Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Lemon-Infused Rice

I love lemons!  And this dish has is jam-packed of lemon goodness!

Love of the Lemon Meal

LEMON CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND LEMON INFUSED RICE

Lemon Chicken
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 2 lemons
6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons honey
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and marinate in refrigerator 3 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove the chicken from bag; discard marinade.
Grill, bake, or cook in George Forman grill.

Lemon Asparagus
10-12 stalks of fresh asparagus
2 TB olive oil
1 TB water
½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan, on high heat, add asparagus, olive oil, and water.  Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Lemon Rice
1 1/3 cup water
½ cup rice
Juice of ½ lemon
Zest of 1 lemon

Place water in a pot and bring to a rapid boil.  Add rice, cover pot, and turn heat to low.  Let cook for 20 minutes.  When fully cooked, remove lid and fluff rice with wooden spoon or fork.  Add lemon juice and zest right before serving.  This rice is VERY lemony…so if it’s too strong, try using less zest, since that’s where the strongest flavor comes from.

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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As Always, Julia Book Review

The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

It all started with a Harper’s Weekly article about paring knives.  Harvard professor and historian, Bernard DeVoto, wrote an article discussing the differences between American and French knives.  Little did he know that this little article would be the catalyst for a friendship that lasted more than 40 years and expanded well over 3,500 miles.

In 1952, Paul and Julia Child were living in Paris.  Julia was hard at work on a French cookbook project and was both taking and giving classes in culinary studies.  When she stumbled upon Bernard DeVoto’s piece on knives in Harper’s Weekly, she loved it so much that she sent him a set of beautiful French knives, along with a letter expressing her love of the article.  Since Bernard was often busy with his various teaching and writing projects, his wife Avis would take on the task of writing back to his fans.  When she received Julia’s gift, she wrote back immediately expressing her gratitude…and so it began.

As Always, Julia is a hefty collection of 200+ letters Julia and Avis wrote to each other during the process of trying to publish Mastering the Art of French Cooking. While this beast of a cookbook was the fuel that got their friendship going, these two women quickly became the best of friends, discussing everything from politics to family quarrels, recipe suggestions for a dinner party to sex tips and celebrity gossip.  While this isn’t the complete collection of letters, it’s enough to give Julia Child fans a glimpse into the history of this epic book’s creation.  Avis was instrumental in getting this project off the ground, and lovers of My Life in France, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and even the recent movie, Julie and Julia, will greatly enjoy this treat of a book and may even find themselves feeling like “one of the girls”.

NEXT WEEK: Dancer.  Philanthropist.  Actress.  Mother.  Friend.  Wife.  Survivor.  Healer.  Giver.  Humanitarian.  How one woman could fill all these rolls is beyond me.  Next week, we’re going to take a closer look at her life…not through the camera, but through the eyes of one the one person who understood her more than anyone…her son.

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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