A Momma’s Love Affair: Johanna Mirpuri-Cook

I had a fantastic time with a wonderful young MOM in my CelebrEATy Circle February episode.  An awesome Cook, Johanna Mirpuri-Cook just loves to cook for her family.  She is a working mom, has a full time job, a real busy Momma for her 3 cute kids, and fully understands what every Moms go through everyday.  And one of those “got-to-do” daily tasks is making great everyday meals.  She’s been foodblogging for years and you can check her blogs loaded with recipes via http://www.mommacuisine.blogspot.com.

And she recently launched her dream project:  Momma Cuisine/Making Great Everyday Food.  Check her website for full details and also learn about her cooking workshops/tutorials, http://www.mommacuisine.com.

Johanna shared this very easy, yet super delicious chicken dish.  And she wants all the Moms to include this recipe in their recipe collection.  Yes, Johanna can cook, but can she bake?  Johanna says she will find time someday to branch into baking, but meantime, pots and pans, knives and cutting boards, ladles and turners, skillets and woks, are her tools of the trade.

Spanish Chicken Bake

4 bone-in chicken breasts (Johanna prefers bone-in)
1 1/2 cups of long grain white rice
1 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 15 oz jar of green olives with pimento
salt & pepper

Heat a large pan with olive oil. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and paprika. Brown skin side down first. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Do not cook the chicken all the way, the purpose is just to give it a nice brown color.

In a large casserole dish, place the uncooked white rice in the bottom and place the browned chicken on top. Simply pour the can of roasted tomatoes on top of the chicken and rice. Then, pour the jar of olives, including the olive juice in with the chicken, rice and tomatoes.  (Note: You may need to add about 1/2 cup more water to ensure rice is cooked nicely with a 1: 3 ratio of rice to water).  DO NOT ADD SALT because the olives are already salty there is no need to add more.

You’re a great Mom…Good luck Johanna!



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