I definitely cannot say that my eats lately have been as exciting as they were in Cabo. I can say, however, that I whipped up (another) new fabulous Chicken Piccata recipe on Monday night that I can’t wait to share with you!
Chicken Piccata (Serves 4)
Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each 8 to 9 oz., cut in half horizontally and pounded 1/4 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp minced shallot
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp capers, drained
2 Tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken in it. Shake off the excess.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Place the chicken into the pan and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
3. Reduce the heat to medium and melt 1 tablespoon butter in the pan. Add the shallot and cook until softened and golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the wine, lemon juice and broth, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the chicken and remaining juices back to the pan. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the capers and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Alas, there was no huevos rancheros for breakfast on Monday. I do have to admit that I was rather excited to enjoy my old favorite:
The kids were still out of school on Monday so I just ran a few errands, including stopping for lunch at Green Spot Salad Company.
Standard favorite there: Seared Ahi Ginger Bowl. Love.
My dog ended up with a stick in her ear somehow, so I took her to the vet to get it removed. Welcome back from vacation!
Diner was the Chicken Piccata III, orzo and roasted asparagus.
Not bad for the first meal I’ve cooked since the luxury of not cooking a damn thing for a week.
The kids went back to the school and I went back to the gym. It was about time. Cardio Strength class it was and I swear the instructor knew my vacation demons and was trying to kill me. I somehow survived.
I ran more errands (catching up from vacation is a lot of work) and grabbed a Subway turkey and avocado sandwich for lunch.
Since Subway only fills me up for like two hours max, I snacked on some almonds later in the afternoon.
We went to Mona Lisa’s for dinner. My meal started with a salad.
Imagine what I ordered:
Chicken Piccata. I have issues. Piccata issues.
I made it to the gym again for some treadmill time before heading off to two appointments. One of them happened to be near the Fashion Valley Mall, so I stopped at Blue Smoke Sushi for lunch.
Salmon, yellowtail, and tuna sushi:
Red Dragon Roll:
So…my dinner last night kind of looks like a mess:
You see…I really ran out of time to make a vegetable or even make the plate look nice. Somewhere between dropping my son off at a friend’s house, bringing my daughter home and picking my son up from basketball practice, my dog decided to get bitten by something outside and become lethargic with a bleeding snout. Yep. Off to the vet we went. Again. A couple of injections and some antibiotics later, she was good to go! Alas, my Chicken Piccata III leftovers were thrown the microwave and eaten just as quickly.
Can I go back to Cabo now?
I had an event in my daughter’s class to attend and one in my son’s. In between them, I made it to the gym for about 40 minutes on the treadmill.
Amid all my craziness yesterday, I forgot to mention that I got water on my son’s “phone” (it’s my husband’s old phone but he just uses it for games, internet, etc.) and it will no longer work. Yeah. Nice one, mom. So I had to drop it off at the repair place and pray they can fix it.
Nearby was The Fish Shop Encinitas. It was packed and looked interesting so I stopped in for lunch. I’m so glad I did! They had all kinds of fresh fish and you chose if you wanted tacos, a sandwich or a plate. It being Cinco de Mayo and all (Happy Cinco de Mayo), I opted for the tacos.
Seasoned Mahi Mahi taco, blackened lobster taco and a salad. It was fabulous! What a great find!
It made me feel like I was back in Cabo…..
Do you have a certain favorite dish that you always order in restaurants?