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The Best Thing Our Advertising Operations Associate Ate This Weekend

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We get asked all the time: What do you cook at home? Here's a little inspiration from Connor Bower, our Advertising Operations Associate:

I was lucky enough to have my mom and several other relatives in town this weekend which is always a treat. I come from a family of big eaters, and we are perpetually over-ordering at restaurants. By the time Sunday rolled around, all I wanted was a simple meal to atone for my overindulgence, but also knew I needed to prep for my lunches for the upcoming work week. I decided to sear some chicken thighs to eat for the rest of the week and pair them with a simple salad.

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I'm a big fan of frisée and how it manages to be light, crisp, and slightly bitter all at once. I used some as the base of my salad, made a quick white wine vinaigrette (with some shallot for a little bite), and then tossed in some oranges, golden raisins, and pomegranate seeds for some added sweetness. I seared the thighs in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, skin-side down first, flipped them, and then finished cooking them while making sure not to dry them out. I'm also fond of all the crusty bits on the bottom of the pan that come from searing meats, so I made a quick pan sauce by reducing white wine in the pot while scraping the bottom, tossing a little bit of cold butter in at the end. Not a bad way to end the weekend!

Tags: connor bower, dinner inspiration, food52 team