Monday, December 23, 2013

Weeknight Dinner: Greek Marinated Chicken

I know I spend too much time on the computer.  Right now, I'm sitting on the couch, feet up, TV on, blogging.  It's not really multitasking, seeing as I don't really care who wins the football game that's on in the background.  But still.  When I watch TV, I also have a lap top in my lap.
One of the good things about all this computer time is the amount of time that I spend perusing recipes.  There are so many interesting things to look at.
As I've said in the past, one of my favourite places to look for recipes is Pinterest, which almost invariably leads me back to one of my favourite food blogs, BudgetBytes.  Once again, Beth's recipe proved to be easy, filling and darn tasty.  I have marinated in yogurt before, but it always seems like a revelation when I do so.
This meal was nicely economical because I went to the store and there was an in-store special of packages of 8 drumsticks for $5.  I know! That's 2 meals around here. 
What I would say is that you need to use chicken pieces with the skin still on.  It holds the marinade and crisps nicely.  But beyond that, this is all up to you.
I present to you now Budget Bytes' Greek Marinated Chicken:

Sunday, December 22, 2013


I just made a list of the recipes I haven't blogged this year.  There are 9.
That means if I post one per day for the rest of the year, and don't make anything else, we're all good.  But that's not going to happen.  I mean, it will be close, but there are some other things I want to do too.
So, over the next week or so, expect at least a post a day.  Perhaps more...seeing as I'd like to post this year's Christmas dessert in all it's glory too.
Here's what to look forward to over the next little bit:
  1. 45 Minute Dinner Rolls
  2. Bolognese Sauce
  3. Stuffed Crown Roast and Gravy
  4. Chicken Taco Bowl
  5. Taco Filling
  6. Greek Marinated Chicken
  7. Bean Burritos
  8. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  9. Chili Rubbed Steak Salad with Goat Cheese

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Cream Sauce

One of the restaurants that I enjoy in Toronto is called Il Fornello.  They have lovely wood-fired ovens for pizza, and it was the first place that I ate a dish like this one.  Il Fornello's has toasted pine nuts and chopped plum tomato.  They are a nice addition, but this was good too.
This recipe said in Everyday Food that it took 30 minutes.  I agree.  It doesn't take long.  Fast and yummy.  That's what we're about here on weeknights.
I present to you now from the September 2005 issue of Everyday Food, Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Cream Sauce:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cold Weather Meal: Chili Tortellini

I seem to spend a lot of time on the computer.  Most nights, I sit on the couch, watching TV, with the laptop in my lap.  Mainly I play Candy Crush and browse Pinterest.
For the most part, I look at food on Pinterest.  I have about 250 pins of things that I think look delicious and makeable.  This is one of those pins.
I want to say that I got this from jesser, but I'm not really sure.  I mentioned it to J, and he thought I needed to make this sooner rather than later.  With packages of tortellini in the freezer, why not.
I present to you now Picky Palate's Chili Tortellini:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Magazine Challenge: December

It's amazing in some ways that I've managed to make as many recipes as I have from Everyday Food.  It's going to be interesting during the Retrospective at the end of this month to see what I've made, what I've liked, and what I'll never make again.  I'm also interested to know exactly how many magazine recipes I've made.  I know it's not 6 per month, but I'd like to know.
I'm currently toying if I want to continue into 2006 next year.  There have been some winners in what I've made.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.
December is full of rich food, and things to freeze for later.  I've tried to strike a balance of the two, and not too many desserts.  There's also the challenge of puff pastry, something I've always wanted to try making.  Cream puffs give that chance.  Here's what I'd like to make from the 2005 issue of Everyday Food:
  1. Chili-rubbed Steak and Salad
  2. Salmon Cakes with Lemon Herb Sauce
  3. Pastitsio
  4. Cream Puffs with Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce
  5. Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots
  6. Mini Cherry-Pecan Streusel Loaves
  7. Black Bottom Coconut Bars
  8. Mulled Wine
Quite the list.  We obviously need to have people in.  Let's see what happens.