I had another good baking weekend (despite the fact that our blizzard turned out to be not-so-much.) Saturday morning I made scones using the recipe and technique I learned in a class I took at Taste of Life, our local natural market here in Monument. I made chocolate chip for breakfast and some cinnamon to put in the freezer for later.
Today I made this Cranberry Orange Quick Bread to take into work tomorrow. Not sure if I mentioned before that my cube-mate David has given up sweets for Lent, so he hasn't been able to eat the Friday donuts or the myriad of cakes and cookies that have been appearing in our cube. He decided that this bread was not a "sweet", as long as he didn't have the glaze on it, so I put the glaze in a squeeze bottle for people to add if they want to. The key is to use fresh orange zest and fresh or frozen cranberries, not the dried Craisins. It's a great breakfast treat!
Remember back in November, when I posted about the in-home cooking class Kevin bought me for Christmas last year? Well, I finally got up the nerve to try to make this scrumptious Chicken Picatta by myself... and you know what? It's not even hard! My excuse was that I didn't have a meat pounder to pound my chicken flat, but in reality, I was just intimidated for some reason.
When Kevin's brother Dennis gave me a gift card to Sur La Table this Christmas, I figured I have no more excuses, so I ordered my meat pounder and got to work. (Side note: they also sell thin cut chicken breasts at the grocery store, so you can totally just skip the pounding thing.)
This dish is a little fussy because you can really only cook one chicken breast at a time in the skillet, so I had two skillets going. This isn't a dish to make for a crowd, at least the way I make it. But you could pull it off with 4 people if you had a way to keep the first two warm while you cooked the last two. They don't take very long to cook at all.
I served it over a tri-colored angel hair pasta that I picked up at Homegoods... pretty and yummy, this is a great dish to make for company!
Some more pages from the baby book... Click on images for larger view.
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