It’s my 15th post on Cooktoria. Wow! I am moving forward. It may not look like a lot to you, but it has been quite a journey for me. Just 3 months ago this blog didn’t exist, and 7 months ago I didn’t even own a DSLR and didn’t know anything about photography, or better yet, how to start a blog. WordPress, plugin, SEO, permalinks were just some unknown words to me. That’s why, looking back now, I feel that satisfying sense of accomplishment…
I always loved to cook, but was never able to figure out what would be the best career choice for me. “You should be a chef” or “You should open your own restaurant” my friends would say to me, but it didn’t sound appealing at all. Yes, I love to cook, but more than that I like to create recipes, test them out, share with others and move on. I’ve had an idea for a food blog since 2013. In 2014 I started a Facebook page called Cooking With Tania, but I never published it though. I didn’t like the pictures. So I decided to buy a DSLR. After owning a camera for a little while, I realized, that food photography is my other huge passion, and I must share it with others. With encouragement from my husband and persistent work, I got to this point. I’m super excited to see where this journey will take me. Feel free to share your feedback and your stories on how you found your passions and if you were able to make a living out of it.
Oh, the chicken! That’s right, we are having chicken for dinner tonight. This colorful, flavorful dish with rich and creamy tomato sauce is great. I am telling you, if you are hesitating – don’t! Just go and make it. Serve it with salad, pasta, grains, potatoes or just with fresh bread. You may also customize it by adding olives, raisins or beans. Add some cream, if you’d like. Don’t like the drumsticks? No problem. Use chicken breast instead. Happy cooking!
CHICKEN IN TOMATO SAUCE
- 6 chicken drums (approximately 2 lbs.)
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 2 medium celery ribs sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp paprika
- to taste salt and pepper
- to garnish fresh cilantro and dill chopped
- Saute onions and celery in a deep saute pan with olive oil and butter on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add chicken drumsticks, increase heat to high and saute for another 5 minutes, until chicken starts to brown.
- Add wine and bay leaves. Cook for 5 more minutes. Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir, cover with lid and cook for 45 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh herbs.
- If you choose to use chicken breast instead of drumsticks, cut the breast into bite sized pieces, and reduce cooking time to 30 minutes.
- Don't forget to pour some of that wine into a glass and enjoy it while cooking!