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Skillet Roasted Garlic and Thyme Chicken


It’s THYME to get back in the saddle and start blogging again. Last night I made this chicken I found on Pinterest and it was pretty darn good. Add a Pinch is where I found this recipe.  She has some yummy looking recipes posted on her site.

Her recipe suggests preheating the oven to 475°. I preheated the oven to 450°. I was also roasting corn on the cob in the oven and that was the suggested temp for the corn. So I roasted the chicken a little longer in the oven, but not too much longer.

Skillet Roasted Garlic and Thyme Chicken

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6-8 chicken thighs, skin on ( I used thighs and legs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 6  8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • fresh thyme sprigs

Preheat oven to 475º degrees.

Heat 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on stove top.  Drizzle in olive oil and heat, but do not let it get to a smoking point.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken thighs and place the chicken skin side down into skillet. Cook until chicken skin has browned. Turn and reduce heat to medium. Cook chicken until fat has rendered off, about 10-12 more minutes.

Sprinkle the chicken with paprika, tuck in whole garlic cloves throughout chicken thighs, and top with thyme sprigs. Place in oven and roast until chicken temperature registers 160º F, about 12-13 more minutes (depends on if you have your oven temp at 450° or 475°). Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.

Please excuse my photo. I took it with my phone after I realized how good the chicken was and most of it was consumed 😉

20131105-084322.jpgThe garlic was so good in this dish. I served it with small whole red potatoes that I microwaved with olive  oil, salt and pepper. I smashed the garlic into my potato…oh yeah, that was good. I also served oven roasted corn on the cob, I will post that recipe on a different day. It was really good and easy.

After our last dog passed away a few years ago, I swore I would not get another dog. Never say Never….I would like you to meet the newest addition to our family. He has brought so much joy to our home. We loved him as soon as we saw him.



~Relish Food & Life


Fabulous Foodie Weekend & Roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta and basalmic glaze


About a month ago I came up with the idea of a surprise visit to see my daughter, Samantha in West Palm Beach, FL. Along with that surprise was 2 tickets for us to go to an event at Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, Burgers on the Beach. We are both foodies, love to cook, entertain family & friends and can curl up on the couch with a great cookbook or food magazine. So, this was the PERFECT gift for her! wink wink

I could hardly wait to surprise her and surprise she was! We started the weekend off by heading downtown West Palm Beach to Clematis street. Clematis street is a definite stop if you are in WPB. Lots of great restaurants and different events going on all the time. We found out Cassedee Pope was making a hometown appearance that was being filmed for Mondays episode of The Voice. I have been watching it this season so that was pretty exciting for me. She sang a few songs and thanked everyone for their support. I will have to say, she sounds better on TV. She did mention they just found out that they were going to their hometowns and performing. I am sure being home, not having much practice and seeing all her family and friends had something to do with it….because Monday on The Voice, she sounded awesome. If you watched it Mondays night, when she was singing to a crowd, I was one of the them in the crowd.

palm beach the voice 2

After she was done singing, it was off to Rocco’s Taco’s. It is always a must eat place when I go to WPB. Great Margaritas, Sangria, and atmosphere! Unfortunately, I did not take any photos here. Just trust me, the food was really good. Here is their website,check out their menu. Roccos Tacos

Samantha had to work Friday morning, so I decided to head across the street to City Place for some breakfast and shopping. Whenever Sam has to work, I love going IL Bellagio’s for breakfast. I always order Nana’s Breakfast. It is Italian Bread Grilled with an Egg Cooked in the Center, Served with Roasted Pepper & potatoes and bacon. I had a nice surprise, Jeff, Samantha boyfriend joined me for breakfast.Check out IL Bellagio’s Website.

That afternoon I went back to Samantha’s apartment. She was back from working and asked if we wanted to do a little shopping at City Place. I said sure, so we shopped a bit when she said “Let’s check things out over this way”. She surprised me with a wonderful Spa afternoon 🙂 We had massages and facials. I do not get them often, but when I do, I wonder why don’t I get them more often. I think that is going to be a must for 2013!

palm beach spa day

After the spa, we hurried and got ready for dinner. Samantha made reservations at Max Harvest, Farm to Fork in Delray Beach. The best thing about this place is all of their ingredients are from local farmers. Their menu changes frequently according to what is available. We decided to order several things and share them. After scouring the menu, we decided on Ricotta Gnocchi with Short rib, Smoked Gouda & Pancetta Mac ‘n Cheese, Bacon-Sizzled brussels w/ Kimchee & Lemon and stuffed squash blossoms.The food was fantastic! Here is their website. Max Harvest.

palm beach Max harvest

Even though we did not need it, the waiter talked us into dessert! Yes, he twisted our wrist until we said uncle 😉

