Earlier this week I talked about classic recipes that every home cook needs in their recipe box. If you are a home baker in the era of cupcakes, a Perfect Vanilla Cupcake is a must- have don’t you think? I fell in love with simple vanilla cupcakes with a sweet creamy frosting back when I first moved to New York and would roam the city tasting cupcakes from all the bakeries looking for my favorite. My standards were – fine crumb, moist, loaded with pure vanilla flavor and a sweet vanilla frosting that is both creamy and has a bit of a crust (if that makes sense.) I tasted many delicious ones and some just OK ones, but until recently I never baked the one.
Hugo & I are hosting a sweet sign language class at our apartment these days and it’s adorable. 6 Mamas, 6 Babies, one great teacher and lots of learning- super cute right? I love having everyone over- not only is it extremely convenient to not have to leave during these bitter cold afternoons, but I get a chance to give people baked goods which is the lifelong struggle I seem to deal with. :) I whipped these up for last week’s class and they were a total hit. What’s not to like? Chewy blondie, creamy peanut butter, rich chocolate- are you already sold on these ?
Over the last 4 years I’ve shared over 200 dessert recipes with you, and throughout that time I’ve been asked one question time and again: “What do you really eat?” I get it. I mean- it seems ludicrous to have that many sweets in the house and obviously if I know how to bake I must be cooking too right? Well not exactly… until recently I have always been a “cook 1/2x a week person,” relying heavily on the convenience of NYC takeout. You can pretty much have anything delivered any time of day so after a day of baking, I’d often feel less than excited about yet another kitchen project so we’d find ourselves eating Pad See Ew or BBQ from our local place.
Having a child is a game changer though. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really love cooking now more than ever. Having 3 people share a meal, (even one of them tiny,) really gives me the motivation to prepare good food for my family. This chicken my friends, is just too good. My dear friend Tricia shared the recipe with me shortly before Hugo was born, and we’ve made it dozens of times since then. She described it as the meal that makes you feel like Superwoman and man is it true. Considering how easy this thing is to make, it sure is impressive. Serve it with a green salad or some roasted veggies and you have yourself one amazing dinner.
Hooray! Part two of the Skillet Supper Series is here! I guess we could rename it the “Easy Dinner Series” or the “Ready In Less Than An Hour Dinner Series,” but either way- it’s happening. This meal is a family favorite over here, because not much is more comforting on a cold winter’s day than a warm bowl of creamy chicken & veggies topped with cheesy biscuits. Both my boys adored this super satisfying, filling meal and it’s really so simple to make!
In true one- pot fashion, I used my skillet for everything, starting with cooking the chicken and veggies in some broth, then making the cream sauce, and finally baking the whole thing up. I whipped up an easy drop biscuit batter and dolloped in on top. After baking for about 15 minutes the most delicious bubbly dinner was ready to be served- comforting, quick & delicious- what more could you want?