Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A big announcement from EKat's Kitchen.

You may have seen that I've been not-so-gently hinting that a big announcement is coming.

After coming back to blogging from an unintended sabbatical just a few weeks ago, I started reviewing what I was writing about, what I wanted to write about, and the path down which I wanted to take this project. The conclusion I came to was that I love EKat's Kitchen and all of the wonderful friends I've made in this community I've built, but that EKat's Kitchen no longer fits the brand I want it to. I found two, no make that three, options in front of me.

Option 1: Keep going with EKat's Kitchen and rework the focus... some changes with a perhaps more subtle shift
Option 2: Keep the EKat's branding and expand to an EKat's World blog with more encompassing information. This would allow me to continue building on what I already have, but allow me to immediately change focus.
Option 3: Make a big, huge, enormous switch to a brand-spanking-new blog, with a new focus, a new theme and, well, new everything.

I agonized... ok, I didn't agonize, but I did do several informal polls of friends and family.  Then one night, before I'd actually made any decisions, in a random wine-fueled stroke of brilliance, I purchased a new domain name, then a hosting package, then a wordpress theme... and, quite frankly, I was unstoppable.

Back up a step. Did you read that? A random wine-fueled stroke of brilliance. Once I had taken that leap the rest of the decision-making process was very easy. As I was trying to figure out just exactly what I wanted to do in terms of hosting, design and more, I sent many frantic emails out, (during the course of which, I'm afraid I may have pestered my friend Alea from Premeditated Leftovers more than I should have), Alea told me to go ahead and write a post titled Random Wine-Fueled Strokes of Brilliance. I want to assure you that this post is in fact coming... just a little bit more slowly than anticipated... one glass of wine at a time. I can't seem to come up with enough brilliance for an entire post worth of Brilliance.. at least not that still sounds brilliant the following day. Stay tuned.

Back to the story at hand. You may be able to see where this is going. I did, in fact, choose option 3. The past few weeks, I've been hard at work learning a new platform (WordPress self-hosted), developing the look and feel of the new blog, and in a challenging process, spending a few hours tearing my hair out migrating all of the content from EKat's Kitchen  over to the new blog. I also have built new Google+ and Facebook pages and developed all of the fabulous subscription options available!

It is with this news, that I proudly announce...

... the launch...

... of...

... Salmon at Seven.

Salmon At Seven

I'm proud to be announcing a $25 Amazon.com giveaway to celebrate my launch. Visit me over at www.SalmonAtSeven.com, pick up my button, and be sure to join my new Facebook and Google + pages. Good news, if you already follow me at Twitter, my twitter handle will be changing from @ekatskitchen to @salmonatseven, so existing Tweeps should still be following me!

 I can't wait to continue the friendships we've all begun!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A big announcement is coming

Yes! You read that right! A big announcement is coming to EKat's Kitchen. Bear with me as we go radio/Internet silent for a few days and get everything ready!

Are you at the edge of your seat?
I am!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

How to Eat an Artichoke


One of my all-time favorite treats. I've tried them baked, stuffed, marinated... you name it. Still, my all time favorite way to eat them is so simple it's almost too easy.

I love steamed artichokes. I could eat them 2-3 times a week, happily.

And... they're good for you! Who'd've thunk? Low calorie, no fat, high in fiber. Win win win!

I've been finding them at Costco for really reasonable prices, four in a bag. Life is good.

So how do you steam an artichoke?
Step one, fill up a pan of water.
Step two, put the steamer pan in the top.
Step three, trim the stems off of the chokes.
Step four, place in steamer pan, cover with lid, and turn over high heat for an hour.
Step five, test one leaf to make sure it's tender enough.
Step six, enjoy.

You don't actually eat the whole leaf; instead, you scrape the "meat" from the leaf with your teeth and then discard what's left.

I love dippers.
My two favorite are melted butter with lemon juice and curried olive oil based mayo.
So easy! So simple.

So good.

Sharing this with the  Hearth & Soul Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I'm Back!

This post has been a long time coming.
I last posted in January and lots of plans to post great recipes.

I then fell off the blogging wagon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hart to Heart Guest Post

It's a lovely Monday morning, and I have lots to share with you in the coming weeks: my new quest to organize, lots of great recipes, and more! In the meantime, head on over to my friend Leigh Anne's blog - Hart to Heart, to see the guest post she was so kind to ask me to pull together for her.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Friday Potluck & Adobo Lime Tacos

There are some benefits to just having me and the fur babies in the house. If it's a mess, it's our mess. The grocery bill is MUCH lower than when K is home.

The bad things are that I have to shovel, keep his truck running (more of a challenge mentally and literally when it's 20 below than you might think), and WORST OF ALL, I am responsible for consuming ALL leftovers. I'm good at eating the same thing two nights in a row, and maybe a lunch.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thai Yellow Curry & Friday Potluck

Happy Friday!

I was so relaxed that I forgot it was Thursday! How does that even happen?? I had every intent of posting last night after I made this delicious yellow curry. Guess I was too relaxed from my fabulous massage yesterday. These things happen.

Guess what! I didn't post until This Very Minute.

So today, a little late, I bring you Thai Yellow Curry & Friday Potluck.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday Potluck Jan 20

Happy Friday Potlucking to you!

I write you from the frigid north. You know you live in a cold place, when...

...15 degrees sounds like a great dream
...you hope it warms up enough to snow
...you wouldn't even mind another foot or so of snow because it's at least warm enough to go do stuff.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crab Apple Liqueur

Several years ago, a good friend gave me a bottle of her father's crab apple liqueur for Christmas. I loved it!

When we moved into the new house, there were two trees that, in the spring flowered and smelled amazing... one was a May Day tree and the other, you guessed -- a crab apple tree. I spent all fall researching exactly what to do with the little crab apples. I had to do something! They were so beautiful!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thai Lemongrass Chicken Curry & Friday Potluck

What a wild ride it's been!

There has been so much going on in my life the last few weeks, months, you name it! I'm not sure where the time has gone. Suddenly, it's 2012!
2012?!?!?! How did this happen?

Actually, I've got a pretty good idea where the time has gone.

my back deck

This is a year of near record snowfall in Anchorage. Before the latest round of storms, I think we stood at almost 82" of snow. Today, we got at least another 8, and it's still falling.

I'm getting really good at shoveling. I'm blessed with neighbors that help shovel the driveway, and I have been keeping up with the back deck... It's getting hard to shovel UP though!!!
Nothing like a snowy day to make you appreciate a lovely soup.

1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1-2 tbsp Thai green curry powder
2 cups chicken broth
1 can light coconut milk
4 green onions, diced
3 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed and pale stalk diced

Heat empty pan on medium heat until hot to touch. Toss chicken into the pan, and cover with curry powder. Saute until cooked all the way through. Toss in some chicken broth (I make mine using water and Better than Bouillon) to deglaze the pan. Allow to simmer for a few minutes and then add in the coconut milk, green onions and lemongrass. Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Serve over brown rice and enjoy the yummy-ness.

And now onto the first Friday Potluck of 2012! Enjoy!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year

The last several weeks have been so incredibly busy that I actually forgot about Friday Potluck! How is this possible!!! I finally cooked an actual meal for the first time in what seems like ages last night - Smoky Roasted Ratatouille with a side of salmon and brown rice. Delicious! EKat's Kitchen will be back with lots of new recipes and foods in 2012 - hard to believe that yes, it is 2012 already. Where does time go? And Friday Potluck will be back next week! Hope you all had an incredible holiday and are off to the start of a very Happy New Year! xoxo Erin


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