Going on our little trip to Amish Country a couple weeks ago gave me the opportunity to browse in some neat shops. The one thing I brought home as a souvenir is one of my favorite things…a cookbook! You’d think it would be an Amish food cookbook, but it wasn’t, because I already have a couple. Instead I found a Taste of Home Cookbook with reduced fat and calorie recipes. I really enjoy Taste of Home Magazine recipes, and when I scanned through this book, I found that the ingredients weren’t strange things like tofu and alfalfa! This is real food – as a matter of fact, these are called Comfort foods. We’re all about that kind of food, aren’t we? I am too, but I like to see where I can cut out extra fat without cutting out taste. I tried two new recipes from this book this past week and they were really good!
The one pictured below is Lemon Thyme Chicken. I used a fillet of chicken breast and a thigh. This cooked up very quickly, but tasted like it took lots of time and effort.
To go along with the chicken I made Barefoot Contessa’s potatoes. I used red-skinned potatoes instead of the Yukon. So very good!!!!
The other new recipe from my cookbook is Dijon Crusted Fish. This was so delicious – also quick to prepare. I enjoy fish, but it seems like white fish cooked at home doesn’t usually have lots of flavor. The Dijon, mayo and horseradish give a great taste while the crumbs on the outside give it a nice crunchy texture. To accompany the fish I fixed baked potatoes and roasted asparagus (fresh from a friend’s garden and out of this world tender!).
To roast the asparagus, simply trim the asparagus and place it on a baking sheet. Drizzle it with Olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes.