I got a new toy!!!! I was at my brother's house this weekend with my grandmother and noticed that my sister-in-law was making paninis. I was very intrigued by this gadget and that's when she showed all the bells and whistles of this thing! You could take out the grill plates and replace them with flat plates...with this you could make an entire breakfast! Plus the paninis I could make with this thing are endless! So my grandmother insisted that she get one for me and herself. Look how pretty and shiny it is! Hypnotizing isn't it?
Well I have already made breakfast and several paninis! Today I decided to make a really easy chicken recipe on the panini grill! These chicken thighs were so simple, healthy and pretty...I forgot how good grill marks look!
Herb Chicken Thighs
3 Pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs-All Fat Removed 1/2 a Lemon, Juiced and Zested 1/4 Cup White Wine 2 Tablespoons Parsley 3 Garlic Cloves 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream Salt and Pepper
1. Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a blender or food processor until pureed. 2. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour in marinade. Let sit for a minimum of four hours. 3. Preheat your grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
Latin Inspired Quinoa
1 Cup Quinoa-Rinsed 2 Cups Water 1/2 Tomato, Chopped 1/2 Red Onion, Diced 2 Garlic Cloves 2 Tablespoons Cilantro, Chopped
1. Sweat onions and garlic until translucent in a bit of oil. 2. Add quinoa and coat with garlic and onions. 3. Pour in water and tomatoes and bring up to a boil. 4. Lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. 5. Add in cilantro and fluff with a fork.
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black