The rain, gloom and moderate temps made me want to cook today.
I started with a nice apple, pecan, cinnamon bread.
Then, for dinner
Autumn Medley Wild Rice Something-or-other
I started with 3 chicken breasts
which I braised whole in 1 cup of chardonnay
and 1 cup of apple cider
Sprinkled in garlic powder, black pepper, thyme
, and cayenne
I let these simmer about 1/2 hour then turned off the heat. Once cooled a bit, I stripped all the meat off the bones and broke them into nice, small chunks and put them back into the pan with the wine/juice/spice mixture.
While the chicken simmered, I blackened 2 pablano peppers
under the broiler. Threw them in a plastic bag for a bit, then peeled and cut these into chunks and added it to the chicken and broth.
I then started the wild rice
(1 cup dry, 3 cups water)
When the rice was almost done I chopped 1 sweet onion
up into large chunks. I thickly sliced up 8 oz of baby bella mushrooms.
I added all of this to a pan with 2 Tablespoons butter
and sauted until everything was tender. I added 2 cloves of garlic
, chopped, and let that cook just a few minutes more. Then I added this to the chicken mixture.
When the rice was done, I let it sit for about 10 minutes while I finished the last step. I put the chicken mixture on a low simmer and added 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire
, 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
, and 1 teaspoon of sea salt
. Then I added the rice.
I cut 1 acorn squash
into quarters,seeded and peeled it, cussed a lot, and then sliced the quarters into 1/2" pieces. I added 2 tablespoons of butter
to a non-stick skillet and cooked the squash until one side was golden, then I flipped all the pieces over and added a big handful of pecan halves
to the mix and sprinkled the whole thing liberally with cinnamon
and put a lid on the pan for 3 minutes. Then I sprinkles 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
over the mix and turned up the heat until it all started to caramelize.
I added the pecans and squash to the chicken and rice mixture then served it all up.
It made enough for leftovers for dinner tomorrow!
My tastebuds were telling me that I could pull off thyme and cinnamon. I wasn't sure I should trust them, but I'm glad I let them lead the way. This was a fantastic early Autumn dinner.
As soon as dinner settles, I'm digging into that apple cinnamon bread!