Monday, March 29, 2010

Chicken with Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce

You know those sayings "sometimes you just have to hear it from someone else other than your mom until it sinks in"? Since I was little my mom always wanted me in the kitchen...BUT...since I was the baby.....I never did it, I just thought my older sister would do it for me. Not until recently when I got married and met some good friends did I really get in the kitchen and try to make things other than a grilled cheese!

Last night, I made chicken with apples, onions & cider sauce - a bit of a Spring hit on chicken! My friend, Kelly Pearce, has introduced me into the world of organics (not that each meal I make is organic) & "plating" your food nicely. Jared looks at me like I'm crazy when I say "Wait before you take your first bite, I want to take a quick photo!" But I think deep down he enjoys seeing me enjoy to cook for him.

Below is the recipe for what I made, along with a photo - thanks for inspiring me mom & Kelly!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • salt and pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1 sweet cooking apple, cored and cut into large pieces
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off the excess. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Place the chicken in the skillet smooth-side down and cook until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking dish and bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the onion and apple to the skillet, along with 1 tablespoon oil, if the pan is dry, and increase the heat to high. Cook, tossing, until the onion has wilted slightly and the apple is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the vinegar and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the pan. Let the mixture boil until the vinegar becomes syrupy, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and return to a boil. Cook until the broth reduces by half. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and whisk in the butter.

Remove the chicken from the oven; add any collected juices to the sauce. Divide the chicken among four plates and spoon the apple, onion and pan sauce over each piece. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jake's Dedication

Today was such a special day in my family. With our family & friends, we dedicated Jake.
This first picture is everyone that attended, our immediate family & a few friends.

Pastor Steve Blair (who married Jared & I) & Jake
Me & Jake
Me, Jake, Keri & Sam
Pastor Steve, Jake, Jared & me

Pastor Steve, Jake & Jared

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Along with Vestavia & surrounding schools, Jake & Sam listened in to Rick & Bubba's Dr. Suess "Sam I Am". Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!