Here is the recipe I promised. My mom got this recipe from a cooking class she took with some girlfriends in Newport Beach. I wish I would have taken a picture of the meal, but trust me that anyone who has my mom's chicken raves! You must try this at home!
Hazelnut Crusted Chicken
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
1 tsp. fine sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs lightly whisked
6 (organic) boneless, skinless half chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2"
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
On a baking sheet, combine bread crumbs and nuts. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper, dredge the chicken, patting off excess flour. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat well with nut mixture. In a large saute pan heat butter and oil. Saute chicken 3-4 minutes on each side and remove to a paper towel lined oven safe platter. Allow to rest 10 minutes and serve with Creamy Thyme Sauce.
Creamy Thyme Sauce
1 cup wine
1 cup chicken stock
1 Tbs. finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1 Tbs dijon mustard
1 Tbs finely chopped thyme
1 Tbs finely chopped parsley
fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a small saucepan, combine wine, stock and shallots and reduce to 1/2 cup. Add creme fraiche and mustard; reduce until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper.
**Tips from my Mom: Allow plenty of time for the sauce. It takes at least half an hour for the wine and chicken stock to reduce. This is especially true when you double or triple the recipe. We always do this because everyone LOVES the sauce.
I like to get the reduction out of the way earlier in the day or the night before and then refrigerate until ready to continue.
i signed up for my first (and maybe last?) race, a mud run.
it was a lot of fun, and unfortunately i am that out of shape that i am still sore from a 5k.
i said goodbye to my pretty in pink nikes. it was kinda sad. i designed these shoes about five years ago for a family vacation to real del mar. my dad had just designed a pair of his own, and decided we all needed to be "sponsored" by nike for the trip. we each got our own pair of custom nike id's. i was the only one that still had them, i don't work out as much as i should, and i miss them already!
it was really muddy. really. got my hair did.
this photo was the "inspiration"
i'm so obsessed with this shot- the hair, the outfit, all of it!
we went out that night to celebrate my mother in laws birthday at caio pasta.
it was delish and a great night in honor of julie.
we played and lounged around the house after a busy weekend.
this beauty found her new home.
and presley was playful, and sweet, and snuggly all weekend long once again. i love that girl.
I was so excited a couple Friday's back when she featured Rikshaw Design. I have loved her stuff since my girl Cait called me last December telling me to stop everything and check out her site because I would be obsessed,
and she was so right!
I love their product.
Boho chic for babes?!? I am in.
Well .... lucky for me I entered her gracious giveaway and won! I have never won a giveaway and I was so excited to win a piece from Rikshaw Design!
This little lovely came to my door last weekend, I love it. So so darling.
Trader Joe's has the most incredible flowers right now. Week after week they are filling my house with gorgeous spring flowers.
There is nothing better than fresh flowers in your home!
We celebrated Easter nice and early with a visit from the Easter Bunny, about five Easter egg hunts with the same four plastic eggs (love this age!) and a yummy pumpkin pecan waffle breakfast with cranberry butter and syrup. I will share the recipe soon, I die.
We headed to my parent's home in the afternoon to help cook and get ready for our traditional feast.
(you may recognize Presley's "Easter dress" from our Christmas card ... Easter really snuck up on me this year!)
My mom is the. best. host. Seriously, every holiday is always so fun in her home. She makes the most incredible food and always has a beautiful holiday spread.
( And do you die over her new chandelier?? )
She went with a lilac theme, and it was gorgeous! She bought most of her flowers and what nots at Rogers Gardens. I am now also a huge fan of them, they have the best holiday decor!
She even sent us home with our own Easter decoration.
I baked my very favorite coconut cake. My mom had a traditional ham, but lucky for me - I don't do ham - she has been making her hazelnut crusted chicken with creamy thyme sauce too for the past few years. It is insane! And such a great take on Easter dinner. Again, I promise to start sharing some recipes. We enjoyed celebrating with both sides of our family this year!
I love Easter and what it represents to us in our faith. Hope you all had a great weekend too!