It’s been two years now since I shared my recipe for Baked Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Rice. This is kind of, sort of but not quite that same recipe. Yeah, that makes sense.
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.
Today is National Peanut Butter Day. The moment I realized that, my mind wandered back many, many years. When Hubby and I were newly weds (back in the stone age), we belonged to a Dinner Party Club.
Do you love pretty presentations but either aren’t all that good at the detail work or wish it were far more simple? To me, half the joy of cooking is to put something attractive on the table. After all, we eat with our eyes and sense of smell long before that first bite.
When I first saw this recipe, I really liked the presentation. However; I knew I could not cook it up for my family as written. The recipe was made with sliced Okra. My guys do not eat Okra. However; we have a garden full of beautiful, deep green Jalapeno Peppers. You could make yours as originally written, using Okra. Or for just a little extra kick, use Jalapenos instead.
Way back in 1977, I held my first ever dinner party. Okay, so it wasn’t a huge party – there were only three of us dining that evening. Sue, my best friend at the time, her then boyfriend Allen and me. Still, I felt so “adult”, entertaining friends in my tiny walk-up apartment. I will never forget that night for many reasons. Although Sue and I met in Elementary School, we didn’t really forge our deep friendship until years later, when we were in our early twenties. (And boy, have I dated myself or what!)