Tonight’s dinner was a reward dinner for my mom. She’s been going through a lot recently, diagnosed with breast cancer and last Tuesday had a “simple” mastectomy. I flew to NJ to take care of her, and we weren’t sure how well it would go. She was diagnosed early and I think that was the key along with her always upbeat attitude. The celebration is because her recovery is going so well and the doctor is very happy with her progress. She deserves it don’t you think.
I made a tasty quick dish, with some of her favorite foods. Shrimp, garlic and asparagus are on that list as well as seeds and nuts. My ingredients were limited. I did stop at Whole Foods, but I didn’t want to load up her fridge with fruit and vegetables that would go bad after I left for home. I also wanted leftovers. I froze a couple of individual meals for my mom to reheat for dinner once I’m back in Ohio. I think if you reheat with a little chicken broth it will be very tasty. This meal …Diana
This asparagus coulis from the book Sauces by Michael Roux was the perfect sauce for my tortellini and asparagus tips. Usually with tortellini we have an alfredo sauce. This coulis is a much lighter, but very flavorful way to serve tortellini. It adds depth to the asparagus tips that we tossed in with the tortellini, and my photo does not show how green and pretty the sauce color came out. There were many steps to the sauce, plus I forgot to put the o-ring on the blender and it squirt sauce out all over the place – not funny really, but I recovered and it came out lovely. Stop laughing, I kept yelling that blenders that shot sauce out everywhere weren’t useful, so there had to be something very wrong going on then I found the ring in the box. My husband said – look at it this way, you won’t forget the ring again, lesson learned. I think it comes from having such a small kitchen that I pull apart my equipment and put it back in boxes, so that I can shove it on the shelf. The point is, that in spite of a dumb blender, …Diana
I keep using Asparagus and Chevre because I like the combination but also because asparagus is in season. I have some asparagus growing in a raised bed, but it’s very little, so I supplement with the store asparagus. Of course, then I keep using the asparagus until it is gone because I don’t want to waste any of it. The only thing I would add is little pear tomatoes, or dried tomatoes for a little more color, but the flavor as it was is very good.
- 1/2 box farfalle cooked according to directions
- 1 whole chicken breast grilled and diced
- bunch of asparagus
- 1 handful pecans
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1 big bunch of all different herbs – tarragon, chives, thyme and parsley
- garlic pepper
- grated parmesan
In a pan with a …Diana
Since it’s National Garlic Day, I wanted to come up with a dinner that had some nice garlic flavor. Originally I was going to make a salad with garlic chicken and asparagus, but while I was at the store other thoughts entered my mind and I went with it. I grilled asparagus on a grill pan first, but maybe it doesn’t really need it. We loved the whole meal and I will definitely do it again when my daughter’s home, she enjoys it when I come up with something delicious.
- 2 large chicken breasts – sliced in half, then pounded flat.
- 16 spears of asparagus
- Herbed Garlic Chevre
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Herbs – basil, parsley
Dollop the Herbed Garlic Chevre on the flattened chicken …