It's wonderful to be organized enough to invite people over for dinner finally. I'm still unpacking and still wondering where I put the things I HAVE unpacked so when I invited the in laws over for dinner I decided to keep it simple.
Rosemary Chicken recipe is my Auntie Rae's. She made it when I was growing up and I loved it...bone in chicken breasts roasted with fresh rosemary in white wine and chicken broth. It only takes a few minutes to put together and....
...one very excellent feature of living where we do - when I realized (after already having done the grocery shopping for the day) that I forgot chicken broth (no time to make my own yet, plus I need to buy a new Stock Pot) and white wine, it took 10 minutes from the time I noticed until the time I returned home from the Altantic Super Store and attached NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation) shop. Just in time to turn down the oven from 425°F/220°C to 325°F/165°C, add the liquids and move on to the salad.
Wild Blueberry Festival for Food for Thought next week) so what could be better than a salad a of Mixed Greens & Berries. This time I used both strawberries (because they were so sweet, I couldn't resist) and blueberries along with honey soy nuts (I couldn't find caramelized walnuts or pecans and no time to make my own). I used Vilux Blackcurrant Vinegar to bring out the flavors of the blueberries and strawberries. The black currant vinegar is new to me, but the brand is an old favorite. I particularly like their champagne vinegar...the sherry vinegar is great too.
Since the chicken has such a tasty sauce, I mashed some sweet potatoes...just roasted them separately in the oven with the chicken (each one cut in half with a sprig of fresh thyme sandwiched between and wrapped in foil so all the sugary juices don't destroy your oven, although I should have put them on a baking sheet -oops, thank goodness for the self-cleaning feature of the oven)...it's the perfect side to sop up the juices.
asparagus spears. They only take a couple of minutes. Okay...the picture and recipe are of grilled asparagus, but it's the same process in a hot oven. At least it's one dish that transfers well from the BBQ - just set the temperature to 425°F/220°C.
Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint. I used plums, blueberries, strawberries and peaches this time around. What did surprise me was that the peaches come from Ontario and I would imagine that there would be local peaches from the Annapolis Valley since I was there for the Apple Blossom Festival in June. I guess all those trees really do just bear apples. Obviously I'll have to head out that way to investigate.
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