Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with White Wine Portobello Cream Sauce

Serve it up, big daddy!Chicken thighs are bae. Period. They are hands-down my favorite part of the bird. I love wings and boobies and legs too, but thighs are just...pure love! I ate them frequently during my weight loss journey -- fatty skin included, and I still lost the weight. It's all about moderation. I do not recommend this particular recipe for white meat because white meat isn't as naturally fatty and full of moisture like dark meat. A chicken breast cooked using this method will dry out and ruin the dish -- you would have to do some serious tweaking. With that said, this recipe is for THIGHS. Okay? Got it? Good.

Quick Pan-seared Chicken Breasts

pansearedchickenbreast11The secret to a good sear is to remove as much surface moisture from the protein, and make sure the oil is damn near smoking. Also, leave the meat alone! It will let you know when it's ready to flip over. If you start poking at it, and it's sticking? It's not ready. If it moves around or releases with minimum effort, it's ready. Now that you know those basics, you shouldn't have trouble getting a wonderful color and crust on your fish, chicken, or steak.

Creamy Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

Creamy Turkey Pot PieIf I had a list of the most comforting things I've ever made, this would top that list. I'm getting sleepy just writing about it. This is the perfect rainy-day, nothing-else-to-do, nowhere-to-go, i'm-not-leaving-the-bed-and-you-can't-make-me meal. It's like a delicious, flavorful hug for your entire being. It's all of these things without being too heavy, but let's just face it -- turkey makes you sleepy. This meal is "rustic", it's not supposed to look perfect, it's just supposed to taste really good -- and it does. There's also no formal way to eat this -- you just scoop n'serve!

12 Amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

12turkeyrecipesYou're probably bored to death with bland, dried out turkey -- right? Well, you should be -- it's an abomination. No one deserves flavorless, dried out turkey. Please, people! Don't do it to your family. Our loved ones deserve better. I'm here to save the day by providing you with 12 great turkey recipes that help take a typical bland bird and turn it into the star of the dinner table -- the way it should be. These recipes help broaden your culinary mental capacity by introducing the often disrespected bird, and packing them with extra bold flavors. Some traditional, some totally out of the box -- all delicious.

Lemon and Herb Roast Turkey Breast

Lemon and Herb Roast Turkey BreastIt's the most, wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeear! Turkey. Stuffing. Potatoes. Veggies. Gravy. Cranberries. Fresh sage. Family. OMG! Thanksgiving will always and forever be my Christmas. I love it, it's my favorite holiday of all time. Why? Because food, that's why lol. I love food. You do too, that's why you're here. Today's food lesson is all about turkey. As I've said in a previous post, I'm not cooking our actual Thanksgiving meal this year -- we're flying home to visit my parents. But I needed these flavors ASAP and I couldn't wait. The plus-side? I'm sharing these recipes with you.