Thursday, October 16, 2014

Must Make: Chicken Breast with Couscous & Kale


This dish right here made its way alongside some of my favorite recipes, upon making it for the very first time. I knew it was a good one when the boyfriend mentioned it as a new favorite of his, too.

It's a one-pot meal, which is so perfect after a busy day. (And it's not even a crackpot meal!) I'd never made Couscous before, but after this, I surely will be integrating it more and more into my dinner recipes. It's a really pretty presentation, which only really matters when it tastes as good as it looks--and since it did, it's a total win/win.

Chicken Breast with Couscous and Kale

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2  large chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds) 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups very thinly sliced kale
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Instructions:

Combine thyme, cumin and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with half of the spice mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet (I used a cast-iron), over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan; cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to 
soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in couscous and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until the couscous is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add kale and the remaining spice mixture; cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in broth and any accumulated juice from the chicken, then nestle the chicken into the couscous. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the couscous is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Houston, Texas II.


Well, I didn't manage to wake up as early as I mentioned in this post (I actually snoozed for an hour and 15 minutes- which I never do!); however, I did walk to and from the work convention instead of taking a shuttle. It was 10ish blocks from my hotel, which allowed for just a little peak of downtown Houston. I popped quickly into one building that had an art installation, and then took a stroll around Discovery Green Park on the walk back. The best part was probably the end of the night, where I went to a restaurant called Sambuca that had live music, and I tried escargot for the first time! I'm actually surprised I did. I got a lot of "ewwwwwws!" when I mentioned that to friends--but it was smothered in cheese and some kind of fluff, and to be honest it tasted like bacon. Can you ever go wrong with anything that tastes like bacon? 


And that concludes my little work jaunt to Houston. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Houston, Texas.

It's the beginning of what will be a whirlwind week, traveling to both Texas and Massachusetts. I'm spending a few days in Houston for a work convention, and while it's always fun to explore a new place, my daily work schedule doesn't really allow for much sight-seeing. I was able to take a little walk through downtown--and I really mean a little walk--but I'll take what I can get while I'm here. (Including the best gumbo ever last night for dinner.) I'm hoping I can wake up early tomorrow and get a few more sights in...but I'm also hoping I feel like waking up early to do so. There's a good coffee place in my hotel, and so many exhibiting booths at the conference I'm attending are serving coffee, so I'm sure I can combat the exhaustion should I wake up tired. Or at least mask the exhaustion for a while...

^^Lots of stars for the Lone Star State.^^
^^Ending my day with fries and tortilla soup.^^
(Told you it wasn't much of a walk.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

That face you make when ________


I'm having a stressful day. It will be funny when I'm home-but right now it's just stressful. And pretty annoying. But this photo of Ziggy helps a bit, and actually seems quite fitting, because it's surely the same face I've made like 20 times today. I need to figure out how to create a meme, because I can see this photo on Instagram or Twitter with all sorts of funny captions. My current ones are as follows:

"That face you make when your customers are asking the same questions you've answered 10 times already."

"That face you make when you're asked the same question a 12th time."

"That face you make when you realize you need to go grocery shopping after a late and exhausting work day."

Anyone up for adding on?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

For the boring folks, like myself...


Here is the (huge) turkey taco salad that I made myself last night. I prefaced this blog with "boring" not because I think so; but rather everyone who likes flavor in their food may think so.

I don't like tomatoes. I know, it's weird, and that means I'm not a pizza or pasta lover which is even more weird, but it is what it is. So when I cook, I usually make two versions of things: non-boring for the boyfriend, and boring for myself. This taco salad is really easy to customize, so to throw in some tomatoes, avocado and salsa for the bf is pretty easy. I just keep it simple with the lettuce base, and throw the turkey (sauteed with onion), beans and cheese on top. (And I did make my own tortilla chips, to jazz it up just a bit. Ha.)

Here's a fun fact: I never liked cheese or beans, so it's even weird that I'm eating that, when I think of it. I used to go to Taco Bell with my dad, and I would order crunchy tacos with only lettuce. And one time, they gave me my tacos with literally only lettuce--no meat--and my dad had to go in and tell them a taco would not be a taco without meat. So, at least I'm not as bad as I used to be.