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Citrus-marinated chicken thighs (via Bon Appétit magazine)

I recently got an issue of Bon Appétit mazagine from my mom and was immediately drawn to a delicious picture of chicken. I flipped a few pages and found the recipe, then decided I was making it for dinner. In two days. Here are the results! The recipe can be found on their website, where you can view the ingredients and recipe.

However, I wanted to share this with all of you through step by step pictures. I find they can be helpful when cooking. The only change I made from the original recipe was that I used green onions instead of scallions, but let’s be honest… I don’t see a difference. Sorry if I’m not enough of a food snob to care. Still delicious. Enjoy!


1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems only
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs


  • Set aside 1/4 cup sliced scallions. Pulse cilantro, garlic, citrus zests, citrus juices, soy sauce, oil, salt, and remaining scallions in a food processor or blender until a coarse purée forms. Set aside 1/4 cup marinade; place remaining marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill at least 20 minutes. (I did ~2 hours)

before pulsing


in bag

  • Preheat broiler. Remove chicken from marinade and place, skin side down, on a foil-lined broilerproof baking sheet; discard marinade. Broil chicken until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Turn; continue to broil until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°, 12–15 minutes longer. Serve chicken with reserved marinade and scallions.

skin down

skin up

skin up cooked well

one portion

This is wonderful, especially in the summer! My mom pointed out that it could also be grilled, if you’re not into using the broiler. They also go well with popsicles for dessert, like these blueberry-banana-yogurt pops I made recently, using this popsicle mold, which is awesome. I was inspired to buy it after seeing this post about 33 popsicle recipes on Buzzfeed.

blueberry popsicles

Hope you enjoyed the chicken recipe, and try it yourself! It’s easy, fairly quick, and tastes amazing. Also, go ahead and check out Bon Appétit magazine or their website if you’d like, because they have plenty of recipes that I know I’ll be checking out from time to time.

Post and photos by: Melissa

Post-classes: Vacation Day One (Atlanta)

Hello! I am no longer a student. Well, I guess I technically still am until Saturday when I graduate. But I’m done with classes. Anyway, I’m taking a mini vacation with my parents to celebrate and the first step of this trip was for me to drive up and stay in a hotel for a day in Atlanta. So I have done that. And now I will let you know how it went. 🙂

First, the weather was beautiful. I hit a few minor traffic problems but nothing to complain about (which, for me, is rare.) First I’ll show you the view from the hotel. Not too shabby, I’d say.




When I got here the system had gone down so they had a huge backlog of guests and I was getting a bit anxious, but the hotel manager (I think?) came and offered everyone standing in line a drink, which was very nice. Of course he checked my ID, but I’m welllllll over 21 now so it wasn’t an issue. Once I got settled I headed out to check out places to eat and get some dinner since I hadn’t eaten since I had eggs for breakfast.

I ended up at Grant Central Pizza & Pasta. Decent pizza, but what I really wanted was somewhere convenient. And this was less than a mile from the hotel and an easy walk (I was tired of driving.) Boy was I glad I walked because when I got back to the hotel my street had turned into a one way to deal with all the traffic from the Atlanta Braves game! I also got to eat my pizza on a really dirty picnic bench in the park. So, you know, it was good all around.



I also saw Dakota Blue, which is across the street from the pizza place and is supposed to be nice for brunch.


inside bar

pizza box and

meat lovers

my park bench

Then I walked through the area (Grant Park) and took some pictures of houses and a church. I also found a yard flamingo. 🙂



very cute\


side view

another one of course

one side

and the other

built ittttt


sign for church


I was far from these


I believe this had something to do with the “park” itself.

the park

I also came across a random patch of grass that I guess was ALSO a park???

this is a park in itself

Smoking is prohibited on THIS patch of grass. Ahem. Anyway, after I got back to the hotel I decided to check out what all the fuss was about and it was for the Braves game, so I walked over to the stadium to take some pictures from afar. They also have a tribute to the 1996 Olympics.

can you see it??

how about now?


There was also a tribute to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics lining the sidewalk on the way to the field.





post and photos by: Melissa

Simple dinner: Spaghetti, chicken sausage & veggies

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but I did make dinner tonight and it was super simple but still delicious (and really aren’t those the best dinners?) so I thought I would share it. The ingredient amounts are going to be what I used, when I cooked it for myself, so adjust accordingly.


Spaghetti (or other pasta) noodles
Chicken sausage, full cooked (your desired amount, or 1 per person on average)
A handful or two of spinach leaves
A few cloves of garlic, minced
A few small grape tomatoes
A small amount of olive oil to sauté
Grated Parmesan cheese (desired amount)
A dash of pepper

(Optional: Add additional items like mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, etc.)


