Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lemon Pepper Chicken



I got this recipe from KellysKorner.blogspot.com.

Kelly is a new mom of a beautiful baby girl Harper who is 2 weeks old. Harper was born with a few medical issues, but is showing major improvements everyday.... I'm not sure how I stumbled across Kelly's blog, but I am glad I did! Kelly seems to be such a strong Christian woman. She is truly an inspiration. She mentioned once that she had over 30,000 hits on her blog in one day!! That's crazy! Harper and Kellys family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lemon Pepper Chicken
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
3/4 lb green beans (I use fresh green beans- Kelly prefers canned)
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 450. Coat a large baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange lemon slices from 1 lemon in a single layer on the bottom of the dish.



In large bowl combine remaining olive oil, lemon juice of 2nd lemon, garlic, salt and pepper and lemon pepper seasoning if desired. I keep my lemon that has been juiced aside- and scrub my hands with it when done with the whole process. It helps get rid of that strong garlic smell. They will also help your garbage disposal smell better too!
Add green beans and toss to coat. Using tongs, remove green beans and arrange them on top of lemon slices



Add potatoes to same olive oil mixture and coat. Arrange on inside edge of dish on top of the beans.Place chicken in olive oil mixture and coat. Place chicken in dish. Add additional Lemon Pepper seasoning to top of dish (I also just pour all the remaining mixture over everything in the dish- can't hurt!!)



Roast for 40-50 minutes. Remove chicken and continue roasting potatoes/beans if necessary. (yes... I roasted the pan a little too... I baked it in a metal pan the first time I made it and I think it turned out better then.)

Impromptu Photoshoot

I stumbled across this fun site today... I thought I would enter this cute picture of my little man into their weekly contest!
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Today, my good friend Sunni and her children came by to check out our new house, see how big Griffin has gotten, and to bring Slayde a birthday present. Sunni has recently gotten into photography, so she travels with a few cute little baby props. I wanted to buy a hat like this but I just get sidetracked easily I guess and have never gotten around to it. So when I saw this hat, I HAD to do a little impromptu photo shoot! My house has the worst lighting for "natural light" photography. I set him up on my bed, and because he learned to crawl yesterday, he was HARD to keep down!! The only way I could get him to look at me was to hold my iPhone up playing a video from youtube of him... That was a bit tricky trying to hold a camera and a phone at the same time- PLUS keep Mr. Crawly in place!

This was my favorite shot of out 10 min session! (It is super cute in color too- but the colors in the hat are a little on the girly side...)

Thanks Sunni for spending the day with us and for letting me borrow your hat!!
Landon even got Slayde so tired- he actually took a nap!!
oh... and PS- Thanks to Sunni for also making me a cute little blog header!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade Sauce!




Of course, I am a southern gal... Fried green tomatoes are a truly Southern thang ya'll! I have seen my mom make them before, and have had them at a couple restaurants, most recently in West Virginia on our way home from New York. I found some green tomatoes at the grocery store the other day, and couldn't wait to make some myself for the first time!

One of the times I had Fried Green Tomatoes was at Huey's on River Street. They serve theirs with a "Remoulade" sauce... I had to make a recipe up for some so I could dip em! I love dips and sauces!

I didn't get pictures of any steps along the way- mostly because I couldn't wait to get them cooked and in my belly!!

Fried Green Tomatoes
This Recipe came from the Whistlestop Cafe site... I know you have seen the movie!

3-4 green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
milk
vegetable oil
Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt & pepper. Add enough milk to create a thick batter. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet. Batter each tomato slice, and wipe off excess. Carefully place in hot oil, browning on both sides. (may or may not need turning, depending on the amount of oil) To cool, drain in a colander or on a papertowel on a place to keep tomatoes from becoming soggy. Salt to taste.

Serve with Remoulade Sauce below or alone- So Good!

Remoulade Sauce

1/2 cup mayonaise
2 tablespoons horseradish (unless you are skeered)
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 heaping tablespoon sugar
couple sprinkles paprika for color IN the sauce as well on top of finished product

Tomorrow... Lemon Pepper Chicken with Fresh Green Beans and Potatoes

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mmmm French Onion Soup!

French Onion Soup!
My first blog post...


I had never even tried french onion soup before. I have seen it on the menu at many restaurants, but because of the messy-stringy cheese factor, I have never ordered it. Plus... I don't like to spend money on things I might not like. Boy have I been missing out!


I also thought that because the main ingredient is onions, it shouldn't be that high in calories so to add it to the menu for a first course for dinner would be great to keep us from overindulging on the fattening main course!

This soup is SOOO good! I actually made it 2 nights in a row by request of Dan (who had also never had french onion soup- unless you count what Lipton makes he said!)

I came across a recipe online and thought it might be fun to try. I DID tweak the recipe quite a bit... mabye even to the point that it is not the same at all anymore! But, Hey! I am NOT a by the books kinda gal!

An important element is the proper caramelization of the onions. Caramelizing onions take at least thirty minutes of slow cooking the onions over medium high heat. The browning, or caramelizing, of the onions brings out the sweetness in them.


INGREDIENTS:

4 large red or yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced.
Olive oil
1 tablespoon of sugar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans of beef stock
1/2 can (plus 3tbsp for caramalizing the onions) water
1/4 cup worcestershire
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon of dry thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices of toasted bread- french- sandwich.. whatever you have on hand!
6-8 slices of Swiss or Parmesan cheese


In a large saucepan, saute the onions in a small amount (3tbsp) of olive oil and 3tbsp of water on medium high heat until well browned, but not burned, about 30-40 minutes. Add the sugar about 10 minutes into the process to help with the carmelization.





Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the stock, worcestershire bay leaf, and thyme. Cover and simmer until the flavors are well blended, at least 30 minutes or longer it wont hurt for it to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Discard the bay leaf.





To serve you can either use individual oven-proof soup bowls or one large casserole dish. Ladle the soup into the bowls or casserole dish (don't just dump it... it will splash and burn you!!). Cover with the toast and lay cheese to cover top. Put into the broiler for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until the cheese bubbles and is slightly browned. Serve immediately.






I now need to scour the internet to look for cute little bowls that can withstand 500 degree heat in the oven for individual servings!