Tuesday, January 09, 2007


That's what DH proclaimed the creator of the sauce in this dish to be - a genius.

Yet another recipe from January issue of Cooking Light and yet another winner. This time, it was chicken dish with a guacamole sauce. It was the guacamole sauce that got DH so enthused - and there was lots of it, a very generous amount for just 4 servings. While I thought it was very good, I don't think I flipped for it quite as much as DH. This sauce calls for sour cream - something I've never used in guacamole before. It gives the sauce a nice, light, creamy texture. If I were craving guacamole for chips, I might not want the sour cream in it - I don't like too much to interfere with the avocado - but for this dish, it worked very nicely. The scallions were just a tad too much, but the heat from the cayenne was just right. The spiciness of the guacamole and savory cumin flavors worked nicely with the sweetness from the brown sugar. The brown sugar was also responsible for the gorgeous browning of the chicken.

I laugh when I see some of my photos - like this one. You can tell when we're having something that makes just enough for dinner, like these chicken breasts. If I have leftovers, I can spend as much time as I need taking photos after dinner, maybe even taking time to plate it up nicely. If I'm serving the whole thing right away, I only have a little bit of time to snap a few quick pictures, never really knowing if the shot is going to come out right or not. Sure, there's a viewfinder, but that thing is small - photos that look in focus on the viewfinder often look terrible when I get them on the computer. Ah well, in the end, the point of food is to EAT it really, not take pictures of it..........

Speaking of the January issue, check out what Jennifer from Musings is cooking up from this issue...........


  1. Anonymous9:18 AM

    I think I looked right past this recipe- I'll have to give it another look. I looooove sour cream or plain yogurt in my guacamole, so this likes right up my alley.

  2. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I'm laughing about your photography comment. My DD said tonight, "Dinner used to be fun before you had your blog." I hadn't thought about working with leftovers. Brilliant!

  3. Thanks for the link!
    I've been a cooking fool (for a single person anyway) lately, but an out of town trip is about to slow me down.

    I may have to add this chicken to my to-try list. It didn't appeal to me initially because when I have guac, I want pure guac, not anything 'diluting' it. I guess that wouldn't be 'cooking light' though.
    I may be trying another recipe tomorrow if I have time after a trip to the gym.

  4. Erika - It's so easy to look past recipes - that's why it's fun to read what everyone else is cooking. :)

    Michelle - Yes, they are often all at the table while I'm trying to get a good shot. However, my good shots often take 20 tries or more! No way I can do that when it's time for dinner, so I just have to take a few and hope for the best. That's why my muffins and cookies tend to come out better. ;-)

    Jennifer - I don't like diluted guac either, but if you're thinking of it as a sauce and not necessarily guacamole, it works, at least for me. If you don't dilute it, I think it's still cooking healthy - avocado has the good fats. :) And I didn't use fat-free sour cream anyway.........