Month

October 2014

Chicken Piccata with Orzo and Wilted Arugula

 

If you’re looking for a special dinner for two that doesn’t take all day, this is it. Piccata is traditionally thin slices of meat (veal, although chicken is equally if not more common in the US) cooked and served with a lemon butter sauce. In my experience, it usually features capers as well. My mother LOVES capers. She loves them so much she might order used gum chewed by a total stranger if it were covered in capers. Anyways…This dish has all of the lemony brightness of a classic chicken piccata, but the arugula adds an earthy spiciness that balances the rich sauce and makes it a complete meal.

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Chicken and Dumplings

Poor hubbins wasn’t feeling very well, so I wanted to make him something warm and cozy. I was initially thinking chicken noodle soup, but didn’t have the right kind of noodles in my pantry, and didn’t have time to go to the store. Dumplings are super simple and require only a few staple items to make, so I decided to take my chicken soup in the dumpling direction. It was a delicious road to take. I have no regrets.

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Roasted Chicken Stock

 

This is an awesome kitchen skill that sounds super impressive and is relatively easy, just a tad time consuming. But the time is tooooootally worth it! The end result is far more flavorful than the store-bought variety, and your house will smell like Thanksgiving. Mmmmm roastiness!

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