Growing up, when my sisters and I were teenagers, Dad felt it was time to get us more involved in the family meal. For as long as I can remember, everyone helped. Helping was just a part of everyday family life. Helping lets children feel a sense of self-worth within the family dynamics.Continue reading “Chicken Florentine Rigatoni”
Sunday Chicken doesn’t need to be Southern Fried or Roasted. Both are delicious, but sometimes we like to kick back with a creamy one-skillet supper. Easy, relaxed and delicious. This is one of those moments.Continue reading “Creamy Chicken Thighs Over Cheese Tortellini”
Why is it that any dish with the name Florentine contain spinach? Maybe it’s because Arab Merchants brought Spinach to Sicily over 1,2000 years ago, and the plant thrived. There are a lot of thoughts on the relationship of Spinach and Florence. Some are very romantic. Any way you look at it, spinach brightens up the plate.
If there is one thing that Kiddo loves, it’s lemons. That boy can suck on a lemon and loves it. Sour is his thing. Before you shy away, the lemon in this dish ins’t insane. Coupled with the butter and garlic, it’s deliciously delightful.
First off, let me say I am a big Paul Newman fan. When I was a young girl, I think he was my first Hollywood crush. But that’s not the reason I like the Newman’s Own food line. Newman’s Own does good work while making a delicious produce. The salad dressings are particularly delightful, and perfect for marinades, too.
Caramelize anything and the flavor just naturally pops. It doesn’t matter – onions, pan seared asparagus, even lemons just naturally taste better once caramelized. There’s something about heat releasing the natural sugars that brings a new dimension to the dish.
This chicken is awesome with a light pasta side, a simple toss salad and warm bread. Pour wine into jelly jars, put Dino on the record player and just say oh yeah that’s amore. I love casually elegant Italian suppers. While white wine might seem the logical choice, please think red. A nice Chianti is perfect.
Have you ever seen the 2000 romantic comedy, “Return To Me” with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver? It was written and directed by Bonnie Hunt, and was the last film of Carroll O’Connor’s career. He died a year later, and we lost one of the great ones. If you haven’t seen it, I’m not going to spoil it for you other than to say this was a beautiful romantic comedy, a real throw back to a more innocent time in the film industry.
Are you a big-box store shopper? There are some great deals to be had in the big box department, but you need to shop smart. Some deals really aren’t deals. And some purchases are so big that it becomes ridiculous. I mean, how many folded paper napkins can one family need? I ask because I believe our recent “score” is at least a year’s worth, if not a life-time supply.
Welcome to day two in Florence, Oregon. This picturesque coastal town sits on the banks of the Siuslaw River. Famous for Mo’s Clam Chowder, sand dunes and beautiful ocean views. Depending upon how you approach things, life here seems to slow down or speed up. Sound crazy, I know, but Florence has a great deal to offer.Continue reading “Chicken Florentine Crêpes with Mushrooms”
Pan Sauce. So simple, so delicious. There’s something magical about pan sauce. Maybe it’s the kiss of wine or the meat renderings themselves. All I know is that I adore chicken with a nice pan sauce. One of our favorites was Chicken Breast with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce. Yeah, it was good. This is even better.
This is one of those yummy Italian dishes that screams side of Spaghetti in a Marinara Sauce if you please! And don’t skimp on the green vegetables – maybe steamed broccoli or Asparagus kissed with Italian herbs. The menu practically writes itself. I love simple dishes that commands attention without screaming for it, know what I mean? This chicken is perfect for a family sit-down supper. A couple of plump breasts go a long way. Yeah, I like this dish. What about you?
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge, huge fan of all things Italian. One of the lessons Americans can learn from their Italian neighbors is how to eat – how to enjoy every bite. Have you ever dined with true Italians? Sure, there’s a lot of food, but it’s more than just the food. Italians have an approach to dining Americans need to adapt.
Here is yet another awesome recipe plucked from a prior post, Entertaining with Italian Flair for your consideration. Now that Memorial Day is behind us and the grilling season is “officially” here, it seems a good recipe to share. After all, nothing says summer than food from your grill.
In our house, we have turned Thursdays into Italian Night. It means we get to try something new from my favorite part of the world – Italy. This wonderful dish brings together so many different “favorite” flavors and textures on a single plate.