21 responses

  1. Teresa
    October 26, 2008

    I’ve been visiting your site every day, since I read about you in the Herald sometime ago…
    I LOVE what you’re doing and how you relate to food with such passion.. even a grilled cheese sandwich!!Not a day goes by without me checking the site for your easy, delicious, and absolutely ‘heart’ warming recipes. I also love how you incorporate Mike/Will, into your site, it makes you so ‘real’!
    I have tried MANY of your recipes and now every time I try something new, my family asks, “Is that Julie’s”? (My son has a passion for good eats, too!)
    I just wanted to let you know that I am so glad I found your site… Keep up the great work, I so enjoy the passion you put into every detail!
    I will ‘so’ be trying the Butter Chicken…

  2. Buddiegirl
    October 26, 2008

    I never use butter or cream to make butter chicken, only low fat yogurt and I think it tastes great. Should it really be called butter chicken if it isn’t swimming in chicken?

    Crave is opening another store in Willow Park soon, which is too close to where I live, especially when there is a Starbucks at the other end of the mall. Coffee and cupcakes, who could ask for more. Maybe it would help if I walked there and back! At least I drink my decaf Americano black.

  3. Tina
    October 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday to you!

  4. Elaine
    October 27, 2008

    I suspect that I’ve mentioned this here before, but butter (or curry) chicken can really easily be made vegan by:

    1. substituting the chicken for potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, peas, carrots, etc. (I generally make curry to clean out my produce drawer).

    2. substituting yogurt/cream/butter for a splash of EVOO and then blended (soft) tofu, and finally thickening the mixture with a bit of cornstarch and a half-cup of finely ground nuts.

    Still, that 5000 calorie butter chicken from the restaurant: it’s tough to resist.

  5. robyn
    October 27, 2008

    I think there’s always room for another cupcake company! Just put a slightly different spin on it…..

    Your dinner looks delish!!

  6. HB
    October 27, 2008

    I see you used the Butter Chicken recipe from E,S&BM. For some reason they changed the recipe from what was originally featured on their show and on the foodtv website. I much prefer the original to the new one as the one here is really watery and less creamy!

    I am still puzzled why they would go and change such a good recipe!

  7. JulieVR
    October 27, 2008

    Actually it was an amalgamation of a whole bunch of recipes I looked up, all of which start with onion, garlic, ginger and spices, (sometimes cooked in a ton of butter), add some form of tomatoes, chicken and cream or yogurt. Theirs uses a rotisserie chicken I believe? I used diced tomatoes over tomato sauce because I like it chunky, and added a can of tomato paste to make it rich and thick, and because tomato paste is such a condensed form of lypocene. I actually had a bunch of cooked chicken breasts that had been brushed with chili powder and roasted from a food styling gig on Friday, and so sliced and used them up (I added a lot more since I was feeding 8 adults and 5 kids) and didn’t even measure the yogurt or cream, just dumped some in until it looked about right.
    (I haven’t seen the ES&BM show on Butter Chicken or what they have up on the FoodTV website.. I just looked up the version in their book and it uses butter, a rotisserie chicken, some brown sugar, light cream (5%) and light sour cream or yogurt.)

  8. Kathy
    October 27, 2008

    Too funny Julie, we have a trio of birthdays in October as well – myself and my sister-in-law were born 11 days apart and my mother in law’s was yesterday. My mother-in-law turned 80 yesterday so the whole family was here. We celebrated all 3 yesterday with brunch out, then for supper we had – at my sister-in-law’s – a fab squash soup and some munchies and a cake (Mocha Chocolate) from Glamorgan Bakery.

    Happy birthday to you and yours this month!

  9. Anonymous
    October 27, 2008

    I never have a birthday without Crave cupcakes (Mike and I even had four tiers of Crave cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake)! Happy birthday!

  10. Gail
    October 27, 2008

    Congratulations Julie for 300 days! I was looking back on the site (since I came late to the party) and I find it really interesting to compare the early posts with the later ones. You are very relaxed and comfortable now with it all. Good going.

  11. glenda
    October 27, 2008

    Congrats on 300 days – and on the birthday! I love checking in to see what is cooking in your world…and to inspire me in mine. Do keep it up!

  12. elektra
    October 27, 2008

    Julie, a cookie from Calgary,
    Makes dinner for all of us to see.
    Her food’s fantastic;
    Nothing is plastic!
    She’s truly one of a kind; quality.

    Happy Birthday!

  13. Dana mccauley
    October 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday! Happy 300!

  14. Melanie
    October 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday Sister Scorpio! Our husbands should just trust that we always have amazing ideas!!!
    From another birthday-er later this week,

  15. sharon in oregon
    October 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday to another Scorpio! I have a b’day (60th!) on the 21st of November and love knowing there are other wonderful cooks etc out there to make us all happy!

  16. Carolann
    October 27, 2008

    Okay I swore I wasn’t going to do this. Have you looked at the time you post every day. What in the sam hill are you doing up at 1.15 am. When do you sleep.

  17. JulieVR
    October 27, 2008

    Sleep? What is this sleep you speak of?

  18. Heather
    October 28, 2008

    Oh this looks delicious! I wish we had cupcake shops around here.

  19. Meg (J’s mom)
    October 28, 2008

    I too was at the birthday dinner, and to all of you who offered suggestions to help me overcome my vegetable “allergy”, I must report that, to my huge surprise, the cauliflower/potato curry was my favorite part of the meal, other than maybe the squash soup brought by J’s other sister, Anne. Squash soup is my #1 favorite way to eat a vegetable.

  20. Brenna
    November 10, 2008

    This was my first time looking at your blog and I am hooked. I am so excited about the no butter butter chicken recipe as it is my husbands favorite dish and I refuse to make it for health reasons(even though we are only in our 20’s!) I noticed that you said to add turmeric but it wasn’t listed in the ingredients. How much do we add? Thanks.

  21. Marion
    November 16, 2008

    I’ve only recently found your site, and I’m thrilled! I made the potato and cauliflower dish for a “memories of Nepal” dinner party last weekend. We thought it was delicious… and I’ve enjoyed the very best left-overs this week too. Thanks!

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