Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Portlandia Dinner

We had a Portlandia dinner tonight and it was a lot of fun!  It was also extremely healthy!  I felt like a total Portlandia hipster buying beets at the natural food store in town.

We had Colin, The Local Chicken, "Is it beets?" Salad, The Celery Salesman's Celery, "We Can Pickle That" Pickles, Portland's Milk Advisory Board Milk, and Nina's Cacao Chocolate Bar.

Colin, The Local Chicken
Tim and I have used this amazing recipe before from this cookbook!  We did change it a bit.

1/4 cup of butter
2 Boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of vegetable broth
1 tablespoon of fresh dill 
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of salt

1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken for about six minutes (turning once) until light brown.
2. Mix broth, dill, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl and pour over the chicken
3. Turn heat up to boiling, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  
4.  Remove the chicken once cooked and heat the sauce to boiling.  And boil for about 3 minutes until reduced by half and pour over the chicken. 

"Is It Beets?" Salad 
I found the recipe here and tweaked it. 


4 beets
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil

4 cups of spinach 
4 ounces of feta cheese
1/2 cup of walnuts 

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and cut the tops off of each beet
2. Create a bowl out of foil and place beets inside, drizzle with olive oil and add garlic, salt and pepper. 
3. Lightly seal foil and place on a baking sheet.
4. Cook in the oven until tender for about 50 minutes. 
5. While beets are roasting make the vinaigrette by mixing vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar, and oil together. 
6.  Mix spinach, feta cheese, and walnuts in serving bowl.
7. Once beets are cooked and cool, cut into small chunks and peel the beets.
8. Serve with vinaigrette on the side. 

Believe it or not, I didn't hate the beets.  I am a famous beet hater but this didn't suck.  

The Celery Salesman's Celery

"We Can Pickle That" Pickles

Portland's Milk Advisory Board Milk

Nina's Cacao Chocolate Bar

We had a fun time re-watching some of our favorite episodes!  We had
to include a bird on the table!


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