Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mediterranean Chicken and Artichokes

From the cookbook we got from Mubba for Christmas, but slightly altered :

Make a rub from
4 parts Dried Thyme
4 parts Grated Lemon Peel
1 part Salt
1 part Pepper

Apply to some chicken Breasts, then brown them in olive oil and set aside.

Saute the following in the same pan:
2 Large Onions, Chopped
4-6 Garlic Cloves, Smashed

Once the onions have softened up, add in a couple of cans of artichoke hearts, quartered, and some sliced olives  (black and green), and a can of chicken broth.  Add the chicken breasts back in and simmer until, well, done.

Quite a flavorful dish. And very healthy. Go easy on the thyme and lemon though... I may have overdone it a bit.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chocolate Chip SourCream Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Premixed Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Middle Layer:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • I know, it's a cake, but use the creaming method (butter, sugar, then eggs/sourcream/vanilla, then premixed dry ingredients).  It comes out as a doughy batter that is difficult to spread, but make the sacrifice; the sugar/cinnamon/chocolate chip should go in the middle between two halves of the batter.  

  • Makes a good 'coffee cake', which roughly translated from our childhood is 'cake we can have for breakfast even though it isn't really any healthier than a regular cake'.  

  • Bake at 350 in a greased 13x9.  Good luck with the timing; it's supposed to be 25-30 minutes, but it took me more like 40.  Toothpick test or shake it a little and hope it doesn't fall.