The awesome thing about cooking is that there is already a standard recipe for everything. Given that recipe, you can use your own creativity to create your own take on that dish.
The other night I made baked chicken breasts and green beans for dinner. But instead of just seasoning the chicken with poultry seasoning or making it BBQ style, I tried something different. I slit the chicken breasts to make a pocket in the center and I stuffed it with some lovely brie cheese. I buttered the outside of the chicken (because everything is better with butter), and seasoned it with some bay leaves, rosemary, and a savory seasoning. I then added a pinch of black pepper and sea salt to enhance the flavor. I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for….my estimate is 35 minutes, give or take a few minutes. Really, I just checked on it regularly and measured the internal temperature of the chicken (the proper internal cooking temperature for chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit by the way).
As for the green beans, well, I heated them up in a sauce pan with some minced garlic, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and threw in a sprig of fresh thyme.
The end result was perfect, and I will definitely be making it again.
Yeah, it’s obvious I’m not much on measuring things out, which will come back to bite me when I enter culinary school, but I feel that the best dishes are those where you eyeballed the seasonings as you added them, because that shows you have a good knowledge of the flavor profiles for different herbs and spices. Now some ingredients, such as your bases like flour, etc., are a completely different story.
I had 2 main points in this post:
1: to provide you with a beautiful chicken recipe and some form of instructions in the hopes that you might try it at home one day,
2: to point out that creativity brings out the best in all of us. If we didn’t have creativity in the world, life would be just “blah.”
Happy New Year everyone, and may it be filled with creativity!
Always, Hannah ❤