Month: January 2020

Pina Colada Chicken

52 Week Recipe Challenge – Week 2

I made this recipe back on January 8th, but didn’t get to post until now.

Pina Colada Chicken

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Author: Jennifer Smith – Instant Pot Cookbook

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup coconut cream full fat
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks frozen, fresh, or canned
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp salt
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients, except green onion, in the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Close and lock the lid. Select the POULTRY setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, allow to Natural Release1 for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure manually. Carefully open the lid.
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving bowl.
  • In a cup, combine the arrowroot starch and water. Mix well.
  • Add the mixture to the instant pot, press the SAUTE button and continue to cook, stir occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Service the chicken with green onion and sauce.
    1Natural Release – after the cooking time is over and your Instant Pot switches to Keep Warm, the pressure will begin to drop without doing anything.

Notes

For Christmas, I gave my mom an Instant Pot Recipe book which I stole a couple recipes out of to try. This being one of them.
I served with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Ed & I both enjoyed it except I felt as though the cinnamon flavor overpowered the meal. I hope the coconut flavor will come on more once I decrease the amount of cinnamon in the recipe. If not, I will have to figure out what I can do or add to make the coconut flavor come out more.

Bourbon Mushrooms

52 Week Recipe Challenge – Week 1

Bourbon Mushrooms

Stephanie got this recipe from a Southern Living Magazine in 2012
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time21 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: bourbon, mushrooms, side dishes, steak
Author: Stephanie – Plain Chicken

Equipment

  • frying pan

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs assorted fresh mushrooms chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp parsley dried
  • 2 tsp French thyme dried

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook 12-15 minutes, until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add bourbon and cook 2-3 more minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, parsley and thyme. Cook 2-3 more minutes.

Notes

HOLY BOURBON OVERLOAD!
I made this side on New Years Day with a nice steak that I made with a coffee and brown sugar rub for and then marinated in bourbon and Worcestershire sauce. As much as I love bourbon, it was way to much!
I would love to try this recipe again and possibly cut the bourbon in half.
Lesson learned… Looks good in the picture, but never marinate your steak in bourbon!

2020 52 Week Recipe Challenge

I think I’m a pretty phenomenal baker, but it comes to cooking, I’m wretched beyond belief! I try new recipes all the time, but most of the time I get a “It’s okay, I guess” from the hubs.

For 2020, I wanted to try to challenge myself to make 52 new recipes and blog about it. I can’t guarantee I will make one a week (since there are 52 weeks in the year), but I can guarantee that I will make 52 new recipes by the end of the year.

I’m not like your typical blogger who will give you a entire 10 page back story of the recipe. I will get right to the point! Post the recipe, where I found it and then give notes at the end of what we thought about it and if making again, what I would want to do differently since cooking isn’t an exact science like baking is.

With that being said, onto the first!

Happy New Year

I have been trying to get this blog up and running for 2 years now. My downfall… Creating and devoting the time needed for each blog entry. I consider myself an organized person, but that’s only at work. I feel like Work Heather and Home Heather are two completely different people.

It’s a new decade and I have so many things I would like to accomplish this year. My blog and my collar business (Two Dogs and Company) being in my top 5.

20 things for me to accomplish in 2020…

  1. Buy our 1st Home
  2. Payoff Debt
  3. Stick to the Budget
  4. Spend Less
  5. Launch Blog
  6. Launch eShop for Two Dogs and Company
  7. Read 50 Books
  8. Try 52 New Recipes
  9. Finish Started Craft Projects
  10. Declutter
  11. Snowboard for the 1st time
  12. Manage Time Better
  13. Get Home Heather more Organized
  14. More Gym Time (isn’t that everyone’s goal?)
  15. Buy New Furniture
  16. Use reusable shopping bags more
  17. Learn 10 New Skills
  18. Create a Nightly Routine
  19. Meal Plan/Meal Prep
  20. More Family Time

Follow me along this year to see what I accomplish and what I struggle with. I will be blogging about my adventures along the way!