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Brown sugar and garlic? Sounds like a winner

So I actually wasn’t going to cook anything fancy or special today…I already had some baked chicken in the fridge. But I wasn’t feeling it (I will probably use it for salad tomorrow). I saw a recipe on pinterest (and boy do I see recipes on pinterest!) for baked garlic and brown sugar chicken. It is simple and tasty. It actually tastes like it belongs with some asian stir fry vegetables, so maybe I will think about this as a marinade for meat in an Asian inspired dish another time. Anyways… here is the link to the recipe and pictures follow… http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/08/baked-garlic-brown-sugar-chicken/

Mince 4 cloves of garlic

 

Sautee garlic in about 3 tablespoons of oil ( I actually used grapeseed oil, yummy!) Then take off heat and stir in the brown sugar.

 

Put the chicken in a lightly greased dish and cover with the garlic sugar mixture.

 

Bake in oven (at 500, and I do mean 500 degrees!) for about 20 minutes (this is a little more dependent on how thick your chicken breast are).

Ta-da! (as one of my students would say) I put my chicken with some brown rice and it was sure tasty!

 

Mini red velvet cupcakes

I love to cook. It relaxes me and definitely gives me something to do in free and not so free time.

Today I made Red velvet cupcakes. Mini. The recipe is from Southern Living. the first time I used this recipe I made cake balls…and those turned out fabulous! Here is the link to the recipeĀ http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/red-velvet-cupcakes-50400000117993/…and here are pictures of my process. Oh and by the way, I didn’t use the recipe for the amaretto frosting included in the recipe…I had some cream cheese frosting on hand.

First, I beat the butter (*Note, I only made half a batch, so the amounts in the pictures will look small)

Add the sugar and then beat into the butter.

 

Then add the eggs one by one…

 

Next add the vanilla and red food coloring.

Then add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately into the red butter mix. I forgot to take pictures of this part! Spoon into muffin tin and bake…

Let cool completely and frost. Ta-da!