Blog reader Kristen sent in a Crock Pot recipe a few weeks ago, after I said I wanted to try a different slow cooker recipe every week until Old Man Winter puts down his beating stick.
My editor had already tried Kristen’s recipe and said it was really good, so I finally got on the bandwagon yesterday. If you missed the recipe, which calls for black olives, garlic, tomatoes and herbs, click here. In short, we liked it a lot.
I used a package of bone-in chicken breasts instead of the thighs because it had been in my freezer for a couple of months and I wanted to use it before it got freezer burned. I think the substitution led to a much more flavorful dish than regular boneless, skinless breasts would have. I did have to pick out the bones and remove the skin and return the chicken to the pot, but that was worth the extra 15 minutes or so when I got home from work. I also skimmed off some grease, which probably came from the skin.
You can see in the picture above that the recipe yields a nice bit of juice, too, which is really good served over pasta. I thought a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese was a perfect finishing touch. Thanks again for that recipe, Kristen.
In other food news, Greenvale School of Roanoke is looking for competitors in its annual Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-off, which happens every summer in downtown Roanoke (the same weekend as the Strawberry Festival). This year’s cook-off is May 1. I know we’ve got some great cooks on this blog, so if you are interested, contact Jenny Lee at Greenvale School: (540) 342-4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, are you looking for a really cheap Valentine’s Day idea? What if you and your sweetie could eat for just $10 and get dessert for free? Well, if you want some Chik-fil-A, you can! Both of the Roanoke area Chik-fil-A restaurants are having Valentine’s Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 13. It will include special decorations, table side service and long-stemmed roses for each lady in attendance, as well as a free fudge nut brownie for each diner.
Who says you can’t have it all?