Dish Duty

by HEAB on August 17, 2011

CD is not a fan of doing the dishes. At home, it’s not a big deal as we have a dishwasher, and we’re both really good about not leaving dishes in the sink – I don’t understand why people with dishwashers allow dishes to pile up in the sink. Why not just rinse and pile in the dishwasher? Anyway, here in Michigan, there is no dishwasher, and with all the cooking we do, I refuse to let the dirty dishes from any meal linger very long. So, the deal is if you make a meal for yourself, then you also clean up after yourself. However, if you make a delicious meal for me, then I’ll happily do the clean-up. Last night, CD made a delicious dinner…



CD’s Cheesy Chicken


Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (for topping)


  • Melt 2 TBSP butter in skillet over medium high heat. Add a few shakes of salt to skillet.
  • Slightly salt the tops of chicken and add to skillet. Cook chicken, flipping once. When cooked through, remove chicken and set aside. (To cut down on cooking time, slice chicken breasts in half, for 4 thinner cuts of meat).
  • Add onions and mushrooms to butter and chicken drippings in skillet + remaining TBSP butter. Saute veggies until cooked.
  • Add cheese to veggie mixture. Stir until cheese melts and then pour veggie/cheese mixture on plated chicken. Top with sour cream.



Sour cream not optional. Enjoy…and have fun scrubbing the butter splatters off the stove-top. 😉


stephaniemz August 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Just made this tonight – so good! We added a side of cilantro lime rice to round out the meal. Thanks for sharing!

And in keeping with the trend, no dishwasher so everything gets washed by hand!

cameron August 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

AH! My thoughts exactly! It kills me that my father ALWAYS leaves dishes in the sinks, despite the fact that my parents have a brand new dishwasher. I don’t understand it!

Chris August 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

What lake are you staying on? My favorite vacation ever was to Michigan. We spent one week in the southern part and one in the UP and we stayed on a small lake called Lake Autrain.

HEAB August 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I know – isn’t MI amazing? Growing up in Nashville, we always went to Florida if we wanted to be on the water. So, when CD brought up vacationing in MI last summer, I was like, huh? To me, Michigan was nothing beyond Detroit. Last year we stayed in a small town near Traverse City (Fife Lake) and traveled all around that area. Loved it, especially Empire, Glen Arbor, and Leland areas. This year, we went back there for two weeks, and now we’re up near Lake Huron and staying on Presque Isle. There are two smaller lakes here: Grand Lake and Lake Esau. Both are beautiful. We love it here, but I really want to try and get up to the UP one summer as I hear it’s beautiful as well.

Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel August 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

When I think back through all my family dinners, i never once had chicken with sour cream! it was always cottage cheese. But sour cream and chicken make so much sense together, especially when that combo is turned into a fabulous recipe like this!!! gonna make sure i put two and two together the next time 🙂

xoxo <3

HEAB August 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Oh gosh, you will love the chicken + sour cream combo, and I mean LOVE! Enjoy. 🙂

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) August 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

Yum, CD really is an amazing cook! 🙂

We have the same dish policy here… except for when my dad cooks. He’s supposed to follow it too, but, well, let’s just say he doesn’t and my mom and I are always left cleaning the kitchen 😉

Have a wonderful day, Heather!

<3 <3

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) August 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh and sour cream is NEVER optional 🙂

Claudine @ The Kathmanduo August 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

We have the same policy here for dish duties! But this one really threw me for a loop: my in-laws (who coincidentally live in Michigan) have a dishwasher yet never use it. The dishes pile up in the sink until someone washes them all by hand. It is a mystery to me…

HEAB August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

After reading the comments of this post, your in-laws are not alone. I don’t get it either.

michelle August 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more about dishes in the sink. I have 2 teenagers and a dishwasher. They can’t seem to grasp the fact that the dishes need to be placed into the machine to get clean. I think they’re afraid to open it just in case the dishes are clean and need to be put away. Enjoy baby Summer for now 🙂

HEAB August 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Haha – CD has that same fear, and when he does actually unload the dishwasher he leaves about the half the dishes in there, claiming he has no idea where they go…even the ones he took out of the cabinet to use! Hope Summer inherits her mama’s dish washing/putting away abilities. 😉

Lauren @ Reject the Premise August 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Sorry to hijack this, but:
So, um, hypothetically, what if, when you cooked, your spouse/significant other kind of sucked at doing the dishes? Would you get control-freaky about it and point out the, uh, hypothetical, peanut butter around the edges of the tablespoon?

