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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We wait all year for this...

Ahhhh, spring! Walking the dog around the block adds another layer of awareness, the smells of lilac and fresh mown grass, the sights and colors, we wait all year for. And for a fleeting week or two, I get the azaleas and dogwood to show off for all to see! I wish I could keep it, but I know that it is there for us to appreciate all we went through this past winter, to get to the days where winter was a past memory.

I find myself thinking of things to share on my blog, and somehow my mind always turns to food. I tried a great recipe tonight that I want to share. And a great tip, if you haven't tried it yet, is to go to http://www.allrecipes.com/ click the Ingredients tab, and put in the blanks the food ingredients that you want to cook with, and hit return. Usually there is a nice list of recipes to choose from, with stars given from reviewers like yourself. I haven't had a bad recipe yet! Try it, you will enjoy the ease of use and speed of finding a recipe.

Loved the fresh tastes this meal brought to us tonight...I copied it with all the credits due, here.

Chicken and Pasta in a Mango Cream Sauce

Submitted By: SHAGGYDEE
Photo By: LynnInHK
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 4
"This creamy, cheesy pasta dish is very rich and has a subtle, fruity flavour. It was an experiment that turned out to be delicious. Enjoy."
8 ounces uncooked rigatoni pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves -
1 onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 mango - peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
4 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish
1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni pasta, cook for 8 minutes, until almost done, and drain.
2.Heat 1/2 the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in the skillet, and cook 10 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, and set aside.
3.Heat the remaining olive oil in the skillet, and cook the onion and green pepper until tender. Mix in the garlic, ginger, and mango, and continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, or until mango is soft. Gradually mix the heavy cream into the skillet, and cook 5 minutes, until thickened.
4.Return the chicken to the skillet. Stir in the partially cooked pasta, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes, until ingredients are well blended and pasta is al dente. Mix in the cheese. Garnish with parsley to serve.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2009 Allrecipes.com
Printed from Allrecipes.com 5/13/2009

And here is a picture of my version, I left out the parmesan cheese, plenty of flavor in the sauce...

And a picture showing "ride your bike to school and work" week, with just about every bike owned by our middle schoolers in town. What a sight, every morning, no bike racks can contain them all, rain or shine. I have been enjoying my bike as well, using it for all the mundane tasks without spending a dime on gas. We have the luxury of living in a town where everything you need except clothing stores is right here. A mile or so away is a luxury mall, but no underwear sold there, so you still have to get into a car for the ride to Walmart or Target. Guess I like living in the "bubble" as we villagers affectionately call it.
Off to bed for now, enjoy...


Unknown said...

I wish I could ride a bike to things. Even in the suburbs of Jax, stores are still a bit aways. Food looks yummy. I bet my hubby would like it.

The4Rs said...

Despite my whining about wanting to move away from winter, the springs and falls in Cleveland are worth the suffering! And riding my bike is one of life's little pleasures! Hey, housing is cheaper here, we have a coast guard on Lake Erie, can your hubby get a transfer?

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