The Awkward Chicken

If someone were to ask me, “Do you like chicken?” It would go right on a list of questions I find it awkward trying to answer.

You know the list.

It begins with, “What type of music to you like?”

Usually the this question is from the lips of an extraordinarily musical person.

A person who would guffaw if I told them the truth.

I haven’t updated my iPod in multiple years.

Sixty-one of the songs on said iPod are sung by someone whose last name starts with “J” and rhymes with “Bonus.”

I’m the least musically inclined person and can play 0 instruments and while I sing loud on occasion, it ain’t pretty.

But, I don’t say that.

I say something along the lines of, “Uhh, I like all kinds, ya know whatever is playing.”

The list ends with, “So what do you think you want to do in the future?”

Yes, there’s a 97% chance I’ll go to a certain university.

And there’s a good chance I’ll end up studying nutrition or communications at said university.

But, you don’t just want to know that do ya? You wanna know like career wise, after college?

Umm, I’m gonna be the next Rachel Ray, duh.

Either that or I’m going to travel the world exploring.

Or maybe I’ll find a wonderful husband and stay at home with the 9 children I’m going to have.

But, those answers don’t satisfy you.

You want to be all realistic and logical.

Well, you’re no fun.

But, to answer the chicken question.

No, I don’t like bland, dried out chicken.

Yes, I like moist, flavorful, well-prepared chicken.

I like this chicken.

 After eating it, I would give a loud and proud yes and declare, “I love chicken!”

Actually, it might just be the sauce that I like. I love balsamic.

Whatevs; it’s a good combo.

Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Adapted from this recipe. Serves 4.

Just a note to my vegetarian readers: this sauce would probably be really good on baked tofu.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2-3 garlic cloves, chopped

Kosher Salt

Black Pepper

11/2-2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs*

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon fresh parsley + extra for garnish

Lemon zest, for garnish (optional)

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Place chicken in a large sealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and place in the fridge. Let marinade for at least one hour (the more the better!). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chicken on a large, greased baking dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Transfer chicken to a serve platter (you may want to cover with foil to keep it nice and hot). Pour pan dripping into a small saucepan, add chicken broth and parsley. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve with roasted veggies and let the marinade totally engulf the veggies. Enjoy!

*chicken thighs are wayyy more flavorful and moist and delicious than breasts

Bonus if you serve the chicken with a platter of bruschetta. This is a Giada recipe, after all.

  

And yes I’m aware that the people who ask these questions are totally kind and well-meaning and my inability to answer a simple question is totally not their fault.
Which is why I’ll smile and reply, “I’m not sure,” and pray they don’t prod anymore.
And if they do, I’ll just invite them over.
For chicken.
And hope they are so captivated by the deliciousness that they don’t judge me when I break out into, “That’s Just the Way We Roll.

“I woke up on the roof with my brothers…..”

Or talk aloud as I cook, explaining everything I’m doing, even making sure I do the boring stuff during commercials so my viewers don’t get bored…when there’s no camera in sight.
Don’t mind me.
I’m planning for the future.

Just call me Rachel.

What questions do you find it awkward to be asked? Do you like chicken?

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By the way, the giveaway I alluded to will be posted Wednesday (please check out yesterday’s post if you haven’t arleady).

Hermit, Will You Marry Me? (Newman’s Own Organics Review)

Hey Bloggity Friends!

Just wanted to check in and report back to you about some of the Newman’s Own Organic products that I have tried thus far. First, you should know that they are a super cool company and give tons of many to charity. And by tons, I mean like over 300 million dollars. Yeah, they are pretty awesome.

And just as a disclaimer: yes, they sent me the products for free. No, I am not required to say nice things about them.

But, how to do their products taste? Well, I already mentioned that these pretzels are awesome.

Seriously, you should go buy some. Like now.

Next up, we tried their Hint O’ Mint Newman-O’s.

I really enjoyed these. The taste/texture is very similar to that of an Oreo, but with a slight minty flavor. So, if you like Oreos you are sure to love these. While I wouldn’t consider these healthy (darn it!), I do like that they are made with mostly organic ingredients and certainly believe they can be part of a nutritious diet.

 

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The only chocolate I’ve tried so far is the 70% dark chocolate. It’s smooth and has a nice flavor, something I would totally purchase. Perfect amount of darkness, without being too bitter. While I eat 90% chocolate sometimes, 70% or so is really my favorite. You people who eat 100% straight up are crazy…. but I love ya anyway :)

 

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Fig Newman’s. But, I probably don’t like Fig Newton’s either so I’m not a very good judge. Everyone else who tried them seemed to enjoy them, so I’m sure they’re wonderful, just not my cup of tea (I do love a good cup of tea!)

