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I had so much fun creating this recipe for  I wanted to create a simple yet impressive dinner that the whole family would enjoy.  This is great for a Sunday dinner or even during the week.  With only a few ingredients needed, you can whip up this dinner in no time at all.  Calphalon, makes a beautiful AccuCore 3-quart Stainless Steel Saute pan that I am in love with.  Make sure you enter below the recipe to win a $500 Calphalon gift card to build your own set of cookware!

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Let’s start shall we?  Heat olive oil in your pan over medium heat.  Get the pan nice and hot.

Add your chicken pieces to the pan.

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.

You are going to partially cook the chicken, browning on both sides, about 5 minutes each side.

Remove chicken from the pan to start the ragout.

You want to see these wonderful brown bits in the pan, this will season the sauce nicely.

Add your diced potatoes to the hot pot with browned bits.

Season your potatoes with a little salt and pepper.

Cook the potatoes for a few minutes to brown nicely.

Add your chopped onions and minced garlic.

Cook and stir for 5 additional minutes.

Add a can of crushed tomatoes right to the pan.

Give it a good stir.

Nestle your chicken pieces right in the sauce and potatoes and bake partially covered for about an hour.

I like to serve this dinner right in the pan.  This chicken is great served with spoonfuls of sauce or on top of cooked pasta.


Homemade Chicken Ragout


  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 pieces chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 small russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic


  1. Heat olive oil into 3 quart or larger sautee pan. Salt and pepper chicken pieces then carefully add them to hot pan. Brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer partially cooked chicken to a plate or some tin foil.
  2. With oil and browned bits still in pan, add potatoes, season lightly with salt and pepper then and onions, stirring until potatoes are browned and onions softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes, stirring to combine then add partially cooked chicken sitting in sauce and potatoes. Place in oven and bake for 50-60 minutes until chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove and serve with chicken and sauce or over top cooked pasta.

Makes 4 Servings

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I can hardly believe Picky Palate is 5 years old this month! I remember so vividly starting up Picky Palate one late night in AZ not having any idea what I was doing or where it would take me.

I could  not ask for a more perfect job that I love so much.  Creating recipes and sharing them with you is such a joy and I consider myself very blessed.

Never in a million years did I imagine I would someday have a cookbook!  My cookbook was released this week and I am still on cloud 9 about it.  Check it out if you haven’t, lots of love went into creating those recipes and pages, I am so thrilled to finally share it with you.  There are more than 100 new recipes not on Picky Palate!

Now, let’s celebrate with a giveaway shall we?  🙂

I thought it would be fabulous to celebrate Picky Palate’s 5 year Blogiversary and the release of the Picky Palate Cookbook with a lovely giveaway!  The wonderful folks at KitchenAid are offering one Picky Palate reader a 7 quart stand mixer in the color of their choice: red black, silver or white!! Woohoo!

Here’s How To Enter:

CONTEST IS NOW OVER.  Winner has been notified 🙂

1.  Leave a comment here and tell us: What recipe do you tend to make most often?

For extra entries:

2.  Join me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, Pinterest and subscribe to Picky Palate via email. (Leave 4 separate comments for these)

3.  If you have purchased or have the Picky Palate Cookbook leave an extra comment 🙂

3.  For those of you who have received my cookbook, and would like to write a review on Amazon, do so here:  (leave a comment if you do this)

4.  Giveaway ends Thursday November 1st 8am PST.  Winner will be chosen via and be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  Giveaway provided by KitchenAid.  US Residents Only 🙂


Good Luck!

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Oh boy, this is quite fun to see my cookbook that I’ve been working on for almost 2 years come to life this week!  Today is the official release date which means you can purchase it in various stores and order it online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million.

For those of you who pre-ordered the book on Amazon, you have received it already.  It has been so much fun seeing Instagram photos of you receiving the book in the mail, makes me smile 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your pictures!

