Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MMR: May 2013: Go-To Recipes

Question of the month from Kristen: "What's your go-to recipe? Drink, dinner, dessert, whatever..."

I have several go-to recipes that are in our weekly dinner rotation but one of our favorite quick and easy dinners to make is Pan Seared Chicken with Shallots.
What you'll need:
  • 3 tbs. butter 
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1b. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Melt 1tbs. of butter and 1 tbs. of olive oil. Season the breasts with salt & pepper and pan fry. When the chicken is done cooking, remove from the stove, cover, and set aside. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and sear for 30 seconds-a minute, just until they are slightly softened, then add the wine and chicken broth. Let the mixture cook for about 5 minutes or until reduced and slightly thickened, then melt in the remaining 2 tbs. of butter, drizzle the mixture over the chicken and serve! 

My go-to dessert depends on the season and since it's summer, I'll share my go-to treat for the warmer weather: Hawaiian Delight Cake
What you'll need:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 20 oz. can unsweetened crushed pineapple with juice
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, let cake cool, then frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tbs. vanilla
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
Combine all of the above ingredients and frost! Optional: add cherries to top for garnish.


  1. I must try out the Hawaiian Delight cake! I've been craving coconut lately :-)

  2. That Hawaiian Delight cake sounds delicious! Will have to try it myself :)

    xo, alison*elle

    1. It is and so refreshing too! Hope you like it!

  3. I've never cooked pan-seared chicken but now I want to! Your recipe looks simple & yummy!

  4. I'm seriously making this within the week! We eat so much chicken, but sometimes it can get really bland. This sounds perfect!

    1. Let me know how you like it. We eat chicken almost every night so I try to mix things up here and there but this is one of our favorites for sure.


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