Cooking my way to happiness with Rachael Ray

Monday- my thoughts on quick rosemary chicken & potatoes

My 13-year-old son Tyler rushes in the door after school and quickly runs to open all the doors and windows. I don’t know why teenagers don’t appreciate a good balsamic reduction, which is basically a sauce of aged balsamic vinegar & brown sugar.  It does have a strong smell while cooking but in the end…worth it.  Tonight’s dinner was called “Quick Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes”.  It was easy to make, however, not quick.  Prep was quick, cooking not.  Rachel used a big cast-iron skillet to brown her chicken in.  I don’t have a cast-iron skillet so made the compromise of using a stainless steel one.  After all isn’t life just all a series of compromises, and it worked just as well. The recipe did call for 8 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled.  Does that mean peel it and just use a garlic press?

After all was said and done….dinner was served about 6:45, a little late.  The compromise there is to make the kids take their showers during the extra cooking time so that bed time is not compromised! 

What I learned today:  Never ever ever opt to just use dried herbs.  There is nothing better than the smell of fresh rosemary.  I highly suggest buying the living herbs that you can just keep in water in your window sill.  They last forever and make your kitchen smell good, not to mention fresh basil keeps those little bugs away that always seem to eventually be flying around your bananas. And a glass of wine is life changing when it comes to helping clean the pan you browned your chicken in.  Just remove the chicken, add wine to the pan and scrape up the drippings; amazing I didn’t learn this before.  There is always an ingredient that I have to google.  Today’s….giardiniera.  Basically it’s an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil, also referred to as Hot G.  Thank you Wikipedia. You could serve the chicken with the giardiniera or the balsamic drizzle, I think you know which one I went with.


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  1. * Amy says:

    Way to go Tracy Kay!! Love the new blog. Now I can just check the blog daily to see what was for dinner. It sounds like it was yummy – especially the balsamic glaze!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago
  2. * Tiffany Kopp says:

    Now this looks good!!!!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago

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