After John left for work yesterday morning Lola and I came downstairs and the house had that empty, super quiet feeling. Then it hit me… the pantry door was open and the mouse traps were gone! I ran into the pantry and flicked the baseboard calling “Jerry?!? You in there li’l buddy?” It was like going to visit a friend in the hospital, walking into their room and finding the bed empty and the sheets pulled off. Had to call John right away and it went like this:
“You know damn well who Jerry is – our mouse! What happened?”
“I dumped him out behind the grass clippings.”
“OMG! Is he… was he… you didn’t kill him did you?”
“No, he was in the trap and I dumped him out… just looked a little dazed is all.”
“Did he look happy?”
“Hard to tell, it’s a downpour, he just looked wet.”
So Jerry’s relocated (for now), Moe’s nervously pacing trying to figure out where his new best friend went, and Lola’s bummed because Moe’s food dish is back in the pantry, behind the barrier where she can’t slurp up his food. But at least I can stand in the kitchen without wondering if some little critter’s going to be running over my feet. And to finish up that wonderful meal from last week – the chicken!
Chicken in White Wine with Orange Zest
4-6 Chicken Breasts
4 Tablespoons butter
1 Red onion, small, minced
1/2 Cup sweet white wine, like a Riesling
Majoram, about a tablespoon
– Pound chicken breasts until about 1/2″ thick and season w/salt & pepper
– Finely grate about a tablespoon (or more) of orange zest then squeeze juice into small bowl.
– Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat and saute chicken until golden. Remove to separate plate, pour 1/2 of the orange juice over chicken and cover.
– In same pan, melt an additional 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add minced onions until opaque but not brown. Add the wine, marjoram, remaining orange juice, and zest. Stir, scraping up browned bits until sauce is bubbling and slightly reduced – just a few minutes.
– Transfer chicken and any juices back to pan for a few minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over chicken.
This is a really fast and easy dish with a lot of flavor. You know I kinda miss Jerry. I was thinking too… if Moe had actually caught Jerry, I wonder if he’d say he tasted just like chicken.