I know, I know, I know…. I’m back yada yada yada. And yes, I have been missing in action for quite some bit now but I AM BACK!! And why not make my comeback with the infamous engagement chicken from Glamour magazine!
This was my very first chicken roast, and it will definitely be something I plan on doing again but using different flavors and spices :)
Now, back to this chicken! Apparently, this is the chicken Howard Stern’s girlfriend (at the time) made for dinner one night and I guess the story is that days later he popped the question! But that’s not the true origin of the engagement chicken.
This chicken has been around for years, like yeeeeears!! This recipe was passed down to one of the assistants from one of the Glamour fashion editors. She made the chicken for her boyfriend, who a month later asked her to marry him. How romantic! And uhhh weird that a chicken led to marriage? :/
Of course, I am a true sucker for cheeseball stories, so I gave it try! I dub this my “ulterior motive” chicken :)
The recipe itself is very basic and easy, all you really need are lemons!
But I added in some veggies and potatoes for a more heartier meal. And to make things even easier, I went with the pre-chopped asparagus medley from Trader Joe’s! All I had to do was chop a potato into bite-sized cubes and season everything with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
After that was done, it was on to the fun part! Washing and cleaning the chicken! PS, thank you Trader Joe’s for pre-cleaning the inside and taking out all of the inners and packaging them ever so neatly :)
This simple insalata caprese is a new summer staple. Everything about this salad is just so fresh and packed with flavor. Just a lot of diced roma tomatoes and a bag of arugula, tossed with some good olive oil and a little bit of salt and pepper, YUM!
To add in a bit of more flavor and color (err white is not a color lol) to the salad, add in a few fresh mini balls of mozzarella cheese. The Ciliegine baby mozzarella balls are my fave!
Don’t get fooled that you won’t be full from this salad because you will, trust me! Add in a few slices of paper thin prosciutto di parma and you’ll have the ultimate summer salad!
Perfect for lunch or a late-afternoon dinner for two :)
Hope you’re having a fantastic evening! What’s on your dinner menu tonight?
Insalata Caprese with Prosciutto and Arugula (slightly adapted from The Tasteful Life)
- 6 Roma Tomatoes, diced
- fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella Cheese
- Prosciutto di Parma
- 1 small Lemon
- Olive oil for tossing
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dice roma tomatoes.
- Cube the ciliegine mozzarella cheese or leave whole.
- In a medium bowl, toss the diced tomatoes and arugula with olive oil and the juice of one lemon.
- Place the tossed arugula on plates or bowls.
- Arrange however many slices of prosciutto di parma around the edge of the plate.
- Eat and enjoy!
I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to pizzas. I use this board as an inspiration for future possible toppings for my pizzas lol. The idea for this pizza actually came from the genius behind TasteFood blog. I have been following her blog for quite a bit now, and I pretty much love everything she makes!
When I first spotted her pizza that had sweet peppers, salami, and basil, I knew I had to make it! I took the semi-homemade route and just made a quickie run to my local Trader Joe’s to pick up all the ingredients :).
PS, That’s our new basil plant! We go through them pretty quickly because we’re plant killers and in this extreme summer heat, it’s difficult keeping these beautiful plants alive! Do you have any suggestions or tips on growing basil?
My favorite new pizza dough!
I was so happy when I found the super sweet baby bell peppers! Just look at the colors! So happy and bright, perfect for a summer pizza!
And because I love garlic so much, I minced up a couple (couple, ie. 5 :) of cloves of garlic for the pizza.
My favorite part about making pizza at home is the assembling process!
Bake and eat!!
I have the worse willpower when it comes to letting food cool…if it weren’t for my boyfriend, I would of eaten that thing straight out of the oven!
What are some of your favorite pizza toppings to enjoy for the summertime?
Hope you’re having a wonderful day! xoxo, kat
Sweet Pepper, Salami, and Basil Pizza (inspired by TasteFood)
- 1 pizza dough
- couple spoonfuls of pizza sauce
- couple cloves of garlic, minced
- sweet baby bell peppers, thinly sliced
- handful of basil leaves, chiffonade (extra for garnish)
- olive oil
- crushed red pepper flakes
- fresh crack pepper
- Preheat oven to 500°F.
- Grease baking sheet with olive oil. Stretch out pizza dough onto the baking sheet and brush on more olive oil.
- Spread a couple spoonfuls of pizza sauce over the dough making sure it’s just a thin layer, and disburse the minced garlic.
- Assemble pizza. Arrange salami, sweet peppers, and basil. Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Bake until crust is golden and cheese has melted, 12-15 minutes.
- Serve and eat immediately!
The inspiration for these nachos actually came from Yard House. I would have to say that Yard House and Chili’s (endless chips and salsa + margs! = the best!) are two of my favorite places for happy hour! My favorite shareable munchies from Yard House are their chicken nachos. If anyone knows the recipe for their chicken nachos, please please please let me know!
I tried re-creating it but it kind of just became my own strange concoction… This is so simple and a great last-minute make for emergencies!