Weeknight Wonder: Baked Pesto Chicken with Heavenly Potato Green Pepper Hash!
Every week when I buy groceries, one item that always ends up in my cart is boneless skinless chicken breasts. While they're the perfect starting point and you can pretty much cook them a million ways, finding new and delicious ways to present the same ol', same ol', can be quite challenging! This past Monday, I took a package of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer in the morning, thinking I'd make some sort of chicken dish for dinner that evening. Whe
Easy Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Breasts!
Yesterday, I was scrolling down through my Facebook feed and I came across this quick little video demonstrating chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and ricotta, seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika, sprinkled with chicken and baked. It looked amazing! I didn't have and ricotta, but I did have feta, which turned me down a Greekish path for dinner last night. If you're looking for a super easy recipe to give regular chicken breasts a little oomph without taking a lot of tim
Quick and Easy Chicken Cacciatora
Chicken Cacciatore is one of those dishes that we've all heard of and probably even tasted at some point in our lives. Back in the '40's and '50's it was a star dish at dinner parties, featured on the menus of most Italian restaurants and every housewife with a knack for cooking whipped it up on occasion for their families. But then one day, it became 'passe', a has been relegated to the back of the recipe box. The good news is, tried and true basic dishes like Chicken Caccia
Incredible Versatile Chicken Tetrazzini!
The other night, I wanted something 'different' for supper. Something 'fancy' but that wouldn't require a whole lot of work. Mind you it also had to meet the approval of a 12 year old, one senior citizen, my husband and, most importantly, me! Having said that, I'm fairly forturnate that my 12 year old has a somewhat sophisticated palate, my mother is just happy that she doesn't have to do the cooking and my husband will eat the Lamb of God if someone will cook it up for him.
Giving Comfort Food A French Twist: Individual Parisienne Chicken Pot Pies!
This past Friday, for the first time in a VERY long time, my husband and I went out to dine...just the two of us. Usually, on Friday we got out somewhere moderate with at least our 12 year old daughter and my mom in tow. But last Friday, I'm not ashamed to say, I asked Stephen to pick up some drive-thru food for Mackenzie and Mom and made reservations for he and I at our favorite local restaurant, Oliver's. As per usual, the meal, service, price and ambiance was superb! (So
Sumptuous Chicken Saltimbocca with Saffron Orzo!
Yesterday was one of those days when I didn't have a whole lot of time to make supper but when considering my options, I was really in the mood for something different, something special, something 'exotic', for lack of a better word. But is there a suppertime meal that is both fancy AND quick and easy, with minimal fuss and fewer ingredients? The premise of most Italian cuisine is a few simple, readily available ingredients, cooked simplistically, letting the ingredients spe
Rotisserie Peruvian Chicken - You Spin Me Right Round Baby!
It's been a chaotic few months in the Power/Barnes household. We moved into a new-to-us house, went on vacation to the Florida Keys and then came back and threw ourselves into renovating the in-law suite for my parents. Eight weeks later, and with a much lighter wallet, we're finally done! Which means I can get back to the things I love: cooking and writing. That's not to say I haven't cooked anything in eight weeks - cooking is my biggest stress buster and there's no way I w
It's About Thyme...and Asian Chicken Marsala!
It's been a super hectic few weeks here on the home front. I know...seems like I've been saying that a lot lately, but this time, it's REALLY true. Three weeks ago, we moved into our new home and, let me just say, I'd probably be more efficient with my time if I didn't spend so much of it gazing lovingly into each and every room in our new house. I can't help it...I'm in love! Add to that removing all semblance of our inhabitance in the old house and then going on a little va
Brushing Sheila Right Back with Chicken Pot Pie!
This past Saturday, we moved into our new home. No matter how organized you are, moving day is always a stressful day. Packing up everything from one house, transporting it to another, and then trying to unpack and place things in the most appropriate place in your new home, all the while directing movers and helpers on where to put things...it's no easy feat. I'm a bit of a control freak and definitely have some Type A personality things going on. Not only did I want the mov
Inspirational Prosciutto Wrapped Greek Chicken Breasts!
Inspiration is a wonderful thing. When you think of it, to inspire means to 'influence with an animating, quickening or exalting influence'. When it comes to cooking, I can get inspired just about anywhere. Sometimes my inspiration comes from a food item I've spied or read about, the season, a specific location, an event or something that has piqued my curiosity. The inspiration for Prosciutto Wrapped Greek Chicken Breasts came from a local restaurant my husband took me to fo