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Mondays with Michelle: Fall Chicken Pot

As the temperatures cool I start to looking forward to more hearty "warming" dishes. My favorite this year is what my partner and I have dubbed, Chicken Pot -- or the most delicious, One-Pot braised chicken dish that you will enjoy this Fall. Check out the recipe below...


4-6 pieces of Chicken (white or dark meat based on your preference)
1 onion quartered
1 pint mushrooms quartered
1 small bag baby carrots
1 small bag red potatoes quartered
32oz Chicken Stock
1 tsb Thyme
1 tsb minced Garlic
1 small bunch Parsley chopped
1 Bay leaf


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Season chicken with White Spice
  • Add a few swirls of Garlic Oil to your Dutch oven or braising pot and bring to a high heat
  • Brown all your chicken pieces on both sides. Remove and place to the side.
  • Add additional Garlic oil to your pot, add onions and carrots-- allow to cook until fragrant
  • Add potatoes and mushrooms to the pot, mix well and season lightly with White spice, Thyme and Parsley.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot along with the bay leaf and cover with Chicken stock.
  • Cover your pot and place in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and stock has cooked down significantly.
  • Taste stock and season with White Spice again if necessary and remove the bay leaf
  • Enjoy over rice or quinoa.

What is your favorite Fall dish? Post your comments below!

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Not even twelve months later she was diving off the high dive, tucking her little knees into her chest and swimming back to the surface to do it all over again.

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One Friday, a couple of months ago I was tired. I’m actually tired everyday. But this was different. It was the end of a long, long week. I didn’t have to pick my daughter up from school for once and the evening was mine to whatever I wanted. You’d think this means I painted the town red with my boys and toasted to the blessings that have recently been bestowed upon me. Nope. Instead I just took my time going home, stopping first at Whole Foods to restock on healthy stuff and then Home Depot to pick up some flowers to add to the fledgling garden I have on my back deck. As I moseyed to the front doors I remember how heavy my eyelids became under the weight of the setting sun overhead. Then I heard it:

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I recently had a revolutionary revelation around fatherhood. That's right, a revolutionary revelation. Early last week I was exposed to a friend's Facebook post where plenty of female commenters beat on their chests with regard to their superiority as the "master parent." I found it painful and heartbreaking, being the sensitive soul that I am. For years now I've beat my drum (a.k.a. written on my blog) about all that Dad brings to the table. I've got plenty of cards in my back pocket I can whip out to justify our necessity and explain our equivalence in this parenting game, and why both are necessary. But finally it hit me --- I don't have to. At all.