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Lavender Honey Chicken

17 Mar

Recipe Swap{via}

The French lawyer and epicure, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once stated, “The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.” I could not agree more. When I was advised by my dear friend Ana that there was a Pen Pal Recipe Swap, I could not resist to sign up! The idea was to connect with other creatives through the exchange of recipes.

I was paired with Lauren of My Favorite F Words. Her blog regularly highlights variations of her favorite F words, including faith and family. Food, another F word, happens to be something she also enjoys. When we were paired she sent me a recipe for Lavender Honey Chicken. Knowing that the recipe was near and dear to her heart, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Lavender Honey Chicken Ingredients


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. culinary lavender buds
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • the juice of 1 lemon

Lavender Honey ChickenMethod:

  1. Rub chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and lavender buds; let sit for at least 30 minutes
  2. Melt butter with olive oil in skillet
  3. Add minced garlic and onion to skillet; cook until tender but do not brown
  4. Add chicken to skillet; brown it on all sides but do not cook all the way through
  5. Put lemon juice and honey in a small bowl; microwave for a few seconds and then stir together (the heat helps the two mix together easily)
  6. Add lemon and honey mixture to skillet
  7. Lower heat and cover the skillet to steam cook chicken all the way through
  8. After the chicken is cooked through, turn up the heat to create a caramelized glaze

Lavender Honey ChickenNotes:

  • You can use any kind of chicken just try to use thin pieces of chicken OR cut the chicken down to bite size pieces; if you don’t, the chicken will become dry.
  • I usually serve this over rice and use the excess glaze as a sauce, it is divine!
  • Yes, you can taste the lavender – and it tastes just like summer, something that Lauren and I both need in our snowy tundra homes! It’s supposed to be spring in 3 days. Let’s hope the weather reflects that!

Have you ever partaken in a pen pal recipe / food swap?

20 Questions

19 Feb

20 questionsMy girl Alex over at Literally Everything was recently inspired by the 20 questions Marie Claire asked Sarah Jessica Parker and decided to answer them herself. Little did she know how this fun post inspired me and allowed me to reflect on some questions about myself. I also did this as a little get to know you with my recipe swap pen pal Lauren over at The Best F Words. Here goes.

1. What brings you the greatest joy? My ever-continuing relationships with friends and family. One component of my relationship with my dad is birthday and Christmas letters, recollecting my progress and development as a person to those markers in the year. I just started the reverse with my father beginning his most recent birthday! I hope to continue this with my closest friends as a check in and nice touch. Who doesn’t like snail mail right?

2. What are your vices? Sweets. I know, I know. How is that a vice? If I buy a bag of cookies, gone. Bars of chocolate, gone. I can only buy in single pack / serving or else it’s bad news bears.

3. What is on your nightstand? Books on books on books, water, a picture of my dog, and a vase with flowers.

4. Do you have a secret talent? I [ think ] am really good at connecting people all over the world from extended travel and my time living in Montreal, Madrid, and Miami. I love holding a conversation with anyone so that gets me talking to people from all over the globe.

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Financially? Travel. Food wise? Bolognese. I could eat it for dinner every night.

6. What should every woman try at least once in her life? This one is tough. If financially possible, I’d say to live in a place you’ve always dreamed of, whether it be an “extended stay” and truly immersing yourself in the culture or an abroad program with your college, job, or religious group.

7. What makes you laugh? My dad playing with my dog Riley. They really have a true bond like nothing I’ve ever seen.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I was born without a muscle in my left eye. If I didn’t advise you of it, you’d never know. It never hindered my vision; I would just have to move my head accordingly to see certain things. I never got surgery for this condition, as it had a 50/50 chance of success and to date, I haven’t had issues with my eyesight.

9. What is on your bucket list? Visiting the house my mother grew up in, in Chile, as well as traveling to Italy and Australia.

10. What is on your feet right now? Brown boots with fuzzy purple socks. They are the COZIEST.

11. How did you make your first dollar? Selling girl scout cookies. Troop 419, for life.

12. What superstition do you believe in? You should never cheers water.

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? Black leggings and my black MANGO blazer.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? A car!

15. What is on your liquor shelf? Gin. I love all drinks gin, particularly a strong French 75.

16. What is on your kitchen counter? My Nespresso (cannot live without this) and a food processor.

17. What would you never leave home without? iPhone and my Moleskine. You never know when a good idea will cross your mind – I like to write them down.

18. What movie has the greatest ending? The Usual Suspects.

19. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? There is no question that it would be Seth Godin.

20. What is one thing you wish you had known when you were younger? “Play more, work less; you’ll be working for the rest of your life!” –quote from my recipe swap penpal Lauren.