Hi there! Happy Monday to you! I am jealous of those of you who have off today for Columbus Day. Sadly, my work does not give us off for the holiday. I thought since a lot of people have off today, traffic wouldn’t be so bad. It seemed like it was worse this morning. Plus, it was quite chilly outside this morning and I think people were just not paying attention or something cause every bad driver was on the road. It was frustrating! Anyway, how was your weekend?! What did you do this weekend? I had a nice weekend and I was sad to see it go. The weekends go by just so fast. I don’t like it!
So on Friday after work, Mike and I decided to go to Arirang since we had a gift card. It was a pretty bad experience there. The second time within the past two weeks. I think we are going to stay away from there for a while. It’s a shame because it was definitely one of our favorite sushi/Asian restaurants. The visit didn’t even warrant pictures which is why I didn’t take any. It didn’t ruin our date night though. We spent the rest of the night watching The Five Year Engagement. If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to! It was funny! I love Emily Blunt and Jason Segal! They were good together in this movie. It was definitely entertaining and gave some much-needed laughs after our horrid dinner!
On Saturday, I woke up early because I couldn’t sleep. I went to get my hair cut and I think the guy did a pretty good job. I went to the stylist that Melissa goes to. He talked the entire time which was nice. I hate when there are dull silences and it feels awkward. I am happy with how my hair looks for once. The rest of the afternoon I spent relaxing until we picked up Melissa and my mom to go to the Take Steps walk! I had been looking forward to this walk ever since I signed up for it. It was so important for me to walk since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease several months ago and struggle every single day.
It was so nice to be with Melissa, my mom and Mike. I felt great to have them support me and walk with me in the battle. It felt good to be surrounded by other people who are trying to fight and stand up for a cause. They didn’t have any booths set up to talk to anyone about anything which is something I was disappointed about. I did get reading material that I hope will help me in getting to the bottom of this. After the walk, we went home and had something for dinner. Then we picked up Melissa and went to Chickie’s & Petes for a celebratory drink! We actually got a decent table and they had a super cheap special on crab fries. I couldn’t resist. My stomach wasn’t happy but I was. Sometimes I have to do what makes me happy and not my stomach. I know it’s not a good thing but hey, it happens.
On Sunday, Mike and I went food shopping early so that he could get home in time to watch the Eagles game. While the game was on, I made pumpkin muffins from a box mix. I am not a huge fan of making boxed mixed pumpkin muffins but I tried it.
They were good but didn’t have enough pumpkin flavor. Next time, I will be making it from scratch! I actually ended up taking a nap for a good hour and a half to two hours. I was so tired. I woke up feeling even more tired but pulled myself together so Mike and I could cook together. We had plans to make a recipe that I saw on Rachael Ray’s talk show earlier in the week. We got all of the ingredients and we were ready to go!
Roasted Maple & Mustard Chicken from the Rachael Ray Show
4 tablespoons butter
2 pounds medium potatoes, skin-on and cut into wedges
4 crispy apples, quartered, cored then cut into 8 wedges per apple
3 medium yellow onions, peeled, cut into 6 wedges each with root attached (**I only used one onion for dietary reasons and it worked out fine)
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 5-pound chicken, quartered (**Ask the butcher to do this for you. They were happy to do this at the supermarket for me when I asked)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
About 1/3 cup dark amber maple syrup (**I used maple syrup that I had in our house)
About 1/3 cup grainy mustard
About 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
About 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
About 1/3 cup chicken stock
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated garlic
3 tablespoons grated shallot
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Melt butter in a small pan or microwave.
In a shallow roasting pan, dress potatoes, apples and onions with melted butter, and season with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. Roast 25 minutes then remove from oven.
Dress chicken with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and pepper, and arrange over potatoes and onions.
Combine syrup, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, stock, garlic and shallot in a small bowl. Pour sauce evenly over the chicken and potatoes, and roast 1 hour more.
This dinner was so flavorful! The chicken was moist, juicy and tender. It almost had the consistency of a rotisserie chicken. The sauce was really good and the potatoes and apples were cooked to perfection! It was really a different kind of meal and it was perfect for the fall. It does serve 4 people easily because when the butcher quarters the chicken, it gives enough for 4 people. So we definitely have leftovers for tonight. It actually wasn’t too difficult to prepare and you could easily make this one night when you come home from work. It’s not one of those dishes that need to be reserved for the weekend only. I love making Rachael Ray recipes! Have you ever made a Rachael Ray recipe?
Alright, have a great Monday!