I found a chicken piccata recipe calling for chicken, lemon, butter, and CAPERS. Not having any capers on hand, I substituted with fresh thyme, sage, and oregano, which I DID have on hand. I know, who has all that fresh stuff handy over a simple jar of grocery-market capers. The sister-in-law's garden is apparently drowning in this stuff. yay!!! Here is my all my hard prep-work below, which resulted in a great photo-op:
Little A picked these buttercups for me from the yard. It's so fun to see them hanging around while I cook. :-)
I was de-stringing the celery for my little Monkey when I decided I HAD to have a picture of these awesome celery-ribbons. Crazy? Me? No!(?)
OKAY ~ back for the actual dinner...Look at all that fresh thyme!! This stuff is so dainty looking, I wish I could wear it in my hair! HA
I seasoned the chicken with some good old Salt & Pepper (BOTH freshly cracked), floured, and pan-fried it. After carefully removing it from the pan (non-stick) I deglazed with white wine, lemon juice, and chicken broth (the herbs were also added at this point). The chicken was dumped back in for a minute, removed *yet again*, then the lemons were cooked in the sauce.
I poured the sauce over the chicken, garnished with more thyme sprigs. This stuff was SOOOO good I forgot to take a picture until AFTER we were finished eating. So all you see is leftovers for tomorrow. sorry! But hey, you have to admit the leftovers look pretty mouth-watering. Especially in the pop-you-in-face yellow Dansk Paella Pan. By the way, I love presents in the form of vintage + Dansk. That's how to get on my good side. That and food.
WELL, I hope this was as mouth-watering post for you as it was for me.