Mediterranean Chicken & Shrimp w/ Lemon & Feta

Most days, I have a zillion ideas racing through my mind ……… sometimes too many.

“No more ideas, mom!” That’s what my sweet daughter, Cait said to me one day when we were ………..
……….  planning her wedding. She had graduated from college that May and we had the whole summer to get ready for the big celebration in August. I kept thinking of ideas, crazy ideas like making 1000 shortbread cookies in four concentric sizes, stacking them up to resemble miniature wedding cakes, then packing them in pretty little boxes for wedding favors. Oh, and there were 200 tiny pots of wheat grass we grew that summer which were used as place card holders on the reception tables. The ideas went on and on. But one day, with the wedding only two weeks away, I started with another brainstorm: “I have an idea!”………….  Cait looked at me and said, “No more ideas, mom!” I laughed and realized perhaps it was time to turn off the “endless imagination” switch.

I’m that way with cooking too. I’m forever thinking up recipe concoctions I want to try. This past weekend, for example, I got the idea to make Baked Strawberry Donuts, something I thought would be fun and delicious for Valentine’s Day. I remember how crazy good the baked donuts I made this past fall were. I was also thinking about how pretty and fun these new ones would be on the blog (with little pink sprinkles), and how much YOU would love them. NOT. Three disastrous batches later, I decided to put that idea on the shelf.

Then there was bright idea I had for the kale Greek salad. It sounded so good ……….. and it was. But it was decidedly unphotogenic. I made it on Sunday: after trying three different angles for photographing it and they all looked like crud, we gave up. Though lunch was quite tasty, I said to myself, “No more ideas (thanks Cait)”.


It was a pretty disastrous weekend, at least from a culinary sense. I felt like I’d lost my touch, but was reminded of some words of wisdom from my dear husband: “If you’re going to have great recipe successes, you’ll have to be willing to accept great failures and flops too.” I love that man!

But speaking of successes, I do have a wonderful recipe you must try. I took this Mediterranean Chicken & Shrimp w/ Lemon & Feta to my son and daughter-in-law’s home for dinner one night last week. It was deemed “most definitely blog worthy” by all. Check it out over at PARADE Magazine!

28 thoughts on “Mediterranean Chicken & Shrimp w/ Lemon & Feta”

  • Love this pasta dish, Chris! Ever since the holidays, hubby and I have been craving pasta. We just picked up fresh shrimp and immediately tossed them into the freezer to think how we shall enjoy them. Now we know what to do! 🙂 I am the same…so many ideas being downloaded from Above. But, alas…never enough time to carry them to fruition. I hope you tackle those strawberry doughnuts soon! They would be a lovely post for Mother’s Day. 🙂

  • You made three batches of strawberry donuts that flopped unbelievable…I wish they would have worked because the sound of them does sound great. I know what you mean by sometimes feeling like you lost your touch, but your husband is right. Your dish here looks really good and photogenic hehee!

  • Gosh Chris this sounds like one of my recipes. I can’t tell you how many I have in my “never blogged” pile. But this dish looks like a home run! I know you loved it as would I. The photos are amazing too. Great recipe! Why is it my pile of ideas gets bigger and bigger and I feel like I’ll never get it all posted. So many recipes, so little time!

  • Chris, my dear! So we do have something in common: Many culinary ideas!!!! 🙂 What a meal!!!! Everything that you make is terrific but I have to say that my faves are your Mediterranean dishes (I’ll never forget your Mediterranean chicken), fresh salads (the best recipes ever) and of course, your piping skills. If we didn’t live so far from each other, I’d have invited myself for dinner. 🙂

  • Love this hearty, colorful Mediterranean meal, Chris! What a wonderful way to jazz up weeknight meals. Great recipe!

  • Oh Chris, I feel your pain. As I have told you before how upsetting it is when I put so much work into it and it looked/sounded so good in my mind. Worse yet it is delicious, but I can’t get the camera to agree with me.

    Your Mediterranean shrimp and chicken dish looks delicious.


  • I have flops in the kitchen too! Usually they don’t quite taste as good as I anticipated, or are turn out to be too complicated to want to make again, so I discard them. Anyway, this dish is far from a flop – it’s terrific! Really nice — thanks.

  • Chris,
    So enjoyed a glimpse into your “real,” life! I love your ideas and oh the wheat grass for the Wedding must have been wonderful-your husband is quite the gentleman with his comforting words of wisdom.
    What a lovely mix of ingredients for this tasty dish-every ingredient sounds like a winner and oh the photography is beautiful!
    Have a lovely week,

  • This looks absolutely delicious! I love the ingredients. How great is it that it was featured in PARADE Magazine…congratulations! I will be trying this soon. I know what you mean about coming up with new ideas all the time. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and jot down an idea that just came into my head…why I don’t know, but it happens. I guess it’s a love of cooking.

  • Well, Chris, this definitely looks like you’ve finally come up with something as a replacement for your fabulous French Lentils/Pork Tenderloin entrée that I’ve made at least twelve times! I cannot serve it one more time although I have heard more than once, “Mary, I understand your pork tenderloin is the best So-and-So has ever eaten. Then, out of guilt, I will invite them to dinner and serve it again. (Quite honestly I am “over” pork right now, Chris). This sounds good, it looks good, it appears to be healthy and it looks rather simple-to-make in that one dish sort of way. I’ll be trying this. I’ll let you know.

  • Scott is totally right! With all your successes, the odd glitch is kind of refreshing 😉
    This is totally my kind of supper and I can’t wait to try this. The Mediterranean diet is supposed to be one of the healthiest in the world, so you can’t go wrong going for these flavours.

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