Monday, August 30, 2010

Party People

This weekend Forrest and I bounced from event to event....aren't we so cool and fun?? :) Friday night we went to a surprise 30th birthday party for our friend Adam. His wife Jenny planned the entire thing behind his back and when he came in, he was SHOCKED! She had it at our friend Kelly's home, which is BEAUTIFUL, by the way! She lives in a historic home downtown and Forrest and I spent the first part of the party checking out all of the cool details around the house! I am sad to say that I took absolutely ZERO pics! The house looked great and Jenny's decorations and food were amazing, so amazing, I guess, that I did not bother to take a single picture! I guess that goes to show how much fun we were having! I did take a pic of the invitation, however. Jenny and I have a mutual love for invitations, so the least I could do is post a pic of it!


I have to give a shout out to The Cupboard, in Attalla, the makers of Adam's delicious cake (which again, I have no picture of). It was a 2 tiered cake, and each layer was a different flavor of cake! I have had cakes from the Cupboard on several occasions and I have always had a wonderful experience with them! Should I ever need to order a cake, I will definitely call them first!
On Saturday, we hunkered down and got some housekeeping and yard work done. Even though I hate cleaning the house (not organizing or straightening, but actually CLEANING), I LOVE the way it looks and smells when it is all polished up! I do wish we had invited people over or something though, because of course we were the only ones to benefit from all of our hard work! To reward ourselves for a job well done, we went to dinner at the Courtyard with Denise, Jonathan, Justin, Farrah, and Jody and Kristen. Have I mentioned that Denise, Jonathan, Jody, Justin, and I are all attorneys? Denise works in Anniston mostly, but I see the "J" guys pretty regularly at the courthouse. It is always nice to hang out with them when we aren't working! Jonathan was playing guitar in the actual courtyard at the Cultural Arts Center that night so we all went in support. He was so good! I didn't really knew he was so musically talented! Jody got up and helped him on a few songs as well, and we had so much fun cheering for our friends! I actually did take a pic of Jonathan playing, although it isn't that great. Other than that, I again was very lax with my picture taking that night!!!


When we finally left Courtyard, we went to our friend Patrick's house to hang out with Laura, Rachel, and several other friends, all whom we haven't seen since Lauren's bday party. They had a cookout, which we of course missed, but we did get to snack on some tasty pretzle treats. Carrie had put Hershey's Hugs on top of regular sized pretzles, baked at 125 for 7 min, and then pushed an M&M into the Hug. Then she stuck them in the freezer to harde and voila! One of the best pick up snacks I have ever had! I probably ate 20 of them (no lie). I will definitely be making these next time I need to take a snack somewhere!

On Sunday we were determined to have an "adventure" whether that meant going some place cool or just taking the dogs on a long walk, which we have not done lately because it has been SO hot! Well, what do we see when we wake up??? RAIN. RAIN RAIN!!! I thought maybe if I went to the store, it would stop once I got home. No such luck. Instead of wasting the day away, we decided to have an "inside adventure" instead. We went to the mall for lunch and then went to see Gamechanger, the Nick Saban documentary. We LOVED it, but of course, any Bama fan would love it. I enjoyed learning about his past coaching jobs and his family. It showed several clips from the past seasons and it really fired us up for football season! We are very dedicated fans and yes we have been counting down the days until kick off since the day we won the national championship in January (which btw, was my bday present from the team). After the movie were were high on Bama spirit as we wandered around the mall, which was probably what led me to purchase a new game day dress and Forrest to buy a new Bama cap (with a simple embroidered elephant on it--very classy). We should be set now! We topped off the night with hamburgers at my mom and dad's and then we (well, I) watched the Emmys until far too late! This week we are looking forward to the Etowah County Alumni Pep Rally at the Cultural Arts Center at 6pm on Tuesday, First Friday, and then the 1st Bama game of the season on Saturday. I hope you have some fun things ahead this week too!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta


I tried this new recipe last night and we REALLY enjoyed it! It made plenty for leftovers as well!


Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta
Makes 4 Servings (from Nestle Cookbook)



Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red or green pepper, cut into strips
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
8 oz raw small shrimp (I used the frozen ones from the bag)
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives (I used kalamata)
1 package (9 oz) Buitoni Refrigerated Linguine (My store doesn't sell this so I just used regular boxed pasta)
1 container (7 oz) Buitoni Refridgerated Pesto with Sun Dried Tomatoes (again, my store didn't have this so I used sun dried tomato pesto I found in a jar in the sauce aisle)
1/4 cup (1 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon capers


Directions
Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add bell pepper and garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and wine; cook until shrimp are pink. Stir in olives
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Lightly warm pesto; toss pasta with pesto in medium bowl. Serve topped with shrimp mixture. Sprinke with cheese and capers.

Estimated Times
Preparation: 10 min
Cooking: 10 mins

Busy Busy Busy!

The past few days have been so busy for the Baileys! We don't mind busy, so long as it is fun busy! On Friday night we had dinner with our friends the Isbells at the Gadsden Country Club. Dr. Isbell (Gordon) is a dentist in town and he wanted to catch up with Forrest on school. Gordon's son Ross is a first year dental student. Actually, there are several Gadsden "kids" in the dental school right now, some in every class! After dinner, we went to the ballroom for a big band party they were having. Tom and Frances had actually invited us to the party so it worked our perfectly with our dinner plans. We had so much fun! There were so many people there that we knew and we had a blast dancing and singing all night long to the Blackstone Band, a local Gadsden band. Once the party was over we went to Tom and Fraces' for the "after party", but not before Forrest and Tom got the CC people to let them take the huge bowl of popcorn with us! Good thinking guys!

Tom has the most fun house--he has one room that is dedicated as a bar, complete with wooden bar, 2 tv's and of course, Alabama decor! We always have a great time at the Banks'! After we left, we apparently missed a fight--the first real fight at "Club TBLTT". Some people just don't know how to handle after parties, I guess!


Me, Frances, and Tom (haha)


Not sure what we are doing here but it looks fun!



Baileys at the Banks'

On Saturday we were TOTALLY lazy, like this.

We pretty much laid around all day until church, although on the way we stopped at the Banks' to check out the fallout from the fight. After church we went home to get ready for dinner at Jonathan and Denise's with Justin and Farrah. I was in charge of a veggie, so I made bacon and chive roasted potatoes. This simply involves purchasing the packet of seasoning at the grocery store, cutting the potatoes into wedges, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling them with the seasoning. My kind of cooking! Jonathan made chicken with a homemade poblano sauce (although I think he modified it and it was exactly poblano), Farrah brought an Asian slaw, and Denise made HOMEMADE lava cakes! DELISH! We always have a great time with this group! We brought Ruffles that night so she could meet their dog Pacino, who is just her size. At first she was a little wary, but once she found out he liked rawhide chews (meaning she took all of his) she decided she liked him!

On Sunday I actually woke up early and went grocery shopping. I don't think I will plan on that again, as I don't do mornings, but there were literally no people in the stores and I managed to go to 3 stores and get back home in an hour and a half! We were lucky enough to be invited to the Bailey's for Sunday lunch. Davis loves to cook and so we are the beneficiaries of this love! He grilled some delicious lemony chicken that he paired with fresh fried okra, smashed potatoes, and a salad. Mrs. Bailey also made a blueberry crumble for dessert! MMMM!! We hung around watching Sonny play with the roosters for a while before heading home. I was in need of a nap after such a busy day of shopping and eating! :) That night we had dinner at my parents--so that makes 2 delicious meals on Sunday, if you are keeping track! We are truly blest to have such great family (who are such great cooks!) close to us!

On Monday, we had a "Mother/Daughter night" with some of our close family friends. We have been getting together like this for a few years now, and all the moms and daughters get together for dinner and a movie! This time we met at Applebees and then went to see Eat Pray Love. I read this book 2 years ago when I got home from Italy and I absolutely loved it. It was so emotional and intense! The movie was good but it lacked the same emotional intensity that the book did. The scenes of Italy were awesome though! I just can't get enough Italy!!

BEAUTIFUL!!

