Monday, September 29, 2014

Citrus Chicken with Garlic Wild Rice

Looking for a new way to cook chicken? Then you have to try this. This chicken is SO flavorful. It's a fun and healthy way to spice up your menu planning. 

Citrus Chicken with Garlic Wild Rice
Source: adapted from Rachael Ray
Serves: 2

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 packet of dry Italian dressing mix or Italian seasoning
1 orange
1 lemon
1 full head of garlic
1 cup wild rice blend (mine also had brown and white rice)
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 red onion

Heat oven to 425. Slice the very top "handle" end of the garlic bulb off to barely expose the tops of the garlic cloves. Place on a pice of aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil and wrap. Place wrapped bulb in the oven. Cook for about an hour (you may need additional time) until the cloves are browned and squishy.

Slice chicken breasts horizontally in half to make 4 thinner pieces of chicken breast. Pound with a meat mallet until flat. Season with packet of Italian dressing mix on both sides. Grill chicken until cooked through. Remove to a plate. Grill citrus fruit. Squeeze citrus juice over cooked chicken and set aside. Let sit in juice for up to an hour before serving.

Next, place rice and stock in a pot. Squeeze cooked garlic paste into the pot and whisk to distribute. Season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes then fluff with a fork.

When rice is almost finished cooking, slice onion into 1/2" rings and grill. Serve chicken over rice with onion on top.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Chewy Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whenever we're in Dallas, I have to stop by the Grand Lux and get a box of their pecan chocolate chip cookies to go. They are so delicious! 

This recipe was a result of many attempts to replicate their cookies. It's pretty darn close. I hope you will love them as much as we do.

Chewy Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 30 Cookies

2 cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
1 ¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together flour, soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a mixer, combine butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs. Add flour mixture in two batches. Fold in nuts and chips.

Bake rounded teaspoonful’s on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray for about 10 minutes, or until just done.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A new Pinterest group board for food bloggers!

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love Pinterest.

Over the last couple of years, I've been invited to several group boards and had a great time being a part of those groups. So great, in fact, that I decided to start my own group board for fellow food bloggers!

So, if you're a food blogger (at least 50% of the time) who wants to be a part of a group recipe board, visit this link and read the rules of the board. If you want to request an invite, you can follow the directions there!

Right now I'm looking for 15-20 bloggers who would like to join this new board. Once I see how it works, I might send more invites, so don't be bummed if you don't get an invite right away! I've never led a group board so bear with me while I figure out how it works!

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