Laura Rennie

February recipe challenge results

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Can we blame February for being short and for FLYING BY instead of blaming my frazzled brain? I didn’t quite hit four new recipes and I definitely didn’t make a bread or a pork entrée. But let’s focus on what I did do, shall we?

that’s all me, baby
I tried kale chips and I’ll admit it: they’re good. They’re good AND they’re easy. I made them a few times over the course of a few weeks and I still haven’t quite perfected the amount of olive oil, but I’m getting there. Use a light hand when drizzling—the chips taste better when you get just a hint of oil. I’ve yet to explore various seasoning blends because plain old salt is rather perfect.
These "perfect" pan-roasted chicken thighs from the June 2011 issue of Bon Apetit were pretty darn perfect. I made them twice in one week because the first batch had me instantly craving more. If you don’t own a splatter screen for your skillet, you’re going to want to get one before trying this recipe. Also, wear an apron. They’re worth the mess. I ate a cold thigh for lunch and the skin was still crispy!
I posted about these oatmeal whoopie pies earlier in the month because I made them for the Super Bowl. They still count as a new recipe for February, though! And I technically made TWO new recipes because I made both the cookies and the frosting from scratch. So really, I nailed this whole four-recipes-in-February thing.

:-/ Maybe that’s a stretch. I’ve been trying to keep track of what we’ve been eating for dinner the last two months to help me see what meats and veggies we’re missing out on. We’ve been having a lot of chicken lately thanks to a sweet sale on breasts and thighs at Weiss. Chicken soup, chicken burritos, chicken tikka masala, red curry chicken and fried chicken.

What new recipes did you try this month? Do you have any go-to recipes you wouldn’t mind sharing?