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Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

My husband loves rotisserie chicken. Typically, he brings one home once a week and we eat it with a giant caesar salad and french bread.

The problem? We always have leftover chicken. Tired of throwing away almost half each week, I decided to cook something up. So here ya go, my recipe for “Left-Over Chicken” Tacos:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Leftover rotisserie chicken 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño (optional), chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Soft flour tortillas
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Lettuce or cabbage, chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Sriracha (optional)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-heat. Added chopped onions and peppers.
  2. Once they’ve begun to soften, add the shredded chicken, salt and pepper, and jalapeño. Cook until the chicken is warmed and jalapeños have slightly softened.
  3. Fill flour tortillas with chicken/onion/pepper/jalapeño mixture and top with chopped lettuce (or cabbage) and sliced avocado. 
  4. Finish with a dollop of sour cream and spritz of Sriracha.
  5. Enjoy!

Want the best tasting version of these tacos? Use organic ingredients! 

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It’s run by a gentleman named Mr. Lee, a really nice guy. There’s a gated front entrance and you have to ring the doorbell. There’s a doorman that comes out — there’s a whole ritual about going into the place. You go in and sit in this sitting room and he comes out and explains the rules of the club. There’s no cell phones allowed, no picture-taking, no tweeting, no Facebooking, nothing. If he catches you, then you’re removed from the establishment. He makes incredible drinks but my favorite is an Old-Fashioned he makes there.
Iron Chef Jose Garces tells two Philly gems — a late-night Chinese food spot and the coolest/most insane-sounding cocktail den, Hop Sing Laundromat. Read all about it here. (via papermag)

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Made From Scratch Dinner: Sautéed organic chicken with organic jalapeños, onions and chili pepper over whipped cauliflower. 

Made From Scratch Dinner: Sautéed organic chicken with organic jalapeños, onions and chili pepper over whipped cauliflower. 

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Birthday Brunch at The Plough & The Stars
Sunday was my birthday and Brendon and I celebrated with a laid-back brunch in Old City at The Plough & The Stars—an Irish pub. 
It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside at one of their sidewalk hightop tables, under an umbrella. It was a nice spot, and I especially enjoyed their wooden swivel chairs!
I started out with a mimosa ($5) and Brendon got a draft Stella. I ordered the Plough Omelette—Irish Sausage, Pears, Apples & Blue Cheese Omelet served with Roasted Potatoes ($9.00)—which turned out to be an especially yummy combination of ingredients. My only wish was that it had just a touch more blue cheese, as it went quite well with the sausage and pears. This was my first sweet omelette, and I was a bit hesitant about it at first, but I would recommend it to anyone who loves pears and blue cheese together.
Brendon ordered the Plough Steak Fritte—Finely sliced Grilled Marinated Flank Steak in a Red Wine au Jus served with French Fries and Horseradish Dipping Sauce ($12.00)—which he ate almost every bite of. He really enjoyed the steak because it reminded him of the way his father used to grill them up when Brendon was a kid. 
All told, it was a lovely way to celebrate my birthday! I’d recommend this spot to anyone looking for a delicious brunch at reasonable prices.
The Plough & The Stars is located on 2nd Street, between Market and Chestnut. Brunch is served 10:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Birthday Brunch at The Plough & The Stars

Sunday was my birthday and Brendon and I celebrated with a laid-back brunch in Old City at The Plough & The Stars—an Irish pub. 

It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside at one of their sidewalk hightop tables, under an umbrella. It was a nice spot, and I especially enjoyed their wooden swivel chairs!

I started out with a mimosa ($5) and Brendon got a draft Stella. I ordered the Plough Omelette—Irish Sausage, Pears, Apples & Blue Cheese Omelet served with Roasted Potatoes ($9.00)—which turned out to be an especially yummy combination of ingredients. My only wish was that it had just a touch more blue cheese, as it went quite well with the sausage and pears. This was my first sweet omelette, and I was a bit hesitant about it at first, but I would recommend it to anyone who loves pears and blue cheese together.

Brendon ordered the Plough Steak Fritte—Finely sliced Grilled Marinated Flank Steak in a Red Wine au Jus served with French Fries and Horseradish Dipping Sauce ($12.00)—which he ate almost every bite of. He really enjoyed the steak because it reminded him of the way his father used to grill them up when Brendon was a kid. 

All told, it was a lovely way to celebrate my birthday! I’d recommend this spot to anyone looking for a delicious brunch at reasonable prices.

The Plough & The Stars is located on 2nd Street, between Market and Chestnut. Brunch is served 10:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Aka eat organic food!

Aka eat organic food!

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Deviled Eggs with bacon and paprika at The Goat’s Beard.
Also delicious at The Goat’s Beard: Goat Nuggets made with lancaster county chicken, sriracha, lime and crumbled blue cheese.

Deviled Eggs with bacon and paprika at The Goat’s Beard.

Also delicious at The Goat’s Beard: Goat Nuggets made with lancaster county chicken, sriracha, lime and crumbled blue cheese.

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Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts

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Lancaster Kolsch at Khyber Pass Pub.

Lancaster Kolsch at Khyber Pass Pub.

