Fee SIMPLE Friday: Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

Order in the Kitchen Parmesan Encrusted ChickenThis chicken is so simple (like most chicken dishes) that I have already made it about five times already.There is a little bit of planning ahead (about an hour or two) to do the brine, and you can technically skip this step, however it makes the chicken unbelievably juicy and protect you from getting that boring ol’ chicken flavor.  I highly recommend just planning ahead and doing the brine because it’s totally worth it! (more…)

Present Sense Impressions

I really wish I had a cranberry muffin from Latte Land right about now.  It was spectacular and I feel like I need some carbs to get me through this post because OMG I feel so overwhelmed I have so many amazing things I want to SHARE!!!  #choppedcon14

I chalk it up to my ridiculous absence from my precious blog and I’m about to hand out link love like it’s my job because all I can think about these days is food, food blogging and more food blogging.  I just NEED to get back to my old happy place from three years ago.  The place that made me WANT to start this blog and not just update it when it’s convenient and act like it’s a chore.

So hang on tight folks, here we goooooo: (more…)

#choppedcon14

#choppedcon14Y’all.  Let me just tell you about my trip to Kansas City for Chopped Conference!  It was out of control splendid amazingness.  I can’t even adequately describe how much I loved it and I cannot wait to return next year!  It was hosted by Marly of Namely Marly, who did an utterly fabulous job of putting it together!  It was in this gorgeous venue (as you can see, perfection!) and was the perfect size for a conference!  Let me just tell you all about it… (more…)

Thankful

Order in the Kitchen ThankfulI’m thankful for having the opportunity to make incredible connections at #choppedcon14 and for the beautiful weather we had there. I’m thankful for everyone who believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. You are the ones who inspire me to move forward and get me through my own self doubt.

What are you thankful for?

This Week on “The Docket” and Present Sense Impressions

I’m combining the Docket and Present Sense Impressions this week because quite frankly my week was so boring that if I only talked about that you would probably be bored out of your mind. Basically, I’ve been working all week, going to yoga, and making a couple of meals when I have the time. I had several consultations this week and a mediation, along with heaps of other work that needed to be completed. So basically that was my whole week, throw in a car inspection and we’re done. This weekend wasn’t particularly noteworthy either as I wasn’t feeling well so I spent most of Saturday in bed and have been spending today catching up on what my blogroll has been posting.

Here are some of the posts that really caught my attention:

Baked Breakfast Quinoa with Plums and Pistachios … if only I had time to make this!  Maybe if I make the quinoa ahead of time? Yes. I think I can handle that.

These Homemade Graham Crackers … covered in chocolate… yes, this is what dreams are made of.

UMM BACON Cinnamon Rolls?  As if cinnamon rolls could get more delicious and indulgent.  I love this idea.  We only have cinnamon rolls the day after Thanksgiving and the Day after Xmas so it’s a pretty special thing in my family… think this could be a fun way to spin them, what do you say?

You may ask, did I really just share 3 How Sweet Eats recipes?  Yes. Unequivocally yes.  I also just got her book in the mail, Seriously Delish, and I’m so excited!!!  Everything looks so Jessica that it’s exactly what I hoped for!

I also got really jazzed about this Warm Gnocchi and Heirloom Tomato Salad.  It looks so fresh!  Makes me feel like summer isn’t over yet, even though I must face the reality that fall is here.

This Herbed Tomato and Roasted Garlic Tart also reminds me of summer but I think it could be a good transitional dish into fall.  Seems simple enough and would be an impressive addition to a pot luck dinner or a dinner party outdoors.

I’m also super into these Paprika Cheddar Cheez-Its.  I mean come on!  First of all they are homemade cheez-its which I love, but then add a little kick?  Sounds like I could eat about 10 handfuls while enjoying some quality time with my Netflix.

And of course it wouldn’t be a proper Present Sense Impressions without some sweetness to round it out.  I’m currently obsessing over this Cinnamon Ice Cream, this Amaretti Tiramisu, and this Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake.  Cinnamon is my all-time favorite spice.  I just love it.  There is rarely a dessert that I don’t think would benefit from a lil bit of cinnamon.  Tiramisu is one of my absolute faves, as it has some incredible coffee flavors.  Both the tiramisu and the chocolate espresso cake address my coffee addiction and that makes me want them even more.

What amazing things have you guys found lately?  Next week on “The Docket”: I can’t promise much more excitement, as this week is pretty chock-full of work (mediations, consultations etc.) but hopefully I’ll have some fun things to add :)

This Week on “The Docket” (or month and a half rather!)

charlotte skyline

WOW y’all these last two months have been so insanely busy. We finally got moved in to our new place (post with pictures to come) and I started a new job! I love my new job and my new coworkers so it’s all going really well!  I don’t even really know where to start or what to tell you because this has been kind of a whirlwind but I’ve been trying to keep up with everyone through my Instagram.  I won’t bore you with 1.5-2 months worth of things, I’ll just give you the highlights and let the pictures do most of the talking… (more…)

Fee SIMPLE Friday: Lemon Artichoke Risotto

EASY Lemon Artichoke Risotto from Order in the KitchenI know, you probably think I’m crazy posting a risotto under “fee simple.”  But thanks to the invention of the amazing pressure cooker, you can actually make a pretty spot on risotto with minimal effort.  It’s seriously unreal how easy it is and compared to making a real risotto, which I have painstakingly done several times, it’s consistency is pretty darn close!   (more…)

Present Sense Impressions

This Sweet Corn, Zucchini and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza screams summer just like Jessica says. It’s all like “SUMMER!” and I can’t get enough.

Speaking of zucchini, I’m dying to tried fried zucchini blossoms.  I see them everywhere.  All over pinterest and my reader and I just need them.  These ones stuffed with basil ricotta just look superb.  One more thing I’ve never tried is garlic scape.  Another thing I see people using in my reader and I just need to go ahead and do it already.  This Marinated Feta with Garlic Scape Pesto is on point and, once again, perfect for summer.

While we are still on the topic of summer, I’d like to nominate this Panzanella Salad for winning my heart for salads this summer.  Then I can finish all of these things off with this ridiculous looking Espresso Ice Cream (be still my heart).  I can almost taste it just from that picture.

Unfortunately my timeline for making any of these things is rapidly expiring because summer is coming to a close!  How is that happening already?!  It’s already almost August!  Unbelievable!  I need to go make a drink to cope with this… maybe these Bourbon Slushies will do the trick.

This Week on “The Docket”

photo 2This week was a total whirlwind blur while at the same time moving a bit slowly. I know that doesn’t make any sense but I don’t know how else to describe it. As I mentioned last week, we are in the process of moving to Charlotte and I’m going back and forth for the next couple of weeks to work in Charlotte during the week and come back to Raleigh on weekends to pack/prepare for the move. It’s a bit exhausting and by the time I made it back on Friday night I was absolutely wiped. (more…)

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