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Saturday, January 08, 2005

paper chef january 2005: sauteed chicken with potatoes, napa cabbage, and carrots

well, this month's paper chef consisted of these ingredients: potatoes, savoy cabbage, lemon, and chicken. i tried to find savoy cabbage, but had no luck so i ended up using what i already had in the house, napa cabbage. and of course there was no way of me getting a meyer lemon in missouri.. so i used a regular lemon. for the dish, i decided to make sauteed chicken with potatoes and napa cabbage. so i browned some chicken thighs, add shallots and garlic, add white wine, and then dump in potatoes and cabbage. then i threw in rosemary for delightful flavor that i knew went well with chicken and lemon. later on, i added a quartered up lemon. well, after tasting after simmering for a while, i found it to be quite sour! guess i should've only used half a lemon or something. so i added chicken broth and carrots to see if it would help the situation any.. a little but not much. then i got a little desperate and threw in baking powder to neutralize all the acid. and then realized i added a little too much so i threw back in the lemons that i had taken out and added some white balsamic vinegar and dry marsala wine. sooo, after much toying around with ingredients, i finally served it up and it was actually pretty good! the chicken was very tender and tasted pretty good. went along with the vegetables nicely and even though i was a little skeptical about using napa cabbage it turned out well since napa cabbage doesn't have a strong flavor. all in all, it was a pretty good dish. thanks to tomatilla for hosting this event!! it was really fun to plan, execute, and enjoy. :)

my chicken dish cooking away


here's the dish, all finished up.

16 Comments:

Blogger Niki said...

Hah hah! Your desperation attempts sound just like my desperation attempts! I tend to have second thoughts about stuff, remove it, then reconsider and try to re-add it. I'm always accused of not knowing how to follow a recipe or leave well alone!
But it sounds like the finished product was well worth it!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Oh, Emily, remind me never to let you loose with a chemistry set! It looks good and I'm glad it tasted so, too.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(ronald) - a real cook in a real kitchen - this is how the masterpieces are created, chaos, coincidence, luck and mishap. thanks for sharing.

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Blogger Ellen said...

Wonderful description. I love experimenting like that. Of course the tricky part is when your fellow diners say "Delicious! Make this again." And you think to yourself "Hmmm....I hope I can!"

6:29 PM  
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