I loved the orange flavor in the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. It’s what set them apart from the average store-bought cookie, in my opinion. My mom’s comment was “I don’t usually buy store-bought cookies but if I was going to, I’d buy these.” The only issue I have with them is that a serving is only four and the cookies are pretty small so if you’re like me and have the self control of a monkey it would be easy to eat way more than a serving.

But, by far the favorite thing I’ve tried so far that Newman’s sent me are these little guys.

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Cinnamon Hermits. They’re so chewy and soft and flavorful and delicious and I like that they’re different from your regular ol’ cookie. They actually taste homemade. Overall, I love them. Like, I might marry them if I could. Is marrying cookies legal? In California?

I think that’s all that I’ve tried to far. In a few weeks, I’ll report to you about the rest of the stuff and hopefully I’ll eventually have a giveaway too!

Have you tried any of Newman’s Own Organics products? Which of the above sounds the best to you?

Father’s Day and Root Beer Float Cupcakes

I just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other amazing dads out there!

Father's Day Hike

Father's Day 2011

I’m blessed enough to get to spend today with both my father and grandfather. Obviously, the special occasion called for a special dessert.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes were the dessert of choice.

I took entirely too many pictures of the cupcakes. Oh well.

Did you do anything special for your dad today?

Which of the above pictures is your favorite?

Happy Father’s Day Dad!! I love you!

Back to My Roots

So let’s be honest, sometimes there are certain recipes I want to post, but I don’t because they aren’t healthy (<- I really hate that word). And if I were to mention an unhealthy (<- hate that word even more) food I feel like I have to make an excuse or justify eating said food. I know that it’s probably all in my head as you guys are like the nicest people ever, but I’m still sick of it.

I just want to make food that is good. Food that people enjoy. If I had to choose between something healthy or something delicious, I’d pick the delicious food every time.

You see, food and I go way back. When I was 6 or 7 I started a restaurant called “Train Depot.” The recipe was open around noon for lunch and again in the afternoon for snack hour. It even had menus. Keep in mind the only customers were my 3 older siblings (we were all homeschooled back then). I think the name came because the first time I “operated” the restaurant I served the food to “customers” dining in a train we made in our backyard out of the chairs from the kitchen table. My brother was certainly my most loyal customer. He would often order the “casadillas” or grilled cheese, two of our specialities. Side dishes included yogurt and apple sauce. For dessert my favorite thing to serve was Graham Cracker Suprise which involved graham crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Nevermind the fact that none of the menu offerings had more than 3 ingredients; it was something I enjoyed doing. I enjoyed serving my siblings and seeing how it made them happy when I made them lunch.

Flash forward a few years to when I was 9 or 10 on my parents anniversary. They decided to keep things simple and have a simple anniversary dinner at home. I begged to cook and serve them dinner. My mom and I compromised by picking up a Central Market Dinner for Two which I plated and served to them. But, I did get to make the dessert. I made Volcanoes (aka molten lava cakes) and topped them with raspberries and whipped cream before taking them out to my parents who were dining on the back patio. I was so proud of what I made and nothing made me happier than seeing my parents enjoying the dessert that I had made.

To me, that’s what food is all about. Sure it’s fuel and nutrition and all that good stuff, but ultimately it’s about bringing joy to others. I feel like in the past year or so I’ve gotten so caught up in making healthy food that I have strayed from what began my love for food. I’m still that little girl whose eyes light up when a new culinary creation turns out well and who enjoys nothing more than having someone else enjoy a dish she has made. I never wantthat to change.

So, in the future, I may post some not-so-healthy recipes. No shame. No excuses. It’s my blog and I can post about whatever I want. If you don’t like it, I’m sorry. But, there’s a lot of food that I enjoy that isn’t neccessarily healthy (depending on how you define the word) and I see that as no reason to stop me from eating it.

Sound good?

Hittin’ the Trails of CO

Greetings!

The retreat I mentioned last post went wonderfully. It is amazing to watch the retreatants as they truly open up and grow closer to God.  It’s neat to think, “Hey, I was a part of that.” But, at the end of the day, I know none of it was me. It was all Him.

I arrived “home” in Colorado on Monday night. Greeting me upon arrival was a box from Neman’s Own Organic with tons of goodies.

I couldn't believe the variety of products they sent!

 Tuesday evening my parents and I went hiking and saw some pretty scenary and cool wild life.

Nesting Eagles. Thank goodness for zoom.

See the bunny?

While out hiking we snacked on some of these pretzels….

The company definitely doesn’t require me to say nice things about them, but these pretzels are delicious.

What is your favorite trail/on-the-go snack?