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Lemon Braised Chicken

Lemon-Braised Chicken

Lemon-Braised Chicken

Ingredients

  • whole chicken- 5lbs
  • lemons- 2
  • cinnamon sticks- 2
  • fresh rosemary sprigs- 4
  • STAPLES
  • poultry seasoning (like Lawry’s perfect blend), or a combination of salt, pepper, paprika and thyme
  • butter- 2 tbspns (to sauté chicken)
  • milk- 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Remove and discard neck from chicken then rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season chicken generously with poultry seasoning.
  3. Melt butter over medium-high heat in Dutch oven or large skillet that can be transferred to oven.
  4. Saute chicken in butter breast side up first for 20 minutes until brown, then turn over with breast side down
  5. Add milk, zest from both lemons, juice from one lemon, cinnamon sticks and rosemary.
  6. Heat oven to 325⁰.
  7. Cover chicken with oven-safe lid or aluminum foil and transfer to oven to cook for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until internal thermometer reaches 160⁰.
  9. Serve chicken carved with sauce from pan spooned over the top.
http://tonispilsbury.com/lemon-braised-chicken/

Reincarnate The Leftover

Don’t throw out leftover roasted chicken!  Instead, reincarnate it into something fabulous like Lemon-Basil Chicken Bake:

Lemon Basil Chicken Bake Recipe

 

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red

I had been wanting the Le Creuset cookware set for some time but had always let the price deter me from purchasing.  Then I realized that buying these beautiful pots was well worth the investment.  Made in France, each pot is cast iron and enamel coated, so no worrying about chemicals leaking into your food.

I love the way my food cooks in them, especially my French Oven.  The cast iron heats up and keeps a steady temperature to cook the food and is perfect for stews and braising.

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red, on sale $299.95

 

 

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Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Avocado & Brown Rice Pasta

Shopping at Trader Joe’s over the weekend, I picked up a container of beautiful heirloom tomatoes. I admired the array of colors these tomatoes covered- red, yellow, purple and green- and wondered what I could make with them.

After grabbing some fresh avocados and a pound of brown rice pasta, I headed home to try out this simple recipe.

Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Avocado & Brown Rice Pasta

Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Avocado & Brown Rice Pasta

Ingredients

  • colorful heirloom cherry tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • avocados- 2 ripe, diced into chunks
  • brown rice pasta- 1 pound
  • garlic- 2 cloves, minced
  • olive oil- 1/2 cup
  • lemon juice- 1 tablespoon (or juice squeezed from 1/4 lemon)
  • salt

Instructions

  1. heat oven to Broil
  2. bring salted water to boil in large pasta pan
  3. place tomato slices on baking sheet
  4. drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and dust with salt
  5. roast tomatoes in oven until they begin to char, approximately 7 minutes
  6. once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until tender
  7. once pasta is tender, drain and rinse under cool water (I only rinse pasta when making a cold salad or if it's brown rice)
  8. heat olive oil in large heated saute pan
  9. add pasta, tomatoes (with drippings), garlic and avocado to saute until pasta is just warm, only about 2 minutes
  10. transfer to serving bowl
http://tonispilsbury.com/roasted-heirloom-tomatoes-with-avocado-brown-rice-pasta/

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Another Fall Favorite Vegetable

Brussels Sprouts are one my favorite Fall Vegetables, and not just because they create beautiful food photography.  Brussels Sprouts are so easy to prepare with no peeling or dicing required.

I simply slice each one in half, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt & pepper.  After roasting for about 10-15 minutes until crispy brown, they make a perfect side dish.

But to be honest, I eat them as a snack…. they’re so crunchy and delicious.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are yummy!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt & pepper

Brussels Sprouts

in oven to broil for about 10-15 minutes

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Crunchy and Delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • fresh Brussels Sprouts- 1 lb
  • olive oil- 3 tablespoons (about)
  • salt & pepper- to taste (or, use McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning for an extra "kick")

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. slice sprouts in half and place in mixing bowl
  3. drizzle with olive oil
  4. season with salt & pepper (or Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  5. toss
  6. transfer to baking sheet
  7. cook until crunchy brown, approximately 30 minutes
http://tonispilsbury.com/roasted-brussels-sprouts/

 

The Perfect Holiday Side Dish Recipe

Brussells Sprouts recipe

Roasted Brussells Sprouts

 

 

As a side dish in this week’s meal plan from The Organized Cook, Roasted Brussels Sprouts are perfect paired with Chicken with Wild Rice.

Chicken with Wild Rice and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Candy Apple Pork Chops

If you have leftover Skittles from Halloween, this is the perfect recipe for you.  Made with a sauce of red Skittles reduction, this is one “spooktacular” recipe!

Candy Apple Pork Chops with Easy Rice Pilaf

Candy Apple Pork Chops with Easy Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

  • boneless pork loin chops- 2 lbs
  • white wine *optional like Riesling or Chardonnay- ½ cup
  • apple cider- 1 cup
  • condensed chicken stock- 1 tub mixed with 1 cup water or 1 can chicken broth
  • Red skittles from 2 bags
  • granny smith apple- 1 cored and sliced thin
  • red delicious apple- 1 cored and sliced thin
  • For Rice:
  • long grain rice- 1 cup
  • slivered almonds- 2 oz.
  • STAPLES:
  • butter- 3 tablespoons
  • Olive oil- 3 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar- 3 tablespoons
  • Corn starch- 1 tablespoon dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • STAPLES for Rice Pilaf:
  • olive oil- 3 tablespoons
  • garlic salt- 1 tablespoon
  • dried parsley- 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté pork chops until brown on both sides; remove to paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Deglaze pan with chicken broth and wine (optional) scrapping up any bits at the bottom of pan.
  3. Add apple cider, brown sugar and corn starch water, then bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to low.
  5. Return pork chops to sauce and let simmer until pork chops are tender and cooked through, approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pork chops to serving platter.
  7. Add red Skittles and dissolve in sauce, approximately 2 minutes.
  8. Add apples to sauce and simmer until tender and slightly caramelized, approximately 4 minutes.
  9. Spoon apple and sauce over pork chops and serve any extra sauce in a gravy boat or bowl.
  10. Rice:
  11. Bring rice and 2 cups of water to boil
  12. Once boiling, cover rice and reduce heat to low to simmer until all water is absorbed.
  13. Once water is absorbed, add olive oil, garlic salt, parsley and almonds and mix well.
http://tonispilsbury.com/candy-apple-pork-chops-2/

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