Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Recipe Tuesday: Skillet Chicken with Parsnips and Fennel

This was amazing! This week I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone.  Aside from carrots I don't normally cook with root vegetables if I'm not making stew.  The picture of this dish changed my mind and I decided to go for it.
Courtesy of For Those Who Savor

Looks pretty chic right?  This was incredibly easy to make and took very little effort.  My only warning is to make sure you have a skillet large enough or use a roasting pan for the baking part.  I tried to use my tiny skillet and the chicken didn't cook all the way.

Spiced Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Parsnips and Fennel as made by For Those Who Savor3 tablespoons olive oil, divided1 3.5-4-pound chickensea salt and freshly ground black pepperdried lemon zestcrushed fennel seeds4-5 parsnips, ends cut off rough-chopped2 bulbs fennel, cored and halved2-3 wide strips lemon zestlemon wedges for servingPreheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and powdered fennel. Cook, breast side down, until a beautiful golden brown. Use tongs to carefully rotate chicken, browning on all sides (about 12-15 minutes total). Transfer to a plate and reserve skillet.Toss fennel, parsnips, and lemon zest in skillet with remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place chicken, breast side up, on top of vegetables. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 (about 40-45 minutes). You can also check by cutting into the thigh meat right at the joint. If the juices run clear, the bird should be ready. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve chicken and vegetables with pan juices and lemon wedges.

Let me know how you like it! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Touring around the south west: Canyonlands

I went camping!!!  Well next to my car but it's a start.

Since I get every other Friday off we decided to go down to Moab, UT ans hike for a few days.  I have to say it was amazing to not worry about school or work and just go do stuff.
I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

Really amazing.  Moab is much closer to Idaho than the Grand Canyon and a little less touristy.
The town was super chill, lots of hikers and craft beer flowing all night.

I think we'll be back soon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oktoberfest and Idaho Falls

So I'm super pissed, I've been posting from my phone and they never went through.  Here's one from this week.

It's been so crazy here.  Our house finally has furniture!  Except a couch.... we still sit on the floor to watch tv. Oh well...
Keeping entertained has been a challenge here.   Normally we're used to popping over to a bar and camping there all night.  Not so here.  For one, driving sucks.   Having to stop drinking to drive home is a huge pain and kind of kills the fun.  Lately though we've been scouring local Facebook pages for anything to do.  We've been pleasantly surprised.
This Saturday we went to an Oktoberfest at a local church.  Super fun!  They had a polka band, great food, amazing beer and a game called hammerslagen.  Basically we sat in a circle and tried to be the first person to hammer in a nail with the small end of a hammer.   Everyone looks ridiculous doing it.  The little girl next to me kicked ass at it....

Suffice to say,  we're learning how to have fun in unexpected places.  Not having events shoved down our throats is a little nice but getting boring....