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  • Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Olives

    by Xiomara Meeks - I've been reading food blogger Deb Perelman's blog for about two years now.  Her recipes, commentary and photography have kept me coming back for more.  When she discussed her upcoming book, I was conflicted.  The tag line on her cookbook, the smitten kitchen, says "recipes and wisdom from an obsessive home cook". Will I be able to make her dishes at home?

    The pictures of her meals look amazing.  I purchased her cookbook 8 months ago.  This is the first recipe I had the courage to cook.  I say courage because as tasty as her pictures look, I am no where near her level.  I mean, she makes her own gnocchi. Confession: I buy the pre-made kind.  Here's my adapted version of her Roasted Chicken with grapes and olives.

    The recipe calls for 3 pounds of chicken parts with skin and bones.  I had defrosted boneless, skinless chicken breasts ready to go.  I've forgotten I had fresh rosemary in the patio, so I substituted dried oregano.  I keep forgetting to buy shallots, so I used a combination of garlic and purple onion.

    smitten kitchen

    Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Olives
    Author: Xiomara Meeks
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    Serves: 4
    Adapted from Deb Perelman's the smitten kitchen cookbook
    Ingredients
    • 3 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
    • sea salt
    • ground black pepper
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 cup seedless grapes
    • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
    • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450F. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet. Brown the chicken on both sides (about 5 minutes).
    3. Add grapes, olives, garlic and onion. Place the skillet in the oven for about 20 minutes.
    4. Remove the chicken, grapes and olives from the skillet. Add chicken broth and wine to the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.
    5. Pour sauce over chicken and enjoy!

    This recipe was enjoyed by everyone at home.  Yay!  It was awesome to have the extra time to work on homework while the chicken cooked in the oven.  Another plus was the cleanup and we had some leftover chicken for lunches the next day. I think I'll be using the oven more and more this season.

     

    Do you still purchase cookbooks?

    What's your go-to cookbook at home?

    Who's your favorite food blogger?

     

     

  • Fast Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    With cold season in full swing, one of my favorite things to make is homemade chicken noodle soup.  There's just something about all the colorful veggies in a steamy broth that makes me smile.  For my version of homemade chicken noodle soup, I start with the "Holy Trinity Trio" of onion, celery and carrots.  Saute the veggies for a few minutes with a little olive oil.

    Onion, celery and carrots: "Holy Trinity Cooking Trio"

    What makes my chicken noodle fast, is that I use chicken stock/broth instead of water.  After working a full day at the market, I don't have time to make my own stock for the soup.   Sprinkle the chopped chicken breast pieces with Everglades Seasoning.

    Japanese Rice Noodles

    Here's where I like to get creative.  You can add any kind of pasta for your "noodles" or even rice.  This time, I decided to use some Japanese rice noodles I had in my pantry.   Add the noodles and cook for a few more minutes.

    This is definitively one of those meals were everyone wants more.  Cold or not, I enjoy having eating soup anytime of the year.

    Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup:

    1 medium onion

    2 carrots, peeled, diced

    2 celery stalks, diced

    1 garlic clove, minced

    2 chicken breasts, diced

    Everglades seasoning

    44 oz chicken broth/stock

    noodles

    Start by sauteing the veggies with some olive oil.  Season chicken  with Everglades Seasoning.  Lightly brown the chicken pieces.  Add chicken stock and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add noodles and follow package instructions.  Enjoy!

    Are you a "soup person"? What's your favorite soup?

  • 100% Fresh Pressed Apple Cider from PA available now...

    For the past month, I've been pestering asking my husband for apple cider.  You see, eight years ago, we visited Connecticut in the fall for our friends' wedding.  While we were visiting, we ventured to a local apple orchard and had the best apple cider ever.  This was our first time at an apple orchard.  Needless to say, we came back home with a ton of apples!

     

    Now every October, when our friends celebrate their wedding anniversary I also remember our visit to the apple orchard and that wonderful apple cider.  Our new apple guy has been bringing us some amazingly fresh apples from Pennsylvania.  As luck would have it, he was able to get us some of this wonderfully fresh 100% pressed apple cider.

     

    100% fresh pressed Apple Cider from Country Acres, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

     

    Have you ever cooked with apple cider? Me neither.  Until I found this recipe from Rachel Ray.  The recipe calls for making your own apple sauce.  I skipped that step.  Instead, I just used two small containers of already made apple sauce.  I warmed it up with minced ginger and sprinkled it with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.  Rachel Ray's recipe calls for apple juice to deglaze the pan.  I chose our apple cider instead! And of course, I used our Troyer real butter.  Instead of salt and pepper, I used our Everglades Seasoning.

     

    I served the apple sauce on the side for dipping, and pour the pan sauce over the pork chop.   I've never been a real fan of the pork and apple sauce combination until now.  The pan sauce was delicious.  It was salty and sweet and very flavorful.  The mixture of real butter and fresh apple cider in the pan sauce made our dinner taste kinda like apple pie!  But in a good way.  A very savory apple pie.

    P.S. In case you are wondering, the salad is from ABC Pizza.  They make a great Greek salad. ;)

     

    Have you ever cooked dinner with apple juice or cider?

     

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