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Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

This summer we have been so busy that my blog has been totally neglected on an embarrassing scale! It feels good to finally be “settled” again, with a routine, and have more time to be consistent with my cooking and posting! I think fall is one of my absolute most favorite seasons for cooking– but it can be quite “dangerous” as I love to make a lot of comfort food for the cold, gradually darkening nights! One of those “comfort classics” I was determined to master this autumn, was chicken and dumplings! I found a recipe by Tyler Florence that looked awesome– but I didn’t have the time to roast the chicken, and make the home-made stock from scratch. I had a crazy day of running around town, and after getting in the door at 5pm with a car full of groceries and hungry kids, this dinner was quick and simple enough to put together while putting groceries away! It was ready, with next to no effort, in under 30 minutes, and it tasted like I had been working on it for hours! Gotta love that!
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Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

This summer I didn’t Blog very many recipes– partly because we were just so busy, but also because I had a string of really bad luck, where few recipes I made were actually good enough to be posted. Then this week it all turned around, with a string of awesome recipes that have become some of my new all time favorites!
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Salmon with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Salmon with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Life has been pretty crazy this summer, and I have gotten WAY off track with the blogging! I wish I could say that things will slow down, and I will be posting as often as I used to– but the truth is, life is only going to get crazier from here on out, as we anticipate some big, exciting changes! But if there is one thing I have learned from taking a step back, and prioritizing my time, it’s that quality is always more important than quantity. So although I won’t be posting as MANY recipes, the ones I do post from here on out will be much better!!
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Fries

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Fries

I am the only one in my little family who likes asparagus, so I rarely cook it because I can’t get anyone to eat it! Then recently I found a recipe for parmesan fries on pinterest that seemed to “disguise” the asparagus enough that my kids wouldn’t know what they were eating, and delicious enough that my husband wouldn’t complain–so I made a couple of different versions with high hopes, both of which were horrible! The first, I thought i’d be clever and creative, and added some citrus–which was SO gross that it almost put me off asparagus {with the rest of my family}. Then the second was a classic, popular recipe–but I just couldn’t get the flour and egg and parmesan and panko to adhere to a smooth, shiny, thin asparagus spear, and it was a huge, frustrating MESS!

Then yesterday as I resolved to master attempt number 3 {the more something defeats me, the more determined I am to defeat IT!} I decided to wrap prosciutto around the asparagus first. Not only would this help the heavy mixture of flour and egg and cheese and panko actually STICK to the spear, but I knew my family would LOVE it if it involved bacon, {even in its slightly healthier form}. It worked like a charm! They were salty, and cheesy, and crispy and pretty heavenly! I served them alongside a couple of steaks, but they would be great dipped in a cheesy, creamy alfredo sauce too! Yum!
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Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

The other night was one of those nights where I just needed to pull together a fast, simple dinner–using whatever random ingredients I had on hand, because I hadn’t gone shopping in a while. I had some pineapple-apricot preserves to use, and remembered the delicious sauce I made for my brisket on St. Patty’s. A little while ago I stumbled on my favorite chicken recipe of all time! A carabba’s parmesan chicken–it’s juicy and tender, crisp and crunchy, a little cheesy, and perfectly seasoned; so I thought i’d play around with it, and add some almond slivers, to make an almond chicken recipe. To me, almonds and apricots are just a delicious, classic pairing. I always find it ironic that the meals I think long and hard about, and carefully plan for, sometimes turn out horrible, and the recipes I spontaneously pull-together on the spot turn out SO delicious!! I know the sauce sounds a little weird–pairing two things you would NEVER think would work together, but you’ll just have to trust me that these really do!! The almond chicken came out even better than the original–with a little added flavor and crunch, and the sweet, zing-y pineapple-apricot sauce on top, was perfect with it! {I’m using my favorite made up word again!} Maybe I should just let the pictures do the talking! I hope you guys love this recipe, because it’s one of my family’s new fave’s!

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