Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Shallots & Lemons

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMONS, SWEET POTATOES AND SHALLOTS

Traveling for work can take a toll on the body. Unfortunately there isn’t often that much access to fresh foods or options, and especially on the days spent on a plane. After this latest work trip, all I wanted to come home to was a simple dinner and one that I knew what all of the ingredients used were too.

I decided upon just roasting a few items that we had in our fridge and I was so happy with the results. All that was needed for a nice, hearty meal were chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, shallots and a few lemons tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Ta-da! A delightful meal and one that was perfect for some smiles after a cold winter day.

Do you have a similar recipe you like to do in winter?

Cheers!

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMONS, SWEET POTATOES AND SHALLOTS

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Lemon Icebox Pie With “Savannah Smiles” Crust

A few weeks ago, my lovely roommate alerted me to a contest that the Girl Scouts of Western Washington were putting on: a Food Blogger Contest. Any Food Blogger who signs up for the contest receives five free boxes of Girl Scout cookies in exchange for creating a recipe utilizing Girl Scout cookies and submitting the recipe to the contest.

Not only was I ecstatic to participate in this local contest, but I absolutely love Girl Scout cookies. I usually indulge in Girl Scout cookies that are more of a chocolate-y nature; however, I decided to use the lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles cookies for this baking extravaganza instead. Why? I have recently been itching for warm weather and have lately welcomed any and all chances to partake in foods and activities that remind me of Spring, sundresses (hence the blog title) and barbecues (still cannot wait for my upcoming visit to the South!). And, since the Northwest has experienced a few rare recent bouts of sunshine for the Winter, I figured I’d complement the sunshine by baking something lemon-inspired to get us all in the mood for Spring!

So, with a few household ingredients and a generous gift from the Girl Scouts, I happily made a Lemon Icebox Pie (with a twist – the crust substituted Savannah Smiles cookies instead of graham cracker crumbs).

Step 1: Grease Springform Pan

Step 2: Crush Lemon Cookies


Step 3: Pour Melted Butter, Sugar, Crumbled
Cookies and Salt Into Food Processor;
Pulse Until Combined


Step 4: Press Crust Into Springform Pan

Step 5: Whisk Condensed Milk With Lemon
Juice; Whisk Egg Yolks With Lemon
Zest;
Combine Both Mixtures


Step 6: Pour Liquid Mixture Into
Springform Pan; Bake at 325
Degrees for 25 Minutes; Freeze Overnight

Step 7: Cut Paper Stars (Or Other Shapes);
Place Onto Cooled Cake; Sprinkle
With Powdered Sugar


Step 8: Add Blueberries and Eat!

I love lemon-themed recipes. Out of all the ones that I’ve tried, I believe this one best captured a lemon flavor through an intense sour lemon filling that was complimented by a sweet Girl Scout cookie lemon crust.

Don’t be fooled – this recipe rings true to the name of “Icebox”. This pie is technically “frozen”; however, it does not come out of the freezer frozen like a brick. But, beware, it does start to melt and get soft rather quickly so I recommend consuming quickly. I decided to serve this on Superbowl Sunday, and luckily for us all, it was tasty enough so that it wasn’t a problem!

Cheers!

Again, I’d like to give a special shout-out and thank you to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington – this was a fun contest and I’m glad that I had the chance to participate. Don’t forget to check out their cookie sale March 2 – 18. If you need more information, check out their awesome cookie locator platform or their app or check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what they’re doing!

Lemon Bars

Sometimes I just get the urge to bake. Tonight was no different. Unfortunately, I am in desperate need of a grocery shopping excursion. As a result, I’m left to the bare minimum for food. This lack of items did not help me with my baking quest at first; however, it did help me uncover easy recipes that I could use with both few and ordinary items. I settled upon making Lemon Bars – delicious, refreshing and probably one of the best desserts to make if in a bind for ingredients.

Step 1: Cream Sugar and Butter; Add Flour

Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients

Step 3: Bake Dough; Pour Wet Ingredients

Step 4: Bake and Enjoy!

Did I mention this is a Barefoot Contessa recipe? Although this is a dessert served better in the summer, I personally think it is a perfect change for a season that’s filled with way too many heavy items.

Cheers!

Pear Croustade

When most people think of fruit desserts, either apple, blueberry, lemon or strawberry conconctions come to mind. For me, I would classify myself as a bit of an oddball. Don’t get me wrong, I love classic strawberry and lemon-flavored desserts (as seen here and here); however, I love to experiment with new desserts and more uncommon ingredients (as seen here and here). Now, I realize pears are not “out-of-the-ordinary” or “unique” — but, I think it is safe to say that pears are not the usual fruit of choice. So, if you are reading this and you happen to fall into that boat, I strongly urge you to forget about the usual go-to’s and try this dessert with pears. I promise you will not be disappointed!

I have made this Pear Croustade many times (as seen in My Thanksgiving Post) — it has definitely made it into my rotation of desserts. At least for me, I love the fact that it contains pears. Pears are a nice change that pairs (not trying to make a pun, I swear!) well with the nutmeg and lemon juice for a not too sweet, but yet tart and delicious flavor. Plus, among my friends, this is hands-down their favorite crust out of all the desserts that I have ever made.

Step 1: Zest Lemon; Cut
Butter Into Small Pieces



Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients Together


Step 3: Mix Butter Into Dry Ingredients;
Use Hands to Crumble into Fine Mixture


Step 4: Stir in Cream With Fork



Step 5: Gather Dough Into Disk;
Refrigerate for One Hour

Step 6: Toss Dry Ingredients Together

Step 7: Cut Pears


Step 8: Toss Pears With Dry
Ingredients and Lemon Juice


Step 9: Arrange Pear Slices on Dough; Bake

This is a fun recipe that I will definitely love continuing to make. The key is finding ripe pears at the grocery store. I lucked out this past time, but I am glad that pears are soon coming into “season”. I will be on the hunt to find a good poached pear recipe in the near future – stay tuned!

Cheers!