On Thursday I went to Michelle and Austin's after work to cook dinner. Michi took pity on me and lent me her kitchen to cook something from my Everyday Food magazine: Braised Chicken with Dried Plums. It felt like the old days when I would drop my latest magazine into my bag before going to work, and just before leaving I scan it to see what I want to make for dinner that night. Michelle and I emailed a bit back and forth about what we would make, and she let me choose since she knew I was really yearning for some time in the kitchen.
So I went to the supermarket to pick up the ingredients that Michi didn't already have, and I went over to her place. We had such a great time cooking and relaxing and chatting. I took care of the chicken (except Michelle removed the skins, THANK YOU) and Michi made the mashed potatoes which were AMAZING. I am officially making Michelle the queen of mashed potatoes!
This recipe is so easy and can be customized in many ways. I'd definitely serve it with something that can soak up the white wine gravy which is delicious. We did mashed potatoes but you could do rice or cous cous or polenta. The chicken comes out tender and juicy (don't overcook it!) and the plums give it a tangy bite.
Thanks Michi...for letting me be in a real kitchen for the first time in what feels like forever! And thanks for the second picture of the plating...because we used paper plates when I got home with half the food we made (no sink and all that. :)