Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recipe Tuesday: One Pot Chicken and Vegetables

Now that I have a full kitchen (and dishwasher!) I want to try something here.  I'm going to try a new recipe every week and post it with pictures and a review.  So for the first week, here's One Pot Chicken and Vegetables.
From Martha Stewart

This was delicious!! And so easy to make after work.  It made plenty for the two of us and leftovers.

4 chicken leg quarters (about 2 pounds total), patted dry
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 bunch Swiss chard (10 ounces), stems cut into 1/2­inch pieces, leaves torn into 2­inch pieces
1 small yellow onion, diced small
2 medium carrots, diced medium
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus wedges for serving
1 1/2 cups basmati rice 2 1/2 cups low­sodium chicken broth

1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot with a tight­fitting lid
over medium­high. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until browned on both sides, 12 minutes,
turning once. With tongs, transfer chicken to a plate.
2. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, chard stems, onion, and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
chard stems and onion are translucent, 4 minutes. Add chard leaves, lemon zest, and rice; cook 1 minute.
Add broth and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Arrange
chicken, skin side up, on top of rice mixture and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through and liquid
is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Monday, September 21, 2015

whew... well im in the mountains now

Omg what a month....  Right after our wedding Doug and I left Syracuse for Idaho Falls.  What a culture shock!  On top of that, I just started my job at the National Lab.  We just signed a lease on a house and are finally getting settled.  Despite all this motivation, there's still a lot of uncertainty in our lives.  It's so stressful.
Doug is working for a startup and each week we're not sure if he'll have a job the next and if the company will fold.  I've been a glorified lab-tech and my new job, running chem experiments for the group.
On the upside we have our own house, and it has a dishwasher!  I've found joy in not doing dished by hand.  I can't say how long it'll last though.  How long will we stay here?  Will we go back to Boston?  How will we fill our time out here in the boonies?  A lot of questions, but for now I think we'll enjoy the fresh air here and be happy we're not spending the same amount on rent for a 1 bedroom in Somerville.
As for Bottom of the Top... I'm still trying to figure it out.  Since I'm not at MIT anymore it doesn't seem to fit, but I do enjoy this so much.  I just don't want to end up having the blog be weird.  I love the College Prepster, but she's like 30 running a college blog....
I've always tried to be open about self-doubt and sadness, so I think this is still important to have, especially as a new grad.  For now though I'll try to get a schedule going.  I need to show you all the house!  It's crazy here. Also Idaho is hilarious.

For now at least, I'm back and settled :)