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Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce


Chicken with Tarragon –Mustard Sauce is a creamy, tangy sauce that comes together in minutes. Turn plain old chicken into something special even on a busy weeknight. My kitchen has kind of turned into a disaster zone lately. It all started when our freezer started leaking water (inside the freezer), and coating the whole thing in ice. To replace it meant having to remodel a portion of our kitchen. The fridge that came with the house was a custom, built-in fridge. FYI – those are extra wide! You can’t just replace them with a normal size fridge, because you end up with a 6 inch gap between the fridge and the cabinet next to it. Not to mention the giant gap above it, because they are also extra tall. So yeah, fun times at my house! Considering the disaster zone that is my kitchen right now, I have to figure out how to cook dinner without an oven and in a small usable space. This chicken with tarragon-mustard sauce is perfect. Everything is made in just one pan, and ready in less than 20 minutes. I used chicken tenders because that is what I had on hand, but cutlets would be done even faster. The tarragon-mustard sauce is creamy and just a little tangy from the mustard. The tarragon gives a hint of licorice flavor, but definitely not over powering. Everyone at my house pretty much licked their plates clean, they loved the sauce so much. You could even serve over egg noodles to soak up all that goodness. I served mine with a giant salad but pan charred asparagus or cheesy garlic pull apart bread would be really good as well. My husband thought the leftovers were great the next day for lunch too. Definitely a great quick and easy weeknight meal that turns ordinary chicken into something special.

Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce is a creamy, tangy sauce that comes together in minutes. Turn plain old chicken into something special even on a busy weeknight.

Chicken with Tarragon –Mustard Sauce is a creamy, tangy sauce that comes together in minutes.  Turn plain old chicken into something special even on a busy weeknight.  My kitchen has kind of turned into a disaster zone lately.  It all started when our freezer started leaking water (inside the freezer), and coating the whole thing in ice. To replace it meant having to remodel a portion of our kitchen.  The fridge that came with the house was a custom, built-in fridge.  FYI – those are extra wide!  You can’t just replace them with a normal size fridge, because you end up with a 6 inch gap between the fridge and the cabinet next to it.  Not to mention the giant gap above it, because they are also extra tall.  So yeah, fun times at my house!   Considering the disaster zone that is my kitchen right now, I have to figure out how to cook dinner without an oven and in a small usable space.  This chicken with tarragon-mustard sauce is perfect.   Everything is made in just one pan, and ready in less than 20 minutes.  I used chicken tenders because that is what I had on hand, but cutlets would be done even faster.  The tarragon-mustard sauce is creamy and just a little tangy from the mustard.  The tarragon gives a hint of licorice flavor, but definitely not over powering.   Everyone at my house pretty much licked their plates clean, they loved the sauce so much.  You could even serve over egg noodles to soak up all that goodness.  I served mine with a giant salad but pan charred asparagus or cheesy garlic pull apart bread would be really good as well.  My husband thought the leftovers were great the next day for lunch too.  Definitely a great quick and easy weeknight meal that turns ordinary chicken into something special.

My kitchen has kind of turned into a disaster zone lately. It all started when our freezer started leaking water (inside the freezer), and coating the whole thing in ice. To replace it meant having to remodel a portion of our kitchen. The fridge that came with the house was a custom, built-in fridge. FYI – those are extra wide! You can’t just replace them with a normal size fridge, because you end up with a 6 inch gap between the fridge and the cabinet next to it. Not to mention the giant gap above it, because they are also extra tall. So yeah, fun times at my house!

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Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders


Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders - super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!

Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders – super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!  Perfect for a quick dinner for the whole family!

Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders - super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!

My parents get here today!  This is the first time since we moved here, over 3 years ago, that they are driving.  And there is a good reason for it.  They are staying for the next 2 months.  My husband’s company has a sabbatical program.  So next week, the 3 of us are leaving for New Zealand for six weeks.  My parents are going to stay at our house while we are gone.  They have been talking about moving out there for the last couple of years, and this is the test to see if they really want to.  They are going to scope out neighborhoods, and really see what it would be like to live here.  We are more than happy to have them stay at our house, and not be empty while we are gone.

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Chicken Chilaquiles


Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

My son finally went back to school yesterday.  He loved having so much time off for the holidays, but I was ready for him to go back to school about a week ago.  Last week it was too cold to go outside and play in the snow, so he has been inside and bored.  Now that it is finally warming up again, he is back to school.  Which hopefully means they will get to go outside for recess.  Pretty sure after two weeks of the kids not being at school, they need outdoor recess or the teachers will go insane!

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders


Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Peanut Chicken with Rice


Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

This week is supposed to finally start cooling down here in Colorado.  Most of September was in the mid to upper 80’s around here.  We did have a few days where it got pretty chilly, but the last couple weeks we have had to turn our air conditioner back on.  I have to admit, I am ready for the cooler weather.  I want to make soup and fresh bread, and not have to sweat while I am eating it :)  And somehow is just feels a little wrong to be breaking out the pumpkin when it is 80 degrees.  I do not know how you warm weather year round people do it!  I love my seasons.

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Pasta Milano (Copycat Macaroni Grill)


Pasta Milano {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Pasta Milano - a copycat of a Macaroni Grill favorite

Have any of your kids ever done Lego Robotics?  Can we just talk for a second about how crazy it is!  My son’s school has always had quite a few teams in the past.  This year they did not get a teacher willing to take on all the work (I honestly don’t blame them).  My son had been looking forward to it for forever, and so had one of his good friends.  So we got talking, and after a few meetings we started a team with our son’s friends.  We have eight 4th grade boys on our team.  Fortunately, we have been able to meet at the school and use their supplies, or it wouldn’t have happened.  But holy cow, is it a lot of work!  My husband is the techy guy, so he is helping the kids with the technical and building side of things.  We are meeting 3 times a week, and there is so much more involved than just building a robot.  This will be an amazing experience for the kids, but I am a little over whelmed with how much we have to accomplish in just 2 months.

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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth


Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Chicken Caesar Salad


Chicken Caesar Salad - great summer dinner

Chicken Caesar Salad - lightened up by using yogurt in the dressing

I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad.  For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing.  If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :)  But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing.  His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar.  Followed closely by Thousand Island.

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Pesto Chicken Burgers


Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and were able to get out and enjoy the weather.  We went up to the mountains on Sunday, and it was amazing to see how much snow there still was.  The rivers and waterfalls were so full of water, it was incredible.  On Monday we ventured out for a bike ride on the trails around town.  Our favorite trail was flooded, so we had to come up with a plan B.  We ended up on about a 20 mile ride in gorgeous weather.  I can’t wait to get out there more this summer.  I think our goal is to work up to a 50 mile ride one day.  We will see if we can get there by the end of the summer.  Last year our long was about 30 miles.

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Brazilian Chicken Turnovers w/ Avocado Yogurt Dip


Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

As you may remember I was in New York last week to attend an event.  I got to visit the Pepperidge Farm headquarters, as the winner of a contest hosted on Recipe Girl.  I will share some of my trip tomorrow as part of Thursday Things, but I have to share this recipe with you first.  As part of the event, they had a small cooking competition.  Lori and I were the winners, and were crowned the Puff Pastry Queens for the day.  After sharing on Instagram, lots of people requested the recipe, so as soon as I got home, I recreated it.  Our dessert was amazing too, Lori posted the Raspberry Mango Dessert Bruschetta recipe here!

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