Midweek meal planning can be a droll job. I know, I actually just said that. The reason is by Tuesday you are just plain tired. It also when you realize that your Sunday grocery shopping was woefully incomplete. It is at this moment one can hear me tearing through my pantry and reading the label of a can far below knee reach. Grrr... Good thing there is one ingredient that I am never without...Yes...the good news every time I say the word, "artichoke" to my husband he perks up. We love the saltiness, the zip, the deep almost citrus notes and we love it WITH CHICKEN.
I must say canned artichokes really are easy. Which is good because they will take center stage tonight. And because I was tired, remember I said I was tired? Yes, I am TIRED... I decided that I didn't even want to bring out a saucepan. I would bake the chicken in the oven, and recline, nearly prone, across the countertop while it cooked... Blah, blah, blah....
I'm not sure when the "happy" kicked in. Maybe it's when I whack that first clove of garlic and it released that familiar pungent perfume. Maybe it's when I started to cut up the kalamata olives eating one then cutting one, then eating one. For sure I got happy when I began whisking the creamy tzatziki and we've cranked up the music nice and loud. I think that's when I stopped being tired and started getting danged excited.
By the time the chicken began roasting and the rosemary was gently perfuming the thinly sliced yukon potatoes sauteeing in butter, (yes, I did pull out a pan....well, it got fun!) we were laughing and forgetting about the fact that Tuesday can be a tough day. We were glad I was low on fresh ingredients. And we simply raised a fork to scavenging.
RECIPE: Greek Paprika Baked Chicken with Tzatziki
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style is one of combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.