March 15, 2011

Cooking along with Barefoot Contessa

I am home, safe, and my thoughts go out to the people of Japan! Life is so fragile and precious; it can change in the blink of an eye... Don't take family, friends, sunny days, books, chances to sleep, bakery air, singing, food... everything and everyone for granted !

Food, isn't it such an essential element of life ...?!

Today my family enjoyed Lemon Chicken Breasts,  one of the easiest, in my opinion, Ina Garten's recipes. She explains in her book "How Easy is That?" "When I need to get dinner together in a hurry, this is about as easy as it gets. White wine, garlic, and oregano give this chicken great flavor." 

I may say this is totally true; ask even my 12-year old 'independent', quite pretentious, healthy eater:)

I am always entertained when I watch her TV show. I have her recipe books which are often used. In other words, I am her fan (don't like the word "fan" though). I love her style, especially this delicate bland of versatility and simplicity. Not to mention the elegant parties she throws, which I find very inspiring.
So, you can see the recipe of Lemon Chicken Breasts  here. 

It turned out just like the picture in the book and hopefully it tasted like Ina's too:) 

This chicken is a wonderful comfort food, soft with crispy skin and delicious lemon taste. Most importantly, this recipe is made in a reasonable amount of time with simple ingredients.   

And for dessert my son and I chose Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies . He helped me with the final part and with the tasting, of course. This is another easy recipe with a very delicious outcome. 

To make 18 sandwich cookie I needed :
1/2 cup  finely ground hazelnuts 
3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature 
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate hazelnut spread , such as Nutella

The dough is prepared as the shortbread cookie's dough. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool and then spread the Nutella on the flat side of each solid    cookie . Dust lightly with confectioner's sugar .

The shortbread can be baked in advance, wrapped with plastic,  and then filled with Nutella just before serving .

Isn't it EASY ?

Bone Appetit ! 

                                               Thank you for the visit , Dear Friend!

                                               I am anticipating your SWEET notes.

I particularly prepared this post for Lynn's wonderful party
  Celebrity Cook-Along


  1. Hi Sylvia,
    Your lemon chicken looks so mouthwatering, I must give it a try.
    BTW the mosaics are gorgeous!

  2. Hi Sylvia! Boy does that chicken look great, your pics are beautiful! And I'd love one (or two) of those cookies with my coffee right now! Thanks so much for joining the Cook-Along, have a nice day:@)

  3. Everything looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sylvia,

    I have made this chicken twice and it has been a hit each time. I think Ina is the best. Her recipes are elegant and not overwhelming.

    Your pictures are lovely.


  5. Beautiful post! I love your opening is truly so fragile and we should enjoy the simple things in life.
    Thank you for sharing that as well as this 'delicious' post. I love Ina Garten's recipe books.

  6. You picked some great recipes! My kids love shortbread and Nutella. I will definitely give that recipe a try!

    The beginning of your post made me cry. I am watching some of the most pitiful images from Japan right now on Good Morning America.

    Thanks for your sweet post!

    Ricki Jill

  7. Hi Sylvia, you know, as many times as I have seen Ina make this I have never tried it, but I will this weekend. It looks so good in your lovely pictures! I see that 40 is the new 20 according to your sidebar, so I guess 50 is the new 30! Well, that just makes me sooooo happy, so I must follow you for more happy ideas in the future! I'm coming over from Lynn's party, and hope you will visit me too! Linda

  8. Your lemon chicken looks luscious, so much flavor, perfectly done. and what a way to finish, delicious treat! I need to try Ina's recipe for lemon chicken, we love lemon!

  9. I just got that cookbook too, I haven't made anything out of it yet though. Those cookies with the Nutella look so delicious. I don't recall seeing them in there...apparently I need to look closer :)

  10. Hi Sylvia,
    I am enjoying my visit to your blog. The music is beautiful. The cookie recipe looks great, I may try it this week end. Thank you for sharing and you have a great day!

  11. I absolutely know that both of your recipes must have tasted amazing. I love the combination of flavors for the chicken. I would make this one tonight if the chicken that I thawed out had skin on it. I will be saving the recipe to try soon. I've just bought my very first jar of Nutella; but still haven't tried it yet. No, I haven't been living on Mars though I must be the only person on this planet who has never tasted it before. :)

    Thank you for sharing your recipes! Candace

  12. Just Stopping by from TMT, you have a lovely blog. i could spread nutella on anything and eat it, it's just that good. I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

  13. Wow - your chicken looks fabulous. I have never cooked with Ina but I think I must try now! And your cookies look delish! thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  14. There are few things in life better than lemon chicken...although the cookies look fantastic! I think I may be one of the few people that have yet to try Nutella.

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop last week.


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