Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream

Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream

I came across this recipe on Epicurious while looking for an easy and quick chicken dinner.  This was tasty and very easy to put together.  The only thing I would do differently the next time I make this is dredge the chicken in some flour before putting it into the pan.  I didn’t have basil, as the recipe called for and used whatever I had in the fridge.  The mix of parsley, mint and tarragon paired nicely with the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.  If you’re looking for an easy chicken dinner, look no further!

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Lemon Mascarpone Coffee Cake

Lemon Mascarpone Coffee Cake

Last week, I got bitten by a spider.  I don’t even know how it happened.  A section of my arm swelled up like a silver dollar.  It was nasty! It itched and throbbed all at the same time.  I had to constantly wash the punctured area before applying my ointment.  It was just unpleasant.  The swelling finally went down a couple of days ago but there’s a bruise-like discoloration.  Eeeeeew! That was my excitement for last week.

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Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Chicken and Black Bean Chili

In my last post, I mentioned a chili we had with our cornbread.  Well, here it is! 🙂

I love this chili! It’s a nice switch up from your beef chili.  I always like to include sausages or ham steak (plus bone for flavor) in my pot of chili.  I find it gives it texture than just plain old ground meat.  Leftovers are fabulous in nachos or chili macs.  I used mine for nachos.  Sorry! Didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  Chris got too hungry and couldn’t wait. 😉

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Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

I generally prefer to bake from scratch.  But on those days when you don’t have the time to be bothered with measuring, these baking mixes sure come in handy! I love Trader Joe’s baking mixes.  They never have those hydrogenated soybean oil or any preservatives in their mixes.  With this particular baking mix, they also have corn kernels, which is nice because it actually gave the cornbread more texture and flavor.

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Tomato and Avocado Salad

Tomato and Avocado Salad

For a really long time, I always thought salads consisted of some sort of leafy vegetables.  I recently discovered that it can be whatever vegetable your heart desires.  This is why I’m posting more salad recipes than before.  I love tomatoes.  I can eat them in just about anything.  I came across this recipe and thought tomatoes and avocados sound like a really tasty combination for a salad.

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Banana Chocolate Cinnamon Snack Cake

Banana Chocolate Cinnamon Snack Cake

I came across Laurie’s recipe for a Banana Snack Cake over at A Taste of Morning.  I knew I wanted to make this cake the second I had overly brown bananas.  I’m always looking for new ways to bake with bananas and I have to say, I think this maybe a new favorite!

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Fig Prosciutto and Arugula Flatbread Pizza

Fig Prosciutto and Arugula Flatbread Pizza

We had an uneventful weekend.  It was scorching hot both Saturday and Sunday, and I wanted to limit my time in the kitchen as much as possible.  One of the meals was a quick pizza I put together.  Everything was basically ready to eat.  All I did was melt the cheese and warm up the bread.  Aren’t flatbreads wonderful? They make for a really quick meal.  Yes, I had the oven on on a scorching hot day, but it was for a short amount of time and totally worth it.

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Fusilli with Wild Mushrooms and Bacon

Fusilli with Wild Mushrooms and Bacon

I love weeks where there is a holiday.  It makes the week go by either fast or extremely slow.  This week is going by quickly! When I used to have a 9-5 job, those weeks are the toughest, as they dragged on and it took the weekends forever to arrive.  Now that I’m a homemaker/food blogger, every day goes by fast!

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Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

I hope everyone is having a lovely long weekend! We spent it barbecuing with family, some cooking/baking and fighting off the ants and spiders! Ugh… one of the things I hate about home ownership is battling pests! Flies, spiders, ants, racoons, skunks —you name it! I’m relieved that I’m having my home fumigated on Tuesday.  Hopefully most of them will be gone by then.  Chris and I used to live in a condo so we didn’t encounter pest problems but we did have some noisy neighbors.  Either way, they’re both pests.  At least with these pest, they’re not loud and obnoxious, just creepy.

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