I have been preparing the same two chicken recipes for what seems like well, forever. This family needed a change.
We are currently doing a giveaway for a $1,450 Cookware Set from VH Sauces! All you have to do to enter is simply update your favourite comfort food recipe using one of the many delicious VH Sauces, and then submit the updated re-invented recipe along with your photo of the finished dish. We will be featuring the best recipes on YMC to help other moms create feasts from the east.
Since I get to peek at all the yummy recipes that you have been submitting I thought it would be fun to try one out. I have a honey garlic loving family so I chose a recipe that requires two bottles of VH Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce. I chose this recipe because it’s so much more than your everyday Honey Garlic recipe.
You’ll see what I mean; here’s the recipe submitted by Ale from Toronto.
2 bottles of VH Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce
8 chicken legs without the skin
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp Herbe de Provence (I hadn’t heard of this either. It’s a blend of different herbs)
1 tbsp oregano
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well, and submerse chicken into the mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the chicken marinate overnight in the fridge.
Transfer the chicken and mixture into a roasting pan with a rack and cook the chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. (I used the chicken thighs as well, so it took 20 minutes longer to cook) Baste the chicken every 20 minutes.
Accompany with mashed potatoes or rice and a salad.
Well, the first thing I must say is this was such an easy recipe to follow. Once I had cleaned the chicken it took all of 5 MINUTES to prepare, with VERY LITTLE MESS! I mixed all the ingredients together in a metal bowl, put in the chicken and left it in the fridge overnight. The next day I dumped everything into my roaster, (remember the rack) cooked it and served the chicken with brown rice and a salad for dinner. Since my family is used to me alternating between the same two chicken recipes, they flipped out when I brought this really great smelling chicken to the dinner table. They devoured it, need I say more. It was a really interesting combination of the honey garlic flavour with a kick. All the herbs and the cumin made the chicken so flavourful and the chicken looked beautiful as well. This recipe is definitely going into my “make again section” of my recipe book and I’d serve this chicken to guests!
Thanks so much to Ale for sharing this recipe and for entering our $1,450 Cookware Set from VH Sauces Contest.
If you haven’t entered this contest yet, there’s still time. (Contest closes January 31st, 2012) Just send us your re-invented recipe using a VH Sauce and enter to win one of three gorgeous 10-piece All-Clad stainless-steel cookware sets thanks to VH Sauces!
P.S. But, I still do love my own recipe for Honey Garlic chicken and it goes like this.
Marinate skinned chicken in a bowl filled with VH Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce. Marinate overnight and either bake or barbecue the next day!
Yummy no matter how you make it!
Susie the Prize Queen
As the Prize Queen I often receive such appreciative emails from our YMC prize winners. I would like to share a few with you so I can spread the yummy.
Recently, Meghan sent us this letter.
“During my first maternity leave with my son, I discovered your website by accident. Two weeks after joining your club, I found out that I had won these super 'stylin' winter boots from entering one of your contests. Winning those boots meant the world to me, believe it or not. Feeling somewhat "disconnected" to the outside world and far away from my previous life without children (not to mention feeling a little broke), I felt so lucky winning the boots and my husband was happy for me too.
Anyway, I am now currently on my second maternity leave and the other day my now 2 1/2 year old son Emmitt came out of our closet wearing those boots that I love so much. Since he is potty training, he was not wearing any pants but don't worry, the photo is 'clean' - haha. I thought he looked hilarious and felt compelled to take a picture!
So I am sharing this picture with you, the Yummy Mummy Club team. At the time, winning fashionable winter boots meant the world to me and Emmitt waltzing through the kitchen modeling them the other day reminded me of how happy these boots made me feel!
Living in a rural area in the snow belt of Ontario, they are worn often and they are still holding up!
Thanks for making a new mommy feel so special!”
And here’s what Deborah had to say about her recent experience when she won the opportunity to make her own wine.
"I took part in the Toronto Wine Club and had a wonderful time. It was great spending the evening with everyone. My dh and I are still very much enjoying the yummy wine and I would love to make some more again in the future :)”
Thank you so much!
If you are one of our winners and you’d like to share your story on my blog, I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments below or send your story (with photos if possible) to [email protected]
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Susie The Prize Queen
I must say that this time of year always reminds me that yes, it is really great to receive a gift from someone or a prize from the Yummy Mummy Club, but it is also important that we remember to open our hearts and give to those who need our help.
My daughter Lauren and I recently attended “We Day,” the youth empowerment event that is the kick off for Free The Children’s fund-raising year. Free the Children is an international children’s charity co-founded by two brothers, Craig and Marc Keilburger. With 18,000 students in attendance and an incredible line-up of motivational speakers and performers, Lauren and I spent the day being carried by the wave of inspiration to do even more in our lives to help those in need.
Since that day, I have seen my daughter become more aware of the difference that she can make in this world. Lauren now volunteers for the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled (C.A.R.D). This organization provides therapeutic horse backing riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. For me, well, aside from contributing to my usual charities and other volunteer activities, for the first time I headed downtown and participated in, “ Light the Night,” a walk to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
When I hear back from our winners, they most often comment that “I never win anything” and my personal fave, “You’ve made my day Prize Queen.” Wow! It is comments like these that make me love my job. Giving no matter how you do it, feels good. So I guess this is my plug to remind us all to do what we can to make a difference.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and/or Free The Children or C.A.R.D and how you can help, please go to:
Hope to be writing a “winning “email to YOU soon!
With warm regards,
Susie the Prize Queen
Co-Founder of Free the Children Craig Keilburger and my daughter Lauren