Trained chef and reality television star Dean McDermott's recipe for Easy Lemon Curry Chicken has just the right balance of spice to spruce up your typical baked chicken while maintaining its kid-friendly appeal. Check out his new cookbook, The Gourmet Dad, for more than 100 recipes that will keep the whole family happy during meal times.
Easy Lemon Curry Chicken in Spicy Cream Sauce
You might be a little surprised, as I sure was, that kids take to this dish with gusto. Despite the name, both the chicken and the sauce are fairly mild, with just a hint of curry. I came up with this recipe for myself, because I wanted to spruce up some boring chicken breasts. They had a lovely yellow glaze, which caught Liam’s and Stella’s attention, and they asked me if they could have a taste. The monsters wolfed them down! The curry gives the dish an exotic flavor that is just pleasantly spicy but not overwhelming by any means. It’s a great weeknight dish because it is simple and quick to whip up. You don’t have to knock yourself out in the kitchen to create a knockout meal.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a small bowl, mix together the curry powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Sprinkle half the seasoning across a large platter. Set the chicken on the seasoning and then sprinkle the remaining seasoning on top. Pat the chicken to make the seasoning stick.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear each chicken breast on both sides until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature measures 165°F. Remove the chicken to a clean plate and loosely tent with foil to keep it warm while you prepare the sauce.
Add the lemon juice to the skillet in which the chicken was seared and cook over medium heat, scraping up any bits left from the chicken. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter, the curry powder, cumin, chili powder and coriander, and stir until the butter has melted.
Slowly whisk in the heavy cream. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking continuously. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and whisk until it melts. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Arrange the chicken on 4 individual plates and top with just enough sauce to cover. Serve at once.
Get ready for some great books next month! LibraryReads has put together a list of the 10 books coming out in July that librarians are most excited about putting on their shelves.
The Paris Wife author Paula McLain returns in late July with a historical novel of expats in Africa, Circling the Sun, and Chevy Stevens continues her string of pitch-perfect suspense novels with Those Girls. Susan Mallery offers up the latest in her Fool's Gold series, Kiss Me, and Jill Shalvis, another romance heavyweight, will publish Second Chance Summer, the first in her Cedar Ridge series, on June 30.
You can see the full July LibraryReads list here. What book are you most looking forward to picking up next month?
Although the cripplingly shy recluse Howie watched Emily Phane grow up next door, he’s never actually spoken to his only neighbor for miles. Despite this, he cares for her in a sweetly paternal way, and he’s aware that there’s definitely something wrong with her. He’s been watching as she gradually becomes a recluse herself—plus there’s the odd fact that she’s taken up the habit of night gardening. This is an achingly beautiful and unexpectedly hilarious portrait of two deeply sad, deeply sensitive people reaching the breaking point and pulling each other back.
Howie approached the bathroom window. He allowed his eyes time to adjust. The treetops moved as if the air had slowed and thickened into water. Pines, mostly, but some elm. There was no moon. Then there was: hard, white, and rolling from behind a bank of silver clouds. He focused on his neighbor’s house, its weak glow. Beyond this, the dark.
And he saw her. She was moving along the edge of the woods like you might pace beside a pool you’re not quite ready to jump into. Then, just when Howie began to think that maybe she wouldn’t tonight, she did. She was gone, into the forest, leaving only the slightest splash of night behind her. That and Howie, his face against the bathroom window.
What are you reading this week?
This week's new paperback selections offer several summer-reading-worthy options:
By Nick Harkaway
Vintage • $15.95 • ISBN 9780804170666
In the latest smart science fiction from the author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker, Sergeant Lester Ferris is determined to serve out the remainder of his career quietly in the former British colony of Mancreu. But his plans change after he meets a boy obsessed with comic-book heroes.
North of Normal
By Cea Sunrise Person
Harper • $15.99 • ISBN 9780062289872
Person's success as an international model came despite a most unusual childhood. For more than a decade, she and members of her extended family lived way, way off the grid in the forests of Canada, combining a groovy, free-love lifestyle with sometimes bleak subsistence living. The paperback edition of this compelling memoir includes a list of discussion questions.