HEAB August 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Um, yes I would b/c CD never hesitates to point out the green muck stuck to the Vita-Mix after I sucked at washing it out after a green smoothie. 😉

Anita August 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

My husband hates doing the dishes. I hand wash everything. It’s only the 3 of us with my daughter away at school. Use the dishwasher he says. I use the dishwasher for storage. Besides, who would load it? I would not like to find dirty dishes in the dishwasher with clean dishes. When people are in a hurry and don’t like to do something, anything is possible.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I do miss sour cream. It goes so well with mexican dishes. It cools the palate after you heated it up…I miss it so. Don’t even get me started on the dish discussion…let’s just say my current living situation is the one you don’t understand…ugh…just use put the dish in the freakin’ dishwasher! Dinner looks perfect Heather!

HEAB August 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I know – I am very sad you can’t eat sour cream, but thank goodness for salsa and guac…but you’re not an avocado girl, are you? You and Summer…I don’t get it. Hehe. I keep giving them to her, and she keeps spitting them out. Avocados are the only food she hasn’t liked. However, I will not give up! 😉

We can talk dishes when we get together, which will be soon!

robyn jones clark August 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

p.s. i had a great trip to nashville. i got to catch up with friends that i hadn’t seen in such a long time. took in a toad the wet sprocket show- it was fabulous. only thing missing was getting to meet you! it’s on the list for next time. it should be soon, too! it made me want to move back sooooo bad!!

robyn jones clark August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

yum. yes, sour cream is a must have. i love it. i don’t think i could live without it.

Monica August 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

That looks and sounds amazing! A must for my menu next week!
And couldn’t agree more about messy people with dishwashers…why, oh why not use the convenience?

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Mushrooms…onions…and cheese! Sounds like MY kind of dinner! I’m literally salivating over these pics girlie! And I love that you and CD each had one whole onion in this! Hope you took a shot of mouthwash after dinner…especially now that your nighttime activities don’t include fending off scary nocturnal mammals! 😉

Miss you!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Miss you too Heather. 🙂

Hannah August 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Heather, you’d do quite fine in my house. My housemate and I wash up our dishes immediately, as we have only a tiny kitchen and no dishwasher!

Roz@weightingfor50 August 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Hi Heather. I LOVE the line “sour cream is not optional”. Words to live by!!! All the best, hope your vacation is going well.

Lola August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Hey Heather!
This will sound weird but I LOVE doing the dishes. It’s like an oddly relaxing activity for me, you know?
Have a nice hump day! (the weekend it’s almost here 😉 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I don’t love doing the dishes, but I do LOVE dusting. I like making things shiny and pretty. 🙂

Lara (Thinspired) August 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I’m with you on the dishes. If you have a dishwasher, there is really no reason not to use it! Plus, who likes waking up to a sink full of dishes? Not me!

CD’s chicken looks awesome. I have to ask, would you eat this, too? I want it to be Heabie approved as well as CD approved 😉

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Definitely. I ate half. So good…cheese makes everything SO good! 🙂

Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

What? Your husband cooks for you? 🙂 Ha ha! My hubby does the dishes for me, but I think he must just do a rinse because I always have to redo them. ha ha ha! 🙂 The chicken looks delicious!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Trust me, I get it. CD does great washing the dishes, although I don’t think he uses soap, and apparently cleaning up after dinner involves merely washing the dishes. He seems to miss the countertops and splattered oven. 😉

Christin@purplebirdblog August 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I’ll take a pile of that chicken and your fine company to entertain me while I eat! And I’ll DEFINITELY do the dishes! Miss you, Heabie! xo

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Miss you too Christin. I’m over the no wi-fi thing and ready to be able to get online 24/7. I miss keeping up with everyone’s life!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Yep, we have the same rule. I’ll cook if you clean. Works for me!

I’m jealous of CD’s cooking ability! My husband can prepare a box of macaroni and cheese. That’s about it.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Better than nothing. Do love me some mac & cheese. 🙂

Sylvia August 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

My hubby’s and my first real argument after moving into our house was about the dishes. He didn’t agree that I actually use the dishwasher to wash the dishes and I felt that if we have a dishwasher there is no need to just use it as a drying rack. 😀 Oy vay … we are at an impasse on that one so basically I cook and he helps me clean. I still use the dishwasher though 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I know some other folks with your same dilemma. Just know I am on your side – the dishwasher is for washing. LOVE my dishwasher!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love your rule about the making it vs. cleaning it up!

And when we are in Aruba, we have no dishwasher either. At home here in San Diego, we do. But I swear we make MORE dishes when we are there. Actually, pretty sure we do. Everyone is “home” during the day, we are active, there are tons of snacks being made; it’s hot so there’s tons of drinks and smoothies being consumed. So what that translates to is a non-stop flow of dishes!

But guess who does them: me! I’d rather do them and know they are done right. (<–OCD much? haha!) But seriously, it's just easier.

The meal looks stellar of course!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Yeah, I feel the same way about being here in MI. CD usually comes home for lunch during the week and cooks, but we seem to make more here with both of us being around the house all day and now that Summer is eating a lot more solids.

