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Stovetop Chicken Tikka Masala

25 Jul

I was really hesitant to make any references to “official” Indian cuisine in the title of this dish as I am no expert in the nuances of Indian cooking.  That said, I love Chicken Tikka Masala – an Indian dish with chunks of chicken, tomato sauce, and enough spices to fill the room.  So, I  stripped down the technique, making a Stovetop […]

One Pot Paella

16 Jul

When your mom brings you back the largest jar of saffron you’ve ever seen in your life from her trip to Turkey, you’d better find a reason to use it.  Now that I’ve made this dish, using a whopping 1/8 tsp of that jar, it looks like I’m going to be eating paella for the […]

Chicken Pasta Primavera

19 Jun

Since springtime is upon us, I wanted to capture some of the seasonal goodness that is available either in your garden, or for us city folk, in the organic section of the produce department.  So, this week, I opted for pasta, filled and tossed with tons of veggie goodness.  The backbone of the pasta primavera, by definition, […]

Couscous Chicken

1 Feb

I’ve been watching the chaos on the news in the southern US, seeing friends’ instagram feeds, and my heart really goes out to the folks impacted.  My inlaws in MI have reported school cancellations and -40F with the windchill temps.  Here in L.A…well, we escape most of the winter calamities, minus a drought, so we’re […]

Baked Chicken & Squash with Parmesan Farro

3 Jan

When my husband talks about his Michigan relatives this time of year – I hear the words, “they are on shut down.”  Ditto for many of our local friends as they work as either educators or in the aerospace industry.  It’s this magical time where they don’t have to work the last two weeks of […]

Orange Crockpot Chicken

6 Dec

When you live ~2500 miles from either set of your parents and families, holidays take on a new meaning.  Not a bad one – just different.  We have lots of people we call family locally and spend many a holiday with, but this year, we decided to just relax….plus, the Mr. had to work the […]

{Take-over week} ~ Aunt Ethel’s Southern Fried Chicken

1 Nov

It’s been a fun few weeks around here and as always, I’m full of gratitude just living the adventure.  This week I’m super honored that Relish.com has invited Pretty Little Dishes to contribute their Pinterest ‘Bloggers Inspiring Us‘ board and featured the Caramel Apple Pastries on their “Blogs we Love” round up!  So fun! On to […]

Sun Dried Tomato & Pesto Chicken

2 Aug

When you’ve made your weight in pesto and jammed your freezer full of pesto cubes as I did in my last post, it’s time to start thinking of ways that you can use it.  Seriously, if the “big one” hits CA, I want my freezer stocked with something other than pesto for us to get by […]

Buttermilk Shake and Bake Chicken

19 Jul

We are smack in the middle of summer and between a hectic travel schedule and some demanding commitments, we did some research on quick, southern inspired recipes.  Not only did we find a great one that involves very little dish washing, it has a little spice to it too!  So between the two of us, […]

Summertime Chicken with Spinach

28 Jun

In deliberating this week’s recipe, I wanted to incorporate something seasonal…something simple…so with the veggies of summer starting to ripen, I suggested creating a Chicken and Spinach dish.  Gina said it was “boring” and told me she’d get back to me on snazzing it up…and I’ll give her some credit on this one…she did! {Kristen’s […]