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Tuscan Chicken

It was a crazy, busy day at the store with customers and vendors, plans shaping up for the Cafe and the Herb & Salt bar to restock. I love working with the herbs; the precise math of the scales and sizes of containers keep me focused amid the heady aromas and rich colors of fresh herb blends and flavored salts.

So what to do but come home and cook up something fantastic for myself? (I can’t live on Ensure power drinks alone, though that is exactly what got me through the day.) Two skinless, boneless chicken breasts and some rather tired Brussel Sprouts greeted me.

I heated up two tablespoons of Butternut Squash Seed Oil, a handful of pine nuts and three fresh sage leaves. The Sprouts were salvageable. I peeled the outer, droopy layers and tossed them in the oil. With the heat very low, they were self-sufficient while I set about the chicken.

  • 2 Tbsp MOV* Tuscan Herb infused olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp MOV* Tuscan Herb Spice Blend
  • 1 Tbsp MOV* Roasted Garlic Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbsp MOV* Sicilian Lemon white balsamic vinegar

I heated the oil, herbs, and salt then sautéed the breasts, turning frequently until they browned. After lowering the heat, I added the vinegar and cooked slowly until they glazed, turning every 3 minutes.

Oddly enough, a year ago when life at the store was just starting, I wrote about cooking and how is was becoming more of a focus in my life. What would I do at night to unwind if I didn’t work in this wonderful world of tastes and ingredients?

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* MOV is Monadnock Oil & Vinegar

12 comments on “Tuscan Chicken

  1. Doppleganger says:

    Sounds like a great day! So, in the café, are you going to be preparing foods on the menu with your store’s ingredients? If so, you might put a (description) below the entre describing same… folks might be enticed to buy the ingredients. Of course, you have probably already thought of this….When is the café scheduled to open?

    1. Exactly! The menu is built around ingredients from the store and recipes we have done in our cooking demos. If you like your meal, you can pick up the recipes and go next door to the store for the products! Grand Opening will be May 1st but I see a “soft” opening long before that! Thanks Doppleganger! So excited about this…

      1. Doppleganger says:

        If Lou or I can assist in any way, make the call! So proud of you!

      2. Thank you! You can help by braving this shitty weather and coming for a visit!

    1. Thanks Susan…I try to cook something enticing though eating alone is never fun!

    1. Thanks Julie, so easy too but I am blessed to have all kinds of great ingredients!!

  2. You’ve gone and made me hungry again.

    1. Cooking = fun, eating = dull…

  3. Marie Keates says:

    That sounds mouthwatering.

    1. Thanks Marie, I love to cook but eating alone is so dull…

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