Caitlin August 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hey Heather,

As a regular reader, i know you like exercise DVDs or ‘tapes’ as i call them. I found a groupon type deal where you get 10 for $15. i’m totally getting it!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Very cool – Thanks Caitlin! Going to check it out right now.

Ty August 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Dishes always seem to be piling up around here.

We also have a dishwasher.

Except I refuse to use it. I’m not sure why. I just would rather wash them by hand.

It makes no sense. But that’s just how I roll.

It’s kind of cathartic anyways. Washing dishes.

Beats doing laundry! And that’s what my husband gets stuck with. 😀

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Laundry…the one thing CD hates more than doing dishes. Sigh.

Jen August 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hey Heather – I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now. I have a daughter who is 1, and so I am always interested in what Summer is up to. What do her meals look like these days? My daughter, Charlotte, eats anything I give her – garlic, onion, spices…love it!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I love the name Charlotte. 🙂
Summer is now eating 3 meals a day – I can’t believe she is 9 months old already. They really do grow so fast, huh?

We’ve had some food allergy issues, and had to switch things up a bit. Sweet potatoes, cinnamon, bananas, and egg yolks are all problem foods. So sad b/c she loved them all, especially sweet potatoes, but they give her hives. She’s loving yogurt + blueberries + ground flax for breakfast, and I usually just do a variation of that b’fast with different fruit. She’s had blackberries, blueberries, and peaches. We use whole cow’s milk yogurt or goat milk yogurt. Sometimes, I’ll make it with ricotta cheese instead of yogurt. Thank goodness dairy is not a problem. She loves peas and any green vegetable really. I usually just cook them up and add a little butter sour cream, or sunflower seed butter, and maybe a pinch of sea salt. Her latest favorite is lentils. She loves lentils. I usually just cook up a big pot and add a few spoonfuls to her veggie bowls or mix them with tomato sauce. We’re keeping her foods pretty simple so as not to irritate her eczema or cause hives. We do meat on occasion, but it’s hard for her to chew small pieces of meat unless they are really tender. She still doesn’t have any teeth. At home, I was blending cooked beef or chicken with broth, but we’re sans blender here in MI. Honestly, she has liked everything except avocado. Tried it again the other day, and she spit it right out, although she did eat a few bites of my guacamole. So, there’s hope. 🙂

Nikki August 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I think I married wrong! Hubby doesn’t cook… and if he does, it doesn’t look like that!
Sigh… maybe my next husband will be $$$ and cook? This darn marrying for love seems overrated these days! 😛

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hehe – I’m sure your husband has his talents. If it makes you feel any better, Chris is a horrid dancer and has zero rhythm. 😉

Sara B August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Well at our house, piled up dishes usually mean we haven’t emptied it from the last load. 😉

Nikki August 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Haha! I can relate!

Kelly August 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I like the way you think! 😉

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count August 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

I hate to do the dishes and don’t have a dishwasher here in New Jersey. I can’t wait until we move to New Mexico. It’s beautiful there AND the house has a dishwasher!! I wish I could convince my husband to clean up after his snacks. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. 🙁

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Ahh, you’re moving to New Mexico. I am meant to live out west – I thrive on sunshine. I hear NM is amazingly beautiful – dishwasher is just an added bonus. 🙂

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

I live alone in a studio, so not having a dishwasher isn’t a big deal. But I can’t imagine if even one more person was added to the mix! It would be a disaster!

RunEatRepeat August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Do you add a carb to this dish? Does CD? I know he runs and was wondering if he pairs these meals with carb-y sides?

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Nope, CD isn’t a big grains person. He’ll eat potatoes (white or sweet) with his meals, but that’s about it. If rice or gluten free grains are placed in front of him, he’ll eat them (he’s not a fan of wheat), but he never prepares them for himself. If he’s preparing for a race, he’ll eat pizza the week before, and the boy loves his ice-cream and chocolate. I eat grains, but only if I’m cooking. 🙂

Emilia @ Namaste Gurl August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

In my family the system is whoever cooks must clean up as well. Darn it. And most of the time my parents don’t even eat my meals, so thats double wamy for me 🙁 Cookings all about staying positive, no? 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Your family is crazy for not loving your meals. I’d be a happy girl if you cooked for me everyday! 🙂

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

Yeah, I think I might be willing to do an extra dish or 100 for that. YUMM!! I’m thinking diced tomato would complement it beautifully, but it’s also great just the way it is. 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Oooh yeah, I agree – or perhaps some tomato paste stirred in. Would work great with the cheese.