Last night (Tuesday) we went to a "Fun-Raiser" for Ann Green, who is running for County Commission. Jonathan is her campaign manager. Ann is such a lively lady! She used to own a cake shop (and she did my mom's 50th bday cake, which was awesome) and now she owns a formal wear store, The Veranda (where I got my gold Bal d' Or dress).
Mom's bday cake


Me in my gorgeous dress! Thanks Ann!
On top of being a savvy business woman, she is a great person who will be a great voice for us! Everyone vote for her! :)

We had a great time and the "green" themed party in the Court Street Courtyard, a venue I did not know was there but I am now in love with.
See? We HAVE had some busy nights lately, thank goodness! Tonight we are staying in for a change, and I am trying a new recipe! I have really been enjoying trying new things lately. Who knew I would actually enjoy cooking?? Definitely not me!











Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Recipes

**Just a little post to show you some of the things I've been cooking lately!! Randi gave me an awesome cookbook for my birthday and I love trying new things! Hope you enjoy!**
Baked Parmesan Fish with Pasta (makes 4 servings) (from the Nestle Cookbook)







1/3 cupe grated fat free Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon all purpose flour
3 thyme springs, leaves removed and crushed (I used regular thyme in the bottle)
4 white fish fillets (6 oz each) (I used Salmon and it was great)
1 package (9 oz) Buitoni Refrigerated Angel Hair Pasta (I just used regular pasta)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup halved mushroom caps (I used the pieces and stems from the can)
1/2 cup finely sliced green onions
2 cloves garlic, crushed (I did not know how to crush garlic at the time so I used the minced kind in the can)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350
Place cheese, flour, and thyme in paper bag (I used ziploc). Individually coat fish by gently shaking in bag; discard coating ingredients. Place fish in baking pan with rack.
Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Heat large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, mushrooms, green onions, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
Place past on oven-warmed plates. Attractively arrange fish over pasta. Serve with mushroom medly over fish and pasta. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

TIP: you can use most firm, white fish fillets, including swordfish, sole, halibut, or red snapper.
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 25 min

*I used regular pasta and it was VERY plain. Next time I will use the Buitoni because it probably has some seasonings on it. Otherwise, add a jar of tomato or alfredo sauce to jazz it up! We really liked it though!



Fusilli with Blue Cheese and Toasted Walnuts (Nestle Cookbook)


Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
1 package (16 oz) dry fusilli or bow tie pasta
1 can (12 oz) Nestle Carnation evaporated milk
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled blue cheese
1 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed (I used the whole 1lb bag)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


Directions:

Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Heat evaporated milk in large skillet over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until hot. Stir in cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is partially melted and sauce is slightly thickened.
Add pasta and peas. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated throughout. Sprinkle with nuts before serving.
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min

* This was very rich but very good! I think it would be better with a little meat in it, maybe some chicken or shrimp, but it really was delicious, and I don't even care for blue cheese!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Girls' (and Boys') Weekend

I have been looking forward to this past weekend for weeks!!! One of my bffs, Deborah, has just moved from Miami to Knoxville and we decided to plan a girls' weekend in honor of her return!! Therefore, Deborah drove to Gadsden and met me at my house on Friday and then I drove us down to Tuscaloosa to stay with our friend Randi at her adorable house. We had a blast!!! I was so excited to see Deborah when she arrived, as I haven't seen her since my wedding!! She finally got to see my house and meet my dogs as well!! We had a great time chatting and catching up during the ride down to Tuscaloosa. We parked at my sister's house to change and Randi came to meet us when she got off of work. Again, the 3 of us haven't been together since my wedding so it was SUPER exciting to be reunited! It felt just like being back in college as we got dressed and ready together. What were we getting ready for? RUSH! It was the last weekend of Rush and my sister is the rush chair for our sorority AOII (Deb, Randi and I are pledge sisters) and we thought it was the perfect opportunity for a reunion. Friday was skit day and we were so excited to see the new skit! When we arrived at the house it was so strange since none of the girls really knew us. We loved every minute of it and the skit was really good (a play on the Wizard of Oz).


Standing on the Yellow Brick Road in our Ruby Slippers

After watching the skit we went to Surin for dinner, since Deb hadn't eaten there since she left college (06, mind you!). Then we went back to Randi's and I had a surprise for each girl--an adorable cake plate! The plate part looks like a skirt and the stand part is legs and the base is shoes! The girls were so excited!


