Cooking, Baking and Creating… oh my!  That’s my friend Elise. She’s always encouraging her husband, and her family and friends with her cooking. I met Elise Johnson more than five years ago- she’s a wife, mom and chef. Her great big laugh, delightful conversation, and enthusiastic persona has been a blessing to our family. (Our sons were friends in college, and it was through them that we got know each other.) Some of the best cooking I’ve eaten has been sitting at her table, or trying out her recipes.

Cooking to Encourage Your Husband

Elise loves her husband – and when she cooks, she’ll often refer to how Mike enjoys this or that dish.

From a post on Elise’s website:

I appreciate how hard my husband works. He’s smart. He’s a hard worker. He is very thoughtful. Did I forget handsome? My hubby has been traveling a great deal the last month or so. When I found out that he was coming home for lunch today – I was happy. I decided to surprise him by making our family’s favorite homemade pizzas…  

One of the pizzas she made, used her Greek Style Roasted Chicken. This chicken, roasted after sitting in a Greek style marinade, is so delicious.

Roasted Greek Style Chicken from Cooking with Elise

Making the marinade:

In a large container with a lid, combine olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, mustard, vinegar, parsley and feta cheese crumbles. Stir well.

Rinse your chicken under water (cleaning your sink immediately) dry the chicken off with paper towels and place in your marinade. Toss around to coat well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place chicken on a broiler pan lined with a grate that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Place your chicken breasts on the grate and roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the inside is no longer pink and the juices run clear. You can also test the temperature. The proper temperature for chicken breasts should reach 165 Degrees F.

To get the list of exact ingredients and measurements, and more tips – go to Cooking with Elise for the full recipe! Click HERE!

Cooking with Elise

In addition to her many recipes on her website, Elise has a cookbook – “You Never Cook Alone” available on Amazon

It has recipes with carefully detailed instructions, but more than that, it feels like a glimpse into the history of a family. From stories written by her sons, to memories of her grandmother (Vavo), to descriptions of fabulous family/friend events.

The book is organized into two parts – the first is 11 Eventful Meals, and the second part has recipes and stories arranged to feel like a culinary trip around the world (no passport necessary)! Tucked away into the last part of the book are organizational, money-saving & meal planning tips. It’s definitely more than ‘just’ some recipes in a book!


Check out the recipe – and try it for your spouse!

Is there a chicken recipe your spouse loves you to make – leave a comment and let us know. 🙂

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