Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lemon Balsamic Chicken

I love Italy because it gives us so many amazing things, like pizza, parmesan cheese, Nutella and balsamic vinegar!

this stuff is truly the nectar of the gods, and the older it is the better it tastes.

So tonight I bring you a quick under 30 minutes quick.

just saute a couple chicken breasts with olive oil, garlic and shallots

add some balsamic vinegar, water, tomatoes and lemon juice....letting it simmer for a bit

and that's all there is to it...server over some salad greens with some of the lemon balsamic sauce.

and here it is in recipe form

what you need:

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium shallot (chopped)
  • 2 or 3 tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

what you need to do:

  • heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat
  • season chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne
  • place chicken in skillet and cover for 5 minutes
  • flip chicken and replace cover
  • reduce heat to medium and remove cover
  • add garlic and shallots, saute for a minute
  • add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and water, simmer for 5 minutes or until tomatoes are softened
  • add lemon juice and butter
  • serve over salad green, rice, couscous...or whatever you want really

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Thanksgiving....with a twist!

Today I'm melding two things i love, Italian food and Thanksgiving!

The only time I have trouble sleeping at night is when I get recipe ideas running around inside my head, this happens to be the latest one, I call it Thanksgiving ravioli.  I am going to call this dish a success and it even received a stamp of approval from one of my official taste testers.  Now after reading this post if you are left thinking "I really want to learn to make my own fresh pasta" are in luck because I just so happen to teach classes on how to do it!

Now let's break it down...

A few days ago I roasted a couple turkey legs and made some cornbread stuffing, these will become the ravioli filling, those parts weren't nearly exciting enough for pictures.

I added some of my homemade kale powder to my fresh pasta dough...

Next I spaced out some of the chilled scoops of turkey, stuffing and cranberry that I prepared ahead of time on the dough...

Then covered them up with the second sheet of pasta, pressed out the air and started stamping out ravioli...

After letting the ravioli hang out in the freezer for a bit it was time to give them a quick 4 minute bath in boiling water...

After they finished boiling, drop them into a skillet with a little gravy and some reserved pasta water to thin things out a bit and they are ready for the plate....

Finished things off with a little fresh minced sage and cranberry reduction.

Monday, September 28, 2015

the first step

and so it begins.....

All adventures start with a first step.  It has been suggested to me many times that I need to start a blog to chronicle my exploits in the kitchen and garden, so here it is.   I plan to do my best to post whenever anything new and exciting makes its way through my kitchen, so stay tuned as the fun will begin tomorrow when my love for Italian food and Thanksgiving collide.