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Kitchen bar at Sampan, from Saturday
Sampan 124 S 13th Street Philadelphia, PA Sampanphilly.com
Totally delicious modern Asian fusion.
We ended up at Sampan, to be honest, because the wait at El Vez was over an hour. Just across the street, we strolled in to find a calm, hip atmosphere. The hostess informed us they were also booked up with reservations, but that we could be seated immediately at the kitchen bar if we’d like. We jumped at the chance, as we both enjoy the laid-back, low-pressure dining experiences we have at kitchen bars.
Our meal included spring rolls, beef short rib with lo mein, and absolutely adorable mini soft serve cones, apparently homemade. These tiny treats presented us with bold flavors in small packages. Yum, yum, yum. The atmosphere was fun and we both enjoyed sitting at the bar where we were able to watch each dish be expertly prepared and plated. We’ll definitely be returning soon!

Kitchen bar at Sampan, from Saturday

Sampan
124 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Sampanphilly.com

Totally delicious modern Asian fusion.

We ended up at Sampan, to be honest, because the wait at El Vez was over an hour. Just across the street, we strolled in to find a calm, hip atmosphere. The hostess informed us they were also booked up with reservations, but that we could be seated immediately at the kitchen bar if we’d like. We jumped at the chance, as we both enjoy the laid-back, low-pressure dining experiences we have at kitchen bars.

Our meal included spring rolls, beef short rib with lo mein, and absolutely adorable mini soft serve cones, apparently homemade. These tiny treats presented us with bold flavors in small packages. Yum, yum, yum. The atmosphere was fun and we both enjoyed sitting at the bar where we were able to watch each dish be expertly prepared and plated. We’ll definitely be returning soon!

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That Has Liquor In It: ACP Review White Dog Cafe

A while back, our friends Alec and Lisa invited us to dinner. We had to dine within a very small radius of University City, as Lisa, a veterinary student at Penn, had to be available and therefore close in case of emergency. Earlier in the week, Alec had emailed me over a few of their favorite spots in the area, saying one of his favorites was White Dog Cafe. Sharing a similar palate, I knew we would enjoy any food Alec did, so Brendon and I  met up at White Dog’s University City location (they’re also in Wayne) on Saturday evening. 

White Dog Cafe is known for being an organic, environmentally sustainable restaurant. 95% of their ingredients are purchased from local farmers, at most 50 miles away. Their wines are all from American wineries and their teas, coffees and chocolates are all certified fair trade. Needless to say, we were excited to try their fresh, local and unique American dishes. 

The Cafe is in a few old row homes, and they continue with this “homey” vibe throughout their interior. We walked in to a cozy “house” with a wood bar on the right, wood floors and cottage appropriate paintings on the wall. We were lead to a small room with just four tables, that gave us a cozy, home-for-Thanksgiving feel.  Our server, a friendly (and, as we later found, patient) gentleman, handed us the menus, which featured wood covers. Soon, Alec and Lisa joined us and we all perused the menu with delight—”Yum, short ribs!” “Oh, Charcuterie!” 

We were still chatting and deciding when our waiter came back to collect our drink orders. Unfortunately, we hadn’t gotten that far and we asked him to come back. Like I said, he was patient and dealt with our indecisions and slow pace with grace. We switched over to the drink menu (also wood covered). Alec and Brendon both ordered beers, while Lisa ordered a Golden Child ( a bloody Mary made with pineapple rum, juice, and chunks) and I chose a glass of the Oak Vineyards Chardonnay (trying to save at least a FEW calories). When our drinks arrived, so did a delightlful surprise: an amuse-bouch, duck pâté on a cracker. Yum!

When we finally decided on what we were having for dinner, the waiter threw another curveball our way with the specials, which included a vegetarian pasta that sounded amazing. Brendon dropped his original plan and went for that while Alec, Lisa and I ordered a White Dog favorite: the Spicy Lamb Bolognese, made up of ‘Severino’ rigatoni, ‘Jersey Fresh’ preserved tomatoes, baby spinach, grana padano, and basil ricotta ($22). Alec also added the charcuterie board, artisanal & house-made charcuterie with seasonal accoutrements ($16) to the mix. We sipped our drinks after ordering, and Lisa found her bloody Mary not to her liking—or any of ours really, as we passed it around for sips. Too much bloody Maryness, not enough pineappleness! Lisa switched to the Orange Cranberry Sparkler (sparking wine, orange and cranberry bitters, sugar cube and an orange twist), which was much more enjoyable.

While we waited, fresh baked ciabatta was served with olive oil. The bread was warm and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Then came our charcuterie, smaller than some of the other plates we’ve had in the area (our favorite charcuterie is from Tria, by the way!) but it was ok with me. Brendon wasn’t as impressed, as it had several pâtéswhich aren’t his favorites, he’s more of a sliced meat kind of guy. He also wished more crispy breads had come with the plate. But there wasn’t much left when our entrees arrived, so I’d say it wasn’t so bad. 

Our entrees arrived, beautifully plated in white bowls. The Lamb Bolognese was definitely the highlight of the night. Creamy, and seasoned to perfection, Alec and I both greatly enjoyed our picks. Brendon’s pasta started out great, but according to him, became a bit overwhelmingly kale-y about halfway through.

After finishing up our meals, we went straight into desert of hot toddys. When we ordered, our waiter reminded us that “that has liqueur in it.” To which we replied, “that’s why we’re ordering it.” They were a deliciously warm and buzzy ending to a great night.