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, […]

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.  […]

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 […]