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Fancy.

Not only has the song of this same name been stuck in our heads all summer (causing hours of singing the song around the apartment), but it is how I feel about tonight’s dinner. Although J wasn’t here to enjoy it with me (he gets the leftovers tomorrow), I felt very fancy cooking and eating this delicious concoction.

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Fancy Food for this Most Regular of Tuesdays? Strawberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken over Lemon Arugula Risotto.

Fancy.

 

You’ll Need:

For Lemon Risotto:

*1 cup of arborio rice

*1/2 cup dry white wine

*zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

*handful of arugula (didn’t measure, just threw it in)

*salt to taste

*2 cups  chicken stock

*2 cups water

*1 onion, finely diced

*2 cloves garlic, finely minced

*olive oil

For Chicken:

*2 lbs chicken (this ended up being about 3 chicken breasts, as I used a little under 2 lbs.)

*1/3 cup strawberry jam

*1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

*1/2 cup water

*2 scallions, finely chopped

*poultry seasoning

*handful of fresh basil (I used 5 or 6 leaves from my delicious Greek basil plant), julienned

*salt and pepper

*olive oil

 

Directions:

1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning on both sides. Heat oil in large skillet, and drop chicken in when ready. Cook 5 minutes per side, browning the chicken on both sides.

2. Whisk strawberry jam, basil, balsamic, and water; pour over chicken and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, just to thicken the glaze. Flip chicken to make sure both sides get glaze.

3. Add scallions in at last minute. You can slice the chicken before serving or serve whole (I left mine whole).

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PAUSE.

Now, I attempted to make these two items at once. I started with the chicken because risotto needs your attention. I repeat,RISOTTO NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION. Look away and it can scorch. And that would make sad risotto.

Back to Cooking!

4. Heat chicken stock and water in a saucepan. In a large pot, saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Once softened, toss in rice and lemon zest, toasting the rice and letting it absorb the fat in the olive oil.

5. Pour in the lemon juice and wine and let the liquid evaporate. Once evaporated, add one ladle of cooking liquid until the risotto is cooked and smooth. As already stated, keep stirring and pay attention. Also, if you don’t use all of the cooking liquid, that is fine- cook it until it is done! You don’t want to turn your risotto into soup- too far! Season if necessary (depends on how salty your chicken stock is).

6. Once cooked, add arugula and stir until wilted. Serve right away!

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*Sorry for the poor picture quality. The pot was very steamy!

I hope you enjoy your fancy meal when you make this too.

-L (&J and Bingley).

 

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Cake.

Ummm. I made this.

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Homemade Raspberry Sauce and Whipped Cream/Raspberry garnish

What you’ll need:

*1 pint of fresh red raspberries

*1 box of devil’s food chocolate cake

*vegetable oil (1/3 cup?)

*3 eggs

*water

*vodka (eye-balled it)

*cornstarch (1/4 tsp.)

*2 tablespoons sugar

*juice of 1/2 a lemon

*1 tub of reduced fat whipped cream

 

1. Make the cake as directed with eggs, oil, water and dry ingredients. Bake as directed as well.

2. While this is baking, make the raspberry sauce: Pour all but 8 of the raspberries into a saucepan with cornstarch, vodka, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook on low until raspberries have fallen apart and is thick. Let this sit for about 15 minutes to really thicken.

3. Even cakes out after they have cooled. Put one layer down on cake plate, and then top with 3/4 of the raspberry sauce. Make sure it is spread evenly. Then top with the other cake.

4. Spread the rest of the raspberry mixture on top of the cake (toward the center in a circle).

5. Next, I put all of the whipped cream into a plastic zip-top bag, cut the corner off one end, and piped the whipped cream onto the cake. I also used a butter knife to smooth it out. Lastly, I placed the 8 raspberries around the top to make the 8 pieces in the cake.

6. This step isn’t necessary (but it was for me as my kitchen was about 90000000 degrees), however you can put the cake in the fridge to let it set before serving. I let is sit for about 10 minutes before serving it.

