Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chicken Planning

I am a creature of habit who is easily bored (is that an oxymoron?). Being obsessively organized, every Friday morning I decide what we will eat for every meal the following week & add the ingredients to my weekly-running grocery list (I have a list for everything). Every Saturday morning, I take this trusty list and hit-up Kroger. I know my routine is a bit over the top, and maybe old fashioned, but in my defense, if I don’t do this weekly ritual when it comes around to 4pm (after an exhausting day of dealing with students) and I need to make dinner but don’t have something already planned, I walk around aimlessly for a while “thinking” until I inevitably decide on a recipe that calls for ingredients I don’t have, ensuring that dinner doesn’t hit the table until 8pm—not good. Thus I am overly structure with planning meals. Though I love structure, planning, lists, & routine…I am easily bored and things like leftovers don’t go over well with me. I would rather eat my boring Special K cereal than have leftovers (with the exception of leftover spaghetti, which everyone knows is always better the next day). So I send all leftovers with Phil for his lunch at work since he loves them.

Ok so where was I going with this post?! A few weeks ago when I asked Phil what he wanted the following week for dinner (ok see how silly that questions is? Normal wives say, “Honey, what would you like for dinner tonight?” but wives like me require a weeks notice; I am so weird sometimes! Thank goodness Phil is so laid-back!), all he said was chicken. My thought: chicken every night?! So I have been trying out various chicken recipes to satisfy Phil’s chicken-kick while entertaining my own tastebuds.

I seriously thought that the first few Sundays without my steak and baked potato I would cry. There is just something about Phil standing by the grill monitoring the steaks that just makes me fall in love with him all over again. The first sans-steak Sunday, I still got those same butterflies when I saw Phil behind the grill, even though it was BBQ Chicken and not a delicious ribeye. Clearly it is the company (the chef) that I love, and not the menu so I will be able to make it through this steak dry-spell. Please help me out by posting your favorite chicken recipes in the comments. It’s possible (and probable) that we will test and blog about your recipe suggestions. Recent chicken recipes that I have tested so far:

Cranberry Chicken (from my best friend Katie!)

Buttermilk & Herb Chicken (from my great friend Martha Stewart)

Chicken Scallopine (from my new friend PW)

Trinidad Chicken Curry (another PW recipe)

White Chicken Enchiladas (P-dub)

xoxo Darby


Darby Hawley said...

We love the suggestions! Please keep 'em coming!!!

Morgan said...

I just saw this and thought of you and your post: http://www.somewhatsimple.com/2010/06/chicken-roll-ups.html

I think I might try these - sounds interesting and I've never heard of anything like this. I also have some of our own recipes to send you but I will email them to you soon!

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