Since I have been asked…now for some personal information…
Back in 2001 I worked for a company that I loved, providing Mobile Spa Services to various high end hotels in our downtown area. Soon my own business took off (mobile spa service to high end B&B’s) so sadly I had to leave this company as I was too busy to do both.
By 2008, a new owner had taken over the Mobile Spa Service to the downtown hotels. Then nearing the end of 2009, with the down turn in the economy, and a lack of tourism in our city, my B&B business slowly began to slow down – as it did everywhere. (I think our B&B’s were harder hit than our local Hotels were)
So in 2010, I returned to the Mobile Spa Services in our downtown area to work with this new owner. I love it… the hotels are fabulous and the owner is a delight to work with.
Here we are two years later in 2012. Recently the owner approached me asking: “Would I like to take over the business?” Deep breath Ina….deep breath. (although I am not “religious” I prayed for this back in 2010, and way back in 2002) Dreams do indeed come true. It may take 10-15 years but they do come true if your intention is true and strong.
So here I am 11 years later, owning and running the business I worked for back in 2001. I could not be happier.
There has been a lot to learn, a lot to absorb, a lot to process. But wow, what an amazing opportunity…one I am very grateful for.
Have I had time to properly cook? At least what my version is to properly cook? No. No, I have not. However, that does not mean that food can not still taste exceptionally delicious. (luckily, I have a few extra posts to share during this busy phase in my life…at least until I get used to this new routine)
This is not a recipe but more of a method – a great way to have two meals out of one:
10-12 chicken pieces cut up – thighs, wings, breasts, skin on bone in (I made extra to have left overs for next day.)
seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sweet Paprika
a good drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
generous amounts of Pesto – yes I cheated and bought freshly made store bought
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the cut up chicken pieces. Drizzle in EVOO to cover lightly. Add all of the seasonings to coat well.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Bake for 1 hour, basting the chicken half way through at the 30 minute mark.
Then transfer the chicken to a platter and generously add a good dollop of Pesto to each chicken piece. Serve with steamed vegetables…mow down…then crash because you are too tired to do anything else.
p.s. if you are as busy as I am right now, please ask your significant other to do the dishes…especially if he wants to eat dinner tomorrow, I am sure he will be most helpful. I must give a huge shout out of thanks to my DH…he has been such a support during my new crazy life phase!