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Creamy Artichoke Lemon Chicken Pasta

I think it’s quite apparent from the past few posts that we love lemon. It’s just a flavor that is so fresh and compliments just about everything nicely. With the weather in the low to mid 80s this time of year we are transitioning away from our comforting winter foods to fresher lighter fare. This meal encompasses all of those requirements and it’s fairly quick and simple to throw together.

Creamy Artichoke Lemon Chicken Pasta
12 ounces angel hair pasta
2 slices bacon
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved and pounded to ¼ inch thickness
¼ cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 teaspoons capers, drained
½ cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter, chilled
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat, cook through. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. In a bowl, stir together flour, salt, and pepper. Lightly coat chicken with flour mixture. Without crowding, carefully place chicken in the bacon grease. Fry until cooked through and golden brown on both sides. Remove the chicken to paper towels. Stir the mushrooms, artichokes, and capers into the pan; cook until the mushrooms are soft. Deglaze the pan with the wine. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and lemon juice, cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in the cream and the butter to the sauce, stirring until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips, and return them to the pan. Stir the pasta and bacon into the chicken mixture. Serve.

Source: So Tasty, So Yummy


March 10, 2011 at 8:16 am 1 comment

Scallops Provencal

Recently, I wound up with one pound of fresh scallops that needed to be cooked pretty quickly. With using the ingredients I had on hand I settled on this recipe. These scallops were divine. Not only were they the freshest scallops we’ve ever tasted, but they flavor was incredible. Lemon, butter and seafood are just meant to be paired together so it’s no surprise that this recipe was a winner.

Scallops Provencal

1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops
Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup chopped shallots (2 large)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, cut in 1/2

Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper, toss with flour, and shake off the excess.

In a very large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in 1 layer. Lower the heat to medium and allow the scallops to brown lightly on one side without moving them, then turn and brown lightly on the other side. This should take 3 to 4 minutes, total depending on the size of your scallops. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan with the scallops, then add the shallots, garlic, and parsley and saute for 2 more minutes, tossing the seasonings with the scallops. Add the wine, cook for 1 minute, and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Source: Barefoot in Paris, Ina Garten

March 9, 2011 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce

One weekend I was trying to decide what to make for our breakfast and I came across a container of ricotta in the fridge. I also had some homegrown lemons that my friend Brittany gave me from her lemon tree and some fresh blackberries that needed to be used. That basically told me that I had to make these pancakes. These pancakes were nice and fluffy with a nice hint of lemon. The blackberry sauce was the perfect compliment to these pancakes. All three of us really enjoyed these!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce
For the blackberry sauce:
12 oz. blackberries, rinsed and drained
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cold water

For the pancakes:
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup milk
3 large eggs, separated
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1½ cups cake flour*
1 tbsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar

*You can substitute ¾ cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons of cornstarch per 1 cup of cake flour.

To make the blackberry sauce, combine the blackberries and sugar in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries begin to release some of their juices and the mixture is simmering.  Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl; whisk until smooth.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the blackberries and mix well.  Reduce the heat to medium and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a low boil and thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat and keep warm if desired.  The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

To make the pancakes, combine the ricotta, milk, egg yolks, lemon zest and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk to combine.  Add in the cake flour, baking powder and salt and mix just until incorporated.  In another clean, dry mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy.  Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and continue to beat, adding the sugar gradually, until medium-soft peaks form.

Fold one third of the egg white mixture into the ricotta mixture with a spatula until completely incorporated.  Add in the remaining egg whites and fold in gently until the mixture is smooth and light.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat.  Grease as needed.  Ladle a scant ½ cup of batter onto the cooking surface for each pancake.  Allow to cook until bubbles begin to form on the top surface.  Use a large spatula to carefully flip the pancake and cook the other side until light golden and cooked through.  Repeat with the remaining batter.  If desired, keep finished pancakes warm in a 200˚ F oven until all the batter is cooked.  Serve warm with fresh blackberry sauce.

