How to be Pretty Okay… at Cooking Chicken

Let’s start off with an easy one. Cooking chicken should be straight forward. Pan + chicken + salt/pep = delicious, yes? Well, if you are like me, you have this irrational fear of raw chicken. Did we grow up with this? Is that a thing? It seems as though most of the time we worry about seeing a little pink so we cook the shit out of it. Then we end up with dried-out bits on the chicken and maybe even some seared-Cajunesque marks.

Well, no longer my friends, no longer.

Maybe you already know this. I did not, and I spent a substantial amount of years cooking the heck out of chicken to ensure that I was not going to serve pink chicken to anyone. Not anymore.

When I cook chicken I do so in a cast iron skillet. I have not tried this in other skillets, but I think you would still find good results. That said, go buy the cast iron if you don’t currently have it. It’s amazing. A lid is absolutely required, and I found a stainless pot lid that I have fit perfectly on my cast iron skillet so that is what I use.

Chicken for Two


1 Boneless skinless chicken breasts

Seasonings (to taste)

1 TBSP butter (if you want to go big)

1 TBSP olive oil

Make It:

On medium-high heat add butter and olive oil to pan. Heat up until water crackles when you splash a tiny dab on to the pan. Make sure to not burn butter.

Put both chicken breasts in to pan. Count to 60.

Put lid on and turn heat to as low as possible. Put 11 minutes on a timer. Do not lift that darn lid, at all; after that lid goes on, until the process is complete, don’t peak.

After the timer goes off, turn off the burner and add another 11 minutes on to the timer.

After the entire 23 minute process, your chicken is ready. And delicious.

Side Notes: You can marinate this chicken or season it any way you want beforehand. Sometimes we let it soak in tequila, lime, and honey. Sometimes we have prosciutto, mozza, and asparagus wrapped up inside it. Either way, we have found that the cooking time works.











But It’s a “Lifestyle” Blog?

You’re Super Delightful. Round two.

YSD was originally started in November of 2011. It was vaguely updated for the first year, and then things kicked in to high gear in October 2012. It was a blissful 8 months. Actually, that is not entirely true. It was not blissful. The blog was an outlet, it served its purpose delightfully, and after its purpose I pushed it to the side while I moved forward. I took it offline (does anything ever really go offline? Doubt it) but kept the domain.

Jump ahead four years, and here we are. Back at it. You can’t take a good blog down. That sort of thing.

Previously YSD had a lot of recipes, assorted reviews, and general “hey this is what’s going on” updates. Since it came down, I have spent a heck of a lot of time perusing all sorts of different blogs. Fashion blogs, recipe blogs, lifestyle blogs. Suffice to say that the general blog game has been majorly upped in the last four years. In a way, with so much content on the web it’s difficult to pin down exactly what makes a decent blog, but I’m going to give it a shot.

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And So We Begin…

Get a website they said, coming soon she said….

Right. Well, it has been almost 6 months since I initially put this website out on the interweb and in this time, it hasn’t changed much.

So many great ideas have popped into my head, along with directions to take it. What’s the hold up? Valid question. Originally I thought I would blog about life, this, that, + the other thing. But I kept questioning myself on what direction I was going to take this in that would make it different than all the other blogs that currently feature food, crafting, whims, etc. I couldn’t pin down what I could do to stand out. This is a question that plagues me in almost any venture I stick my toe in to. I try to imagine my audience and what they would be most interested in hearing of. I think of the blogs and websites that I frequent most and question what keeps me coming back. The thing is, there is just too much information on the web. It’s all been done or being done, or should never be done. But, here is the thing; you can spend forever trying to find that one thing that makes you appear brilliant or fantastic, and a) you can waste a lot of time and b) someone will be happy to judge you and let you know that it actually isn’t that brilliant or fantastic.

So, forget it. Let’s just roll.

This will be my home. To share stories, events, recipes, + life. Currently in the planning phase.