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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SHOW AND TELL: inspiration in the kitchen

As I've said before, I like to cook and I rarely cook from recipes. Today, I had actually planned ahead (ok, get over the shock y'all) and had the chicken for dinner thawed out early early in the day. I was getting tired of baked chicken or even chicken marinated and then baled. I wanted to make something different. I pulled out a cookbook and found a recipe...but it looked a little boring to me. So, I started pulling things out...

and, I turned 4lb of chicken thighs, 3 qts of water, 6 sm to med potatoes, an onion, two cans of mushroom, 2 cans of tomato paste, a little salt, 2 packets of Sazon, black pepper, garlic powder, 4 bay leaves, oregano, 2 cups of frozen green beans, and two cups of frozen corn into this...
The sauce thickened quite a bit as it cooked and I believe it will be excellent over rice.

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17 comments:

Cara said...

You brave girl!! You KNOW I am a recipe sticker but your sauce looks awesome!

and...btw...I'm totally freakin out that HP is only a day away!!! Although, I don't plan to go for a little while cause I want to enjoy the movie, not be crowded by masses and masses of potentially hooded people!

Flying Monkeys said...

It looks delicious!

areyoukiddingme said...

I gotta have my recipes - but I so admire you talented people who can create something delicious out of thin air!

Suzy said...

that looks much better than my toaster oven "grilled/toasted" cheese sandwich I had for dinner!

Another Dreamer said...

I second Cara, you are brave! I am always afraid of tweaking recipes I find... I mean, I try to, but it usually doesn't work out for me.

Kudos.

Lucky Jones said...

I love cooking!! That looks yummy :) try this one: coat chicken breasts with orange juice then bread with Panko bread crumbs and orange zest. Pour remaining orange juice (about 1/2 cup) over breasts in a pan and bake. You can also add a kick by adding a teeny bit of chili powder to the bread crumbs. Delish!!!

kate said...

Yum. Looks deelish! Most of my favorite meals start out as "Oh, crap. Looks like I don't have the right ingredients for 'blah-blah-recipe'. I guess I'll just make something up!" My latest is a recipe I'm posting soon for a Thai-style shrimp scampi (missing certain ingredients, had extra of others on hand for a different recipe that didn't work out, so Boom! A new version of shrimp scampi!).

Jen said...

I never follow recipes much either. Regretted it last night when the rice crispy treats came out too crispy lol. Looks good though

Rahman,Ahchong,Muniandy said...

hehehe.u very very cute.good recepies.cool n colourful.tq

Meari said...

I usually like to try a recipe so I know what it's should taste like, then change it to make it my own version. So? Was it good over rice??

Sheliza said...

girl Sazon is the best!!!

Sandy said...

Oh, my god this looks so good it's making my mouth water.

sassy said...

Mmmn!! That looks wonderful!!

Katie said...

Ohhh look at you go! Sounds divine although the hubs would totally not eat it:)

Beautiful Mess said...

Yummy! I want some!

Lorza said...

mmm..that sounds really really good. I think you ROCK. I have to always follow a recipe. I lack that gene that can "know" what tastes good.

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cowboyboot lady said...

I don't eat chicken...but that does look yummy!!! I'm getting hungry...