Monday, June 29, 2009

Mohambra Chicken Thighs

6 chicken thighs, with bone and skin
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
2 yellow onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped pecans, slightly roasted
6 ounces red bell peppers, roasted and skinned
6 ounces sundried tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:Sprinkle chicken with paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper; dust lightly with flour. In large skillet, place olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Reduce heat to medium; add wine, cover and simmer 15 minutes, turning chicken occasionally. Remove chicken to ovenproof casserole, cover and place in 300 degree F. oven to keep warm. To skillet, add onions, garlic and pecans. Sauté 5 minutes and remove to food processor. Add roasted red peppers, tomatoes, salt and process until almost smooth. Return chicken and any drippings from casserole to skillet; stir in onion mixture. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes.

I served it with fresh green beans with sauteed onions and garlic and diced tomatoes. The Mohambra sauce is really good with pita chips!

My 8 year old LOVED it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chicken Asparagus

I had fresh asparagus and chicken breasts... I didn't want to do a roll up thing, especially since breasts are prone to drying out... so here is what I did. It was super yummy!

3 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise, seasoned with salt and pepper and browned on both side in olive oil/butter
1 lb fresh asparagus (blanched for a few minutes til they were almost soft)
1 yellow onion, chopped and sauteed in butter until soft and starting to carmelize

In the bottom of a baking dish (I used my pampered chef covered stoneware baker), I put the asparagus, then the chicken breasts and then the onions. On top of that I put a mixture of:

1 can of cream of chicken soup with herbs
1/2 cup light mayonaise
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (I get the stuff in the deli section... noth that powdered stuff with the regular cheese. Get GOOD parmesan!)

I covered it and baked it for 25 minutes, then uncovered it and sprinkled about a cup of grated swiss cheese over the top and put it back in the oven until the cheese was all melted and gooey. Served it over bowtie pasta.

My family ATE it up! Good stuff. We'll be doing that one again for sure!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A long wait

My friend Gail recently was married. For the very first time at 59 years old. She waited a really long time for Mr. Right. I envy her that. I wish I could have been that patient! The wedding was at an event center in Wimberley. It was so beautiful. They were married along the river bank. The reception was in on outdoor pavilion at sunset. Just absolutely gorgeous. And my favorite photographer in the world, Rick Breckenridge, took photographs. He lives in Austin and works for Channel 8. I don't get to see him nearly enough. I miss my friends who move on from Kerrville. Gail's been in Houston for years so I rarely see her either. So overall it was a wonderful evening. I spent time with two very wonderful friends and had my mom and daughter there. Oh... and did I mention there was free wine? What could be any better?

Me, Gail, Mom
Me, Gail and my mom

Me and Gail
Gail and I

Tammi and Rick again
My favorite photographer, Rick and I

Gail and I again
I just love Gail!