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Baked Chicken Italiano Recipe

DISCLAIMER: I am very sleepy and what appears on the computer screen before you may or may not be coherent.

It’s no secret that one of my favorite rooms at home is the kitchen. I feel very comfortable there and love to cook for those I love or care about or maybe even hate, but the latter has not happened! I don’t hate anybody anyway.

Back to the subject at hand. Cooking is perhaps my favorite hobby and having several people over for dinner tonight I thought I could post about the meal and leave a recipe. The chicken recipe is not mine. Iron Cook Carl who hasn’t posted in forever either is the creator of this recipe.

Tonight I am planning on cooking for eight. It’s kind of a big deal so I am going all out on some courses but for the main course I thought I would keep it simple with baked chicken. To start the meal off I am preparing a seafood bisque. Actually this is my first time preparing a bisque the correct French way. I still have to make it to the market to get the mushrooms. The soup is going to be a crab, lobster and mushroom bisque.

The second course is an radicchio and arugula salad with orange and grapefruit supremes and a lemon vinaigrette. The third course consists of the baked chicken Italiano (see recipe below), cous cous and broccoli rabe. Dessert is also a recipe I’m taking from Carl.

Blue Velvet Cake is a take on Red Velvet cake. It is exactly the same Paula Deen recipe I have been using myself and all he did was substitute red food coloring with blue. He made cupcakes for his kids in the shape of Blue’s paws from Blue’s Clues. I’m just making a four layer cake with loads and load and loads and loads of frosting!

Baked Chicken Italiano Recipe
courtesy of Iron Cook Carl

Emeril’s Essence Seasoning
5 garlic cloves
1 large onion cut in half
1-2 bottles of either Kraft or Wish Bone House Italian dressing
10 chicken quarters (free range, organic)

Keep leg and thighs attached. Clean chicken and remove skin if you prefer less fat in your diet. Season both sides of chicken with Emeril’s essence and place in large baking pan. Smash and remove the skin from the gloves of garlic. Cut onion in half and place in baking dish with garlic. Add Italian dressing to pan by pouring along sides not directly on chicken.

Place in 350 degree oven for at least an hour, until juices run clear or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Turn chicken at least once during baking. Carl says after the chicken is done he drains the dressing and returns the chicken to the oven to get crispy.

Don’t forget the bubbly!

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Spring Salad

It is amazing how your everyday life can be altered by the unexpected things life throws your way. The weather here in Indianapolis has still been cold and gloomy despite what the calendar might have you believe. Even so, I decided to make a light meal the other night and came up with this recipe. If you aren’t a salad person, I hear ya! If some of the ingredients are not familiar, I hear that as well. But!, it was delicious and for that reason I decided to share the recipe. I did however, forget to take a photo.

Blogging        skills                         fading…

It has also been a long while since I posted something that was not scheduled weeks or even months in advance. This is a brand new post. I made the salad yesterday and everyone who ate some of it enjoyed it. Let it also be known that I miss you guys very much and once I get things situated I plan on answering all the comments I have been receiving but I have let go unanswered. It’s been a hectic time for me but things look like they will be shaping up soon.

I also wanted to make you aware that April’s guest blogger, Judy Santiago will still be guesting this month. Which Saturday? That we don’t exactly know just yet, however Judy assures me that something is in the works. Please be patient with the both of us!

Enjoy the salad.

Easily serves six people a healthy light meal. If you want to, add baked chicken breasts pieces on top for a more filling meal.

Spring Salad

1/2 tsp. diced and chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Black pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. raw sugar
8 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1 red onion, diced fine
1 cup feta cheese
1 lb. jicama peeled and julienne
1 head iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 thinly sliced English cucumbers
1/2 tsp. ground flax seed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 clementines, cut into supremes
2 grapefruit, cut into supremes

Make a garlic paste with garlic and salt by smashing the garlic and salt with the back of a knife. Blend together garlic paste with citrus juice, sugar, olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper. Add lettuce, grapefruit and clementines together with red onion, radishes, cucumber and jicama sticks. Combine sunflower seeds, cheese and serve immediately topped with roasted chicken if you like.

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Honorable Mention

A-Z Blog Tips

This site is run by Tran Tinh. Tinh gives bloggers who want to make money with their blog excellent ideas and proven techniques to assist them in getting started. His site also gives businesses ways to help boost sales with their existing marketing plans.

One thing I have noticed about A-Z Blogging Tips that sets it apart from other sites in kind is that all the information that is given has already been tested by Tinh. All of the information provided is from personal experience whether it worked for him or it did not. As he states, “They are not theoretical but practical and you can apply right away after reading each article.”

On A-Z Blog Tips you can learn the many different affiliate programs as well as how you can get more visitors to your blog and increase your pagerank on the many search engines.

You can also learn to increase readership using Twitter and other social networks. His recent posts deal with how his site is performing with affiliate programs, how using Technorati can boost your authority with them and he keeps you up to date on new blogging templates and themes.

Unfortunately, using the free does not allow you to make money with your blog, however if you are considering using or starting a new blog to make money with, this is a great resource to utilize.

In addition to this being a great resource for new bloggers, I’m hoping in the near future to ask Tinh to do a guest post for Morning Erection.



Tastespotting is a community driven collection of eye-catching images that link to a delicious recipe on the other side. This blog allows users to submit an image and a recipe that will be added to the community database. It is a visually stunning smorgasbord with some of the better recipes that April and I have made. I don’t advise you visiting this site when hungry. It would be a huge mistake.

Jennifer Bartoli runs the site and is one of it’s editor. I’m not sure how many other editors there are but before your photo and recipe appear on TasteSpotting, it is verified by a human being.

The idea for the site is that we all eat with our eyes first. If you run a food blog or just like to cook, this is a great resource. If you do run a food blog, submit some of your photos and recipes and then when published on TrainSpotting, come back and let us know your link.

“Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.”



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