The Enchanted Village

A Family tradition! This video was from December 2009. I just made this cleaner version, check out a family tradition that we have visited for years. My mom used to take me and my sister into Boston every year to walk around, shop & see The Enchanted Village. Its a Christmas tradition! [note note_color="#66b8ff"]Since its that time of year... putting this post back on the front page![/note]

Oven Chicken Breast, Greenbeans & Potatoes

Original recipe found on pinterest, this has my changes. Tried, tested & approved by myself & fiance! On my quest to find one dish recipe’s this is the latest addition!

4 medium potatoes, cut
1 lb chicken breasts
1 stick butter
1 package Italian dressing mix


1. Line one side of the pan with green beans.

2. Cut potatoes up. Line opposite side of pan with the potatoes.


3. Line the chicken breasts down the middle of the baking dish.

4. Cut butter up and layer over the green beans, potatoes and chicken. Sprinkle Italian dressing over the entire pan. Cut stick of butter into 8ths and place row of butter on top of each section. Cover with foil.

Pro Tip
Try your best to leave the tops of all the chicken exposed and cover the chicken liberally first then spread it out to the rest of the veggies.


5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. The results should look at follows….

20141012_182206As soon as its remove from the over drain 3/4 of the juice in the pan and then let it sit for 1o mins.


Roasted Sausage & Veggies

Original recipe found on pinterest, this has my changes. Tried, tested & approved by myself & fiance!


1 package (at least 1 pound) of your favorite sausage links (i used kielbasa)

5 medium-sized potatoes (i used red bliss)

1 large red pepper

1 large onion, sliced

3 table spoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly black ground pepper

2 teaspoon dried rosemary

3 tablespoons adobo seasoning


Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray (i covered my pan with tinfoil)

Slice sausages into thin rounds, about 1/5″ thick.

Cut potatoes into 1/2″ chunks.


Slice onion and pepper into strips


Place all ingredients on baking sheet and drizzle oil over. (i used olive)


Toss everything together in the oil, making sure everything feels coated.

Add salt, pepper and spices.

Toss everything again.


Bake at 400°F for about 30-35 min or until potatoes are tender. If all goes well it will look like this….


Please leave your comments, let me know what you think!


Baked “Fried” Chicken

I promised i would post this for my friend and fellow chef at heart steve (blackdog) which also made me create this new category “Food & Drink” since i love to cook. Mine as well share it!

So the point i guess of baked fried chicken is to have your cake and eat it too, you get the fried chicken taste without frying it. That being said, you could 100% take this recipe and just fry it!


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thirds

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt.

  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 stick butter (or 1/4 cup)

  • Buttermilk

  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag (optional, but i used it.)

So for step one i cut the chicken breasts into thirds. Making moderate size pieces. Now i always modify recipes and the one i used as a base did not include an egg wash, i asked good ol’ blackdog my go to on food related questions and he recommended it.

Step two: was to soak the pieces of chicken in a bowl of buttermilk cover and refrigerate, the longer the better, i went with 45 minutes because it was a last minute meal idea, next time i will soak it overnight.

When your ready to cook pre-heat your over to 400. Now if you have the means, i use my tablet (it could be an ipad) to have my recipe on it so i can refer back to it and i usually play some music through it as well (grooves and foods!)

20140924_172531Will the oven pre-heats make your batter. Combined spices & flour above and i did this in the large ziplock bag, you can also go with the bowl and dip if you like. After that make your egg wash.

20140924_173326Now take the chicken out of the buttermilk and shake off excess milk, dip in egg wash, put in back, roll around. Do this all pieces. Once all pieces are in the bag zip it up and shake like crazy. This is what i did and i only needed one coat, it was the perfect amount for my liking, if you want you can go egg wash batter, egg wash, batter if you prefer.

With the over preheated take your dish, i used a normal rectangle glass dish and take your butter, cut half a stick into smaller pieces and place them strategically in the pan and put the pan in the pre-heated over so the butter melts.

20140924_173902Now after the pan comes out spray it will non stick spray around the sides and any place that may need it.

20140924_174316Now place your chicken also in a strategic pattern in the pan and cook uncovered for 13-15 mins.


Flip chicken and cook for another 13-15 mins.

20140924_183413If all goes well it should look like this or better! Well that’s it. If your truly into fried chicken then your going to want to pair this with some mashed potatoes and country gravy, extra points for biscuits! When i get a good gravy recipe ill share it!

Personal Side Note: I like my batter to have lots of flavor, KFC uses 11 herbs and spices and they aren’t even good fried chicken, this recipe only used a few. I personally tripled the amount the spices called for in this recipe!

Please leave your comments and thoughts below!

How to clean your mooring cover.

Well it’s something i need to do, i think i will do it today, ill post the results.

Some people might just “go for it”. I am more of the “i need to know how first” type. So 99% of mooring covers are made of sunbrella, i was able to download a pdf from the sunbrella website that says how to clean your cover and re-apply the water resistance treatment, without which, your cover is useless. Lucky for me i already have 303 fabric guard as i bought it for something else. Anyway, i hope this helps you as well!