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Hood Sour Cream® Meal Makeover

Hood Sour Cream MEal Makeover Challenge capabilitymom.comI was thrilled to be included in the Hood Sour Cream® Meal Makeover Challenge – I got to see old friends, make new friends, hang out at the cool BCAE kitchen, and share in some delicious food! I do love to cook and adapt recipes, and when I watch cooking shows like Chopped, I am amazed at what the chefs come up with (especially the ones with the unusual ingredients). Luckily for me and my somewhat modest cooking skills, the Hood Meal Makeover Challenge wasn’t hard at all – the recipes just had to include yummy sour cream! That was nice and just my speed, too, so I came up with Chicken and Chickpeas. Check out the recipe below and then click on the links to some of the other Hood Sour Cream® Meal Makeover Challenge bloggers and their delicious dishes.


Chicken and Chickpeas with Hood® Sour Cream
Six chicken legs or thighs (or four breasts)
1/2 cup of Hood Sour Cream®
1 bunch of scallions (green parts) I had red onions and tops so I used that
1/3 cup diced yellow onions I used some yellow and some red onions
2 cloves of garlic
1-3 tsp. garam masala (use any favorite dry spice or spices)
1 can of chickpeas (2 cans if your family loves them)
Flat leaf parsley
Salt and pepper
Spices – Simply choose your family’s favorite. I made this version with garam masala (I used 3 teaspoons) and have also made this dish with turmeric, coriander and cumin (equal parts) or you can even leave it plain for the really picky eaters in your family.
Marinate the chicken with the sour cream, green scallions, garam masala, and salt and pepper and 1/2 cup of water in a zip-lock bag in the fridge. The longer it marinates, the better (up to overnight), but if you’re pressed for time, just toss it in a baking dish and will still be good, I promise.
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil or canola oil in a sauté pan and add onions and garlic. Cook on medium until onions are softened and add chicken skin side down and cook until slightly browned. (You can also skip this step if pressed for time).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas and put them in a baking dish.Arrange the chicken on top of the chickpeas and place in the preheated 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes for thighs (bone in) and 35-45 minutes for drumsticks.
Serve with rice over a bed of spinach or arugula. Top with chopped parsley. The chicken and chickpeas will wilt the spinach.
If there are leftovers (and just double the recipe if you want some), shred the chicken and serve with naan bread or pita over baby spinach or arugula. I added berries to celebrate the summer bounty.

Hood Sour Cream Meal Makeover at Boston Center for Adult Education capabilitymom.com

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Added bonus recipe – I made smitten kitchen’s plum and poppy-seed muffins (which happen to call for yummy sour cream) this morning and they were delicious! Here is the link to her recipe – I used peaches and they were terrific.

the smitten kitchen recipe for plum poppy seed muffins but I substituted peaches  capabilitymom.com
the smitten kitchen recipe for plum poppy seed muffins but I substituted peaches capabilitymom.com

For more ideas on how to incorporate sour cream into your recipes, visit Hood.com

Disclosure: As part of the Hood Sour Cream Makeover Series I received compensation for attending the event, the recipe was my own invention, and, as always, all opinions, like them or not, are my own.

Blogger Bash NYC was a Blast!

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As wordless as I’m ever going to be. Pics today, words tomorrow. A huge thank you to these hard-working individuals of Blogger Bash NYC – Charlene DeLoach, Joey Fortman, Laurie Schacht, Stephanie Glover, Ali Mierzejewski and Marissa DiBartolo.

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Good Peeps And Looking Forward to Blogger Bash NYC

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I have to give a shout out to the many people I have met while blogging who are wonderful, kind, generous and caring. I never would have met them but for this modest blog where I try to stretch my skills – learning how to get plug-ins to play nicely and managing to learn a little CSS and even some HTML and making myself write on a (fairly) regular basis. Really, Thank you my IRL friends who at one time were on line only and who make this journey the joy (ride) that it is! I’m looking forward to connecting to old friends and meeting new friends at Blogger Bash NYC this week, too. Already the Facebook group has shown what a varied and lovely group this will be. #BBNYC

Getting Gorgeous, MiniLuxe,Boston Bloggers, DennehyPR, P & G
Boston Bloggers at an event at MiniLuxe October 20, 2013
Getting Gorgeous, Dennehy PR, Miniluxe, P & G,
Boston Bloggers at event at Miniluxe October 20, 2013

 

Back-To-School Survival Guide

Yes,a survival guide does sound like a good idea! While I don’t have all the answers (ssh – don’t tell my children), I do have some experienced friends who have helped me through many a Back-To-School season, and a few years under my own belt, as well. IMG_6672 IMG_6644 IMG_6647 IMG_6649 IMG_6650 IMG_6655 IMG_6659 IMG_6661 IMG_6662 IMG_6663 IMG_6674IMG_1236 While being a mom means it’s all about the kids (as it should be), don’t forget to fill your own tank, too. Need permission? Permission granted.  Luckily, the moms I know are a sharing bunch and we share ideas, challenges, resources, tutors, tips, mini-triumphs, crisis moments, personal and professional growth, where to get cute shorts, you know, the important stuff.

So in a rare and beautiful morning, I went to Newbury Street, had snacks from flour (I split a puff pastry with a friend – she runs more miles in a day than I do in a week, so. yeah, I gave her some of my flaky pastry dream) and shared back to school tips with a great bunch of moms who happen to be bloggers. Or is it bloggers who happen to be moms? Either way, a great group of interesting, lovely and generous women who are all about sharing – online and or IRL  (In Real Life).

How did we get here? Well, Audrey McClelland, the founder of Mom Generations and Getting Gorgeous, invited a two groups of lucky local bloggers to share back to school tips and have a relaxing morning at MiniLuxe (a truly lovely place to recharge). Pedicures (pedis) were had by all and yummy treats from flour (yes, I would have gone just for the sweets from flour but don’t tell) and the conversation was lively and fun and so helpful! We all have children of different ages, so it was nice to compare notes and swap stories (ask Audrey about boy versus girl energy).

I enjoyed a lovely morning sponsored by P&G. And P&G is offering a giveaway of  a $50 gift card to help with your back to school needs on the P & G e-store. I know, so nice to get your house in order and in such an easy way!  There are some great tips in the P&G checklist for getting ready for back to school.

Some Tips from the P&G Backeveryday-To-School Checklist (this link is to the P&G everyday site – register for more info, coupons and more)

(these are just a few of my faves – there are so many more!)

The long days of summer and early fall are ideal for evening walks and family recreation. Make the habit now and see if your family can maintain it into the fall.
Ease back into structured sleep routines in the days leading up to the first day of school  – 47 percent of moms say getting back into regimented sleep patterns and getting the family back to a set schedule are challenges for their families facing the back-to-school season.

Create New Student Care Packages

To help ease kids back into the school year, create small care packages
to hide in your child’s backpack, coat pocket, or desk/locker. Notes, drawings and photos are always a hit, but
you can also consider including:
For younger kids – lip balm, tissues, stickers, favorite character key chain, or an extra special snack
For older kids – antibacterial hand gel, scented/unique colored pens, locker decorations, or a stylish refillable
water bottle to start off the school year right.

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I was not compensated for this post but did receive some pretty fall polish from P&G and a goodie bag full of some of my favorite P&G products (like Bounty, Ivory, Olay, Swiffer).

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