Friday, July 11, 2008

Good but nothing special
--Rosemary Balsamic Chicken

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken
Home Cooking 2005 Recipe Annual Copyright 2005

1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 ½ teaspoons rosemary
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves

Combine Dijon mustard, honey, rosemary, garlic, red wine vinegar, chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. Whisk in olive oil. Set aside.

Lightly pound chicken breasts to a uniform thickness and place in a ziptop plastic bag. Pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.

Grill chicken breasts over medium-high heat. Marinade can be simmered for 10 minutes and served as a sauce over cooked chicken.

Serves 4.

I had this chicken on the menu and then I decided to also make grilled chicken for my mom and sister when they came earlier this week. I marinaded that chicken in some bottled dressing - some sort of honey dijon vinaigrette. Both versions were equally tasty but nothing to write home about. It was much easier just to open the bottled dressing and pour.

I saw something mind-blowing in the grocery store last night. They have a small cart near the door that they usually display meat specials in but today there was a variety of prepared Italian meals - sausage and peppers, stuffed shells, lasagne, etc. They were in trays that were 9x13 or less and although they each weighed 3-4 pounds, they were priced from $18 to $25! For a family-sized entree (not party sized). You can buy sausage for less than $2/pound and that one was about $25 for 4.5 pounds. It was just cooked with some peppers and onions added. $18 for stuffed shells? How desperate could a person be to put dinner on the table?

Question of the Day: Would you pay those prices?


Jennifer said...

I wouldn't. I'm willing to occasionally splurge on a more expensive raw ingredient, like scallops or steak, but I won't spend much extra money just to save on labor. Especially for pasta? I mean, that's so cheap!

Anonymous said...

Heck, no! I guess some may need to have something ready-to-go and if they can afford it...fine. But, I just roll my eyes at some of the similar things I see at the store.


La Pixie said...

I think that's single guy products, because I can't think of anyone else who would pay that kind of money.

ThursdayNext said...

Absolutely not. I think Cheryl is right...

Brilynn said...

I can't believe the prices some people are willing to pay! Especially when I'm sure those items can be made far better and for less money at home. I guess some people just really don't enjoy cooking.

Anonymous said...

Heck no. If your that crunched on time pizza hut now has pasta the deliver for 1/2 that price. But really how hard is it to make stuffed shells?? They have a recipe right on the box.

Anonymous said...

It had better be really really gourmet food and I be really hungry and have no time to cook! Even then I'd probably buy something else that's cheaper.

Heather said...

No way... it also doesn't sound like something that would appeal to me, plus for that I would still have to do the dishes. For the 2 of us we can go out cheaper.

Randi said...

I worked for a caterer in London who also made frozen foods to sell in the store that he rented space from. His prices were outragous( 25 for an artichoke lasagna, 6.59 for a chicken leek soup( 8oz). You'd be amazed at how many ppl bought the stuff though. One Friday before a big storm was predicted for the weekend was just amazing. He sold out of so many things. So many ppl just dont cook these days.