A Weekend of Firsts

Staying true to my food resolutions, I made sure that I tried new things this weekend to share on The Lone Foodie.  The new food was parsnips prepared in a new recipe that I found on the Amateur Gourmet (Great food blog for those of you who haven’t discovered it yet), Cider Braised Chicken with Parsnips. 

I’m not sure how this vegetable was missed in my repertoire over the years.  I am a huge fan of carrots and potatoes giving me no excuse not to delve into other root vegetables.  Whatever the reason, yesterday I had my first taste, and they were wonderful!  I will definitely be cooking with them a lot next winter.  I can see them being great even as a substitute to mashed potatoes or in a stew.

Parsnips ready for their cider braising!

 Braising is also a preparation technique that was foreign to me, making this recipe a great choice for my flag-ship blogging endeavor.  I had no idea how juicy and flavor infused a simple chicken breast would become after doing this!  The best part is that it was so simple.  Just put it all in the oven after browning the chicken and leave it alone and when it comes out of the oven your meal looks like this:

Cider Braised Chicken and Parsnips
Finally, as you can probably tell from the photos, food photography is also a first for me.   Photography, film, and pretty much everything creative has been left safely in the hands of my brother, Ryan, for the last 7 years or so.  It has been so fun to experiment though and I promise my skills will get better!  My wish list of kitchen toys is now including photography toys, go figure.  I will post this recipe on the recipe page soon so check back if you want to try it!
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4 responses to “A Weekend of Firsts

  1. Wow! Delicious-looking recipe and beautiful photos! Photo safari w jodi and me sometime?

  2. HEY ERIN! YOUR FOODIE BLOG IS A GREAT IDEA , AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY IS CLEAR AND AWESOME. WE READ IT ALL, AND WILL TRY THIS NEW RECIPE WITH CHICKEN AND PARSNIPS. NEVER HAD A PARSNIP BEFORE – EITHER.
    WOULD YOU LIKE MY FAMOUS MONTANA CHILE RECIPE TO PUT ON YOUR NEW FOODIE BLOG? I ALSO HAVE SOME OTHER RECIPES FROM MY MOM – ESPECIALLY MAKING GOODIES, YUMMY BLUEBERRY PIE (AND THE SECRETS OF THE CRUST). I AM HAPPY TO SHARE IT ALL – JUST LET ME KNOW HOW. LOVE, DAD

  3. We read this and Brenda is going to make it—-great food shots!!!!

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