I’ll never forget the months while I was cooking and baking recipes like a mad woman preparing for the book back in 2010/early 2011.  I was in a tiny Newport Beach kitchen and ingredients were flying everywhere, lol!  It was fun, exhausting and exciting all at the same time.  I remember thinking, I can’t believe I am going to have my own cookbook.  Now, it’s really here!  All of that sweat and hard work has paid off and I finally get to share those recipes I’ve kept secret for so long 🙂

Another highlight for me through this journey was watching Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson photograph and style my cookbook.  They are so unbelievably talented and made my recipes look just as incredible as they taste.  I won’t ever forget being able to watch them in action.

I feel so grateful to work with an amazing agent and team at Wiley, they have made this experience so special.

I hope you will all enjoy my book, the recipes were made with lots of love and I assure you they are incredible!!  There are over 100 new recipes you can’t find on Picky Palate 🙂  Enjoy!!

Here’s a sneek peek at my Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese recipe!

Photo credit Matt Armendariz

Giveaway is now closed.  Winners have been notified.

To celebrate the release day I am giving away 10 signed cookbooks from little ol’ me!

Here’s How To Enter:

1.  Leave a comment here and tell us….Would you like to write a cookbook?  If so, what kind of recipes would you include?

For extra entries:

2.  Join me on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and subscribe to Picky Palate via email. (Leave 4 separate comments for these)

3.  For those of you who have received the book, and would like to write a review on Amazon, do so here:  (leave a comment if you do this)

4.  Giveaway ends Thursday October 25th 8am PST.  US Residents only.  Winners will be chosen via and be notified by email.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  Books for giveaway provided by Wiley.


Good Luck!!


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It’s fun Friday at Picky Palate!  Oh boy, Stella & Dot just came out with their new collection of jewelry just in time for the Holidays! Let’s just say I am in big trouble, lol! At least my birthday and wedding anniversary are in November, so I have some great excuses to shop right?

Let me show you some of my favorite new pieces 🙂  Oh, if you want to receive my Stella & Dot posts through your email make sure to subscribe on my sidebar right under my cookbook picture.  You won’t receive them otherwise 🙂

Not only are there a bunch of fabulous new jewels, but they are also offering some gorgeous scarves, candles, iPhone cases and wallets.  Yippee 🙂  Click the picture to see more.

My very first purchase was this adorable Fox Ring by Alice Temperly, a famous British Designer who collaborated with Stella & Dot on a number of great pieces.  I can’t get over how cute this ring is and it absolutely had to be mine, lol!  There’s also an adorable matching fox necklace by Alice to go with it 🙂

Where do I even begin here.  How fabulous is this scarf?!  2 of my favorite colors, love it.  Another quick purchase for me was this Suzanne Cocktail Ring.  It’s not only adorable but it’s also only $39.00.  Yay!  The model is also wearing the Chimera Bangle, the Love Bracelet, and the Rhea Bangles.

2 more favorite pieces are these Swallow Stud earrings, only $19.00 and the Hope Bracelet, $32.00 which is a part of the Breast Cancer Awareness line and the proceeds go to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising women’s cancer research funds and promoting early detection awareness.

Loving the colors of their new iPhone case.  I might have to add this one to my wishlist.  It’s only $29 🙂

Here’s another design by Alice Temperly for Stella & Dot.  How fun is this Wonderland Charm Necklace?.  You can wear it a number of ways.  Can’t wait for mine to arrive!!

Love this affordable sparkly Radiance Coil Bracelet for $29.  It will look great with any outfit.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be seeing me with this one very soon, lol!


Here’s another look at that great Bryant Park Scarf “Poppy”.  They have a whole line of them to choose from.  Click HERE to see them all 🙂 They are $59.

Totally obsessed with these Liz Drop Earrings!  I’m a sucker for green jewelry.  These are $59 and I have a feeling they are worth every penny!

Cute new wallets too!  Love this bright pink one.  Click HERE to see the inside of the wallet.  It runs for $79.  This wallet is also part of the Breast Cancer Awareness line and the net proceeds go to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising women’s cancer research funds and promoting early detection awareness.

