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One-Pan Moroccan Spiced Chicken

One-Pan Moroccan Spiced Chicken

This dish has everything we like including easy-to-assemble and quick clean up! We served it for a dinner party and everyone wanted the recipe. That’s success!

1½ pounds carrots, peeled if you like
1 large onion, halved and sliced
¾ cup pitted green olives
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt and pepper
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1½ pounds)
2 lemons, halved
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions: Heat the oven to 425 degrees and position a rack near the top. Cut the carrots diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Put them in a 9-by-12-inch baking pan and scatter the onion and olives on top.

Combine the cumin, cinnamon and turmeric in a small bowl with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle half the spice mixture over the vegetables. Put the chicken on top of the vegetables and rub all over with the remaining spices; turn them skin side up. Tuck the lemons here and there. Pour 3 cups water into the pan.

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the chicken skin is browned and crisp and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 30-40 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro and serve hot directly from the pan with a big spoon to get all the juices.

Makes 4 servings

From “Dinner for Everyone” by Mark Bittman


Sweet Potato Salad

 Sweet Potato Salad

This fragrant, flavorful, and colorful side dish is a perfect choice to accompany grilled chicken, beef, or fish. My sister-in-law made this recipe for us and we loved it. The recipe was created by Chef Michael Twitty, a culinary historian and food writer who prepares, preserves, and promotes African foodways and traditions.

Potato Salad

Roast at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes until tender:

2 cups bite-size pieces of butternut squash
1 ½ cups bite-size pieces of sweet potatoes

After roasting, put in a bowl and add ¼ cup of halved mixed olives.

Pour the dressing over the mixture and gently mix. Let it rest at room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.


Mix together these spices:

½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground red pepper

Whisk together and then add the spices:

5 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 tsp chopped preserved lemon (substitute grated lemon peel)
3 tsp honey

Serves 4-6.

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata is an easy and quick recipe in the one-pot cooker. Chicken breasts are coated in parmesan and pressure cooked in lemon butter sauce. Delicious!


2 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

¼ cup flour

¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese

3 T olive oil

3 T unsalted butter

1½ cup chicken stock

¼ cup capers

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

3 T cornstarch

2 T fresh parsley


  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts and cut them in half. Pound them with a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin. Season them on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a wide plate/bowl combine the flour and parmesan. Now dredge each chicken piece in flour mixture.
  3. When done, turn on the sauté function on your Instant Pot and add the oil. When hot, place the chicken breasts in and brown on each side. When ready, take them out and deglaze the pot with chicken stock. Add butter, chicken breasts, capers and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Lock the lid and pressure cook on manual for 4 minutes. Wait until the pressure is released naturally (this will take about 4 minutes in this case).
  5. Remove the lid and take out the chicken pieces. Turn on the sauté function and thicken the sauce with cornstarch that has been dissolved in little water plus a bit of the piccata sauce (Add 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce into the cornstarch mixture first, stir it and only then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot.) Let it cook for 1-2 minutes to thicken before turning off the pot.
  6. Finally, add chopped parsley and the chicken pieces.
  7. Serve with a side of your choice.

Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe was developed for a 6-quart/6-liter Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
  2. The cooking time does not include time needed for the pot to come to pressure and time needed to release the pressure. Add extra 8 minutes in this case.
  3. Tenderizing– place the chicken pieces between 2 sheets of baking parchment or plastic wrap before you start pounding them with a rolling pin/meat tenderizer.
  4. Browning– the Instant Pot is not wide enough to hold all the chicken pieces so you will have to do it in 2 batches.
  5. Deglazing– adding the chicken stock to the hot pot will remove all the pieces that are stuck to the bottom of your pot so they will become part of the sauce. Some might not go easily so use a wooden spoon to scrape them off.
  6. The amount of capers/lemon juice/corn starch can be adjusted to your liking.
  7. Sides– rice, orzo, couscous or pasta are some great options.
  8. Serves 4.