We stayed up late laughing and talking before we crashed into Randi's super comfortable beds (really-one of the best beds I have ever slept on).
On Saturday morning I got up early and drove to Bham to meet my law school girl friends Jennifer, Sarah, and Shelley. Jennifer and Sarah have gotten engaged recently and so we had to get together and celebrate! We met at Another Broken Egg in Mountain Brook to hear the stories of their engagements and to dish on wedding plans! We really had a great time and have vowed to get together more often! (I can't believe I forgot to take a pic!)

Me and Jennifer at my lingerie shower. Now I get to throw one for her!

Me, Shelley, and Sarah at graduation!

Once back in Ttown, I got ready at my sister's and headed back over to the sorority house for Serious Night. This is my favorite part of rush because it is the time when the girls in the house really share what it means to them to be an AOII. When I arrived several girls from the pledge class above me were there, which was super exciting since I hadn't seen them in quite a while. Deb and Randi arrived a little while later, and I have to confess that all of us cried during the Serious Night ceremony!! It was so special for us to be there together again! After it was over, the bottom dropped out so the rushees had to stay put in the sorority house, meaning that WE had to stay put! We were closed up in the house mother's bedroom and had to be very quite (although we did get to take pics!).


After about an hour we were free, but we had to run through the rain to get to our car. Needless to say, it was not a pretty sight! We went to Cypress Inn for dinner, a Tuscaloosa landmark! Afterwards we went back to Randi's and watched some good bad tv (a la Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, etc), snacked, and of course talked and giggled until way too late!! While Deb and I were asleep, Randi got a call that her friend Emily was in labor! She went to the hospital and was able to great the beautiful new baby Andrew! Congrats Joey and Emily!!!
On Sunday morning, I got up early and went to mass at my Tuscaloosa church. I literally RAN from the church 3 blocks to the sorority house so I didn't miss the Bid Day festivities. When I arrived at the house I was so excited to learn that 3 Gadsden area girls had pledged AOII!


(AOII's waiting on Gadsden girls!)

I got to stand with their families as the girls ran screaming to their new home!



I LOVE Bid Day--it is SUPER exciting! I always get teary thinking about MY bid day and my sister's bid day!



My Aunt Fran and my grandmother had also come to town so we got to see them too! We hung around the house for a while and then headed to Pepitos for lunch. YUM!! I was so sad to leave Randi, although I'm sure she needed a nap after the eventful night and day! Deb and I had a pleasant ride back and as soon as she left my house I took a fast shower (as it was MISERABLY hot that day) and then a LONG nap! I guess I just can't stay up late like I used to (ok, that is a lie--I NEVER have been able to stay up late). That night Forrest and I went to my parents' house for dinner as usual and got to hang out with my brother too!
What was Forrest doing while I was having fun in Ttown?? Having a fun little weekend of his own! His brother Davis has just moved back to Gadsden after taking the Bar exam--woohoo--so on Friday night the Bailey clan went to dinner in Sardis (where I am the assistant judge, btw) to celebrate. On Saturday, Forrest went back to Duck Springs where his fam lives and took the dogs! Sonny had his first experience with cows!! Forrest said he was SO excited to see the cows and bounded up to greet them. The cows, however, were not so excited about Sonny and they ran from him. Forrest said it looked like Sonny was really upset! Ruffles did NOT care for the cows so she stayed inside and got lots of love an attention! That night Forrest went to my parents' house, as they were having a "show off the new basement" party. Lots of our friends were there and he had a great time!!! On Sunday, Davis cooked a big lunch and so Forrest went to partake in that as well!! He was definitely well fed while I was gone!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Living Room Reveal!

I have been talking for months now about how we are in the process of decorating our living room, formerly the "ballroom". It is officially finished! Huge shout out to my awesome interior designer, Fran Ross Robertson (who just so happens to be my aunt) of DRW Designs. (205-822-3337)She has a great eye and can do any size room on any size budget! Her office is in Birmingham but she does homes just about anywhere in the state and even works in GA and MS! Check out our room below!

The finished product!

