Saturday, March 2, 2013

Margie's Challenge

I don't have any cooking photos to upload right now so I thought that I would upload a picture of my wife and I.  This is to give Margie and the dear reader the correct impression that I'm a gentle soul.  Please take it easy on me.  I feel that I'm the Washington Generals vs. Margie's Harlem Globetrotters. 

Having written that, I do have somewhat of a plan to respond to Margie's cooking challenge.  I found a recipe on that I'm going to adapt.  The recipe is Exotic Pomegranate Chicken (  It doesn't look very exotic but I'm going to do the best that I can.

Thank you so much Margie for allowing me to post on your blog.  Please don't slamdunk directly over my head.  That's just going to be embarrassing to me.   


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  2. Since the rules required, for the most part,for me to create our meal with items available at the time that the challenge was accepted, I had to substitute some ingredients

    3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
    1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
    1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander*
    1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de provence**
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 bottle lemon juice
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    * I don't have coriander so I looked up a substitute for coriander (see next post)

    ** I don't have herbes de prvence so I looked up a substitute for herbes de provence (see next post)

    1. Mix the cumin, coriander, herbes de provence, black pepper and cajun spices together in a small bowl. Place the chicken and garlic in a bowl; sprinkle about 2/3 of the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken to a resealable plastic bag. Pour in the lemon juice. Seal and refrigerate for at least 6 hours (it should have be 12 hours but I didn't have time).

    2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Season with the remaining spice mixture and salt. Coat with olive oil, then arrange the chicken in a large baking dish in one layer.

    3. Preheat oven to 350degrees. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, depending on how hot and even your oven cooks will determine the amount of time it takes