Roasted Garlic, Lemon + Rosemary Chicken

Leave it to me to choose one of the hottest days of the season to cook a huge, hours-long dinner in my AC-less kitchen. But once I made my mind up to spend a Saturday trying out new recipes in honor of a belated anniversary dinner, I simply couldnt be swayed to do otherwise. Fortunately, the centerpiece of the meal was a fairly easy fix, requiring a minimal amount of time spent over a hot stove (or, rather, a hot crockpot).

I saw this recipe ages ago and put it on the back burner (no pun intended) until I found the perfect occasion to try it out. And seeing as last week was the celebration of our four-year anniversary, I couldnt let the opportunity pass me by.

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Somehow, in all my years of cooking, I’ve never managed to prepare an entire chicken at once—until Saturday, that is—so I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to clean, season, stuff and cook such a flavorful dish. Of course, all the flavor came from the roasted garlic, fresh-cut lemons and fresh sprigs of rosemary—ingredients that combined to make a succulent (and slightly tangy) main course that was perfect for an almost-fall meal.

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Try out the recipe below for your next big dinner party or special at-home date (and dont forget to save some of the savory juices to spoon over your side dishes—I recommend homemade garlic mashed potatoes!).

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Roasted Garlic, Lemon + Rosemary Chicken 

Servings: 4 (Recipe adapted from No. 2 Pencil)

5 lemons

2-3 heads of garlic

1 whole 4 to 5-pound chicken

Fresh rosemary (or any fresh herbs)

All-purpose steak seasoning (or salt and pepper)

1. Cut ends off of 3 lemons, then cut lemons and 2 garlic heads in half. Layer on bottom of slow cooker, adding a sprig or two of rosemary.

2. Remove insides from chicken, then rinse chicken and pat dry.

3. Season chicken well, inside and out, with all-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper.

4. Lay chicken on top of garlic and lemon slices, then stuff with 1 garlic head cut in half and 1 lemon cut in quarters.

5. Slice 1 lemon, then cover top of chicken with lemon slices and additional rosemary.

6. Turn slow cooker to high, and cook for about 4 hours, or until chicken reaches 165 F.

7. When chicken has reached 165 F, turn off slow cooker and let chicken rest for about 15 minutes.

8. Remove chicken from slow cooker, carve and serve. Strain slow cooker liquid and serve over chicken.

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Bacon + Apple Brussels Sprouts

Judging by my last few weeks of food posts, you’d probably think that I’m obsessed with two things: peanut butter and Brussels sprouts. And that would be true (and I’m not even ashamed of it!). Which is just one reason why I’m sharing yet another Brussels sprouts recipe with you. The other reason: It’s absolutely delicious.

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Seriously, if I can get my (secretly) picky boyfriend to talk about how much he loves this recipe, then I know it’s a definite keeper. With the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, savory and nutty flavors, this is one side dish recipe that even the most difficult-to-please diners won’t be able to resist (because, duh, it has bacon in it!).

Check out the recipe below, then start planning your next dinner party around it now.

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Bacon + Apple Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 4 servings (recipe via Back to Her Roots)

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1 large tart apple, cored and diced

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. In large bowl, combine sprouts, apple and bacon. Stir to combine.

3. In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Pour oil mixture over sprouts mixture, and toss to coat.

4. Pour sprout mixture in single layer onto greased baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5. Roast in oven 10-15 minutes or until sprouts are tender and brown, turning halfway through cooking.

Friday Four

Happy Friday, everyone! This week really seemed to drag by, so I’m especially excited that it’s finally the weekend once again. We have a friend in town this weekend who I’m really looking forward to seeing, and—as long as the weather cooperates—Harrison and I also have plans to have a nice brunch in the park on Sunday.

But before any of that happens, it’s time to share everything I’m wanting to visit, wear, eat and live with right now:

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Clockwise from top left: Birchbox store; Michael Kors watch; shrimp tacos; inlay mirror.

Visit: Birchbox Soho store, 433 West Broadway, New York (image via Birchbox)

I’ve been a Birchbox member for a few years now, and the day I get my little brown box in the mail is always one of the best of the month. Even though I’ll continue to get my beauty boxes monthly, I’m really excited that the company just launched its very first brick and mortar store in Soho! I guess I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow …

Wear: Gold watch from Michael Kors

I’ve been wanting a Michael Kors watch for years now and just never got around to buying one, but I think the time for excuses is over. Especially because his new Watch Hunger Stop campaign is donating 100 meals to the United Nations World Food Programme for every Watch Hunger Stop watch that’s purchased. Fabulous fashion for a good cause? Count me in.

Eat: Honey Lime Tequila Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Purple Slaw and Chipotle Crema (from Tartine and Apron Strings)

I was hit with a craving for tacos this week, and that only intensified the second I saw these yummy (and beautiful) shrimp tacos. Now all I need to do is whip up a batch of guacamole and margaritas and get this fiesta started!

Live With: Bone inlay mirror from Serena & Lily

Every time I walk into my bedroom, I come face to face with my plain, boring, black-frame mirror, and I’m quickly tiring of it. Though this exact mirror may be a bit of a splurge right now, its intricate detailing and gorgeous pattern are just what I’m looking for to spice up my bedroom decor.

What are you wanting to visit, wear, eat and live with this week?

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans

Has anyone noticed that I have an obsession with Brussels sprouts? I’ve always been a big veggie lover, but there’s just something about the strong, nutty taste of Brussels sprouts that makes them one of my all-time favorite vegetables to eat. And almost better than their amazing taste is the fact that they’re beyond easy to cook with and only take a few seasonings—salt and pepper, namely—to create a surprisingly flavorful dish.

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Though I love them in Brussels sprouts pasta and I’m dying to try them on a tasty pizza, one of my favorite ways to fix them is to simply toss them in a little olive oil, combine them with pecans and roast them on a baking sheet. It makes the perfect side dish for practically any meal or occasion, whether it’s with grilled pork chops for a small dinner at home (like Harrison and I made last night) or as a side for a big holiday meal.

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These roasted Brussels sprouts always turn out fabulously—the perfect combination between tender and crisp with a yummy, toasted taste. Want to make them yourself? Just check out the two-step recipe below.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans

Yield: 8 servings (via Real Simple)

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Kosher salt and black pepper

1. Heat oven to 400 F. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, pecans, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn Brussels sprouts cut-side down.

2. Roast until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.