Monday, January 21, 2013

Skinny Girl - Recipe Recap

I had the best Friday night.
I spent it with two of my besties and seriously spent hours laughing.
I was hungover from laughter come Saturday. It was an absolute joy.
Friday was also the night I came out to my girlfriends about this blog of mine.
I don't know what the deal is with me keeping this blog a secret. I take pride in my writing, in the relationships I have developed and the fun I have blogging - but telling friends and family of mine about this secret space has made me nervous. However, my girls J and M are new readers of SBT and I welcome them to this little piece of me.
Has anyone felt the same way about sharing your blog with friends and family?
Now back to Friday night.
My girl J picked a fabulous recipe to try out for dinner. It was off the one and only Bethenny Frankel's website and was Skinny Girl all the way. Her Pesto Stuffed Mustard Chicken was amazing and this is coming from someone who is a avid hater of mustard - couldn't even taste it! The chicken had so much flavor and I cannot wait to have this again. It was healthy, flavorful and extremely filling. Paired off with a yummy salad (mixed with some feta and poppyseed dressing) and some sourdough bread, we were happy ladies!


  • 2 cups of Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups of packaged pesto
  • 1 cup of part skim ricotta
  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Mix the marinade by combining the garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon, salt and pepper in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  2. Poke chicken breasts with a fork and let sit in the marinade overnight, or at minimum 4 hours, in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Combine the ricotta and pesto together.
  5. Cut a pocket lengthwise into the side of the chicken breast and stuff with the ricotta-pesto mixture.
  6. Using a nonstick pan, over medium-high heat, brown both sides of the chicken with olive oil.
  7. Place in a baking dish and cook covered for 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven.
  8. The last 5-10 minutes of baking can be done uncovered for a crispier chicken. Serve immediately.

It is no secret that I love, love, love Kelle Hampton from Enjoying the Small Things.
Well, we have some family friends that own a vacation house in Naples, Florida and when I saw that Kelle had a book signing there I contacted our friend to see if she would go see her for me! Saturday morning I received this woderful text with a picture of Kelle - kind of stalkerish - but I was so excited!
Please remember to take a minute to remember why today is a holiday and to honor the wisdom, integrity and difference Martin Luther King madein the world.


  1. I actually shared my blog with my friends and family first. When I first started, I had no idea how to get readers, so I thought they might be the only readers I would have. :) I was nervous, though. I felt sick at my stomach when I pushed "publish" on my first post, knowing that my friends and family would be reading my stuff!

    Love the MLK quote!

  2. I used to be so nervous about my "real life" friends found out about my blog but then they all tell me how much they love it so it helps! Your blog is too good and too cute not to share with everyone! Thanks for sharing the recipe - can't wait to try it!

  3. I don't have any family members as readers...unless they just haven't said anything! I'm super nervous for the day they find out about it for some reason but I don't post anything I wouldn't say in front of them. I understand the feeling :)

  4. What a fun weekend! Well minus the hangover. But that just means you did Friday night right ;)

    I totally need to try this recipe. Sounds delish!

    Thanks for linking up! I';m your newest follower.

  5. I am definitely hesitant about telling my friends and family about my blog. My husband knows about it but I haven't given him the magic link to it yet haha. He is anxiously waiting though!

    That recipie sounds delish though!

  6. I'm the same way with my little blog, only certain friends know about it. I've slowly started telling others about it though. My fiance and some family read it! And that recipe looks delish!!

  7. I agree with you about the blog secret. I feel like no one else will really understand why I do it if I tell them. I also think its weird when people (mostly my mom and her friends) mention something I said on the blog. It kinda weirds be out that they read it.

  8. I kept a secret for a while about my blog...and still haven't shared it with the world. Only a few close friends and family. But I felt better once I shared with them...thanks for the recipe! I'll have to give is a shot sometime.

  9. i felt the same way thats why i dont let them read it lol

    im following your blog. mind follow me back?
    visit my blog ^^

  10. Time with the girlfriends is like nothing else :-)I think everybody I know knows that I blog...which makes me choose, hopefully with wisdom and grace, my words very carefully. I have deleted posts before they get published for that very reason. Fine balance in keeping true to what one believes and yet being gentle in the sharing of it :-)

  11. Hi! I'm Vickilicious from I am your newest follower all the way from Greece and the 'I Love My Online Friends GFC' Hop. Looking forward to reading your blog. Stop by my place and check it out!

  12. Came to you from the blog hop, loving it so far.

  13. Hi, I found your blog through The Things We Find Inside GFC Blog Hop. I am your newest follower. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be fantastic. Hope you are having a good week.

  14. I always feel so weird to tell people about my personal blog and I don't take as much pride in my food blog as I should! It's just awkward :)

    Great MLK quote.