Notice the chair on the left. It used to look like this....

but after seeing one similar at Scott's Antique Market, Forrest and I worked on it, and now it looks liks this...

Ta da! Aren't we crafty??

These pics are from before the new chair and I had the lamps on different tables, but you get the idea.



The piano! Still working on finding a bench.



Forrest built the bases of these end tables and then we had the skirts and toppers made! (I switched the lamps since this pic)


LOVE this new chair!



View into the dining room from living room
Dining room


Little Bar table in dining room



We recovered these chairs ourselves



Entry way table. I got the paintings in Italy 2 summers ago.







Monday, August 9, 2010

Super Fun Week

Forrest and I had a great week last week! I already wrote about hosting book club on Tuesday, which again, was so much fun for me! After lunch on Tuesday, I rode with my mom down to Tuscaloosa. My sister is the rush chair of our sorority right now (she, my mom, me, and 3 of my aunts are all AOII's) and she wanted me to speak to the girls during their workshop.

Me, Mom, and MMM on MMM's Bid Day


I was the rush chair for 2 years while I was in the house (my mom and her sister were the rush chair too-it is in our blood!) and so I got to discuss some words of wisdom with the girls. It was so strange to be in my house and barely know any of the girls! I felt so old! My Aunt Fran came down too, because she has redecorated the entire house! She did the first floor last summer and the upstairs lounge this summer. It looks amazing! I wish I had kept the pictures she emailed me to show to you! Anyway, we had a great time in Tuscaloosa (we even got a little peek at the new part of the stadium--totally awesome) and I know the girls will have a great rush! After we left the house we drove to Birmingham and met Aunt Fran at Home Goods. Mom wanted to look for a few more things for the newly renovated basement and she found some great stuff, including a big silver elephant, red shaggy pillow, and red and black end table! Can you tell we are Bama fans?? While we were shopping we got the great idea to see if my grandparents wanted to go to dinner with us at BRIO. (If you read this blog you know how I LOVE BRIO!) My granddaddy doesn't really like to eat out anywhere, but he will make an exception for Brio! I was able to catch Forrest before he left UAB to go home, so he got to meet us too! We had a great dinner (me, my go-to lasagna, and Forrest had the beef medalions) and it was so nice to spend time with my grandparents. We got home so late but were delightfully stuffed and ready for a good night's sleep!

On Friday, I rode with my mom and dad to Atlanta to see my brother graduate with his masters in electrical engineering (I think) from Georgia Tech. Forrest was unfortunately unable to come because of his school rotations that day. I had to miss my brother's undergraduate graduation because I was in my friend Deborah's wedding, so I felt like I should definitely attend this one! My sister's boyfriend Matt had gone to ATL the night before to watch a Braves game, so he stayed and went to the graduation with us too. They held the ceremony in the school's baseketball coliseum. I liked that the concession stand was open just in case you needed a snack, AND that they gave out free buttons that said "Proud Parent" "Proud Grandparent" and "Proud of our Grad" on them, with a picture of Buzz, the school mascot. After graduation we went to Taco Mac for dinner and got to meet some of Roy's GT buddies. After a yummy plate of nachos, I was ready to get back to my hotel room for a good, long sleep!


Balloons falling on the GT grads

Family pic, minus MMM. Notice we all have on our buttons!


Roy and the Ramblin Wreck! He is unhappy because I forced him to take this pic


On Saturday, while I was riding back from ATL, Forrest was participating in the World's Longest Yardsale! He had a GREAT day and I can't wait to help him with it next year! That night, we went to the annual Tyn Tymes Reunion party. I LOVE this party! We go every year and always have a great time! The Tyn Tymes is a band from Gadsden that plays good time oldies that make you want to dance all night! They play at weddings, band parties at colleges, and just about any type of event or venue! At the party, everyone has a table and you bring in your own food and drinks and decorations. We go every year with my family as well as our other close family friends. I was especially excited about this year because our table was going to be right next to Tom Banks' table (TBLTT), and he had invited our friends the Sollies and the Gladdens! I had a great time snacking, dancing, and chatting with the girls!

Hanging out at the Banks' Tyn Tymes table!


