chicken gabriella

Has anyone else noticed that time has sped up the last couple of weeks? Each day seems to drag, but take a quick look at the calendar and you can’t believe it’s almost June.  Apparently I’ve been getting up, going to work, cooking, visiting, and doing all the other little things that make up my days, weeks, months, but I just can’t seem to remember how it all happened.  Times like these always send me searching for my camera and a way to document some of the goings-on.

Like enjoying the glow of our new votive holders (thanks Aunt Lisa!)…

Or finding the cat sleeping on the corner of our bed. I love how she sleeps with her back to the door…

…and doesn’t seem to mind (or notice) a camera clicking in her snoozing face.

Something’s always on the crochet hook these days…

…and, of course, food on the stove or in the oven is an *almost* nightly appearance.

Which brings me to the real point of this post–to tell you about the flavorful, tender, EASY chicken dinner I pulled together the other night.

Lately, I’ve been scouring Epicurious for meal-time inspiration.  Some of their recipes are intimidating (Oysters Rockefeller and cheese soufflé, for example), but if you dig just a bit (and primarily in the “Quick and Easy” section), you can really find some gems.

Chicken Gabriella caught my interest mainly because it called for fresh rosemary, and I’m hell-bent on utilizing my porch-herbs as much as possible.  It also features sage, which I LOVE, and wine.  All winners in my book.

This is one of those recipes that calls for throwing the ingredients in a skillet and cooking them until they’re done.  Really.  That simple.  I used a package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of a cut-up whole chicken, and it still turned out wonderful.  Honestly, there is almost no way to make this meal more user-friendly, unless you have a couple of tiny but brawny kitchen elves that will take care of the heavy lifting for you.

Best of all, a quick and easy meal like this means you’ll still have the evening for lounging and relaxing and enjoying those su-huh-mer niiiii-iiights (as Danny Zuko would say).

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