My life seems to have turned itself upside down so many times lately I’m no longer sure I know which way is up.
I’m starting back to work today for the first time after 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, I’m moving in just 3 weeks, and I just found out I have skin cancer. *Sigh*
I’m beginning to feel stretched beyond my limits – like I’ve got so many balls juggling I’m just not sure I can catch them all by myself.
Ann is one of those people who hug you when you meet her and within five minutes you feel like you’ve known her your entire life. I’m ever so grateful that chance brought her into my life, and even more grateful that she could help me out by sharing a recipe with you today while I’m at work.
Ann: Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? I remember when I was a kid; they were huge in our neighborhood. We were just old enough that we could do a house-to-house hunt in groups.
Well, you know how there was one person in your group that just KNEW where to find everything? Memories like danged ol’ elephants! It always seemed like they could sniff out the hard-to-find stuff!
Well….I want to be on Jen’s team!
Last year, I was lucky enough to meet another blogger that moved to my area – and I happened upon her…stumbled on her site and SHAZAAM, she lived 10 minutes from me.
Jen? She does *gasp* RESEARCH! She not only found me, but this other blogger and a few others that I had NO idea lived near us! She wanted to connect with bloggers….she researched!
When Jen decided to re-do her blog….research! Wanna know the history of a dish or the origin? YUP! Jen researches!
I think she’d be like MacGyver – you give her Google, an encyclopedia and a fountain pen and she can find her way out of the forest just by identifying the fauna!
Many of you know that Jen has been having a few medical issues and a biopsy that came back positive with more doctors’ visits to follow. While she goes through all this stuff – I’m sure she’s doing her research.
I want to wrap her in cotton, hug her and make everything better. …but I can’t. I also wanted to feed her. Since she lives about an hour away – I thought I’d start with cyber hugs, cyber love and this:
2 pints grape tomatoes
1 head garlic, unpeeled & cloves separated
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
8 sprigs fresh thyme (I used 4)
2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used 1 Tablespoon, 1 teaspoon)
1 3-lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces (I used 4 chicken thighs)
Kosher salt and black pepper
½ cup dry white wine
Preheat oven to 425F.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the yellow zest from the lemon in strips. Reserve lemon.
In a large roasting pan add the tomatoes, garlic cloves, olives thyme and lemon zest.
Toss with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.
Add the chicken to the pan, nestling it in the tomatoes.
Drizzle with the remaining olive oil (I used 1 teaspoon) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast until the chicken is done – 35-40 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter.
Squeeze the lemon into the hot roasting pan and add the wine. Gently stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the pan. Serve the chicken with the tomato mixture and pan juices.
This recipe slightly adapted from Real Simple
I love how Ann has such a gift for making healthy eating look so delicious! I hope you’ll please take a moment to pay her kindness forward and pop over to her site Cooking Healthy for Me and say hello!