Adapted from


February 2019

Strategies for Success Newsletter February 2019 Issue 158


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2019 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this February 2019 issue:

  1. Thoughts from Home
  2. Thoughts from the Office
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized
  5. Emily Live


Just released! 17 Terrific Tips for New Employee Development Employers want new employees to be prepared, focused, and eager to get started. It’s only fair that new employees receive the same consideration from their employer. These ideas will confirm and add to what you are doing to assure new hires are engaged and positioned for long-term success.


  1. Thoughts from Home

It may be none of my business….

A week after sending a friend’s eight-year old daughter, Ella, a birthday card with a ten-dollar bill in it, I received a thank-you note in the mail. The envelope was addressed by her mother and Ella had handwritten the note. As Aunt Emily to many, I have received lots of thank you notes from eight-year olds.

Ella’s note alarmed me. Not what she wrote, but how it was written. Her handwriting and spelling were not up to the standards of children her age. I wondered if I should say something to her mother. Was this any of my business? I know that some schools don’t teach cursive writing anymore. What could be the fallout to the friendship?

I asked a close friend who has raised two amazing daughters for advice. Susan confirmed what my gut told me. I needed to say something to Ella’s mother. Better yet, Susan gave me advice on how to convey my concern.

I phoned Ella’s mother and told her how thrilled I was to receive a real thank-you note. I mentioned that I noticed Ella’s penmanship and spelling were not what I’ve seen for children her age. Then I said, “I’m curious. Has Ella ever been tested by the school?” Ella’s mom was very gracious. She told me that she hadn’t looked at Ella’s note when she put it in the envelope and Ella had not been tested as far as she knew. She thanked me and said she was on it!

Several months later I received another note in the mail from Ella. What a change! The note was perfect. Ella told me in the note she had been working on improving her handwriting and wanted to show me!

Moral of the story. Sometimes it pays to take a risk and get involved. It’s up to each of us to weigh the pros and cons and choose wisely.


  1. Thoughts from the Office

Imagining the worst

I found an ant crawling across my desk one cold January morning. Unusual I thought. I don’t eat in my office so there is nothing that should attract an ant other than wanting to get in from the cold. Smart ant. I wondered, could there be other ants who follow his lead? Because of this thinking, I imagined that I felt an ant or two crawling up my leg. When I checked, nothing was there.

That got me thinking. Once our minds are triggered by something, our imagination can run wild. This applies to business dealings, relationships, service expectations, nasty drivers, and more.

Moral of the story. Avoid letting your imagination make a single occurrence worse than it is.


  1. Josmo’s Café

Lemon lovers, do I have a cake for you! I wanted to use the rest of a big bag of lemons, buttermilk, and sour cream that I had on hand. In my search I discovered a new recipe blogger Averie Sunshine. Her Lemon Buttermilk Cake with Lemon Glaze is delicious and easy. Enjoy!

Check out other Josmo’s Cafe recipes on our website.


  1. Stay Energized

Take a break – Yoga Dog is a two-minute YouTube video that is sure to bring a smile to your face whether you practice yoga or not.

Our Energizer Minute podcast for this month of Valentine’s Day is Melt into the moment.

Follow me on Twitter @EmilyHuling to read my weekday Energizer Moments.


  1. Emily Live
  • Private Client – Phoenix, AZ – February 11-15, 2019
  • WSIA Underwriting Summit – National Harbor, MD – February 24-27, 2019
  • Agency Management CIC – Louisville, KY – March 6, 2019
  • NAMIC Personal Lines Seminar – Chicago, IL – Connecting with Your Agents – April 16, 2019
  • Private Client – Minneapolis, MN – SOAR for the Future – May 6-8, 2019
  • Private Client – Fargo, ND – SOAR for the Future – May 9, 2019
  • Agency Management CIC – Meriden, CT – June 26, 2019


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April 2017

Strategies for Success Newsletter April 2017 Issue 136


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies

Copyright 2017 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this April 2017 issue:

  1. Thoughts from the Office
  2. Thoughts to Ponder
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized
  5. Emily Live


  1. Thoughts from the Office

Leaking information.

