In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pretttttty awesome at life and blogging. It figures that I would miss my own questions for Sunday Social, but I still have to answer them because they are about FOOD and I love to eat, cook, and explore new cuisine! I’ve been really good at actually making the recipes I pin this summer and I can’t wait to try yummy fall dishes.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Guacamole. Or any chocolate-peanut butter combinations. Preferably not together. Although that would make either be an awesome or disgusting sandwich.
What’s your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Lately I haven’t been able to stop eating Nilla Wafers. Homemade baked macaroni and cheese, chicken tacos, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and pints of Haagen Dazs. My favorite flavor of ice cream EVER was their Midnight Cookies and Cream (cookies and cream, but with chocolate ice cream. So simple, yet so amazing) except it was a Limited Edition flavor and now it’s gone forever and that makes me sad all day.
What’s the weirdest/craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I had escargot when I was 9. I also ate raw baby squid recently at a sushi place. The escargot wasn’t bad, very chicken-like. The texture of the baby squid freaked me out.
What foods do you avoid at all costs?
Raw tomatoes, mushrooms. I don’t really like coffee. I haven’t eaten beef or pork for ten years (kind of like a half-vegetarian). I’ve been working on eating less chicken/turkey/fish as well and now I consider myself to be a flexitarian. I would also never ever touch veal, duck, lamb, etc.
What meal reminds you of your childhood?
My mom makes a chicken and stuffing casserole that she got from some family friends. The first time I had it I was 5 or 6, so I’ve grown up with it. Also, things like peanut butter and jelly and goldfish dipped in yogurt since they were my typical school lunches.
Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
My best friend and I decided to have a date night: we went to the grocery store, picked up random ingredients, and created a recipe. We’re still trying to find an awesome name for it, but basically it is chicken sauteed in white wine topped with roasted peppers, arugula, and fresh mozzarella. It’s so good on its own or served over pasta! It means a lot to me because we created it together and had so much fun doing it. We ran around the kitchen playing old Italian music and drinking wine while sautéing things. It was amazing.
1-2 thin chicken breasts per person (I buy big ones and slice in half lengthwise)
Dry white wine (Chardonnay works well)
Roasted red peppers (make your own or buy them jarred)
2 clove fresh garlic, chopped
Fresh lemon juice
1. Prepare chicken breasts. Lay out on cutting board and season each side with parsley, salt, pepper, and oregano.
2. Add olive oil to two pans: one large and one small. Enough oil to cover pan and have a little left extra.
3. Heat both pans on medium
4. Add chicken breasts to large pan and arugula to small pan.
5. Let chicken cook until light brown on bottom
6. While chicken cooks, stir arugula until well coated with oil. Add half of chopped garlic, a couple dashes of garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice. Reduce heat to low.
7. Flip half-cooked chicken breasts and reduce heat to medium-low. Add wine to pan.
8. Allow chicken to simmer in wine until fully cooked. Top each breast with roasted red pepper and a slice of fresh mozzarella and allow mozzarella to melt.
9. Plate chicken breasts. Top with the arugula and the remaining wine sauce. Serve.