This is our official inaugural “One Dish, Two Ways” post! People love our varying cooking styles and love a good laugh of the two of us bantering back and forth. So, here goes….
drum roll please….. (listen for the sound of drums rolling and trumpets announcing, you know what we’re talking about!)
One Dish, Two Ways: Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Kale!
Rules: We had to roast the chicken but we did not give each other any specifics on the preparation of the potatoes or the kale, just that it had to be part of the dish. Here is how it went down…
Denise was running all over town with work meetings and kid stuff the first week we decided to do this and was pressed on time. Isn’t that life? Since she was only able to “prepare the meal” and leave the actual cooking to her 12 year old daughter, it had to be real simple, yet delicious! She opted for Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Sauteed Kale in Coconut Oil and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.
Melissa opted to make a roasted beer can chicken with a different kind of spice rub, something less traditional. Accompanying the roasted chicken was a fresh kale salad with apples, feta, broccoli slaw and a poppy seed vinaigrette. (Denise – please note that it was a bottle vinaigrette and bag of broccoli slaw!!! See, I can do it!). In order to keep it ‘different’ from Denise, the potato side dish was a traditional French preparation of a Potato Galette with a slight twist by adding both white and sweet potatoes.
Ok, so here is how it starts! Denise has ‘no time’ and Melissa makes some kinda French preparation on the potatoes, uses a bunch of back shelf spices on her chicken, uses tools like mandolins and cast iron skillets, and makes chiffonades of kale? Can Denise get a “What? What?” See what Denise has to put up with?
Now mind you, Melissa has ‘no time’ either but on this day she didn’t have to go to Lacrosse practice across town and then grab the other child and go to basketball either. Most of the time Melissa has her 5-6 time slot blocked out. This may be the story of our lives as working moms but we still got (by the miracle of a 12yr old) two hot, delicious and healthy meals on the table for the families.
When you see the recipes, even if kale is not your thing, read through to the bottom to make sure you see how well we can jab at each other. Please keep in mind, we are not fighting or mad at each other. We’ve been besties for almost 30 years because we love and embrace our differences. Let’s get this party started!!