Recipes That Will Make Your Man Fall In Love With You
I do not cook, and while I can now finally admit that in mixed company, I still feel just a bit "less" for not being one of those women who devours the latest cookbook and spends hours searching for the perfect gluten-free, all-organic recipe for chocolate-chip cookies. The truth is I think I simply lack that gene; the one that should be sending me impulses to prepare the very sustenance of life for my husband and kids.
Of course despite my natural inclinations, when I first got married, I tried very hard to be that wife. The one who wanted to fill her husband’s stomach with such scrumptious goodness that he was too full to ever look at any other woman or even think of getting his meatballs anywhere else. And I failed miserably. In fact the one meatloaf I spent hours preparing tasted like it had bits of sawdust in it, and I absentmindedly jumped in the shower while boiling pasta, and well- you can figure out how uneventfully that ended.
So my husband and I unofficially assumed our household roles early on in our marriage: He became the cook, and I the cleaner. Yes, like Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction, I come in after he’s created his foodie masterpiece–because the man cannot wash a dish to save his freaking life–and do the pots, pans, dishes, and counters. Of course, I do believe that my husband is quite capable of washing a dish without leaving a greasy residue, but like me when it comes to cooking, his heart just isn’t in it. He doesn’t derive the pure joy I do from getting something sparkling and streak and grease, free but I digress.
Being that this is the month of love, and one way to a man's heart is via his taste buds- I've decided I may just try to whip up my honey, aka my husband, a few mouth watering-ly, finger licking good foods that might cast a love spell over him. I figure, regardless of the outcome, it's the thought and effort that counts..right? So I asked Gina Neely who along with her husband Pat are restaurateurs who operate three family-run barbecue restaurants in Tennessee, as well as host the Food Network’s “Down Home with the Neelys” for a recipe to Get Your Man to Fall in Love with You All Over Again and she promised me her Get Yo Man Chicken would seal the deal.
Get Yo' Man Chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 chicken thighs, skinless
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon lemon-pepper
Hot buttered rice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken, meat-side down first, and turning once, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate to reserve.
Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan.
Add onion to the pan and saute until tender, roughly 3 minutes. Add the stock and wine and stir, scrapping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to high and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and add the dried herbs and lemon pepper. Add the chicken thighs back into the pan.Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 40 minutes.
Remove chicken from liquid and serve on hot buttered rice. Ladle the sauce on top and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
And while I'm feeding him this chicken ala Gina Neely, she suggests that to seal the deal, I let him watch at his favorite show while I just stare deep in his eyes, rub his back and whisper in his ear... That he is amazing.