On Sunday, Forrest was invited to play golf with Adam and two other guys that we hung out with at Tyn Tymes, and he had a blast!! While he was out golfing in the hot sun, I cleaned up the basement (something that was LONG over due) and went to the store. Needless to say my afternoon was not near as fun as Forrest's! That night, we went to my parents' for dinner to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary! My brother was home too, so it was great to get to hang out with him! He'll be here with us a few weeks before he goes back to ATL to start his new job with GT Research Institute.

See! We had a great week, full of great family and friends!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Club

I wrote about how this weekend Forrest and I had lots to do around the house. I hosted my book club on Tuesday and I wanted it to be perfect!! I love hosting parties at our house--the house always looks its best and I get to use all of my fun serving pieces that we got for our wedding, PLUS it is always fun to have people over! I was especially excited about book club because it is just girls. We meet once a month at one of the members' homes to discuss the book of the month. I don't know if you've noticed the "Recent Reads" list on the right side of my blog, but many of the books from that list are book club books. So far, since I have been a member of the group (and HUGE thanks to Frances and Jenny for inviting me), we have read:


Really good but I didn't finish it

Didn't even have time to read this one! Sounded great. Love that book club is so laid back!



LOVE EMILY GIFFIN but this one made me cry A LOT!





My personal fave!!! So good!



I look forward to getting together with these girls every month. We talk about the book some, and then just girl talk for the rest of the time. We are always laughing and squealing!! Every girl is different--most have babies, but 2 of us don't, some work, some don't, some are from Gadsden and some are new to town. I really appreciate being able to spend time with girls. It reminds me of being in the sorority all over again!




As the hostess, I prepared some yummy snacks and drinks for the group. I did a fruit plate with chocolate fruit dip,


Neiman Marcus Brownies,



and Cake Mix Cookies.

The whole spread



I was so excited that everyone like all of my snacks! I cooked all Monday evening after work. First I did a new recipe for dinner, Greek Salsa Chicken, which I must say looked great and tasted delicious.


Then I started on the desserts! It was all Forrest and I could do not to gobble them up ourselves because they made the house smell so good! (see all recipes below!) I also had some bottles of wine, lemonade, and a frozen vino.



I love getting to use my cute ice bucket



Frozen Vino--delish!


LOVE these glasses!

My friend Lauren had given me the frozen vino mix a few months ago and I was so excited to use it. You just empty the mix into a zip loc bag, and any type of wine (I used white zin) and then add a wine bottle full of water and freeze over night. I pulled it out about 45 minutes before everyone arrived and it was like a sweet wine slushie--very yummy!!! I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and I know I can't wait for next month!!
Neiman Marcus Brownies (compliments of Harriet Murray)
1 Butter Pecan Cake Mix
1 Stick butter, melted
--Mix these together and press into greased 13x9 pan.
1 8oz cream cheese
1 stick butter, melted (yes, another one)
1 box powdered sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Combine these things with electric mixer and pour over 1st layer. Top with 1 cup chopped pecans if desired (I don't do the pecans).
Bake at 300 for 50 min or until golden brown. (mine took about an hour)
Cake Mix Cookies (compliments of Cynthia Whitt)
1 box Duncan Heinz Yellow Cake Mix
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 oz or more semi sweet morsels (I used almost the whole bag)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350
Mix with spoon until moist throughout
Drop with spoon onto greased cookie sheet (will make several-I got about 30)
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Will NOT turn all the way brown so pay attention!! Check the edges!
Greek Salsa Chicken (from Cuisine At Home Magazine)
Salsa
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Chicken
6 skinless bone in chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons, cut into wedges
Preheat oven to 450
Combine feta, tomatoes olives, parsley, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and oregano for the salsa in a large bowl. Cover and chill salsa.
Saute chicken pieces in 2 tbsp olive oil in a large roasting pan over medium high heat until chicken is browned on skin-side. Turn over chicken.
Squeeze lemon wedges over chicken to coat with lemon juice, then nestle squeezed lemon wedges around chicken breasts. Roast until chicken breasts. Roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 on an instant read thermometer, about 30 min.
Transfer chicken and lemons to a large platter, top with salsa.


 
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