There I was...sitting at my computer yesterday morning. Feeling pretty puny with the cold lingering on longer than I would have liked, but also dying to do something productive. My least-favorite part about being sick is that I feel lazy...but I don't feel well enough to do anything about it! Yesterday, I felt well enough to do something about it, and I was anxious to get back in the kitchen to make a delicious dinner for my Hubby.
Spreading germs is love, right?
Have I ever told you how much Hubby loved jalapenos? It's almost creepy. He puts them on everything! His sandwiches aren't complete until they've been sufficiently covered in the little green monsters from the industrial-sized container we buy at Costco. We go through a giant jar about every two months. Is that healthy? He puts jalapenos on our homemade nachos, in soup, and over his eggs. He adds them to anything he can think of (ice cream...you're next!). And if a dish doesn't have jalapenos on top, he inevitably makes the comment that the little green monsters could be there to make the dish more complete.
So you can imagine my sheer joy yesterday when one of my favorite food bloggers, How Sweet It Is, posted Carmelized Jalapeno Cream Chicken. I immediately texted Hubby to see if he would stop by the grocery store on his way home from work to grab a few jalapeno peppers and a shallot. He was more than happy to oblige, especially when I casually mentioned that he was going to love his dinner.
And he did. I've never seen a grown man cry like that before.
The best thing about trying a new dish is that we can make it our own. Rather than adding the few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese in the recipe, I added a cup of shredded Cheddar instead. I just know my man a little better than some food blogger that I've never met. I also added more milk to about double the original size of the recipe. If this stuff was as good as it sounded, I knew Hubby would want lots of extra sauce to drizzle all over the chicken and rice.
As a result, double the sauce meant we could have added more jalapenos and shallots. You could certainly taste them there, but it wasn't as prominent as my jalapeno aficionado would have liked. He did love everything about the dish, though. I love watching my man go back for seconds and then thirds of something he really enjoys.
And he didn't even bring up that we should add jalapenos to this dish!
If you're wondering what to make for dinner, give this a try. The chicken was moist with a nice coating on top. And the sauce just oozed all over to make a delicious happiness in us both.
Nice job, jalapenos.