i was excited to get back into the kitchen this week after a weekend getaway to Traverse City, MI. a weekend filled with adventure seeking, hiking, and climbing, was paired with pizza, burgers, beer, and lots and lots of wine! it always takes me several days to feel back to normal after weekends like this past one. but it was sooooo worth it! 

we have been in michigan for 5 months now with a plan to be here a total of 6 or 7 so we dont have much time left before we head back to texas. and i am schocked at how beautiful this state is. ive made a michigan bucket list and this last weekend we crossed off two items: traverse city and sleeping bear dunes. being a warm february weekend, we got to see snow, trees with beautiful leaves, sand, and water all together in one picturesque view. it was absolutely beautiful. the waters of lake michigan are as blue as the caribbean.

traverse city is a cute little fishing town thats downtown sits on lake michigan and filled with coffee shops, boutiques, breweries, distilleries, and lots of restaurants. a short drive up the coast, still in traverse city, is miles of dozens of wineries and more beautiful beaches. 

30 minutes west are sleeping bear dunes. 35 miles of sand dunes on the coast of lake michigan. in 2011 it was named the most beautiful place in america by good morning america. we hiked a 1.5 trail that took us to the empire bluffs, a view that looks over the water and dunes. we also conquered ‘the dune climb’ which is a 150 ft steep climb up the san dunes. a lot harder than it looks from the bottom, especially walking through the soft sand.

being from ohio, my favorite part about the midwest is the four distinct seasons and the beauty each season brings to the different parts of the region. a region of the country and that far too underrated and does not get the credit it deserves. i <3 the midwest and hope that everyone is able to make a trip here at some point!

 

 

since my future mother-in-law sent me lots of indian cuisine ingredients a couple weeks ago, i decided to continue on this indian kick (and my fiance loves it). i made some chicken curry flavored wings and they were soooo good! let me know what you think.

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Curry Flavored Chicken Wings

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 12 wings

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs chicken drumettes about 12
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry paste i used Thai Kitchen brand
  • 2 tbsp dairy free yogurt alternative i used SoDelicious brand
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 tbsp curry powder divided
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • chopped cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on the pan.

  2. Place wings in bowl and pat dry with paper towel. Get the drums as dry as possible to ensure crispiness. 

  3. Add oil, 1/2 tsp sea salt, black pepper, and 1/2 tbsp curry powder and toss until evenly coated.

  4. Place wings on wire rack, skin side up and bake for 40 minutes.

  5. While wings are baking, make the sauce. In a bowl whisk together the ghee, curry paste, yogurt alternative, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, and seasonings.

  6. Once wings are done, coat them in the sauce and place back on wire rack and bake for another 5 minutes. 

  7. Repeat that process one more time.

  8. Add chopped cilantro to wings and serve with the remainder of sauce for dipping.