By Susan Vreeland
Random House • $16 • ISBN 9780812980196
Although she's unhappy about leaving Paris in 1937 for a remote village in the south of France to care for her husband's grandfather, Lisette learns more than she expected about both art and life. For book clubs that like to pair a themed dinner with a reading selection, Vreeland's luminous historical novel offers many delicious possibilities: The reading group guide includes a list of all the Provençal dishes mentioned in the book (the Cassoulet Béarnais sounds especially tempting).
By Rebecca Rasmussen
Vintage • $15.95 • ISBN 9780345806710
Coming in at #43 on the BookPage list of Best Books of 2014, Rasmussen's quietly powerful second novel opens in the wilds of Minnesota, where Eveline and her new husband Emil settle in a remote cabin. But when Emil is called away, their lives take a tragic turn that will echo through the next generation.
By Laura Lane McNeal
Penguin • $16 • ISBN 9780143127499
Set in the summer of 1964, McNeal's engaging debut brings Civil Rights-era New Orleans to life with the story of 11-year-old Ibby Bell, who is unceremoniously dumped at the rundown Garden District mansion of her eccentric grandmother. The novel, which drew critical praise for its convincing characters and evocative setting, has been compared to Southern dramas such as The Help and The Secret Life of Bees.
Dear Committee Members
By Julie Schumacher
Anchor • $14.95 • ISBN 9780345807335
Schumacher’s hilarious—and, at times, poignant—sendup of academia is presented in its entirety through letters of recommendation written by Jason T. Fitger, a stressed-out professor of English and creative writing at the aptly named “Payne University.” This clever satire was ranked as one of 2014's best books by NPR and the Boston Globe.
Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin’s snarkily delicious anthropological portrait of wealthy Manhattan moms, has stirred up a hornets’ nest. On one side are the detractors, who question the book’s timeline and veracity; on the other side are scores of eager readers who sent the book to the #2 spot on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Then there’s MGM, which gleefully bought film rights to the book after a bidding war.
Responding to complaints about factual inaccuracies, Primates of Park Avenue publisher Simon & Schuster promises that the ebook and future editions will contain a statement noting that some details in the book have been changed and timelines altered in order to protect the identities of Manhattan moms.
Martin took time during a very hectic week to tell us about three books on her own reading list.
Jeff Nunokawa's Note Book is perfect for a reader like me—his literary and cult criticism musings on everyday life, George Eliot, soccer hunks, insomnia, his mother and the finer points of Dickens are both enlightening and impressionistic. And physically it is the heaviest book relative to its size I have ever held. In an age of iPhones, I'm a sucker for that.
I attended a conversation with Cokie Roberts and Lesley Stahl at the New York Historical Society where they discussed this book about the role of women in Civil War-era Washington DC. Turns out that—as during World War II—when the men were away, the women ruled. Fascinating, rigorous and, yes, dishy in a way only Cokie Roberts can pull off (the detail about navigating the House in a hoop skirt—genius).
I admire the way Oliver Sacks has always managed to cross genres and make science not only accessible but fun, human and informative. Then I saw how he looks on the cover of the book and was just so gone. It's the story of how an extremely unconventional thinker came to be and a compelling look at the person behind the brain.
Thank you, Wednesday! See anything you'd like to pick up, readers?
(Author photo by Elena Seibert)
E L James surprised everyone by announcing on June 1 that she would be publishing a new Fifty Shades novel titled Grey within the month. The novel tells the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and the pub day is here! The first reviews are in, and they are hilariously entertaining. I'm on page nine of this book, and I have been unable to stop laughing and reading the best lines aloud in the office (sorry, everyone in the office). In my opinion, and apparently many others, Christian Grey's inner monologue is kind of horrifying.
Here are links to some of the best early coverage of Grey:
And I'll leave you with my favorite non-explicit quote from the chapter I've read. Here is Christian answering Anastasia's fascinating question about why he invests in manufacturing:
"I have a love of ships. What can I say?" They transport food around the planet.
