It was so cold for us last night we built our first fire of the fall season. It was so wonderful. I love everything about it. The look, the smell, the feel...it makes me so relaxed and happy.
I made Friday Special last night for dinner again. When Hoppy asked what we were having and I told him & did a fist pump & said "yes!". Can I tell you how happy that made me? That reaction is so much better then 'oh mom, do we have to have that, I don't like it'. Yes, my children do utter that horrible phrase to my face...
I went back and looked at the recipe to see how I could make it less greasy and thin & I think I fixed it. Everyone said it was more flavorful and it coated the chicken and pasta better. I did marinate the chicken & it made a HUGE difference. I also grilled it very slowly and it was super juicy. WooHoo for mom!
Here's what I changed...
- Chicken marinade: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh cracked pepper, and Chef Paul Prudhomme's poultry seasoning.
- Of course I didn't measure anything, but I put a good bit of vinegar and just a little olive oil. I put the chicken in a ziploc bag and made sure all the pieces were coated well, and then added the pepper and a lot of poultry seasoning and turned it in the bag again.
- I let it marinate 24 hours...and grilled it on low 15-20 minutes on each side. You could mush the juice out of it.
For the vinaigrette I reduced the olive oil to 3/4 of a cup, added a lot more Dijon mustard probably more than the 3 tbsp that I have mentioned on the recipe, and a little more sugar. Whisk it very well, because the oil wants to settle on the top. Your vinaigrette should be a brownish yellow color. (you want it pretty dark) The children liked it better, and everyone went back for seconds.
Tonight Henry has a football game & the low is supposed to be 37. I'm going to be bundled up big time! Go Cards! (I like it when they break the pre/post game huddle with 'Angry Birds!') Maybe we can get home and still have time to build a fire because I have a feeling I'm going to need to thaw out.
Y'all be blessed beyond measure,