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Triumphs and Failures in the Kitchen

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · cooking

Do you ever just look at the cover of Real Simple and think: Hey, that’s simple! I can definitely do that. Well, I’ve learned their tips aren’t always so simple.

In January, they featured “super foods” on their cover and up until now it’s been on my to do list to add some of their picks on my weekly grocery list.

Take for instance their quick prep tip for kale: toss in olive oil, salt and pepper then bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees. Sounds simple enough, right? I managed to botch this on the first try yesterday! My leaves were a lovely deep shade of green and so crisp – fresh from the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. I doused the leaves with too much olive oil and they were slow to cook, never baking all the way through. In my enthusiasm, I made the mistake of experimenting with the complete bunch so I won’t be able to give it another try until next week.

In an effort to redeem myself and boost my confidence in the kitchen, for lunch I prepared a couple pieces of chicken breast with some olive oil, a splash of lemon juice and tucked some sprigs of rosemary underneath them before slipping them into the oven to roast. Meanwhile, I cooked some pasta and added a bit of pesto. Once the chicken was done, I cut some up and threw them in. Ahhhh so good! Now that’s something simple I can replicate!





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