Bacony Brussels Sprouts

Today I’m going to change the way you feel about brussels sprouts.  I, like most of you, would never have willingly picked brussels sprouts as a go-to side dish.  My mom used to make brussels sprouts by boiling them in a little sprite, and while this definitely curbed their characteristic bitterness, I’m really not a big fan of sweet flavors.  I prefer my chocolate bittersweet, my wines heavy (for reds) or acidic and mineral (for whites), and my vegetables savory and sautéed… this is one reason you’ll probably never see me post a recipe where carrots are the star component.  I usually try to make my vegetables pretty healthy, too… but not this time!  I figure brussels sprouts are healthy enough to allow a little guilty indulgence.

Warning: this post is chock-full of dirty, sexy food porn.

who doesn’t love bacon?

Bacony Brussels Sprouts!
serves 2

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Goat Cheese, Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Last night I decided I felt like a lighter meal since my stomach has kind of been off lately.  I have a few favorite lighter meals, like the shrimp baguettes I posted a few days ago, but I wanted something delicious and chicken-y.  I decided on a super simple but super delicious recipe.  This is a great summer dinner!

who doesn’t love goat cheese?

Goat Cheese, Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts!
serves 4

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts

I woke up today feeling very hungry and craving something meaty and filling. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ingredients to make one of my staples… so I’ll just blog about it instead and drool over old photos!  This is one of my favorite simple preparations of chicken that is spectacular.  It’s definitely not low-fat, though, so if you’re calorie counting you might want to skip this one.  This is also the first part of my two-part recipe for Creamy Chicken Rotini… but that’s another blog, another day.

comfort food at its best!

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast!
serves 4

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And so it begins… Baguettes avec Crevettes!

I’ve always been a big blogger… back when I was a teenager I had my own personal blog, but for some reason I never ventured into food blogging.  I LOVE cooking – its my get-away-from-it-all activity.  So, I figure, why not give it a try?  I have some delicious recipes I’d love to share with the world, and I love learning about new techniques and flavors.  I’ve been going through a lot recently and have been using cooking as a way to get me through the hard times.  Maybe I can share some of the comfort I find with you 🙂

Most of my recipes are made with minimal ingredients due to an unwillingness to get off my butt and go to the grocery store.  In fact, some of the most interesting and delicious recipes I’ve created have been born of laziness!  In addition to telling you everything you’ll need in a recipe and how to cook it, I’ll also suggest a wine or two (sometimes, rarely, a beer) that I think would go really well with the meal.  Drinking wine (or anything!) is another mini-passion of mine.

Right now due to some upheaval in my life my recipe box is packed up in my friend’s car… but not to fear, I do have a few recipes memorized.  This is one of them.

So, here goes… my first recipe to share!

crustaceans and carbs? win

Shrimp Baguettes with Butter, Garlic, and Lime Sauce!
Or…
Baguettes Avec Crevettes 🙂
serves 4

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