HOMEMADE donuts with 2 sauces. Needless to say, We brought Jeff home some left overs ;)

HOMEMADE donuts with 2 sauces. Needless to say, We brought Jeff home some left overs 😉

The day has come….Palm Beach Wine & Food Festival, but we needed to check out Samantha’s new apartment first. She will be moving the end of this week. It is just a couple blocks down from where she is now. It is a great apartment with a fantastic view from the pool. She has a good view from her apartment too, but love this one.

palm beach sam's apartment

Burger on the Beach, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, my one word to describe it would be Fabulous! It was held at Four Seasons Resort

I am not going to lie, I was a bit nervous going to this being from a small farm town. When we first got there, we spotted the bar. Free cocktails, champagne, beer or whatever you wanted. We got a cocktail and then I said Let’s just sit on this couch, take it in and see how this thing works etc. So we did, then I immediately spilled my drink! Damn…sunglasses with readers. So, embarrassed! There was a guy there within seconds cleaning it up for me. I apologized profusely. He said, Not a problem, anytime! Ha! I thought I was going to have to call him over a couple other times. I was a mess with those glasses. Funny thing, we were standing at a table and this lady spilled her drink. Her husbands said to us, “She has these sunglasses with readers and she is having a hard time with them.” I was never so happy to hear that! Note to self: Do not wear Sunglasses with readers next year or to a party!

The setting of the party was just off the beach. In the pool area. It was like I had held a party in my back yard. That is how small and intimate it was. We were up close to all the chefs. We got to chat and mingle with them. Samantha and I were standing at a small cocktail table and realized Marc Murphy, Chopped judge was standing there with us. She recognized several local celebrities. I heard several people and chefs comment that this is the one to go to, the others are too big.

You can ask anyone in my family, I always have Food Network, Bravo or The Cooking Channel on the TV…I was in heaven with winners of Top Chef and Food Network celebrities there. Here are some of the photos from the event.

palm beach sam processo by the beach

palm beach sam lobster burger

Marc Summers from Unwrapped, Food Network Channel. He was just hanging out everywhere.

Marc Summers from Unwrapped, Food Network Channel. He was just hanging out everywhere.

Jeff Mauro, winner Next Network Star. He has a show on Food Network, Sandwich King..

Jeff Mauro, winner Next Network Star. He has a show on Food Network, Sandwich King..

Pool area. Party was on the left of the photo.

Pool area. Party was on the left of the photo.

Ahhh, Fabio, my favorite. He was on Top Chef. He did not win, but has several restaurants and on tv a lot. When we got back from Italy, we made his gnocchi. It was soo good. His burger was not bad either!

Ahhh, Fabio, my favorite. He was on Top Chef. He did not win, but has several restaurants and on tv a lot. When we got back from Italy, we made his gnocchi. It was soo good. His burger was not bad either!

palm beach fabios burger

palm beach fabio

Another favorite, Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible.

Another favorite, Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible.

Our red carpet photo ;)

Our red carpet photo 😉

She was loving all the burgers.

She was loving all the burgers.

The Burgers we tasted were, Fabio’s short rib burger with caramelized onions in a balsamic glaze, brie and red raddicchio, Chef Irvines pimento cheeseburger sliders with pork belly, Jeff Mauro’s Patty Melt, Top Chef season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga’s Za’atar lamb slider (great, but when I took a bite it squirted all over my dress) and Four Seasons chef Darryl Moile’s lobster burger. There were truffle fries, sweet potato hash browns and all other kind of goodies floating around.

As we were taking everything in, Sam said “Mom, can we do this again next year?” my reply “You betcha!” Thank you to my wonderful husband for saying yeah, you should go. I hope he is ok with it now being a yearly event 😉

On Sunday, Samantha and I headed to the grocery store to load up on the ingredients we needed to make dinner that night. We decided we wanted to make Mussels with 2 different sauces and Lobster Mac N Cheese. I love cooking with my daughters, Samantha seems to be the one who likes it the most. Kate and Grace are beginning to jump on the boat with us. While cooking, we realized that it would probably be the last meal that Samantha cooks in that apartment. It lead to her thinking about the life lessons and experiences and people who gathered at her table while living in that apartment. She told me her first meal she made there, she was by herself and She made a dish that called for 2 adobe peppers….she put 2 cans in it. Needless to say, it went uneaten. She made a wonderful toast before we ate, it brought me to tears. I have a saying written in my kitchen; A good cook knows it’s not what’s on the table that matters, it’s what is in the chairs. She is a good cook! I am so happy that I was there for the last meal there and so sad I was not there for the first meal.

Thai Coconut Curry Mussels, Spicy Tomato Garlic Mussels, Lobster Mac n Cheese and for dessert Gooey Butter Cake.

