Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken ala Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen

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Good Morning my friends... Old and new.

Today I have a wonderful recipe to share, but more I have a favorite blogger (from my old blogging life) that I want to introduce.  You've heard the term, "brother from another mother", Well Penny and her husband Dave I consider my sister from another mother.  I enjoy everything about Penny, her husband, her culinary skills, her life in retirement and the glimpses that she shares on her blog, LAKE LURE COTTAGE KITCHEN.

Click Photo to Magically be Taken to
The Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen
The first thing you will notice on her blog is her kitchen.  Hey, makes sense, if you are going to name your blog after a room, you oughta show it.  And speaking of kitchens, Penny does an annual event that I just love.  Ever want to be a fly on a wall and take a peak at someone's kitchen.  Penny hosts an annual (well, two so far, but I have great hopes for this year) event she calls Kitchen Reveal Day.

Click those blue letters and you will be magically taken to her old posts which show images and links to some of the best bloggers who share the look and tips of their kitchens.  Old and modern, big and tiny, rooms with views and rooms with unusual nooks are all revealed.  Kitchen Reveal Day is among my favorite days of the year (yes, mine is up there both years... very funny to read those old posts... but I digress).

Penny and her Dave (her husband is named Dave, so she always comments about "her Dave" to me) do indeed live in Lake Lure, NC.

But once a year they load up the car and head to a winter home in Florida (I believe before retiring they lived in Florida and summered in Lake Lure.  Now I think they consider themselves living in Lake Lure and wintering in Florida).  I am always a little sad to read when they head south.  Just seems they ought to live their life in their beautiful lake front home year round.  Penny does a lot of decorating and her Dave has done LOTS of renovations (adding entire floors to an existing 600 sq ft cottage).  You have to dig deep into her archives to find her renovations posts, but the place has certainly come a long way since she started her blog.

And speaking of long ways...

Her Dave does an annual motorcycle trip.  This year Dave did the trip of his dream, starting in NC and riding cross country, internationally and ending above the Arctic Circle in Alaska!

To the left, he is getting a proper sendoff from their granddaughter...

Click the photo of her Dave at the Arctic Circle
To see his Blog,
And to the right, you see he indeed finished (well, he still had to get home) the ride. Penny met Dave in Alaska for a trip of a lifetime, touring the last American frontier by bike!  Penny made several posts of their trip, and she has convinced Dave to start blogging with his own travel blog, Riding With Dave.  You know how this works, click the photo or the blue letters to read of Dave's adventures.

I take a look at his map each year and see her Dave rides only a fraction of an inch from Kansas City (of course it is a map of the entire US, so that could be several hundred miles).  Despite bribing him with a hot shower, comfortable bed and the story of how my Jackie was escorted to the city limits of Sturgis, SD by the police and told to never return (a great story every biker would want to hear), I have not convinced Dave to take a break from his ride in KC... But next year I will try again.

And something to look forward to, this was Dave's dream trip.  Penny has made a deposit on an apartment in Paris where she will stay longer than a tourist for a feel of the left bank and Parisian life!  Looking forward to those posts.

Click the photo to see Penny's Post on a 35 year  reunion with Friends
A very special Dinner Party!

I could go on and on.  Penny, her Dave and her blog is just one of my very favorite people.  But, we have never met.  I have a handful of bloggers that I envision meeting one day.  Penny is at the top.

And one more story.  See that picture just above.  That is from a newspaper article that was written about a skinny (her words) Penny, her Dave (with hair) and their friends that took cooking lessons together (from celebrity chef from the past, author Irena Kirshman back in 1975.  34 years later, their friends got together and recreated their dinner.  Just one of those posts that stuck with me for nearly two years.  Wonderfully written, a great story and just a fun read.  A perfect example of how much fun it is to follow Penny's blog.

Oh yeah... One more reason...

She can cook!

I have stolen ... um I mean been inspired by several of her recipes (just two days ago I mentioned a red pepper pesto I added to my steak pinwheels that has become a monthly staple for me to make).  She has always been encouraging and supportive no matter what damages I did to her original recipes.  In fact, when I had a question about this recipe while I was making it, she was able to answer an email for me.  As hobbyist cooks go, she is about the best around.

Click the photo to see
Penny's Original Recipe!!!
Today is one of those unusual days for me (only 3 times this month).  I will boldly make changes I think are appropriate for my tastes (or sometimes budget) to just about any recipe.  I simply can not leave well enough alone.  When I do make what I view as significant changes, I will print out a recipe and proclaim it as my own (but always with an "Inspired by" credit).  Today I added a few sauteed sweet onions, used chicken breasts instead of her suggested chicken thighs, but other than that, this recipe is Penny's.  So, click the photo to the right.  It will take you to Penny's recipe for Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken.  It was very easy, since it was made in a crock pot, made good use of my time and best of all, just amazingly good.

Thanks Penny... a real winner!

So, if I have tweeked your interest in Penny and the Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen Blog, head on over and say HI for me!

And for a quick look at what she blogs, click on the logo link image to the right.  You will see all the eRecipeCards that Penny  has submitted to  You can add her recipes to your eRecipeBox (once you have a free account).

See how useful the site is and how easy it is to find new favorite bloggers!

These posts continue to highlight bloggers and recipes that I have found on  ""..


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of "52 Ways to Cook SLOW COOKER-CROCK POT Easy Recipes"!!!

From meat dishes (Like an AMAZING Root Beer Pulled Pork that will feed a small army), to kitchen staples (FREE Gallon of Chicken Stock anyone?) to a slew of Soup and Stew recipes, these are the dishes that will change the way you cook.  Start in the morning, set and forget and dinner is on the table... Easy Peasy indeed!!!


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  1. Sounds like a great recipe and a great blog that I need to check out!

  2. Great minds must think alike since I posted a slow cooker recipe today as well :) The recipe looks yummy, and sounds like a great blog!

  3. Wow, Dave. It will be hard to live up to all that praise, but the feeling is mutual. One of these days we have to get together. It will happen. Your chicken looks wonderful. Love the addition of onions. I bet green peppers would be good too.
    Your Sister from another Mother

  4. Hey Dave...Penny's Dave here. You are too kind sir. Those were some very nice things you said about the two of us, and thank you for mentioning my riding blog. I promise on my next bike trip westward that I will at least make a concerted effort to stop over in KC. You know I'm dying to hear the story about Jackie and the Sturgis police. Penny said you mentioned that you guys would like to visit NC one of these days. If and when you do, you have to come and spend a few days with us in Lake Lure. I'm sure we would all have a great time.

  5. Greta post.very interesting to read.And teriyaki chicken is excellent:)Will have a peak whats riding on a riding blog:)

  6. I adore chicken teriyaki! Great post :)

  7. LOVELY to meet Penny and this is another wonderful post Dave.....with amazing photos and another recipe to save!

  8. What a great post, Dave. I recently met Penny through another blogging friend and I'm so happy to learn more about her and the interesting life she and her Dave lead. We have been swapping info about Paris and I can't want to read her posts about her trip there.

  9. What a great looking dish! Great post as always :)

  10. Crock pot meals are always welcomed in the fall! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

  11. How long did you cook the chicken breasts? On high or low? Thank you!!

  12. How much chicken breast did you use? And did you cook it as long as it would have taken with the thighs?