What is it about winter that makes me want to eat bread all day? Everyday. And pasta too. With garlic bread on the side. I’ve made a bunch of soups these past weeks which I figured would make for healthful lunches (when I make a soup I make like, a bucket of it). And yes there were healthful lunches, I suppose, if you consider the buttered the roll I ate everyday alongside healthful too. Ah well. And the ironic part is it’s not even been that cold out! Today reached such a balmy 65 degrees that our daffodil bulbs lovingly planted last fall are coming up they’re so confused! So anyway, I needed a meal that was carb-free … ish. And while legumes are technically carbs I guess – (insert scrunched up frowny face here), they’re certainly neither bread nor pasta, which was plenty good enough for me. The recipe shot to the top of my must-try list.
I’m super glad it did, because this was fantastic! Definitely one of those must-make every season, repeatedly, type recipes. And it’s a simple dish to throw together too. The (abbreviated) rundown – rub colorful red spice with fancy-sounding Spanish name on chicken, bake. Meanwhile, simmer lentils with some stuff. Puree said stuff. Add back to lentils. Serve. OK, maybe I skipped a few minor details, but that’s the rough draft if you will. The point is, it’s not hard. Completely doable on a weeknight. And so rewarding.
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Yes I’m still blogging and no I have not been on some dramatic starvation diet or ridiculous juice ‘cleanse’. Sometimes the necessary perfect trifecta of blog-worthy food + decent-enough photo + remembering to take said photo before devouring otherwise spectacular blog-worthy food goes on holiday. Added to which, this week we had 2 additional factors at play: hubby in London (sadly not on holiday) and dead digital camera battery. Hubby in London means I’m either making creative use of leftovers (read: not blog-worthy) or getting my Chinese takeout fix. As for the dead digital camera battery – well it made for a quintessential Homer Simpson ‘Doh’ moment!
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It’s funny, but chicken breast for me has become a seasonal food. It’s not until the weather warms up that I find myself craving some simply grilled, flavorful, juicy chicken, atop a fresh summer salad. And this preparation of herb-marinated grilled chicken is one of my absolute favorites. It makes a fantastic accompaniment to endless salads, pastas, grilled vegetables and sides. On it’s own, it’s great topped with a fruit salsa or pesto. Here I pair it with a farro salad that includes green beans, fresh corn and goat cheese.
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This is how chicken was meant to be prepared. Moist dark meat with crispy skin topped with a sweet and spicy apple, raisin, and butternut squash compote with notes of cinnamon and thyme. The chicken cooks in under 30 minutes and the compote comes together quickly after just a bit of chopping, making this an ideal weeknight meal.
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This recipe is a fantastic way to put your ordinary chicken breast in it’s Sunday best. In fact, I recently served this elegant chicken at a dinner party that I catered. The chicken breasts are stuffed with a succulent mixture of cremini mushrooms and goat cheese, seared, and then finished in the oven and doused with a shallot pan sauce before serving. The chicken stays moist from the stuffing inside, gentle cooking from a sear-roasting technique, and little pats of butter that help baste the chicken as it finishes in the oven.
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I had some leftover polenta on hand after Christmas and thought what better way to make use of it than to douse it with a delicious spiced Chicken Cacciatore braise.
Sauteed onions, mushrooms, red peppers and a generous sprinkling of red pepper flakes on the chicken make up the essence of this interpretation of Cacciatore, or ‘Hunters Wife Stew’ as it’s often called, adapted from a Cuisine at Home magazine recipe.
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