Artfully Artichoked Chicken

A few months ago, Hubs and I moved back into the city – the middle of the city to be precise. In addition to having the best Indian food this side of Delhi situated conveniently across the street, we’ve gained all the joys of urban living, from midnight sirens, to outdoor movies, drunk revelers walking home from the bar, fourth of July fireworks, and neighborhood kids running around the block. Amid all this noise, Hubs and I like to venture up, up, and up, again to the roof, where we can take sanctuary and enjoy a break from the world, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon nap and/or icy cocktail. Having taken abundant advantage of the grill weather, a recent rainy day brought me back inside to whip up a quick meal the old fashioned way.

Since we had this whole south-of-France vibe happening, thanks to Hubs’ penchant for Euro lounge music (don’t ask), I figured what better thing to take on than chicken cutlets with artichokes, mushrooms, and lemon. Light and delish.

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Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Olives and Raisins

For me, there are certain flavor combinations that just can’t lose. Like those numbers from LOST, they seem to be everywhere, in everything, and I just can’t escape them. Also like those numbers, they always conveniently seem to be the answer when I just can’t figure out what’s going on.

I abide by a few standard flavor profiles that can be applied to nearly anything. When I’m stuck on what to make, I can’t resist the magic combination of mixed olives, olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs that can elevate any protein or vegetable to rock star status. I especially love pulling in some Eastern Mediterranean spices like Turmeric, Coriander, and Paprika to bring some variety, but simple is great too.

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Adventures in Fish Town, Part II

First things first, an apology to my dedicated readers for this extended hiatus. I was super busy saving the world from assassination robots sent from the future (worked too much in February) solving some cold cases for the FBI (watched all of True Detective and House of Cards) and winning olympic medals (cried tears of joy for Charlie and Meryl). All of which resulted in my adventure in fish town, fun though it promised to be, becoming postponed. Continue reading Adventures in Fish Town, Part II

Sorta Carnitas

You’re tired, you’re hungry, you’re not leaving your house. Story of my life, I totally get it. No judgement. In the off chance that you have leftover pulled pork from a lunch bbq excursion or in my case, a slow-roasted tenderloin sitting around (as we all tend to do from time to time) have I got good news for you!  Continue reading Sorta Carnitas

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