Turkish-Spiced Chicken with Green Olive Relish

Turkish Chicken with Green Olive RelishFor any of you who follow me on Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that when I fall for a new cookbook, I fall hard.  So you really shouldn’t be surprised that I’m writing about another recipe from A Bird in the Hand.  If anything, you should be surprised that I haven’t been posting about one of Diana Henry’s chicken recipes once or twice a week for the past month.  I’m pretty enamored of chicken right now.  And that’s kind of  a big deal, isn’t it?  When was the last time you got excited about chicken? [Read more...]

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Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn Cakes

Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn CakesThis may be incredibly shocking to you, but I don’t often serve my family cohesive, prettily plated meals.  I know, crazy!

All sarcasm aside, the way it usually works is I’ll pick something that sounds really great from a cookbook, blog, or something that I come up with to use up a special ingredient in my fridge, then I’ll just kind of “fill in the gaps” of the meal with stuff that kind of goes.  There’s usually a salad involved.  Maybe some crispy roasted potatoes. Then I plop everything (in the dishes I used to cook them) on the dining room table and we all say grace, help ourselves, and dig in. [Read more...]

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's ChickenWe all have our guilty pleasures, don’t we?  Even though we know it’s no good for us, we just can’t quit.  For some people, it’s a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s. (Come on, you can admit it.) For others, nuclear mac and cheese, from a box, and not the organic kind, either.  For me, it’s Chinese food.  And no, I’m not talking about actual food that someone in China might eat, or something out of a gorgeous Fuchsia Dunlop cookbook. I mean, junky, American-ized, MSG-filled Chinese food.  I know it’s not good for me.  My stomach tells me every time.  But I can’t get rid of the cravings. [Read more...]

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken EnchiladasI can’t let Father’s Day come and go without posting a recipe for these creamy chicken enchiladas.  They are my husband’s favorite.  No, I feel like that’s putting things a little too mildly.Creamy Chicken Enchiladas For  a person who married a woman who loves to cook, my husband kind be kind of blasé about food.  He’ll eat most things I make, which is great, but he very rarely gets excited about any one thing I make.  I asked him once what he had a taste for and he didn’t even know what I meant by that.  That’s what I’m up against, folks. [Read more...]

Picnic Chicken

Picnic ChickenPicnic memories are always kind of happy memories, aren’t they?  Think about it: do you have any not-so-fond memories of a picnic?  Sure, some are better than others, but are they ever really bad?  No, not really.  The word picnic, for me, conjures up happy reminiscences.  The lawn picnic at Ravinia with all my friends almost a decade ago now, where we drank wine and belted our Hootie and the Blowfish songs and ate pre-made potato and pasta salad from the grocery store.  The impromptu picnic of sandwiches from Pastoral that my husband and I ate in the garden of the Art Institute the day that he proposed.  The PB&Js and apple slices, and sweet perfect little waffle cookies that I pack for my sweet boy, so he can have a picnic in the treehouse with grandma.  [Read more...]