well gang, here we are at the end of what was a decidedly challenging week. is it time for a drink? yes. yes it is. we don’t know how long the “new normal” is going to last, and i totally get that not only staying but also working from home is challenging for many. i have shared some of my tips and tricks on how to be productive working from home. unfortunately many here and around the world are not able to, which creates a whole new set of worries, and difficult times ahead. let’s continue to keep those people on the front lines—doctors, nurses, medical workers, grocery store employees and more—in our thoughts and prayers.
and as we finish another work week, let’s also take a moment to step outside and breathe the fresh air for our own sanity. let’s cook a meal and raise a glass because we are in this together and we are here for you. a friend of mine sent me a poem: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ God’s Grandeur. here’s one stanza below, as it gave me real comfort.
And fo all this nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown bring eastward, springs
so…onward – chin up. it’s fridays with oscar!
outfit of the day
much like the recipes today, my outfit is simple and comfortable. casual at its best. i love graphic tee shirts and this one is fun with colorful typography. to play on the colors of my tee, i have a bright orange cardigan and my orange-y suede d’Orsay flats are back in action to add symmetry to my pop of color.
one-skillet chicken with creamy sundried tomato sauce
for this recipe, i mostly winged it. and it turned out great! you can’t really go wrong with chicken, garlic, sundried tomatoes, and cream! experiment and have fun! for the vegetable, i chose asparagus since it is in season now, but you could go with broccoli, cauliflower, green beans…whatever you like or have on hand.
don’t worry too much about the ingredients, make it to your liking. i promise it will be a hit!
- 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed, then chopped
- teaspoon of oregano, thyme or rosemary (or, a dash of all three, or Italian seasoning blend)
- one jar of oil packed sundried tomatoes or 8 ounce bag of dry sundried tomatoes
- one pint of heavy cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- On medium high, heat the olive oil in your pan and add the garlic, once the garlic is soft and fragrant, add your chicken thighs and sprinkle with salt. brown chicken on each side.
- Reserve a few sundried tomatoes for garnish and add the rest of the sundried tomatoes to the chicken.
- If using the jar of oil-packed sundried tomatoes, pour in the oil as well. sprinkle with a pinch of salt. continue cooking until chicken is just about done.
- Cooking time depends on the thickness of thighs, chicken thighs are done at 175 degrees or when juices run clear.
- Add cream and bring to a low simmer.
- Add herb seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
- Stirring occasionally, continue simmering until cream thickens to a consistency of Alfredo sauce.
- in a separate pan, sautee your veggies in a drizzle of olive oil while your chicken simmers with the cream. add salt and pepper to taste.
- serve the vegetable alongside the chicken and drizzle some of the cream sauce over your veggies. top with parmesan if you like, and garnish with reserved sundried tomatoes.
is it time for a drink: classic negroni
while my one-skillet chicken recipe isn’t specifically Italian, it sure felt like a natural fit with a classic Negroni. and a Negroni couldn’t be simpler.
- 1/3 Gin
- 1/3 Campari
- 1/3 Sweet Vermouth.
- Stir the ingredients together with ice and strain into a glass, or serve on the rocks.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
fridays with oscar
this wraps up another fridays with oscar. so if you’re wondering whether is it time for a drink? the answer is definitely, “yes”. i hope you are navigating these new waters well and reaching out to friends and family. here at the blog in the coming days and weeks we want to address the most relevant topics in your life, while bringing some lighter content to your day and a smile to your face. let me know in the comments below what tips, tricks and topics you’d be interested to read here on the blog. oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a peaceful weekend.