 

YUM.

 

-L (&J and Bingley)

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We Planted a Garden.

PLANTS!

We have been wishing and hoping for a garden since we moved in together (remember our first attempt at plants? Poor parsley…)

We have successfully planted a garden! Now that we have some outdoor space, and the approval of our leasing office staff, we have planted flowers and herbs.

 

 

 

 

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Hydrangeas- always remind us of our honeymoon to Nantucket, as well as our favorite vacation spot of Chautauqua, NY 🙂

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Purple petunia and some fuzzy purple martian plant. We don’t remember what they are called. So we have renamed it “fuzzy purple martian plant.”

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Pink begonias!

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Our herb box (minus the cilantro awaiting its own herb receptacle). Planted in alphabetical order, due to my crazy organizational needs: basil, Greek; basil, sweet; dill; mint; and parsley, flat. This photo upgraded to hipster status by J’s bike.

We have been making so many great food dishes with all of our herbs the past two weeks! Omelets with fresh parsley, dill and Greek basil, and looking forward to fresh mint in our sun tea.

One of our favorite dishes from the week? Coq au Vin. I can never pronounce this correctly, so we call it “Fancy French Chicken and Wine Stew.”

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MMMmmmm.

In a Crockpot, layer:

1. Diced onion (I think I used 2)

2. Pint of button mushrooms, sliced

3. Diced crispy bacon (I used about 6 slices…totally used turkey bacon, no judgment)

4. 3 boneless chicken breasts, whole

5. About a box of chicken stock (low sodium)

6. Some red wine. Don’t even know how much I put in…just kinda poured it all over. And drank some. Also not sure of the quantity I consumed there.

7. A little S&P.

*Cook on low for about 8 hours. It will make your house/apartment/yurt smell amazing. We served it over egg noodles. I added some fresh parsley at the end, but forgot to take a picture of that…just know that it was delicious.

Now that summer has begun for me, hoping to get back into this blogging thing more often. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post: chicken arugula hummus tarts.

-L (& J and Bingley)

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We Made Art

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Want to do something fun?

Grab some wine and canvas and put a tarp over your kitchen table.

Then paint some stuff.

And drink some wine.

We found it to be very relaxing.

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ART PARTY. WOOOOO

J+L

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FALL…

…is here.

We have been waiting for fall…cool weather, decorations, all things pumpkin and apple cider related. Yum.

To welcome the season that shall arrive quickly, we made a wreath on our door this afternoon.

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How we made this:

*one foam wreath

*roll of burlap (ours was about 3 in. wide)

*bunch of fake flowers (whatever you like- we liked the size and color of these)

*a wooden letter (and perhaps some paint, if you like the chevron look we made)

*wide ribbon (again, whatever you like- we chose orange wire ribbon with gold polka dots and and brown/white patterned ribbon)

….we also made some warm, hearty foods. Well, food…but made in TWO ways.

FOOD(s) 1:

Ratatouille over Baked Potatoes

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You will need:

*2 baby eggplant

*2 baby zucchini

*a red and a yellow bell pepper

*2 onions

*can of diced tomatoes

*2-3 stalks celery

*olive oil

*salt and pepper

*oregano, parsley and basil

*potatoes (baked in the oven)

1. Chop all the vegetables into about the same size pieces (diced-ish)

2. Drizzle olive oil into crock pot.

3. Dump in everything else, with an extra drizzle of olive oil.

4. Go to the farmers’ market for 5 hours while this cooks on high.

5. Serve over baked potato (we paired a lovely red wine with this for lunch).

FOOD(s) 2:

Roasted Vegetable Soup

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You’ll Need:

*leftover ratatouille (no potatoes necessary)

*chicken stock (1 cup)

*provolone cheese (or whatever type you may want on top)

1. Purée ingredients 1 and 2 in a blender.

2. Heat in pan.

3. Serve with cheese on top.

We enjoyed both of these this weekend, and they were each great in their own way!

 

-j and l

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