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    Musings: Lemon Chicken Breast

    You can never have too many recipes for chicken with lemon and rosemary.

    What did you think of this one?

    Note: We started posting this recipe on Thursday, Dec. 2.

    December 2010 Recipes

    I hope the beginning of the holiday season finds you all well!  I think the HEIT recipes for December will fit nicely into those crazy December weeknight menus and may provide you with some ideas to bring to your holiday parties.  Enjoy!

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    Lemon Chicken Breast, page 120 (post on 12.2.10)

    Roasted Summer Vegetables, page 169 (post on 12.9.10)

    Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake, page 205 (post on 12.16.10)

    Roasted Figs & Prosciutto, page 28 (post on 12.30.10)

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    Musings: Oven-Fried Chicken (Post by Aug. 31)

    Fried chicken. Perfect for picnics, Sunday lunch and Wednesday supper.

    But oven-fried chicken? It’s tricky. Many have tried to come up with an oven-fried chicken as tasty as the original, but few have pulled it off. Does Ina?

    Let’s discuss Ina’s Oven-Fried Chicken!

    August Recipes

    Can you believe it’s August already??  Where has this summer gone to?!

    Even if time is zipping by, we’ve still got some great Ina recipes!  The 3rd recipe is optional but you may want to join in the fun while we start trying out new recipes from Ina Garten’s 7th (!!!) cookbook,  How Easy Is That? which is set to be released on October 26, 2010.  Ina’s cookbook publicist sent me an advanced copy of the book and has encouraged us to start trying some of the recipes – how cool is that??

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    Vicki of My Fare Lady

    has chosen Oven-Fried Chicken

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 81

    and should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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    Nathalie of Snowbell Jewelry

    has chosen Mixed Berry Cheesecake

    which should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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    BONUS RECIPE!!

    Ultimate Grilled Cheese

    as chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake – to be posted by August 31st.

    serves 6

    12 slices thick-cut bacon, such as Nodine’s applewood smoked
    1 cup good mayonnaise
    1/4 cup Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1 white pullman loaf or sourdough bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick (12 slices)
    6 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
    6 oz aged Gruyere or Comte cheese
    6 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, such as Cabot or Shelburne Farms

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange the bacon on a baking rack set over a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until nicely browned.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and cut in 1-inch pieces.

    Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.  Lay 12 slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter.  Flip the slices and spread each one generously with the mayonnaise mixture.  Don’t neglect the corners!

    Grate the cheeses in a food processor fitted with the largest grating disk and combine.  Distribute the bacon evenly on half the slices of bread.  Pile 1/3 cup grated cheese evenly on top of the bacon and top with the remaining bread slices, sauce side down.

    Heat an electric panini press.  When the press is hot, cook the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes in batches until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes.  Cut in half and serve warm.

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    Musings: Caesar Club Sandwich

    Did you see Ina make this sandwich a few weeks ago? It looked like a “wow.” Definitely not the same old chicken sandwich.

    We’ll start posting our versions on Thursday, March 25.

    So, what did you think of it? Are you making any substitutions? Going whole hog with the anchovy paste?

    Let’s hear it!

    March Recipe Choices

    Enter another two 5-star Ina recipes for March!  As we so often cook for the seasons, I think you’ll find that the first March recipe will indicate a nice end to winter and the second will be a nice transition into spring.  Enjoy!!

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    Tonya of What’s on My Plate?

    has chosen Individual Meat Loaves

    which should be posted on Thursday March 11th.

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    Karen of Shortbread

    has chosen Caesar Club Sandwich

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home

    and should be posted on Thursday March 25th.

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    Musings: Indonesian Ginger Chicken

    Honey, soy, garlic, ginger – we haven’t tried a Barefoot Contessa recipe like this before. So, what did you think of her Indonesian Ginger Chicken? We’ll start posting it on Thursday, Jan. 14.