Saturday Small Talk

It’s Saturday morning. I hope that you have a cup of coffee or tea in your hand, and that you’re looking forward to a day full of joy, in whatever manner joy might decide share her presence.

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I relish my weekends at home. They seem far and few between these days, and for good reasons. Mainly, my family and my guy. Like I said, really good reasons. While I look forward to (and often count down the days to) my weekends with the people that mean oh so much to me, I delight in the simplicity of staying home. Of not having plans. Of being a little bit productive and a lot bit frivolous. Having the chance to catch up on things…to putter around the kitchen…to listen to a podcast…to go for a run…to curl up with a book…to light a candle or two. Drink that cup of coffee. Breathe deeply. Find space. Seek peace. Evaluate. Reflect.

Darcy discovered a new blog that I’ve spent some time pouring over. The beauty of her words and the deliciousness of her recipes are captivating. Stop by for a visit; you won’t regret it. Start with this post.

I’ve bookmarked some yummy recipes from the blog roll this week:

I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and make them. Stay tuned.

I wanna know: What are you looking forward to this weekend?

The Chicken Cacciatore That Wasn’t

True confession: I started dinner way too late. I didn’t have all of the (crucial) ingredients on hand that make my chicken cacciatore a dish that an Italian would be proud of. And I didn’t want to go to the store. My first offense: no wine. Second offense: no pasta. When you’re attempting to cook like an Italian, those two simple ingredients are a really big deal.

Consider yourself warned. And please don’t judge me, my dinner was still tasty. Recipes are over rated sometimes. That said, here’s the recipe :)

The Chicken Cacciatore That Wasn’t

  • Hands on time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Gather:

  • 1 piece of chicken (breast or thigh) with skin on
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 of 15 oz can of tomatoes
  • Thyme, turmeric, salt, pepper

Get to work:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat some olive oil in a sauce pan. Brown each side of the chicken for a minute or two. Remove, and place in a small oven safe dish.

3. Chop your veggies: bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, and garlic

4. Add all of the above to the pan you cooked the chicken in. Stir it around for a couple of minutes, and then add a dash of thyme, turmeric, salt, and pepper.

5. Once it’s sufficiently combined, add tomatoes. Stir to combine. Pour on chicken.

6. Bake covered (tin foil works great!) at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, and uncovered for another 15 minutes.

7. Optional: put sauce back in the pot on the stove to reduce it further if you want a thicker sauce. Once it is to your liking, add it to the chicken and serve.

Clearly, if you’re cooking for a crowd, this is not the recipe for you. However, it is easily adaptable to however many pieces of chicken you’d like to make. Just multiply and go!

101 Recipes Challege Update

Way back in the day, Emily and I decided that we needed a challenge. We wanted to learn how to cook basic foods. You know. Meals and dishes and desserts that everyone should know how to cook. And so, the 101 in 1001 recipes challenge was born.

The 1001st day: August 13, 2013. I have a little over a year and a half. And 77 more recipes to make. I’m behind!

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Never fear, a little fast math, and I figured out that I only need to make one new thing a week. That’s totally doable.

The problem: I have 96 recipes on my list. This is 101 in 1001. Not 96 in 1001. Just doesn’t have the same ring.

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Where you come in: Help! I need 5 more ideas for quintessential recipes that everyone should have available in their back pocket. Feel free to link up to your blog or another person’s blog, if that’s easier, or just shout it out! I need 5 more ideas. This is what I have so far. What am I missing?

I wanna know: Your recipe ideas! Share in the comments.