No, this story isn’t about WikiLeaks or unnamed sources. It’s about providing great customer service.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Mooresville, NC has been servicing my cars for oil changes and inspections for over 15 years. The service is fast, the waiting area is clean (not that I wait long), and their service team is friendly. I took my car in last week for the annual state inspection. When I paid the bill, the service man said, “By the way, we noticed there is an oil leak. If you haven’t had it checked out, we suggest you do.”  I wasn’t aware of an oil leak and thanked him for mentioning it. I’ve since taken the car to our mechanic and the problem has been fixed.

What a customer-focused thing to do when servicing an account! Pay attention to what’s not right, needs attention, or mention something new the customer would benefit from. Begin with saying “By the way.”  It’s non-threatening. It’s simply having your customer’s best interest in mind.


  1. Thoughts to Ponder

Turning age 21, Kevin was excited he could legally drink. He decided to conduct an experiment to identify what would be his preferred stiff drink.

He bought bottles of whiskey, scotch, and rye. The first night he drank whiskey and water. The next morning, he woke with a smashing headache. The second night he drank scotch and water. The next morning, he woke with a smashing headache. The third night he drank rye and water. The next morning, he woke with a smashing headache.

He really liked all the liquor – the whiskey, the scotch, and the rye. The revelation? No matter which liquor he chose, one thing was obvious. To avoid a hangover, he shouldn’t mix any of them with water.

Moral of the story: It can be dangerous to jump to conclusions without digging into facts.


  1. Josmo’s Cafe

Blintz Soufflé is our recipe of the month. It’s a perfect springtime light-and-creamy brunch dish that goes well with fresh fruit and coffee cake. Enjoy!

Please visit our Josmo’s Cafe recipes list to find a wide variety of our favorite recipes. All dishes have been taste tested many, many times!


2017 Event Speaking News

Agency Nation’s Ryan Hanley interviewed me about my presentation Leading with Certainty at Elevate 2017. Please enjoy the podcast!

Looking for hot topics for your client, member, or employee meetings? Our most requested presentations are listed on our 2017 speaking topics web page.


  1. Stay Energized

Managers tell me they find lots of helpful ideas in our column 17 Terrific Management Tips. Visit the Business Building page on our website to read all eleven 17 Terrific Tips columns.

April Energizer Minute – Second Choice May Just be BetterGet supercharged with Energizer Minutes – one-to-two-minute audio stories told by yours truly to energize, invigorate, and inspire!

Follow me on Twitter @EmilyHuling to read my weekday Energizer Moments.

John has a new remote-controlled model boat! Combining talent, skill, and the patience of a saint, John has created another amazing model boat.  To view John’s slideshow of the building his PT 109 and video of him running it, click on these links Building the 109 and The PT109 in action.


  1. Emily Live
  • Agency Management CIC – Austin, TX – April 5-6, 2017
  • Private Client – Parsippany, NJ – April 11-13, 2017
  • AAMGA Annual Conference – Orlando, FL – May 21-23, 2017
  • Elevate 2017 – Agency Nation event – Leading with Certainty – Milwaukee, WI – June 4-6, 2017
  • Agency Management CIC – Knoxville, TN – August 16-18, 2017
  • NAPSLO Annual Conference – San Diego – September 10-13, 2017
  • Private Client – Fargo, ND – Working Together for Success – October 2-5, 2017


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Four Bean Baked Beans

Summer picnics need awesome baked beans! This yummy, old-fashioned baked bean casserole is from a 1975 Minnesota church cookbook. It proves our mothers and grandmothers knew what was good!


1 can kidney beans, drain only half the liquid

1 can lima beans, drained only half the liquid

1 can butter beans, drain only half the liquid

1 can pork & beans with molasses, do not drain


Mix beans together in an oven-proof casserole.

Make sauce:

Brown ½ pound chopped bacon with 2 large onions. Add garlic salt, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, ½ cup catsup, and ¾ cup brown sugar. Simmer for 10-20 minutes. Add to beans and mix well.

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.