Sunday, February 27, 2011

Keeper Recipe

It was a long three months with no Southern Living inspiration, but my subscription is now renewed and the delivery problems sorted out :) Recommence the experimental recipes!

I tried this one on Ben and Suzannah and it was a success!

Chicken with Pecan Sauce
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup butter, divided
4 chicken cutlets (abt 1 1/4 lb)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dried thyme

1. Heat pecans and 2 Tbsp butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-low until toasted and fragrant. Remove from skillet.
2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour.
3. Cook chicken in hot oil in skillet over medim heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with pecans.
4. Add chicken broth to skillet, and cook 2 minutes, stirring to losen particles from bottom of skillet. Add brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is melted and sauce is slightly thickened. Whisk in remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Serve sauce over chicken.

*All that butter isn't necessary. I left the butter from toasting the nuts in the skillet to cook the chicken. I also would not add more to the sauce at the end. And I added more nuts-- can't have too many pecans!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Abject, pleading apologies

Dear Karma,

I am sorry. Dog ran away again and I crashed into a snow bank. Was that really necessary? It was just a blog post.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Warning: the following images may be unsuitable for queezier readers

It took me about a month before I could look back and laugh at the experience. Then literally the day I was looking through pictues and thought about making a blog post about it, I come home and the dang dog ran away. Knock on wood, nothing will happen if I post this now. But as some of you know, I had an attempt at ambidextrousness earlier this year after an incident with my housemate, Alphonzo. My first week dogsitting was a little traumatic, but I got pretty good at using the touch mouse and washing my hair with my left hand. The good news: we get along well now. He loves to sing while I play the piano. I just don't pet him :)

P.S. I attempted to play around the template of my blog. Big mistake. I want an undo button.