"Anyone can have one kid. But going from one kid to two is like going from owning a dog to running a zoo." - P. J. O'Rourke

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Good Food

I made a new recipe for dinner tonight.

In highly unusual fashion, ALL of the kids liked it AND Chris approved of it, too.  Since this rarely happens, I thought I had better share the recipe with you all, so you, too, can wow and please your children and husband.  Not only is it tasty, it was quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients.  What more could you ask for?

Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce (From Cooking Light, September 2012)
**I think it was the beer that made Chris like it!

2 teaspoons canola oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons thinly sliced shallots
1/2 cup beer
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.  Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and salt.  Add chicken to pan; saut√© 6 minutes on each side or until done.  Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.  Add shallots to pan; cook 1 minute or until translucent.  Combine beer and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.  Add beer mixture to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup.  Return chicken to pan; turn to coat with sauce.  Sprinkle evenly with parsley.

As long as I'm on a recipe kick, let me pass on this really nummy dessert to you as well!  This one came from my dear friend, Erica!

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Apple Cake
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

 Brown Sugar Glaze: 
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon heavy cream

 For the cake: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch pan (round or square) and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together. In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it's still hot, prepare the glaze.

 For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.


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