Can I just keep it real for a moment and tell you that when it came to making this chicken recipe, I was the big jerk last night. First of all, grilling is not my forte. I can handle your basic burger, flank steak, and even fish … but when it comes to chicken, I’m usually an epic failure, as was the case last night. Second of all, though I fully recognize that I’m a terrible chicken griller, that didn’t stop me from chatting on the phone, updating my Facebook status and correcting math homework when all the while, dinner was morphing into a carncinogenic nightmare out on the patio.
I love hanging out in the kitchen – any kitchen- with friends, and if I can learn a thing or two while socializing and catching up, that’s all the better. On Monday afternoon my friend Fernanda taught me how to make chicken chilaquiles the same way her mother made them when Fernanda was a kid growing up in Mexico – what fun for me to watch someone make a dish she knows by heart.
Just when you thought the holidays were over, Hot & Spicy Food Day comes along on January 16th. Because apparently when it comes to food, there’s always something to celebrate.
I took these incredible wings to a paddle tennis party last Saturday night. Normally, I would test a recipe before serving it to a bunch of people I barely know, but I went out on a limb (I should have known it would be great – Michael Symon’s like, a total genius). Suffice it to say, the one problem I encountered was that I only made about 50 pieces and that wasn’t nearly enough.
Last Thursday, I — along with the rest of the jiggly New Year’s resolutioners — found myself in the super-unfortunate and un-fun spot of waiting for cardio equipment at the gym. Those of us who took four (*ahem*) six weeks off from our workouts during the holiday season had at last come to our senses and turned up for our turn on the treadmill. If we thought we were going to be greeted with open arms by those hard bodied witches, I mean, dedicated souls, who had been attending their spin and cardio and yoga sessions all along and without fail throughout the month of December, we were sadly mistaken.
I should have titled this “Cheater’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup” but I didn’t want to scare off any of my foodie friends. You probably know by now I’m (mostly) all about cooking real food from scratch, and I generally steer away from “convenience” foods – not because I think there’s a single thing in the world wrong with them, I just enjoy the process of cooking from scratch. Usually. But I knew cold and rainy weather was on the way, and that got me dreaming of one of my favorite recipes from my motherland: Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.
I had the best time at the Mequon store this morning! The girls in the floral department were working like mad to unpack and display all manner of Christmas decorations. At first glance I groaned to myself — Christmas already?! — but the closer I got, the more exciting it all became
Sendik’s Food Market and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin continue their partnership this fall with the “Do the Cluck, Fill the Truck” event to provide meals for families struggling with hunger. Come out and enjoy Sendik’s First Annual Fall Harvest Fest and strut your stuff for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. For every customer that signs up for the Sendik’s Fan Club and does the Chicken Dance, Sendik’s will donate five meals to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. If you don’t want to cluck, just give a buck, which will also provide five meals to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
I made this dish last Tuesday with one of the $4.99 rotisserie chickens…what a great time saver those babies are. This is an awesome make ahead recipe, but it comes together quickly, so you could easily make it on a weeknight after work. Add a steamed vegetable, and voila! Dinner is served.
We interrupt “Five Summer Sandwiches” to bring you a recipe in honor of the Crazy Chicken Sale. By now you’ve probably noticed that all different cuts of chicken will be available at ridiculously low prices this week, and I’ve got one’a my favorite, go-to recipes for you.
Cooking Light has a great piece on summer sandwiches in the August issue. I want to try all of them. In fact … you know that movie, Julie & Julia? Where the food blogger makes and blogs about each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Well, I’m gonna make all those sandwich recipes. That’s right, all five of them! Here’s the first.
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