Gardening Vs Cooking

Just a recipe today.

I am suffering from writer’s block. That and I have been spending lots of time in the garden and don’t have time to do much cooking let alone write.

Below are a few pictures of my garden this year.






Featured Recipe    Chicken with Wine and Herbs



This is a quick and easy dinner and super tasty, too. A perfect dinner after  a busy, tiring day of gardening.

However, the best part of this recipe is the low cost.

This is what you need for 4 people:

3 or 4 skinless chicken breasts

Spray oil

1 large shallot

1 cup dry white wine

¼ cup chicken broth

About 6 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tablespoon unsalted butter cold

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional – chives*

  • I forgot to use them this time.

If some of the chicken breasts are thicker than others pound the chicken breasts to a thickness of about 1 inch thick. Today mine were OK.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.


Finely mince the shallot. Remove the thyme from the sprigs.



Measure out the wine and broth, and cut the butter into small pieces and keep cold in the fridge.


Here is what you do:

Lightly spray a large skillet with the spray oil. Over medium, heat the skillet until it is very hot.

Add the chicken to the pan. Let the chicken cook undisturbed until golden, about 2 minutes.



Turn the chicken and cook another 1 to 2 minutes more, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm in the oven,


If necessary add more oil and add the shallots to same skillet. Sauté about 1 minute.


Add the wine and stir to release brown bits from bottom of the pan and until the wine is reduced by half. This will only take a minute or two.


Add the chicken broth and simmer 1 minute more.


Stir in thyme. Add any juices on the plate from chicken and remove the pan from the heat.


Now swirl the butter piece by piece into the sauce until it is creamy.


Place the chicken back into the pan and spoon the sauce over chicken.


Serve with your favorite fruit or vegetables.


Bon Appétite


3 chicken breasts                $5.03

Spray oil                           $0.05

1 large shallot                   $0.45

1 cup dry white wine          $2.40

¼ cup chicken broth          $0.20

6 sprigs of fresh thyme      $0.48

1 tbspn unsalted butter      $0.09

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.70
Cost per person $2.90

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4 comments to Gardening Vs Cooking

  • Both the chicken and the garden look great! You can grow flowers there. Here not so much. We do all right with lavender and desert-type flowers, but the really lush stuff doesn’t grow well here, not without tons of water and fertilizer.
    I’ve had writers block lately too. Ah well…

  • How nice to have time in the garden! Love how simple and quick this recipe is, lately I’ve been making dinner later and later so fast healthy dinners help me stay on schedule.