Weeknight Chicken with Lemon and Olives

Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are cheap, full of flavor, and with a little love, can be the best cut of chicken you will serve on your dinner table. Some may not be into the dark meat, but once you fry up crispy, delicious chicken skin and simmer it in a tangy lemon and olive sauce, you will have your family asking for seconds. Have a few jars of olives or capers in the fridge? Use them up in this recipe! Make this dish a complete meal by serving the chicken with herbed rice or crusty bread. (Note: You can substitute the wine in this recipe with more chicken stock, but wine brings out the best flavors. You can buy a small, individual boxed wine if you prefer.)


Weeknight Chicken with Lemon and Olives


  • 4 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 shallots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 large lemons
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken stock (or water)
  • ¾ cup mixed olives or capers
  • Parsley, for garnish (if desired)


  1. If time allows, take chicken thighs out of the package and place on a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper, leaving uncovered in the fridge overnight or at least 30 minutes. This will dry out the chicken skin for golden crispness.
  2. In a dutch oven or deep saute pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add whole garlic cloves and shallots and cook for 2 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a serving dish.
  3. Add chicken skin side down into the oil and let fry for 8-10 minutes, or until crispy and deep brown in color (The chicken will be ready once it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan). Using tongs, flip chicken and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden. Transfer chicken to serving dish with garlic and shallots.
  4. Drain off most fat from the hot pan, leaving the crispy bits on the bottom. While the pan is still hot, deglaze with white wine and chicken stock, stirring to gather all the flavor from the bottom of the pan. Add olives and juice of 1 lemon.
  5. Add chicken back to the pot and cover, cooking for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Slice remaining lemon and serve with chicken, sprinkle with parsley (if desired).

This recipe was created for and published by The Progressive Farmer Magazine in June 2016.

Unveiling the August Degustabox & Beautiful Blueberry Bundt Cake from Cake Magic!

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Hey, August! With a new month brings a new installment of my latest venture with Degustabox. This month’s foodie subscription box brought a bunch of cool surprises, including highlights like Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayonnaise ($5.99), Popchip Ridges ($1.25), and White Lily White Grape Seed Flour Blend ($5.49). I found a few items I’ve seen plenty of times before, such as Post Honey Bunches of Oats ($2.83) and Oregon Chai Latte Mix ($3.99), but I was pretty pumped about the ridiculous amount of Goetze’s Cow Tails ($3.49) and more excuses to eat meat sticks (Vermont Smoke & Cure Mini Meat Sticks, 6 pack for $4.99).

I was most inspired by the new flour blend, and tried out a beautiful bundt cake from Caroline Wright’s new book, Cake Magic! I would repost her recipe, but I don’t want you to have any excuse not to buy this chick’s incredible book. She recently visited Central Market’s Cooking School and I, no joke, consumed the most incredible olive oil cake I’ve ever devoured in my life. So, obviously, I had to have her book. Her basic ‘cake mix’ recipe uses only five ingredients and the entire book is a design-your-own-adventure map to customize your ideal cake based on the original mix. The recipe I tried out for myself is a fruit-based cake batter with pureed blueberries swirled right in. The White Grape Seed and Wheat Flour blend gave the cake a nutty, wheaty taste but with a lighter texture that absorbed the vanilla syrup so beautifully. I never would have picked up that flour blend for myself, but I’m happy it landed on my doorstep and turned into this ridiculous Blueberry Bundt.

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Want to try new products that arrive at your doorstep each month? Click here to order your own Degustabox! Also, be a boss babe and buy Caroline Wright’s new book, Cake Magic!, by clicking here. Happy unboxing, friends!

Cersei’s Cinn-ister Milkshake & Game of Thrones Finale Celebration with DegustaBox


It’s here! The finale of Game of Thrones Season 6 is upon us and I am so pumped. I have no idea what is going to happen, but I’m so into it. When DegustaBox sent me a box of treats (see my Instagram post here!), I knew I had to combine something as fun as getting foodie treat surprises in the mail with the nerdiest TV show that I watch. So, the Cersei Cinn-ister Milkshake was born out of Elmhurst Harvest Chocolate Real Almond Milk and the Jif Cinnamon Flavored Peanut Butter. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I think that Cersei Lannister is a real badass. I know she makes…interesting… choices in men, but her revenge and wrath tactics really cannot be reckoned with. I mean, I do have feelings about her protecting the petulant and infuriating demon rat child-king Jeoffrey, but come on, everyone deserves a cold, frothy treat in King’s Landing. Maybe everyone would be a little nicer to each other! (lol jk) Check out the recipe for domination of the Seven Kingdoms below!

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Cersei’s Cinn-ister Milkshake


  • 2 tablespoons Jif Cinnamon Peanut Butter
  • 10 ounces coffee flavored ice cream
  • 6 ounces Elmhurst Harvest Chocolate Real Almond Milk


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Add more chocolate milk to thin out the milkshake if it's too thick. Enjoy with a milkshake and an episode of Game of Thrones!