Champagne Chicken

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a special dinner in less than 30 minutes.

This champagne chicken is exactly that. In fact, we’ve enjoyed it twice already!

The chicken is pounded thin making it quick to cook.

In fact, the longest part of the cooking process is boiling water for the accompanying angel hair pasta. The lightly breaded and fried chicken is topped with a champagne mushroom sauce.

Yes, I said mushrooms! I actually quite enjoyed the mushrooms in this dish. (Same with the Marsala ravioli… maybe I’m coming around!)

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Champagne Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded to 1/4″ thickness
  • 1/4 C + 2 tbsp flour, divided use
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 C champagne
  • 3/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • cooked angel hair pasta, for serving

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. In a wide shallow bowl, combine 1/4 C flour, Parmesan, S+P.
  3. Season the pounded chicken with S+P. Dredge in the flour.
  4. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook chicken 3 minutes on each side. Place chicken in the preheated oven to keep warm.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the same skillet and sprinkle with the remaining flour. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the champagne, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce by half. Add in the heavy cream and red pepper flakes. Season to taste with S+P, and cook until thickened.
  6. Serve chicken over angel hair pasta and top with the champagne-mushroom sauce.
  7. Option to garnish with parsley or tarragon.

*This recipe is adapted from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/champagne-chicken/*

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Champagne Poached Pear Crepes

You’ll find a theme this week on the blog. A bubbly theme perfect for that lovebird holiday coming up next week.

Of course, I’m talking champagne and Valentine’s Day.

I’ll start with a recipe that’s borderline brunch and dessert. Crepes!

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Pears are poached in champagne for an elegant filling. That poaching liquid then becomes a stunning sauce for the delicate pancakes. For extra decadence, serve with vanilla ice cream!

If you’re particularly prepared, you can make the pears and accompanying champagne sauce ahead of time.

Champagne Poached Pear Crepes

Ingredients for pears:

  • 3 C champagne
  • 2 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 5 pears, peeled

Ingredients for crepes:

  • 1 1/3 C milk
  • 1 C flour
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. In a large pot, combine champagne, water, and sugar. Slice the vanilla bean in half, scrape out the seeds and put them in the pot along with the pod. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the pears. Cook 30-40 minutes, until the pears are fork tender. Remove the pears and set aside. Reduce the poaching liquid to 2 C worth. Remove the vanilla bean pod.
  2. Place the crepe ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Allow batter to reset 15 minutes.
  3. Pour 1/4 C batter into a small greased skillet. (I used non-stick cooking spray between each pancake) Swirl the pan around to create an even pancake. Once the pancake browns flip and cook another minute.
  4. To serve, slice the pears and arrange them in the center of the crepes. Fold the crepe over the fruit and top with the sauce. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

This recipe is adapted from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/champagne-pear-crepes/*

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#SundaySupper: Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

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It’s been two months (and a day) since I’ve posted with Sunday Supper and I’m so excited to be back! This weekend we’re sharing dinner ideas for two. It probably has something to do with Valentine’s Day coming up. Thank you, Candace of Authentically Candace, for hosting this event. Scroll past my recipe to see some other great ideas for your next date night.

Most of the recipes I make I make for two. With two boys under 3 it’s hard to include them in my serving size head count. While they’re always provided some of whatever I’ve made, they don’t often eat it. I swear, they live off of cheese and bread.

Pork tenderloins are always an easy dinner option. It’s a perfect protein for slow cookers or popping in the oven with zero babysitting required. Pork often pairs well with mashed potatoes and some sort of green vegetable, making the complete meal also easy enough to assemble.

This recipe uses red wine, making it a perfect date night dish. Dried plums (aka prunes) are reconstituted in red wine and then pureed to create a deep sauce for the pork. Fresh sage leaves were to be laid across the top of the tenderloin, but the two grocery stores I went to were sold out of the herb. I substituted by sprinkling some dried sage (not rubbed sage) onto the meat. Still delicious, just not as visually striking as I imagine the fresh sage leaves would have looked.

We served the pork with Brussels sprouts. Mashed potatoes would have been a nice addition, too.

Roast Pork Loin with Plum Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir wine
  • 3/4 C prunes
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 4 fresh sage leaves (or some dried sage)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Put wine, prunes, sugar, and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the prunes get soft. Transfer sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Season to taste with S+P. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. Season the pork with S+P. Arrange the sage leaves down the center of the tenderloin, or sprinkle with dried sage. If using fresh sage leaves, tie them in place with kitchen twine.
  3. Coat a cast iron skillet with the olive oil and heat over medium-high. Sear the pork on all sides. Place in the oven and cook 12-15 minutes, until an internal temperature of 145-160 degrees F is reached. Allow pork to rest 10 minutes before removing the twine (if using) and cutting in 1″ thick slices.
  4. Serve with plum sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen*

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Beet Pistachio Ravioli

It’s February and that means all things hearts and all things red and pink.

