Thursday, March 03, 2011

Giving Michigan a good name!


Yesterday 48 finalists were announced for the AIGA Detroit Wish You Were Here contest and I am so happy that my drawing of Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor is one of them. Michigan residents were asked to submit images of your favorite places in the state in postcard format to combat the negative press that so often comes our way. AIGA, the professional association for design, is a national non-profit with chapters throughout the country and the 25 Wish You Were Here designs with the most votes between now and March 9 will be printed as postcards to be mailed to these other chapters to show the world who Michigan really is.There are some fantastic entries and individuals are allowed one vote per day. Cast your vote now!


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

It's still winter, eat stew!

 
Mmmmmm.... stew. Yes, it's March 1st and the sun is shining. Hooray! But, it is, in fact, still winter. And to celebrate, I bring you stew in its simplest format from Jamie Oliver. It's tasty, comforting, yet light with just a dollop of sour cream for creaminess. I sliced up a couple of carrots for color and added them at the same time as the mushrooms. Yummers.

Simplest Chicken and Leek Stew
From Jamie Oliver in Food & Wine, March 2011
Serves 4. 

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 2-inch pieces
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Scrape the leeks and mushrooms onto a plate.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and lightly dust with flour, shaking off any excess. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Add the chicken and cook over moderate heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the chicken stock and thyme and simmer over moderate heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to the plate with the vegetables.

Simmer the stock over moderately high heat until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Return the chicken, leeks and mushrooms to the skillet and simmer over low heat until warmed through, about 1 minute.

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream with the mustard and stir into the stew. Remove the skillet from the heat. Season the stew with salt and pepper and serve over steamed rice.

Monday, February 28, 2011