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Cooking for One? Treat Yourself Well On Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine's Day, National Potato Month and single folks living alone, Work & Family reviewed Chef Joyce Goldstein's "Solo Suppers: Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself". There are super cooking for one recipes in the cook book. While Valentine's Day is most often celebrated by couples, this is also a good time for singles to be good to themselves.

Chef Joyce Goldstein makes it O.K to dine alone. Her recipes inspire you to put a tablecloth on the table and light candles. "Solo Suppers: Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself" (see book below) is an ideal Valentine's present for yourself. This cook book serves the needs of singles everywhere. Most of Ms. Golstein's recipes are fairly quick and easy. If you are living alone, do yourself a favor and get this book, especially if you are tired of picking up your meal on the way home from work. The good thing about these recipes is that they are easily doubled.

Chicken with Potatoes and Artichokes

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

3 small red or white potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion
4 frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces, about 1/3 pound
4 pitted oil cured black olives, each cut in ha
Salt and pepper, to taste



1. Parboil potatoes in salted water until tender; set aside. When cool, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. (You may want to double the potatoes for use in another recipe.)

2. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in saute pan over high heat. Add chicken pieces and brown well on all sides. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

3. To remaining oil in the pan, add onion and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Return chicken to onions in pan, add artichoke hearts, garlic, and stock. Bring to a simmer, cover pan and cook over low heat until chicken and artichokes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Add potatoes and olives and heat through. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Chicken with Potatoes and Artichokes is good with a dry white wine. Don't forget to use the good china and glassware. Celebrate Valentine's Day by eating well and relaxing right - read, watch tv, snooze or chat with a good friend. Hey! Don't forget the flowers. Go on, it's your day too.

Solo Suppers: Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself

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