Thai Coconut Curry Mussels, Spicy Tomato Garlic Mussels, Lobster Mac n Cheese and for dessert Gooey Butter Cake.

Ok, onward to a recipe.

The brussel sprouts at Max Harvest reminded me of a recipe that I have made a couple of times. I have always been nervous to try brussel sprouts. The word on the street was they were yucky! I took the plunge at Paulos at the Mansion a few years ago. Mark actually ordered them. I think I ate most of them. Mark and I both fell in love with them.

I am not sure how brussel sprouts got a bad rap, but it was not with the recipe I am going to share with you.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Syrup< I found this recipe on Just a Taste Blog.

½ pound pancetta (one thick slice), diced (You can buy packages of chopped pancetta at Dierbergs or Trader Joes. That is what I used.)
1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, stems removed, halved
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 cup balsamic vinegar

Toss Brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400ºF oven for about 40 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they do not get over done.

While they’re roasting, sauté the diced pancetta cooking until golden brown. Set aside.

Simmer 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat until it reduces by half, about 10 minutes. It will be thick and syrupy.

Remove the roasted Brussels sprouts from the oven and pour the sauteed pancetta (plus any drippings) directly on top of the Brussels sprouts, tossing to combine.

Transfer the mix to a serving platter and drizzle with the balsamic syrup.

Another good brussel sprouts recipe to try is Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts.
It is basically the same recipe minus the Balsamic reduction.
~Relish Food & Life!

Upside Down Potato & Onion Tart


Holy Cow….this potato recipe is really good. My favorite potato recipes right now are this one, Roasted Greek Potatoes  and Crash Hot Potatoes.  This is the second time I have made these. The first time Mark and I made our New Years Eve dinner together instead of going out and then last night. Grace would have eaten the whole pan if I would have let her. There was not much left and I ate the rest for lunch 🙂 Sorry Grace.

I found the recipe on Pinterest. If you have not been to the pinterest site….you need too! If you need an invite, just let me know and I will invite you. I followed the recipe from Hizzoners website. I really did not change a thing, which is rare. It looks harder than it really is. So simple. The hardest part is finding Gruyere locally 😉

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 sprigs thyme, strip the leaves from the stems
  • 1 large onion, sliced somewhat thickly ( a tad more than 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 lb. small red potatoes, washed and very thinly sliced ( I may have used a bit more than 1 lb. What you see in the photo is what I used.)
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°. Melt the butter in a 9-10 inch ovenproof frying pan (cast iron is great) over medium heat. Add the thyme and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Place the potato, oil, cheeses, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss to combine.

Top the onion with the potato mixture and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Turn upside down to serve.

Ingredient Line up...for some reason I thought Fontina cheese was in it. It is not.

See my new handy dandy mandoline ♥ Slice potatoes thin. Leave skin on. I am not a potato peeler. So, I usually leave it on. I am sure all the vitamins are in the skin 😉 See the gloves? That is so I do not slice a finger off!

Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Add onions and thyme. I did not have big onions, so I used 2 medium size. Cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss potatoes, olive oil, cheeses, salt and pepper together.

After the five minutes, add potato mixture to the skillet.

Remove from the oven and turn up side down on a plate.

Oh, how I love crunchy things. Like I said I have made this twice and LOVED it both times. Both times, it looks a little brown after turning over….but it is still sooo good. I have a hot oven. I did not try to  make it until it looks like the original recipe’s photo and  deprive you of this recipe. So with that said…here is my photo.

Upside Down Potato Onion Tart....YUMOLA!

Oh, how I LOVE crispy potatoes!

I am heading to FL on Thursday to see my daughter, Samantha. I am so excited to see her and be in the warmth and sunshine.

I hope weather.com is right 😀

~Relish Food & Life!

Greek Feta Tomato Dip


I have made this dip 2 times in the past week, everyone loves it. It is ridiculously easy! I found it on Pinterest… Feta Dip on Clover Lane’s Blog.

Ingredient Line Up.

Choose a plate and pour olive oil on the bottom

Until it is generously covered.

Don’t you just love this plate? Samantha made it for me…one of my favorite things 🙂

I bought a block of feta. It is prepackaged and is usually by the shredded cheeses. You could also by the feta that is already crumbled. The amount of cheese, tomatoes and green onions will vary on your plate size.

Just noticed the date and time on the photos. No, I did not take these at 4 :29 am 😉

Crumble the cheese with your fingers.

Put cheese on top of olive oil

Add diced tomatoes, green onions and sprinkle generously with Greek seasoning ( Approximately 2 - 3 tsp)

Stir it all around and serve with sliced french bread. How easy was that?

Greek Feta Tomato Dip

~Relish Food & Life!