Indeed! What can you say. Ships: They transport food around the planet.
Are you planning on reading the latest from James?
Greek chef Diane Kochilas and her incredily straightforward, yet elegant recipe for pasta with a delectable and creamy yogurt-based sauce is just one of the many smart dishes compiled in Food52 Genius Recipes. With just a few ingredients and very little cooking, you can have a dinner on the table that is packed with rich flavor.
Pasta with Yogurt & Caramelized Onions
From Diane Kochilas
When cookbook author Diane Kochilas began dressing pasta with yogurt, her intention was to adapt a classic Greek island dish that required an obscure cheese called sitaka. But, in doing so, she created a dinner of convenience that’s striking enough to serve to company. The sauce has only two components: thick yogurt and starchy, salty pasta cooking water, which together create the soothing texture of an alfredo sauce, lightened up with yogurt’s tang. But it won’t taste austere, especially once you garnish with caramelized onions and Pecorino to balance out the sweetness and salt.
When Kochilas developed this recipe, in order for the yogurt to thicken enough to coat the pasta—and not slip off into a puddle at the bottom of the plate—you had to remember to strain it for 2 hours.This is hardly something to grumble about, but it did keep this dish in the realm of dinners you have to think about before you’re hungry.
Now, with the widespread availability of thick, Greek-style (that is, already strained) yogurts, this is an almost embarrassingly ready-to-eat food. The only step that takes time is caramelizing the onions, which you’ll want to do right. Give them at least 20 to 30 minutes, while you do everything else. They should look like stained glass when you’re done, and taste like honey.
There are endless ways you can fancy up this meal. Throw in spinach or chard as the pasta finishes boiling. Or blend the sauce with peas, mint, or tahini.
Serves 4 to 6
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the onions. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently and seasoning with salt to taste as you go, until the onions are soft and golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. As the water heats, add enough salt so that you can taste it. Add the pasta and cook until soft, just past al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1⁄2 cup (120ml) of the pasta water. Combine the yogurt with 1⁄4 cup (60ml) cooking water and mix well. Add more of the reserved pasta water as needed to get the sauce to your desired thickness.Toss the pasta with the yogurt mixture. Serve the pasta immediately, sprinkled generously with cheese and topped with the caramelized onions and their juices.
Note: If using thick, Greek yogurt, like a colander with cheesecloth and set over a bowl or in the sink. Add the yogurt and let drain for 2 hours before proceeding with the recipe. For a treat, seek out sheep's milk yogurt for this.
The fall publishing season isn't confined to September and October anymore—big-name authors are spreading out into August and November as well. John Irving is one of them: Avenue of Mysteries (S&S) will go on sale November 3.
Described by S&S publisher Jonathan Karp as reminiscent of the classic A Prayer for Owen Meany, Avenue of Mysteries follows an older man, Juan Diego, who is on a trip to the Phillippines. But this late-in-life adventure inspires memories of his childhood and young adulthood in Mexico rather than sparking any new ones—until his past and present become intertwined in a surprising way.
Will you read it?
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Emma Donoghue is best known for her international best-selling novel Room, which was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes. The story of 5-year-old Jack, who has spent his entire life within the confines of a single room with his Ma, is fierce and daring, but young Jack's pitch-perfect narration is what has given the novel such staying power.
With that unforgettable young narrator in her back pocket, Donoghue will publish her first middle grade novel, The Lotterys Plus One, with Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine imprint in February 2017. Sumac Lottery is a little girl at the heart of a big, loving family——six siblings, two moms and two dads all piled into a big Victorian house called Camelottery. It's a lovely life—but then her racist, homophobic grandfather moves in, too.
Says publisher Arthur A. Levine, "This is a tale about the unbridled joy of living in a big, loving family, and the lengths to which one creative nine year old will go when that crazy, delicate equilibrium is threatened. Only a writer with the incredible skill of Emma Donoghue could present such a vibrant bounty of personalities with perfect clarity and true heart."
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: View all our coverage of Emma Donoghue's books.