Holly @ The Runny Egg August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

HEAB I have to let you know that I have started eating more HEAB/CD meals — beef and veggies stir fried in butter with garlic and lots of onions — I love it!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Makes me so happy to hear. I’ll pass on your comment to CD. I always tell him whenever you mention how much you and Jason enjoy his almond butter chili. Makes him smile…and inflates his ego. 😉

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

HAHA! I love the tag: “CD is brilliant”

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Waiting for CD to notice that one. Don’t think he has yet. 😉

Erica August 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

Go CD! This looks just awesome! I don’t understand how people with dishwashers let dishes pile up in the sink either! That would drive me nuts

Lauren August 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Looks so yummy! I would cut out the onions, but pile on the sour cream for sure!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I’ll eat your onions. 🙂

Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

Yum! I like to use creme fraiche instead of sour cream – works great.

You’re lucky your other half is good in the kitchen 🙂

lindsay August 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Creme friche?! Now youre on to something Aine!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Cream fraiche? I like it!

Ashley August 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

NOT optional…love it 😉 Whoever cooks, the other cleans…that’s how it goes around here!!

Jennie (the gf-gf) August 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Yum, I’d clean the dishes in exchange for that meal, too!

Jen August 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

YUM. Anything with the word cheesy in the title = delicious. I’m like you; I don’t like leaving dirty dishes around. I have a dishwasher, and I always immediately rinse my dishes and put them in. I’m so OCD that a lot of the time I rinse and put away as I cook, so that after I’m done eating, all that’s left is the plate I ate on and the utensils I used!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I’m the same way and usually won’t sit down unless everything used to cook has been rinsed and put in dishwasher, and I unload it as soon it’s done running. CD doesn’t get it. Good to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

Eden August 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

I hate dishwashing and did it 70% of my time in culinary school! I’m so goo by now, I put it on my resume.

Kilee August 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

Ahhh – dish duty! I find it so disrespectful if I shop for our groceries, make a delicious dinner and my boyfriend doesn’t do the dishes. It would be one thing if I didn’t have a full time job and stayed home as a housewife (which I’d be happy to do 🙂 ) but you are right. Whoever does the cooking should be excused from the dishes. Your dinner looked like it was worth scrubbing the stovetop!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Agreed…and it was totally stovetop scrubbing worthy! 🙂

Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

That looks delicious! Sadly, my BF won’t touch mushrooms or onions. I’m going to have to make this for just me. 🙂 We don’t have a dishwasher either. It’s weird, I thought I would hate it, but it’s kind of nice to have them done when they’re done. I used to be really bad about actually unloading the dishes from the dishwasher after they were clean!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Just means more for you. 🙂

katie @KatieDid August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

college apartment with roommates (and obviously no dishwasher) makes this a very relevant topic for me. We have lots of issues over the dishes haha. I never let myself get too comfortable after a meal without doing my dishes because I know they’ll just end up piling up and thats not fair to my housemates.

Nolita August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

That dish looks so scrumptious! Our dishwasher is on the fritz (and on the list to be replaced) so we’re hand washing these days and we take turns. I hate dishes piled in the sink and on the counter, but it’s a race to bathe the kids and get them ready for bed (and squeeze in some quality time) and yardwork (yada, yada, yada) so sometimes the dishes sit for a bit. I will be sooooo happy once we can replace ours!!!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Getting the dishes washed and put away with one 9-month old is tough…couldn’t imagine keeping all the dishes washed and put away after every meal with more kiddos. In other words, hope the dishwasher is replaced soon! 😉

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

I completely agree with you on the washing dishes as soon as you dirty them thing! Just go ahead and take care of it! We don’t have a dishwasher either and it is a PAIN, but even more so, when you let them pile up.

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood August 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

Haha, you remind me of my dad and I. We have this silent arrangement where I wash all the dishes in the sink and on the stove – all from his cooking and sometimes if I’m cooking for myself, my own pots and bowls as well – but I leave all the washed dishes on the countertop and in the dish racks and then pop off to my room. So my dad is forced to wipe all the dishes dry (we have a dishwasher but it serves more as a… storage of some sorts rather than actually using it to wash dishes), place them back into the dishwasher (as storage), and then wipe/scrub the stovetop. I tried scrubbing the stovetop once… he screamed because there were innocent scratches. So I’ve since stayed away from cleaning the stove. He grunts but I think he prefers doing all that than washing the dirty dishes 😉

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Would your dad mind giving CD stove scrubbing lessons. He kind of just skips over that part of “clean-up”. 😉

Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

I believe sour cream should never be optional. Have you ever had pierogi? Now that is a dish you absolutely must have with sour cream!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Ohhhh, peirogis dipped in sour cream! Now THAT brings back some childhood memories!! 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Yes, I can’t remember where, but yum, I loved pierogi, and I’m kind of obsessed with sour cream these days. CD and I both are. Hmm, perhaps a HEABified pierogi recipe soon? 😉

Ellie@fitforthesoul August 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

aahhh I always hear about how good pierogis are! I really want to try it. And CD’s food looks so delicious!! Creative, simple, and pretty enough to photograph hehe.

Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 18, 2011 at 8:09 am


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