Last but not least are these gorgeous Gold Serenity Drop Earrings.  They also come in a fun purple color.  These are $34 and I can’t wait to add them to my collection!

Hope you’ve enjoyed peeking at the new collection today!  I am in love with all of these pieces.


I absolutely LOVE being a Stella and Dot Stylist, if you love this gorgeous jewelry and think it would be fun sharing with your friends, please email me and I’ll tell you all about it. I’ve had the best time. :)



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It’s Fun Friday again! I love sharing my favorite pieces of Stella & Dot with you! Whether you are placing an order or keeping track of your favorites for a special occasion, it’s all good 🙂

These are some of my favorite necklaces that look so amazing on, take a look and see what I mean 🙂

The combo of these delicate 3 necklaces together makes me so happy!  I love everything about them.   Starry Night is the perfect layering necklace.  These were some of my first pieces and I could not be more thrilled with them.


How cute is this Cameron Pendant?  I love the length and the detailing around the top.  Cute with so many outfits.


This was another piece I couldn’t wait to get my hands on.  It’s called the Marchesa Necklace and it looks amazing on.  You can wear it casual or dressy which is so nice.  I’ll be wearing this one often.


How beautiful is this Bianca Tassel Necklace?  It’s been seen on Maria Menounos and other celebs too.  I can’t wait to add it to my collection!


Totally loving this Avery Chain and Pearl necklace.  Looks so great with a collared shirt.

I’m a total sucker for these dainty layering necklaces.  Love them in silver too.  Here is the Ever After Necklace in Sterling Silver and the Watch Over You Necklace.  So cute together.


How fun is this Alexandria Necklace?!  Love it with the black top.  I can picture it going great with plenty of fun outfits.

Katherine Heigl looks so cute in this Bahari Necklace.  How great is the color?!  This one was one of my first pieces and it is stunning!


The Sophia Pearl Bib Necklace is stunning isn’t it?  So dressy and feminine.  I kind of want it…like now, lol!


One of my absolute favorite necklaces right now is by far this Olivia Bib Necklace.  It’s fun, colorful and goes with nearly everything!  You might want to treat yourself to this one 🙂

Last but not least is this fabulous Serenity Necklace.  Brooke Burk looks so pretty in it.  This one is great for treating yourself for a special occasion, birthday or Christmas since it’s a bit on the pricy side.  Or, if you decide you want to be a stylist, you can pick this one as part of your kit like I did 🙂 It’s simply stunning, especially in person.


I LOVE being a Stella and Dot Stylist by the way, if you love gorgeous jewelry and think it would be fun sharing with your friends, please email me and I’ll tell you all about it. I’ve had the best time and I just started 🙂



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FYI….for those who do not wish to see these posts, they will no longer be showing up in your regular RSS feed.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Forgot to have them removed for my Fun Friday non-foodie posts, sorry 🙂

Can a girl have too many bangles?  I think not 🙂  Stella & Dot makes some of the most beautiful bracelets and bangles that I have gotten my hands on, no kidding.  So excited to share these beauties with you, let’s take a look at some of my favorites.



This Nugget Wrap Bracelet needs to be mine soon.  I love how it looks with jeans.  Casual but so cute and shiny.  It’s on my wishlist for sure.


Another gorgeous bracelet on my wishlist is this Tempest Bracelet.  How cute is it?  The gold clasp and the details are incredible.  Love that it can be worn beautifully with a casual denim shirt.  Cute cute cute!  Love the Lillith Fringe Earrings the model is wearing too.  I am in trouble, lol!


denim and black


I put together this fun outfit that would go perfect with the Tempest Bracelet.  Love the denim and black together with gold accessories.  I added the Bianca Tassel Necklace and the Soiree Studs in Gold to complete the look.