Now I am the first to defiantly declare that I hate pink. But as I mature my mind has opened up a bit to taking an interest in the girly color. I actually own three articles of clothing in the pink family!

But when it comes to pink foods, I’m all for it!

We’re talking beets. Again!

These pasta purses are simple to assemble and would definitely make for quite the showstopper at your Valentine’s dinner this month.

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Using wonton or egg roll wrappers makes homemade ravioli a less daunting task. To cook the beets, either roast them in the oven or boil them until tender.

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Beet Pistachio Ravioli

Ingredients:

  • 2 beets, peeled, chopped, and cooked until tender
  • 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 C parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C shelled pistachios
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 pkg (12 oz) wonton wrappers
  • water, for sealing the ravoili
  • melted butter, for serving
  • Meyer lemon olive oil, for serving
  • cooked pancetta or bacon, for serving (optional)
  • fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Place cooked beets, ricotta, parmesan, pistachios, mascarpone, S+P in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Place a small spoonful in the center of a wonton wrapper. Dip finger in a shallow bowl of water and trace the edge of the wrapper. Pinch wonton into a little purse. [see photos above] You can also simply fold the wonton wrapper into triangles.
  3. Cook assembled wontons in a pot of boiling salted water for approximately 4 minutes, until the wonton wrapper is clear and the ravioli float to the top.
  4. Serve ravioli warm with a drizzle of melted butter, Meyer lemon olive oil, S+P. Add some crispy pancetta or bacon for texture and fresh mint for freshness and greenery.

*This recipe is adapted from Erica at http://www.forkknifeandlove.com/easy-beet-pistachio-ravioli-with-lemon-butter-sauce/*

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Tuesday Tattles #20

Tuesday Tattles

 

When I was looking through my kids’ bookshelves to create the latest Tuesday Tattles favorite baby books list (toddler books still to come), I realized just how many books had to do with love!

I made a mental note to create another Tuesday Tattles post surrounded solely around these particular books.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching – this week is already the last full week of January! – I figured what better time than now to feature this list. So, if you have little ones in your lives who mean the world to you, grab a book and read to them.

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

The popular phrase “Love you to the moon and back” comes from this book written over 20 years ago. As a {former} Aerospace Engineer, I quite enjoy the quote. Guess How Much I Love You is a beautiful book that, personally, I think is wonderful for fathers to read to their children.

If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul

I mentioned this book in my bed time books list, but it’s applicable to today’s list, too. My favorite thing about reading this book is all the extra kisses and snuggles my Firecracker gives me! It’s a perfect way to end the day, particularly if that day happened to be a bit more challenging than others.

I Love You Through and Through by Burnadette Rossetti-Shustak

11949548_10103205307664611_5720887468623193194_nThis book has been a favorite ever since Firecracker’s first Valentine’s Day. My mom sent it in a package. I Love You Through and Through is a simple poem with adorable illustrations. It’s probably the first book I had memorized. The book has resurfaced as the “one more book” before lights are turned out each night.

I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker

I think my mom found this book, too. Quite similar to I Love You Through and Through, this book tells little ones that “any way you feel, no matter what you do, I love you because you’re you.” Illustrations of a cute fox cub and his mama depict the many emotions that little ones may feel.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

I don’t think there’s any book more classic than this one. I honestly kept this book off the shelf for as long as I could. As a mother of boys it’s such a gut-wrenching, tear-inducing story. To this day, I still remember the first time I read it aloud. I remember sitting in the rocking chair in Ohio with a 4 or 5 month old Firecracker in my lap. At that 4th to last page, when the mother calls her son, my voice cracked and the tears started rolling down my cheeks. I will read the book every single time one of my boys pulls it from the shelf. As they grow, I hope they’ll understand the unconditional love I have for them, no matter how crazy they make me. I do, however, promise never to climb through their windows when they’re adults living on their own!

 

 

Food Bloggers Recipe Swap: Shredded Beets with Citrus Vinaigrette

It’s my first time posting in the Food Bloggers Recipe Swap and I’m pretty excited.

I probably should have just waited until the new year to begin participating, but I was just too excited!

There’s been a lot going on here, as I’m sure in most people’s homes, the past two months. I’m now feeling the crunch to Christmas (and that is in no way a bad thing) and have been neglecting a lot of my blogging responsibilities, frantically scrambling to pull together a post the night before it’s due to go live.

