CC said...

I'm here from Follow Friday and I'm so proud I found you. I'm really liking your blog and have become a follower. Hope you visit and like mine as well. Have a great weekend.

mom2boys said...

New follower here...I love that my Birthday is the first day of Spring! I also love all the flowers in bloom. Thanks!


Kelly's Lucky You said...

One more late-comer from Friday Follow-
(I know it's Sunday but I'm catching up!)

My favorite thing about spring is the burst of energy I get. Something about the change in weather makes me want to hike outside, clean and organize.

Nice to meet you, I hope you'll follow me back.

Kelly said...

Mmmm...that food looks SO good! I like sunshine, flowers, and birds chirping in spring time! :)

Here to follow you via Friday Follow. I hope to have you stop by my new blog, Lemonade Mommy.