Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easiest Weeknight Dinner Ever

A filling, hot, GOOD Dinner in 20 minutes? Are you kidding? Nope! Here it is!

Capellini Florentine Balsamico

One Half Package Capellini (Angel Hair) Pasta
One Package Frozen Creamed Spinach
Grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese (1/4 Cup-ish)
Aged Balsamic Vinegar, to Drizzle. (REALLY good quality is important here. Thick, real aged stuff. The "Glaze" sold in supermarkets CAN be substituted in a pinch, but if you don't have the real stuff, I'd skip it. Liquidy Salad Vinegar just won't work here. I use 18 year Aged from Santa Fe Olive Oil Company.)

Prepare Spinach to package directions. Meanwhile, boil water and cook Capellini. (6 minutes or less!)
Drain pasta well.
In a medium-sized bowl, toss drained pasta with Grated Cheese until well mixed.
Add Hot Creamed Spinach, and mix until all pasta is well coated.

Divide into serving bowls and drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar.


(Serve with a quick Caesar Salad, and if you had time to plan, some hot Garlic Knots or Rolls.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Buttermilk Chicken... NOMS!

Buttermilk Chicken (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

2 cups buttermilk
5 garlic cloves smashed
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika (Hungarian Sweet is my favorite)
Fresh Black Pepper
2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken parts (I used Legs and Thighs.)

For Roasting:
Drizzle of olive oil
Sea Salt

Mix buttermilk, salt, garlic, sugar, paprika and black pepper in a large Ziploc Bag (Gallon Freezer Heavy Duty). Add Chicken to bag and swish around to cover with marinade. Place Closed bag in a bowl (Just in case of spills!) and refrigerate for at least 6 but preferably 24 and up to 48 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade and arrange in a Foil-Lined baking dish. Season with salt and paprika to taste, and drizzle olive over the chicken. Roast for about 35 to 40 minutes, until chicken has browned nicely and formed a nice crust.

I served mine with freshly made rolls (okay, thawed Rhodes Texas Rolls brushed with melted butter and garlic powder), roasted broccoli, and risotto-style rice.