Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Herbs de Provence Roasted Chicken Thighs and Potatoes

This takes all of maybe five minutes of prep time, but yet it tastes the equivalent of sitting in a big comfy chair with a blanket, a good book, and a cup of tea. For all of you out there trying not to end up like Dorothy getting shipped to the land of Oz, try this recipe when you get home to fill your belly and relax.

  • chicken thighs
  • Idaho potatoes peeled and cut into large pieces (you could also use another type that you don't have to peel or chop)
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • herbs de provence
  • salt and pepper
Place the chicken and potatoes in a pan large enough so that they are in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and add the seasonings. Toss it all together so that everything is coated evenly. Then just place the pan in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes. I also served it with some lima beans that I added a little butter, salt and pepper to. You could also throw some carrots or other hearty vegetables in with the chicken and potatoes to save that extra step.

Good luck out there.

P.S. I told you you'd like my new camera. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I got a new camera!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a fan of buying myself gifts every now and then. Up until a few years ago I had to wait for Christmas or my birthday to hope and pray that I would get what I really wanted, and then of course I would sometimes be left empty handed without that golden ticket. With this circumstance in mind I started to buy gifts for myself. I started off small with a new shirt on occasion, then moved on to a fresh pair of kicks here and there, and for my birthday last year I bought myself a MacBook. My most recent splurge was a Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR sometime between Christmas and my birthday.  Maybe next up will be a trip some place where I can lounge in a beach chair and sip a drink with an umbrella in it..

Old Camera: Pasta with spicy Italian sausage, spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese - similar to this recipe.

New Camera: Leftovers from culinary class - lamb (I think), carrots, onions and peas.

Hopefully this will mean a huge step up in picture quality from hence forth. Now I just need to work on perfecting the lighting...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easy Weeknight Meal: Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Corn

I'm sure you're like me in that you don't really feel like making a 5 star meal after hours spent slaving away for "the man" (or woman). Here's yet another of my after work meals that is simple yet satisfying. And it's not even that bad for you...if you don't count the potatoes of course.

Season the chicken with garlic salt, black pepper, and thyme. Heat a skillet with some olive oil and cook until golden, brown, and delicious (and done). In my years of experience, I feel like I've almost developed a sixth sense for knowing when the chicken is done. Yet somehow, I can still let my impatience/hunger get the best of me...

Peel the potatoes, dice them into roughly even pieces, and cover with cold water in a pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until fork tender. A neat little trick is to leave the potatoes in the hot pan for a little while after you drain them so that any excess water can evaporate.

Warning: The next ingredients are not for the cholesterol or artery challenged!

Mash with half-n-half, butter, sour cream, and the cheese of your choosing. (You can't say I didn't warn you!) Oh, and don't forget to season with salt and pepper.

Lastly, let us remember to listen to our mother's voice inside our heads telling us to eat our vegetables - so add something healthy to the plate (corn in this case) to round out the meal.