Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Monday AGAIN

So Mother's Day has come and gone...which for this mamma, means that it's back to dishes and laundry :(

Every Mother's Day my husband spoils me rotten by making breakfast, lunch and dinner. He even does all the dishes so that I may lazily observe his adorably incorrect way of doing things in my kitchen. He loves the concept of a dishwasher, yet loads it completely improperly. He chose one of my favorite dinners for last night (filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes) yet nagged me the whole time for "guidance" as he quivered in fear of overcooking my steak.

Needless to say, when I should have been sitting lazily at the table, watching him cook up my gourmet Mother's Day meal, I had to step in and "keep an eye" on the filets so as to not end up disappointed. Some might call that micromanaging, I call it brilliant, considering a well done steak is a mortal sin in my mind:)

Anyway, the dinner and the whole day was wonderful to say the least. I had all my kids and my loving husband with me all day which could not have made me happier. Plus the weather was fabulous so we got to spend most of the day outside playing baseball in the yard! Loved every minute of it! (that was, until the Yankees-Red Sox game, which is NOT to be discussed at all here)

Well, now that it's all over (I kid, really, because my husband does spoil me more than once a year) I am back into the daily grind of planning dinner on my own. I need to be slowly weaned into a day like this (especially a Monday) because the stark change from relaxation to school, housework and homework is NOT easy, my friends.

So here's the perfect meal to slowly bring you back into reality. What's the secret? The crock pot. Using the slow cooker on a Monday helps me avoid the overbearing feeling of pure depression that comes with the beginning of the week. Last week, I experimented with a white wine chicken breast recipe in my crock pot. I was just too exhausted to stand over the stove, and I had some sauvignon blanc that I wanted to try. So, I poured a glass and used the rest for this recipe...give it a shot, and drink away the Monday blues.

White Wine Chicken Breasts


4-6 chicken breasts
1 small vidalia onion, thickly sliced
4 tbsp minced garlic
2 1/2 cups Sauvignon Blanc white wine (any dry white would do, really)
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
cracked sea salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Place the chicken, onions, and garlic in the crock pot. Season, and top with remaining ingredients. Cook on high for four hours. Serve with pasta or a side salad for a light, healthy meal.

(NOTE: I only use sea salt and ground black pepper when I'm seasoning my meat/sauce/anything, really. It just holds so much more flavor, especially in the slow cooker. I also do not really measure my seasonings. It's all by eye, like nonna used to do. So the measurements above are guesses to be modified according to your liking.)

This was so tender and tasty; the tomatoes cooked perfectly and the wine gave it such a great flavor. Try it, I would love to hear if you feel the same way. Buon Appetito!

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