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In the oven…

I was really looking forward to this recipe. When I give you the ingredients you’ll know why, but it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Anyway, I’ve got about… ten minutes to do this, so let’s go.

I found this recipe when I went hunting for things to do with chicken. I found it on a site called If you’re looking through that massive amount of text to find the OR, ctrl +F for “garlic Chicken.” As usual, the recipe has a dumb name, so I re-christened it.

Lame (Duck) Chicken

And behold, the ingredient list, and the thing which got me so interested in this recpie. As always, the recipe is presented as I cooked it, and if you want the OR, go to the link above.


1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion diced
pepper to taste
juice of 2 lemons
2 large carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
3 chicken breast halves
10 – 20 garlic cloves, unpeeled and left whole (yes, it said “twenty to thirty”!)

The original recipe calls for 20 – 30 garlic cloves, but since I  had substantially less chicken, so I toned it down some. Even I can have too much garlic.

Darcy would like to contribute that putting whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled, on chicken, is wrong.


Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, carrots and celery, stirring
constantly, until they are soft.

With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a casserole dish or a clay pot.

Lay the chicken pieces on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle with pepper and
lemon juice.

Put the garlic around and on the chicken pieces.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil. This is essential, because the chicken must cook in its own juices. Cook in a preheated 350F oven for 30m. Do not uncover until ready to serve.



It was okay. Definitely edible, but, as I said, a disappointment. The carrots gave it a really sweet taste, and there was absolutely no garlic taste in there at all.

I don’t really understand the purpose of not peeling the garlic, as all the good stuff is inside there. If I do this again, I might press the garlic, as is my usual. Darcy, like I said above, says that the non-peeled garlic is wrong.

Added to a magic salad, this was my dinner tonight:


I gave myself a lot of the chicken because I really hadn’t eaten a lot else that day. Here’s the deal on that:

I usually take an apple with me for breakfast, but due to my upper lip  being kinda-chapped, I didn’t want to take the apple because it would just burn my lip. I decided to get a smoothie at Mollie’s later. Only to find that they were out of the strawberry mix stuff.


Then lunch continued the lame-ness. I went into Evans and didn’t see anything appetizing, and so I made another trip to Mollie’s to do my hot-sauce chicken spinach carrot salad thingy. But alas, the line was long and I had left my stuff out on the quad. So I grabbed the Soup of the day which was a VERY salty chicken noodle soup. Minus the chicken. I ate the broth and around the noodles, got hypertension, and just resolved to make myself nommy for dinner.

I ended up not eating the entire plate, which is fine. We all have our days.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a working weekend, but I’d like to take some time and get straight in my head what I want/need to do. Things that are already on the agenda (that aren’t working):

Tomorrow doing some sparring with Nicki to help her get ready for her belt test.

Saturday going to the TKD belt test to watch Anthony get his yellow belt and Nicki get her orange.


Feeling pretty good,



Easy Chicken Tomato Basil… kind of

I alluded the other night to a dish that was very nommy, but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.  Let’s explore this, shall we?

Easy Chicken Tomato Basil Adventure

One of the recipes I was most excited to try out from the hungry girl cook books was the Easy Chicken Tomato Basil. It only required:

1lb of chicken breast
1 can crushed tomatoes w/basil
1 1/2 cups sliced onion

When I was at the  grocery store, I figured I would just buy my own basil and put it in the dish.

One problem:

This is what we call "everything but basil"

My basil did NOT make it home from the store!

What was a girl to do?

I totally stood like this for five minutes…

Oh, I know!

Come on, you saw that coming...

Alright, I’m sure no one was surprised that I poured a shit ton of garlic powder into the dish, but I also thought it would be good to add some seasoned pepper also.

So I tossed in the browned onions and baked for 30 m:

Chicken and Basil... without the basil


Okay, I probably would have added the garlic even with the basil, BUT STILL. I should get credit for my ingenuity.

For those of you who were wondering, the wedding was lovely. They had some great food there, but I dined myself on two chicken breasts (I was hungry!) and some grapes. That had me fueled well enough for a night of dancing and revelry.

I am about to run out of this particular dish, which means I will have to cook another one. I think tomorrow I am going to try either the butternut squash fries or hashbrowns. We shall see…