Chicken

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Freezer Cooking Series: Bulk Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Hello again!  Thanks so much for taking part in my FREEZER COOKING series!  We’re stocking our freezers and putting our plans in place to have a great back-to-school season.  I really appreciate you being here!  My first freezer cooking video (baked ziti) has received a lot of views.  I take this as validation that your lives are just as hectic as mine, and that we are all searching for solutions.  Stocking my freezer has been my SECRET WEAPON all these years.  Having a bunch of dinners ready-to-go in my freezer takes my stress down a few notches, opens up more […]

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Thighs (Freeze Ahead Recipe)

This assemble-ahead, freeze-ahead recipe is so easy to make and SO delicious, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.  It takes only minutes to assemble, and is a snap to bake.  It’s a light, springy, fresh-tasting addition to your recipe repertoire, and the slice of lemon a top each chicken thigh will add a bit of civility to a busy weeknight.  These chicken thighs pair well with any number of easy side dishes too, such as steamed rice, egg noodles, a crust of baguette or even angel hair pasta tossed with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese.  You can’t go […]

Lemon Tarragon Baked Chicken

If you haven’t discovered tarragon yet, this is a great place to start.  It’s a light, sweet herb, and it’s hard to misuse it when paired with a crispy baked chicken and plenty of fresh lemons. If rosemary is my go-to herb of autumn (rosemary chicken recipe here), then I suppose tarragon would be my go-to herb of early spring.  It has a slight anise (licorice), which makes it perfect as a transitory herb between the Christmas season and the Easter season. I really must create a whole page on this food blog dedicated to the use of lemons.  Lemons are magical, […]

Turkey-Lentil Tostadas

Lentils are like the humble little monks of the food world.  Small, plain, unassuming….cloaked in their earthy brown habits and the little white sash around their waists.  By all appearances, lentils are meek.  You’d think they’d be boring. You’d think you’d be able to “figure them out” based on their appearance. Turns out, they are quite multi-faceted and multi-talented.   Tender…peppery…tiny nodules of expertly assembled nutrition and vegetable protein.  Once you get to know them, it’s easy to admire them. I went on a “lentil shopping spree” via Amazon about a year ago.  Oh, Amazon…..you get me into such trouble.  I got so excited all the varieties of […]

Ginger-Wasabi Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

There’s something especially soul-killing about a poorly-prepared chicken breast.  Now, don’t feel bad if you’ve made dry, thick, chewy, barely-palatable chicken breast in your life.    People throw boneless, skinless chicken breast around as if it was the easiest thing in the world to prepare, but the fact is; it’s not.  It’s actually one of the hardest meats to prepare well. Let’s compare it to a chicken thigh, for example.  You would really have to try to screw up a chicken thigh.  It has natural flavor, is laced with fat and is covered with a neat little pouch of skin that crisps very nicely.  […]

Light Garlic and Chicken Broth

Once you see how easy it is to make a good broth out of a picked-over roasted chicken, you’ll never throw chicken bits away again.  This broth is useful as a base for many-a-soup, and it’s especially good taken straight-up in the middle of cold and flu season, which, unfortunately is upon us right now.  My whole family has been up, then down, then up, then down.  Having a lot of this broth around has really helped. My teenage daughter especially loves taking this broth to school for lunch.  Only she dresses it up a bit by adding some fresh Asian noodles, a few cubes of […]

Skillet Satay

Peanut butter:  It’s not just for jelly. “Satay”, or “Sati” is a traditional Indonesian dish made from marinated meat, skewered on bamboo rods, grilled, and served with a peanut sauce.  It’s quite possibly one of the world’s most delicious foods.  The spices of cumin, red pepper and ginger travel so gracefully in the peanut and coconut milk sauce.  It’s not very hard to make either, which is downright delightful.  It’s warming and creamy and comforting.  Served over a bed of white rice and garnished with some fresh green onion and cilantro, it’s a dinner you’ll want to make over and over.  The best […]

Rosemary Baked Chicken WITH GRAVY

How beautiful is this chicken?  I took this photograph while standing on my dining room table.  I have a perfect place right by my back sliding glass door where the natural light is good for about four hours a day. I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog.  I see my stats rising and I see that most of you are return visitors.  I want you to know that I really appreciate it.     Here’s a chicken I threw together for the first time a few weeks ago.  It looks absolutely obscene with all the butter, doesn’t it? I stuffed the chicken with 1/2 and onion and some […]

French-Style Thanksgiving Turkey (with Gravy)

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us.   I must admit; as I was cooking this turkey for my blog I got little misty-eyed with gratitude.  Another year has passed with us all safe and well.  A hard year, yes, but one that yielded good things, ultimately. I’ve been cooking this particular turkey recipe for seven years now.  The smells of the fresh herbs, the butter and the white wine combine into this kind of magical formula that takes me back to every Thanksgiving past.   Little helpers clamoring into the kitchen….The excitement that Daddy is home… The pies, all lined up ready to be eaten. As a Marine […]