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Ike came to visit, so I made dinner 
14th-Sep-2008 07:46 pm
cooking
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!
Comments 
15th-Sep-2008 04:58 am (UTC)
oh wow, dinner sounds awesome! if all goes well and they don't float away, i will have a TON of acorn squash to harvest from my garden - i may have to try something like this rather than just baking it (:
15th-Sep-2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Could you be persuaded to part with the apple pecan cinnamon bred recipe? :)
16th-Sep-2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
It was a bread machine recipe. Would you still like it?
22nd-Sep-2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Yes please!
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