This Renegade Bracelet is my new favorite bracelet.  I just received it last week and I wear it about every day.  I get compliments on it wherever I go.  It is shiny and stunning.  There are the sweetest details around the entire bracelet.  This is one that is so much prettier in person.

I just received my first Lindsay Bangle and love it!  I started with the Orange one and look forward to collecting all of them.  The colors will make any outfit complete.

Here are those fun Lindsay Bangles along with the Eleanor Bangles and the Carrie Bangles.  The color of these are too fun.  I can imagine my Christmas list already, lol!  Aren’t they fun?


Oh boy, I’ve had my eye on this Secret Garden Cuff for a while.  Simple but stunning.  The model’s Lucia Necklace is quite amazing too don’t you think?!


The Duchess Bangle and Emerson Bangle are two pieces that look so great on.  Fancy them up for a night on the town or even wear with your favorite casual outfit.  That’s what I love about all of these pieces, you can dress them up or down and still look completely fabulous 🙂

The Luxor Link is a classic gold bracelet that looks so pretty.  Love it paired with the Tigris Earrings too!  I just got the earrings last week and I can tell you they are lovely 🙂

Last but not least are these fun Devi Bangles.  I LOVE how they look with the Renegade Bracelet, I just got them literally yesterday and they are even more beautiful in person…..and as of last night they just went on sale for Labor Day along with the silver ones!  Don’t miss out on this offer!  Lots of other great jewelry on sale, so be sure to check out the Labor Day Sale!


Cookie Giveaway

I will be randomly choosing 5 winners who place an order today that will win a little sweet package of my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies shipped right to your door.  Your cookies will come in something similar to the picture below. 

Make sure you are shopping my trunk show, “Jennifer Flake to be eligible for the cookies, it will say that at the top of your page.”  I will see your orders come through, but feel free to leave a comment here if you place an order just so we are sure.  US residents only.

Winner will be chosen via and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to return email to claim the cookies.  I am planning on mailing the winners their cookies on Tuesday September 4th unless I go into labor.  In that case it will be the following week 🙂


I LOVE being a Stella and Dot Stylist by the way, if you love gorgeous jewelry and earning free jewelry…. and think it would be fun sharing it with your friends, please email me and I’ll tell you all about it.  I’ve had the best time and I just started 🙂



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Hope you guys are enjoying my Fun Friday posts as much as I am 🙂 I am so in love with these fun dangly Stella and Dot Earrings, I just have to share my favorites. Take a peek and tell me your favorites!

These fun and colorful Serenity Small Stone Drops will look great with so many outfits, especially a great pair of jeans.  I think I’d wear these quite often and can not wait to treat myself to them soon!  Take a look at the outfit below that I think would be great with them!

Casual Blue and red


I put together this casual outfit that I think these Serenity Small Stone Drops would be fabulous with.  Simple jeans, a striped t-shirt and some fun flats.


Talk about awesome color!  These Gold and Coral Capri Chandelier Earrings  are so great for summer and Fall.  I have to tell you, I just got these in the mail a couple days ago and they are even more stunning in person.  Love, love, love then!





Love this simple outfit that would go great with the Coral Earrings!  I also added the Secret Garden Cuff that looks perfect with the earrings.



Ahhh, the turquoise!  I couldn’t decide which I like better so I have to eventually have them both don’t you think?  Turquoise is that color that goes with about everything, so you’ll get lots of wear out of them. Turquoise Carpri Chandelier Earrings

orange and turquoise

Love this orange and turquoise simple outfit I put together.  We’ve all got jeans, a t-shirt and cardigan hanging around the closet.  Look how cute the earrings looks with this?  Love!  I added the Eleanor Bracelet, the Lindsay Bangle, the Odyssey Ring and the Azure Courture Earrings.

These  Tigris Earrings are so pretty, I love a good gold earring that I can wear with so many outfits.  These will be one of my favorite earrings, I can already tell.  I also received these in the mail this week and they are truly stunning.  Can’t wait to wear them!

