Best of 2009

My New Year's Resolution for 2009 was to try one new recipe a week. Well, I more than accomplished that goal! We have had a lot of fun trying new recipes this year.  So much so, that we have almost quit eating out! 

All the "cool" food bloggers always recap their best dishes at the end of the year.  I don't want anyone to think that Plain Chicken isn't "cool" (because we are!), so here is our new favorites from 2009!  Thanks for checking out our little blog!

Our favorite new recipes from 2009:

Pioneer Woman Ranch Chicken

 Italian Pot Roast

Chicken Piccata

Tavern Chicken

Chicken with Tomato Cream Sauce

Smoky Chicken Pasta

Almond Toffee Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Toffee Gelato

My New Year's Resolution for 2010 is to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.  I am going to give it a try at Valentine's!  I also want to try some more ice cream recipes when it gets warmer and work on the food photography.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Blackened Chicken Alfredo

Blackened Chicken Alfredo - pan seared blackened chicken served over garlic alfredo sauce and pasta - homemade blackened seasoning - I wanted to lick my plate!

My favorite restaurant is Hamilton's in Auburn.  I love their blackened chicken with roasted garlic alfredo.  Hamilton's closed and then reopened with all the favorites back on the menu, but I haven't had a chance to check it out.  I searched for a good replacement for the chicken alfredo and this is my favorite recipe.  I let the chicken marinate overnight and pan sear the chicken.  I usually just use a jar of ready-made alfredo sauce for a quick weeknight meal.  I might like this better than the original!

Blackened Chicken Alfredo - pan seared blackened chicken served over garlic alfredo sauce and pasta - homemade blackened seasoning - I wanted to lick my plate!


Chocolate Pudding Pie

This was one of our desserts at Christmas.  I wanted to try a different chocolate pie recipe from the one we had at Thanksgiving.  I found this pie over at Smitten Kitchen.  This pie used bittersweet chocolate.  It was really, really good.  It has a good chocolate flavor without being too rich.  I think I prefer the pie from Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't turn this one down!!  (I can't wait to make this again in my new Emile Henry pie plate!)


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Christmas Wrap-up

I hope everyone had a good Christmas!  We had a great Christmas!  We had a great visit with my family and Chicken Leg's family.  We ate WAY too much good food.

The Christmas lunch table

Turkey and Dressing

Chocolate Pie

Chicken Legs was stuffed!!

Luckily, Max was kind enough to clean the dishes!

Lea Ann over at Mangos, Chili and Z is having a cookbook giveaway.  I'd love to win the cookbook.  My Mom said I don't need every cookbook that is made, but I completely disagree!  Lea Ann asked her readers to submit a photo of their foodie gifts from Christmas.  Here is what we got:

Emile Henry pie plate
Salter digital kitchen scale
Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Silicone Cookie Scoop
2009 Southern Living Annual Recipes (a must)
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Mastering the art of French Cooking volume 2
Martha Stewart's Cookies
The Dean Bros - Take it Easy
Julie and Julia DVD

Chicken Legs got a Titans apron!  He'll be using it soon!

Orange Marmalade Rolls


Merry Christmas! This weeks Pioneer Woman Challenge was to make something from her Christmas recipes. I chose to make the Sweet Orange Marmalade Rolls. I made the rolls yesterday and took them down to my parents house so we could eat them Christmas morning. Tadd & I tried a pan of rolls before we left for the ride down to Auburn; these are a big pan of ooey gooey goodness!! These rolls are very easy to make and don't require a lot of attention. The marmalade was a nice change from regular cinnamon rolls.


Cheese Ball

This is a "must have" for our Christmas gathering with Tadd's family. His father loves it! He barely sits down before he digs into this cheese ball. It is really simple to make and it tastes great. The flavor combination of the cheese and worcestershire works perfectly. It is one of my favorite foods at the holidays.


Almond Toffee Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are the BOMB! I made these for my Christmas cookie platter this year and it was everyone's new favorite cookie. The toffee and almond flavor is the star of this cookie. I forget that this is an oatmeal cookie when I am eating it. I am glad I gave so many of these away. I could have eaten all these cookies myself. The toffee melted all through the cookie making them irresistible!


Pecan Tarts

This is one of Tadd's favorite Christmas cookies. He loves to eat these right out of the oven when they are warm. These take a little work but it is worth it. The cinnamon and cream cheese tart shells are the best. It really makes these little pies stand out.


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Herbed Butter

This is such a simple idea that I can't believe I've never done this before! I saw this over on Gourmet Mom on the Go and decided to try it for Tadd's family Christmas. I used pesto, but you can use anything (honey, rosemary, chili powder and lime juice, etc). These looks so fancy, but they are so easy! Try it for your holiday meal this week!

Herbed Butter
adaped from Gourmet Mom-on-theGo
(Printable Recipe)

½ c (one stick) butter, softened
1-2 Tbsp pesto

Mix all ingredients with electric mixer until blended.

Spoon into a pastry bag with a large star tip (I use the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator) or spoon into a ziploc, bagsnip an end off, and you can pipe out small circles or shapes.

Pipe out flowers onto wax paper, return to fridge to harden. Remove just before serving and set on individual plates or a serving platter.

Christmas Cakes

It never really feels like Christmas until I start baking. I love to be in the kitchen baking cookies and listening to Christmas music. My favorite thing to bake is pound cakes. I have been using Southern Living's Vanilla Butter Cake for the past few years. It is an amazing cake - the vanilla smells so good when it is baking. I use a Christmas Tree Bundt pan and ice the tops of the trees, so it looks like snow. I also have monogramed boxes (from and a Happy Holidays embosser (from Williams-Sonoma). It makes a great gift! I made three cakes this week and I am making three more on Sunday.

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