Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken

Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken

Like many of you, I am always looking for nourishing, simple, flavorful recipes that taste delicious but don’t take up too much of my time. Don’t get me wrong, I love to linger over a slow braise or all day sauce as much as the next Slow Food member, but some nights just don’t allow that luxury of time. Recipes that can do double duty for weeknights as well as entertaining are even more cherished. This chicken recipe from Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa, fits the bill. Continue reading “Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken”

Pollo Fritto per Chanuka

Our Italian Jewish Hanukkah
Our Italian Jewish Hanukkah

Christmas may have come and gone (did you have a nice holiday?), but there’s still two days of Hanukkah left! If you’re tired of latkes and sufganiyot (as if that could happen), allow me to suggest a few recipes from the Italian Jewish canon. Italian Jews make up one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities, combining two great culinary traditions. After doing a good bit of research for an article in the Jew and the Carrot (check it out here), I learned that while Hanukkah traditions vary by region, one dish is universal throughout the country: Pollo Fritto per Chanuka, or Fried Chicken for Hanukkah. Continue reading “Pollo Fritto per Chanuka”

Chicken and Corn Chowder and a Soup Blog Hop

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s getting cold (in some places it’s been cold for some time) and that means one thing: soup and lots of it. I’ve been craving corn chowder for a while and Nami’s recent post on Chicken and Corn Chowder with Roasted Potatoes over at Just One Cookbook pushed that craving right over the edge. Corn chowder has always presented a bit of a dilemma for me because really it should be made in the summer with sweet, fresh corn that’s perfectly in season. But something about the scorching heat just doesn’t put me in the mood for a steaming hot bowl of anything. When I really want it is Fall and Winter, when something so creamy and comforting is welcome. So, in a decidedly non-seasonal attempt to assuage my cool-weather desire for chowder I turned to frozen kernels. Canned is another good option. Sometimes you just want a bowl of chowder. Continue reading “Chicken and Corn Chowder and a Soup Blog Hop”

Saffron and Butternut Squash Risotto

I know I’ve already shared a Risotto Milanese recipe with you, and in many ways this Saffron and Butternut Squash Risotto is similar. But there are a number of key changes that set it apart, make it worth its own post. The obvious change, the addition of butternut squash, makes this dish even heartier, and even more appropriate for Fall. I also added some leftover shredded chicken to make it even more of a meal in one, but without it the risotto is a great vegetarian main or side. The other big change I made here is to use a mix of the usual arborio rice and barley. The barley adds a chewy texture, while the arborio rice becomes creamy with constant stirring. Continue reading “Saffron and Butternut Squash Risotto”

Friday Blog Hop: Chicken plus a Souvlaki and Tzatziki Recipe

In October (it feels like a lifetime already) my husband and I spent a week in Rhodes, Greece. It was our first trip to Greece, a place I have always wanted to visit. Now, living in Israel, Rhodes is a mere hour flight away and more accessible than I ever imagined. I must admit that I knew next to nothing about Rhodes before we landed, and I’ll go a little more in depth about the wonderful island in my upcoming post on where to eat in Rhodes. What I will tell you is that I fell head over heels in love with Greek food. The simple, clean flavors haunt my taste buds and the pit of my stomach calls out and grumbles for more. I have nothing short of a full blown tzatziki addiction and I can’t stop putting feta in everything. Continue reading “Friday Blog Hop: Chicken plus a Souvlaki and Tzatziki Recipe”

Mustard-Lime Chicken and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

After the sugar rush and candy binge of Halloween, we could all use lighter fare to give our systems some much needed nourishment. We’ve already established my love of all things cilantro and lime, and today I’ve got two more incredible recipes highlighting this perfect pair. I’m pretty sure we’ve also established my complete and total obsession with Pinterest, which is where I found these delightful recipes for Mustard-Lime Chicken and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette. I pinned them immediately and couldn’t wait to make them. Continue reading “Mustard-Lime Chicken and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette”

Japanese Chicken Curry

I’ve had this one saved up for you for some time. It’s another one of those recipes that I knew I had to make as soon as I saw it. This tempting Japanese Curry comes by way of Biren from the inspiring food blog Roti n Rice. Her recipes are always mouth-watering but this particular one sang a siren song that simply captured me. I couldn’t resist. As Biren points out, many don’t think curry when they think Japanese food. But it’s not all sushi and tempura in Japan, and curry is another delicious staple. Continue reading “Japanese Chicken Curry”

Mango Chicken with Coconut Rice

We are in the midst of the most insanely gorgeous mango season in Israel right now. I’m talking gigantic, juicy mangoes that are the sweetest, most delicious I’ve ever tasted. Which is why I was so excited to find this recipe for Mexican Mango Chicken on Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller. I actually got to test and photograph this recipe for their Best Chicken Recipe Contest as a guest blogger (that’s my photo on the site!). Continue reading “Mango Chicken with Coconut Rice”

Secret Recipe Club Cilantro-Lime Chicken

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time. Secret Recipe Club time! Hosted by Amanda over at Amanda’s Cookin’ it’s a great way for bloggers to meet, share, and make each others’ recipes. Every month each participant is assigned another blog and we can make any recipe from that blog. Then, all at once, we reveal our posts! Yup, it’s as fun as it sounds. Who doesn’t like being in a secret club? In June I made some excellent Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Connor’s Cooking and in July I made Darn Near Domestic‘s awesome Smoky Salsa. I took a hiatus in August and am excited to be back because this month I was introduced to another fabulous blog – Once a Month Mom. Continue reading “Secret Recipe Club Cilantro-Lime Chicken”

Best Ever Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Stop what you’re doing right now. I’m not joking. Stop what you’re doing and make this fried chicken. You won’t regret it. You won’t remember what you were about to do that was so important. You will be too absorbed in how amazing this chicken is. Here, wait, I’ll buy you some time. All you have to do right this minute is make the marinade (it takes seconds), put the chicken in, and stick it in the fridge for two days. You can let it marinade for less time, but I wouldn’t skimp. The result is the moistest, most flavorful chicken – let alone fried chicken – you’ve ever had. Continue reading “Best Ever Buttermilk Fried Chicken”