Sometimes you just feel like wearing simple earrings and for those times these are darling!  I love the gold detailing around the outside and the pretty stone in the middle.  Orange and Black Gigi Studs

I have to admit I am total a dangly earring kind of gal which is why these beautiful Azure Couture Earrings immediately caught my eye.  Perfect for dressing up or even great with a white t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans!  Love em’!  I paired these with the casual orange and turquoise outfit above.  Looks so cute.


For any of you so inclined to place an order today, I’ll be baking the first 3 orders a batch of my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies that will be shipped to your door 🙂  Leave a comment if you do. US residents only 🙂


Happy Friday and happy shopping or window shopping!

As always, if you are interested in becoming a stylist to receive all of this gorgeous jewelry or hosting a trunk show don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.  I’d be happy to chat about it!



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If you follow me on Pinterest you already know I not only love great recipes, but I love fashion, jewelry and a whole bunch of other things too!  I am so excited to start what I am calling Fun Friday.  It’s going to highlight my newest obsession…..Stella and Dot Jewelery.  Let me tell you how this happened.

A few weeks ago, I went to a very casual house party with some of my girlfriends and was introduced to the gorgeous Stella and Dot Jewelry.  Where on earth had I been, it was my first time seeing it!.  I loved it immediately and found out later that I can actually be a stylist to offer it to my family and friends and wear fabulous jewelry.  I said, sign me up!  Lol!

So basically, on Fridays I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite pieces and offering giveaways occasionally too!  Wait until you get your first piece.  It’s packaged in the cutest gift packaging and looks so beautiful on.

Let’s take a look at some of the pieces I am highlighting today….


Here’s the Olivia Bibb Necklace that is beyond gorgeous.  I can NOT wait to get it next week.  It looks so great with so many outfits from Summer to Fall.

These colorful Jade Drop Earrings were my first Stella and Dot purchase that I could not resist at the party.  I wear them all the time and adore the great color.  These earrings are $49 and worth every penny in my opinion.  Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron have been spotted wearing these beauties too.  Psst….see below to enter to win these fabulous earrings!

These fun Lindsay Bangles are another one of my favorites.  I plan to collect all of them, lol!  They range from $49-$59.  I also love that if for any reason you don’t love the jewelry you purchase, Stella and Dot has a great “Delight Guarantee” which allows you to return if you are not happy.

I think this Renegade Cluster bracelet looks so fun on the arm.  I need to get a great gold watch to go with it.  It’s on my wish list.  $59.

Both of these pieces are so pretty!  The Tigris Earrings are on sale for $41.30 and I can not wait to get mine.  The beautiful Luxor Link Bracelet is $89 and will be one that I treat myself to very soon.  Either of these would make a great gift for a special occasion.


I LOVE the color of this chunky fun Odyssey ring.  This one is on sale right now for $41.30 🙂  Yippee!

Love, love love how dainty these layered short necklaces are.  The On The Mark necklace is $59 and the Ever after necklace is $49.  So pretty!

There are so many great pieces you must take a look at on my Stella and Dot website.  Lots to add to your wish list for Birthdays and Christmas coming up!

Ok, so today I am giving away a pair of the gorgeous Jade Drop Earrings!

Here’s How To Enter The Giveaway:

1.  Visit my Stella and Dot page and let us know in a comment here which piece of jewelry you’d like to own first or next.

For additional entries:

2.  If you place an order today, leave an additional comment(s) letting us know what piece(s) you chose.  (If you choose the green jade drop earrings and win giveaway you can choose another piece at the same price).


The Giveaway is open until midnight Thursday August 23rd and the Trunk Show is open until Saturday September 8th.  Winner will be chosen via and will be  notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to return email to claim prize.  US Residents only and non-Stella and Dot Stylists.

Interested in becoming a stylist or hosting your own trunk show? Check it out and see if it’s for you!

Disclaimer:  This is not a compensated giveaway or post, I am a Stella and Dot Independent Stylist and all opinions are my own.

Good Luck Friends!


Jenny Flake



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