1. Cook your noodles.

boiling pasta


2. Chop your sausage, tomatoes, chicken sausage, and any other additional items that you’ve chosen.

3. Add your olive oil to a medium-heat pan and sauté garlic, then add your chopped chicken shortly after.

chicken sausage and garlic


4. Add your chopped grape tomatoes.

tiny tomatoes


with some little tomatoes


5. Add your spinach and some black pepper. Sauté until medium-green in color and soft.



6. Stir to incorporate ingredients.

all together now


7. Add cheese and let it melt!





8. Add on top of your noodles and enjoy!

all done




I really liked my chicken sausage, and I thought I’d show you the brand that I bought, just in case you were interested:



I don’t usually eat chicken sausage but I never imagined it’d actually taste good. This dish is actually a variation on something I’ve done in the past, which was exactly this recipe but without the sausage and cheese and tomato, and with the addition of red pepper flakes. There are endless possibilities.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Road trip day two

Today we made it to Bozeman, Montana! After a long day of driving through Missoula and along 90 east, we settled in a local inn and then headed out for dinner. We had lunch in Missoula at Doc’s Sandwich Shop.

I shared the Frankenstein sandwich with my mom, my half without the condiments and vegetables. This consisted of roast beef, turkey, salami, ham, provolone, cheddar, Swiss, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and Dijon mustard on a French roll. They also had some nice art hanging around the shop and were very quick.

Our sandwich halves came with cookies. 🙂

We also stopped by a local park close to the river; here are a few pictures:

For dinner we stopped at the Blackbird Kitchen in Bozeman. It was a nice Italian place located in the downtown area. If we had gotten there earlier it would’ve been nice to look around. We ordered the mixed olives to start although I’m not often a big fan of fancy olives. They were decent, but my mom liked them more. We did get to walk around a little, though.

Then we split the funghi pizza, which was topped with crimini mushrooms, grabs padano (cheese), Gorgonzola, mozzarella and thyme. For a pizza with no meat it was amazing!

We decided to share 2 desserts. I forgot to get a picture of the vanilla pana cota with a raspberry drizzle, but it was great! The other dessert was like a chocolate mousse/ganache, called a chocolate budino with sea salt and an olive oil drizzle. I preferred the first, but mom preferred the second. And that’s why sharing is a good idea!

I am really falling for Bozeman and Montana in general. It’s so pretty here. But we caught it on a cold day because it was 56 here by 8 pm!

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Bite of Seattle 2012 (Saturday)

I went to Bite of Seattle today with my mom. I haven’t been there in several years, but today was sunny and I had lots of fun. There were performances on stage:

Initially we looked around…

Then we headed over to the Alley and the wine tasting. The Alley is a $10 donation to food lifeline (per plate) that gets you food from 7 restaurants. We also shared in one wine tasting for the $12 happy hour price, which included 5 tastings and a commemorative glass.

Here is the plate of food:

The food includes (according to Saturday’s Alley menu):

Palace Kitchen: Flat iron steak with tomato salad and blueberry vinaigrette (bottom middle)

Al Boccalino: Bruchetta con la muffoletta (bottom right)

Belltown Pub: Semmelknoedel – German bread dumplings made with rye bread, parsley, onions and garlic (middle)

Salty’s: Mini salmon brat with fennel sauerkraut and Walla Walla onion mustard served in a house made Brioche bun (bottom left)

Fremont Fire Pit: Pulled Pork sliders (top right)

Din Tai Fung: Taiwan’s famous, hand-made, steamed pork dumplings filled with soup (top middle)

Pinkabella Cupcakes: Strawberry mini cupcake (top left)

We got the food from these  food stands:

More to come (ran out of time) on the non-food side of things, and more on the seeing-Seattle side of things!

We also enjoyed some free samples (of many random things like sweeteners, etc.) There was also a free So Delicious brand fudgesicle-type dessert made from coconut milk and free applesauce and peanut butter. We also tried Amy’s organic rice macaroni and cheese, and some Santa Cruz organic lemonade.

I will leave you with PUNK ROCK AEROBICS. Something that reminds me of Seattle.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Slow cooked, pulled beer BBQ chicken

So there have been irregular updates recently because we have been super busy! I will be trying to update as much as possible, but it will not be as often as I want. This post however is about some delicious slow cooked food. The key to this recipe is to let it cook for the whole times. It cooks for 8 hours and it makes it super tender and delicious.

5 to 6 table spoons of garlic powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, red cayenne pepper and ground black pepper.
1/4 cup of BBQ sauce of choice
1.5 lbs of chicken
10 ounces of beer (I used a good beer, made a difference)
Buns for each

Step 1.
Gather seasonings and BBQ sauce and chicken.

Step 2. Put seasonings on chicken and add BBQ sauce. Let marinade for a couple of hours.

Step 3. Measure out beer to put in the slow cooker.

Step 4. Add beer to slow cooker with chicken. Set up on low for eight hours and let cook. Now is time to go do something fun, watch a movie or go do something else. It’s going to be awhile. It should slowly cook and add color.

Step 5. After 8 hours use a fork to break apart the chicken and then cook for another 30 minutes to let the juice soak into the meat.

Step 6. Put chicken on a bun and add a little more BBQ sauce. Serve and enjoy some beer with these.

My go to sandwich

In the spirit of finishing sandwich week, here is the last sandwich I was going to post. Nothing fancy, no grilling, spreading or even cooking ahead of time. I basically eat this or a variation most days of the week. I love to get delicious bagels from Haggen or any local bakeries, depends where I am.

There will also be no ingredients or step by step, because it’s pretty simple.
I use provolone cheese, smoked ham, and a delicious asiago bagel here.

Look at all that delicous food stacked in a perfectly made bagel. It makes my mouth water and look forward to it tomorrow as well.