Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Let's face it ladies.
We need inspiration.
Dinner time rolls around and the same 20 ingredients stare you in the face in your kitchen.
I'm back in the kitchen again too.
Every night.
On my own, for the first time in over a year.
Here's a new one I tried tonight that I really liked. I altered it to be a sauce without heavy cream (substituting a roux with whole milk) and added chunks of pre-cooked chicken to it and served it over pasta. I liked the fresh taste of the mushrooms with the snow peas. I also added some frozen peas to the sauce for my little pea-in-the-pod Kate (her favorite vegetable).

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas
adapted from The Food Network Magazine, June/July 2009

4 chicken cutlets, patted dry, salted and peppered, lightly dredged in flour
2 Tbs. oil

1 Tb butter (I used olive oil)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (1/2 cup wine and water can be sub) 3/4 cup heavy cream ( I used whole milk)
2 cups snap peas, stemmed and cut in half lengthwise
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet on medium high heat. Sear the chicken breasts on each side until golden brown for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place on a plate.

Wipe out the skillet and add butter. Saute scallions and mushrooms over medium heat until mushrooms begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom of the pan to scrape the browned bits. Let boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add cream (milk) and stir to combine. Add snow peas (and peas), then top sauce with chicken breasts and cover, reducing heat to medium. Simmer until chicken is cooked through about 5-8 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.


Janelle Shank said...

i was just thinkin...shouldn't the title of your blog finally be Home Sweet HOME?! You've waited a LONG time to be able to say that! Just a thought... :) love you guys.

Joanne said...

James loves peas too, it is about the only veg he will eat, at least it is green!

Ruth said...

Haha...I am so glad you wrote this...I had totally forgotten to take the chicken out of the freezer and your post was a great reminder! :)

Joanne said...

So I made this for James (and us) thinking...he likes chicken...he loves peas..he sometimes likes pasta, so he will LOVE this! Um, no he threw it on the floor, 3 days in a row. Ah, he is bound to be that 30 year old man at a dinner party who can't have any of his food touching :)