Friday, May 22, 2009

Anniversary Party

This weekend is my parent's 28th anniversary, so I had a little par-tay for them. Just the family. Luke was my lil helper. We threw a ton of comfy pillows, old quilts and scarves on the back porch, hung a few colored lights and lit a few candles. Voila! Party time.
I made my favorite recipe ever ever ever. I found it a while back on Alicia's blog and I make it every single chance I get or whenever we happen to have cous cous on hand. I posted the recipe below and I hope you'll make it and a tell me it's your new favorite recipe ever ever. Ever.

Chicken Tikka Masala

1 cup yogurt (I almost always use sour cream)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream (I have used soy milk. Because I didn't have any cream, that's why.)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat a grill for high heat.
Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve over cous cous or rice.
I almost always forgo the grilling and just use a skillet. And I always serve over cous cous.


  1. Your party looks so fun! I love the way you used blankets and pillows and everyone lounged on the deck! Cheers! Jeanette

  2. MMMMM....might have to try that recipe. What a fun party!

  3. I love celebrations!
    My husband and I love Indian food and the closest restaurant is 60 min.away so we don't eat it as much as we would like to.
    Your chicken tikka looks delicious!!!

  4. What a wonderful casual party! And I now want to make deviled eggs!