I’ve been enjoying the bit of a break though, and have revived my cross stitch hobby. Christmas time always does that to me. I’ve also just begun a new friendship and have enjoyed getting out of the house and killing time at the mall talking to another adult human being during the day.

Somehow this week though, I’ve got to find time to pack for our holiday vacation, wrap the kid’s presents, send those Christmas cards, and order a few final gifts. My mother-in-law is coming into town tonight so I’m hoping I’ll be able to sneak in some of that holiday cheer while the kids are otherwise preoccupied. (hint hint, Tilly!)

What does any of that have to do with Food Bloggers Recipe Swap?

Well, nothing really. Except that by opting in for December, I committed myself to being assigned a blog, finding and recreating a recipe from that blog, and then sharing it with all of you, my dear readers. Much like the Secret Recipe Club which has sadly come to an end.

The main difference between this group and that is the posting leniency. As long as I get my post completed by the end of the month, life is peachy! I don’t think the assignments are a secret either, and should I choose, I could search through the assignment list and figure out who is digging through my recipe index, but I won’t spoil the surprise. 🙂

For my first month, I was assigned Love and Cilantro written by Danya. Danya grew up in Jamaica and now lives in Canada where she attends culinary school. I envy her bravery to switch up her life and live out her dreams. I often think about going to culinary school, maybe after the kids are in elementary school?

Danya’s blog is relatively new, just over a year old if my calculations are correct! With a shorter recipe selection than some blogs I’ve scoured you’d think my decision would be fairly simple. Think again! I’d narrowed it down to Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast (which will still probably happen), Asian Salad, and the Raw Beet Salad I ultimately picked. Oh wait! There’s this beautiful Greek Chicken she shared on Sunday, too, dang – too late!

I’m really happy with the Beet Salad, though. I mean, I love beets, so why wouldn’t I like this salad!? I don’t often work with beets raw and it was fun to do so. The vinaigrette the shredded beets are tossed in is perfectly balanced – the lemon mellows out the orange and the white balsamic is a fun new ingredient to my pantry. I didn’t have chives so very thinly sliced a scallion.

I think this salad would make a beautiful addition to your holiday table this month – the bright color and flavor would brighten your plate wonderfully!

Shredded Beets with Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch beets, peeled and shredded
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 C white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp agave (or honey)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 scallions, thinly sliced (or 4 chives)

Steps:

  1. Place shredded beets in a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the citrus, vinegar, oil, mustard, and agave. Season to taste with S+P. Toss beets with as much dressing as desired. Garnish with scallion/chives.

*This recipe is adapted from Danya at http://loveandcilantro.com/orange-beet-salad/*

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#SundaySupper: Root Vegetables

Every year in our marriage we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day by enjoying fondue. That’s what happens when you get two Fondue Makers! Sometimes I do a cheese, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes even both!

This year, our 5th married Valentine’s Day, was a little different. Our stay here in Ohio has been for schooling, my husband will earn his Masters degree at the end of the month. He successfully defended his thesis this week! This calendar year has been quite a stressful and busy one so far and I am quite ready to get my husband back. So, for Valentine’s Day this year I was reading Chapters 4 and 5 of his thesis, being a second set of eyes to check for content cohesion and grammatical quirks.

I woke up really early on Sunday, February 14th to go to the grocery store before the post-church crowds did their shopping to get everything I’d need for Caramelized Shallot Fondue and Champagne Poached Pears. I also found some Florida Strawberries! And then I got to the check out only to discover that they couldn’t sell me alcohol before noon.

We decided we’d go back to get the champagne later in the day but a snow storm derailed those plans. It was on to Plan B. No plan. The plan of, “What’s in the fridge?” Beets. Pine nuts. Crescent rolls. Pasta. Bacon.

An internet search yielded a Beet Pesto Pizza. We didn’t have any of the toppings but the pesto we could make and serve over pasta instead. (We did toss some bacon in our pasta, too!)

The result? A beautiful, deep pink pasta which turned out to be simply perfect for Valentine’s Day! My garnish of parsley makes this a great option for Christmas, too.

That long introduction leads us to the theme for today’s #SundaySupper hosted by Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, root vegetables. We contemplated adding some sweet potato to the pesto, but were too afraid of the color that might result. There are some great ideas for how to prepare a wide variety of root vegetables in today’s round-up, simply scroll past my photo to check them out!

Beet Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 large beet, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss beet and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Season with S+P. Place on a baking sheet and roast 20-30 minutes, or until tender. (Note: roasting time will depend on size of dice.)
  3. When slightly cooled, place in a food processor and pulse until fine. Add the pine nuts and olive oil and puree until smooth. Season to taste with S+P.
  4. Option: Serve on pasta with parmesan and parsley.

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