Yield: about 12 pancakes

Source: Annie’s Eats

March 3, 2011 at 5:48 am 1 comment

Lemon Bars

Yep, another recipe involving lemons. I had a bowl full of beautiful lemons a couple weeks ago and found lots of wonderful ways to use them. There are so many variations of lemon bars out there and I really tried to pick the perfect one. I ended up going with a Cook’s Illustrated recipe since they have yet to let me down. These were fantastic. We brought these over to my mom’s to share with my grandparents and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them. If you’re looking for a wonderful lemon bar recipe look no further because these are wonderful.

Lemon Bars
For the crust:
1 Cup all-purpose flour
2/3 Cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra to decorate
1/4 Cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp table salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, at very cool room temperature cut into 1-  inch pieces, plus extra for greasing pan

For the filling:
4 large eggs, beaten lightly
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp grated lemon zest from 2 large lemons
2/3 Cup lemon juice from 3-4 large lemons
1/3 Cup whole milk
1/8 tsp table salt

For the crust: adjust the oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 13 by 9 inch baking dish and line with one sheet parchment or wax paper. Dot paper with butter, then lay second sheet crosswise over it.

Pulse flour, confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor workbowl fitted with steel blade. Add butter and process to blend, 8 to 10 seconds, then pulse until mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal, about three 1 second bursts. Sprinkle mixture into lined pan and press firmly with fingers into an even 1/4 inch layer over entire pan bottom and about 1/2 inch up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For the filling: Meanwhile, whisk eggs, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl, then stir in lemon zest, juice, milk, and salt to blend well.

To finish the bars: Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Stir filling mixture to reblend and pour into warm crust. Bake until filling feels firm when touched lightly, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool to room temperature. Transfer the bars to a cutting board, fold paper down, and cut into bars. Sieve confectioners’ sugar over bars, if desired.

Source: Cook’s Illustrated

March 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm 2 comments

Chicken Piccata

As a child I used to eat lemons whole. Just like an orange. I have always always loved lemons and other tart things. I especially like the lemon paired with the capers and fresh parsley in chicken piccata. I was surprised at how quickly this came together as well. It’s a quick weeknight meal that sure looks like it took a long time.

The only change I made to this recipe was using chicken tenderloins instead of breasts. I only made enough chicken for the two of us, but I kept the full amount of sauce because I’m always afraid there wont be enough (and my husband likes lots of extra!). I actually though it was perfect since I served it over pasta. It made a perfect pasta sauce. Enjoy!
Chicken Piccata
2 large lemons
6-8 chicken breast tenderloins
salt & pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 small shallot, minced or 1 small garlic clove, minced
1 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp small capers, drained
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp minched fresh parsley leaves

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof plate on rack, and heat oven to 200 degrees.

Halve one lemon pole to pole. Trim ends from one half and cut crosswise into slices 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick; set aside. Juice remaining half and whole lemon to obtain 1/4 cup juice, reserve.

Sprinkle both sides of cutlets generously with salt and pepper. Measure flour into pie tin or shallow baking dish. Working with one cutlet at a timme, coat with flour, and shake to remove excess.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp of oil and swirl to coat pan. Lay half of chicken pieces in skillet (or all if you can fit them). Saute chicken without moving them, until lightly browned on the first side, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn cutlets and cook until second side is lightly browned, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and transfer chicken to the plate in the oven. Add remaining tablespoons oil to the now-empty skillet and heat until simmering. Add remaining chicken and repeat.

Add shallot or garlic to the empty skillet and return skillet to medium heat. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds for the shallot or 10 seconds for garlic. Add stock and lemon slices, increase heat to high, and scrape skillet bottom with wooden spoon or spatula to loosen browned bits. Simmer until liquid reduces to about 1/3 cup, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and capers and simmer until sauce reduces again to 1/3 cup, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and swirl in butter until it melts and thickens sauce. Add parsley. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.

Source: Cooks Illustrated

March 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm 4 comments



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