Angel Hair Pasta Salad

August 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm | Posted in pasta, salads, Yummy Veggies | 2 Comments

I cannot tell you how much I adore the blog of My Kitchen Cafe.  She always has such great, tried and true recipes and she has kids which helps me out a lot as I’m always looking for variety for my little picky ones.  : )  However, tonight, my husband is traveling and I am home alone so I picked something that no one in the house would like other than me!  Fun to do that every now and again!

Copied from My Kitchen Cafe (I halved this since it is just me – that is enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow just to give you an idea of how much this one makes)

Ingredients

1 pound angel hair pasta (I used wheat angel hair)
1/2 cup olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese (I used light)
2-3 fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
handful of fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
1 4 oz. package pine nuts, lightly toasted (you can do this over medium-low heat in a non-stick skillet) (I omitted these…just forgot to buy them)
Coarse salt

Directions

Boil water for pasta. When water starts boiling, add a handful of rock salt (i.e. ice cream salt). Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain pasta and place in serving bowl. While pasta is boiling, saute garlic in olive oil until sizzling and lightly browned (don’t burn the garlic or it will taste bitter). Pour garlic and olive oil over warm pasta and toss. Sprinkle a teaspoon or so (to taste) of coarse salt over the noodles and add 1 cup of the parmesan cheese. Toss again. Let noodles cool slightly. Right before serving, top noodles with diced tomatoes, pine nuts, torn basil and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Very lightly toss, being careful not to let all the toppings go to the bottom. Serve.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  I am pretty sure that I could eat this until I was sick.  Oh wait.  I think I just did.  Seriously, this is really easy and really great.  I halved the recipe for just me but I think I would put in the full amount of tomatoes, but that is just me.  I love tomatoes.  I used on the vine for the recipe.  I will be making this one over and over again.  Make this.  NOW.

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Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken

August 11, 2008 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Chicken | 5 Comments

I love to grill out in the summer so I’m always looking for new marinade recipes.  I found this one on Good Things Catered and it sounded so yummy that I had to try it.  I made it last night for a quick easy dinner along with homemade french fries (healthy kind) and side salad. 

(Copied straight from Good Things Catered)

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
4 Tbsp honey
1 tsp garlic salt with parsley flakes
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

Directions:
-Heat grill over medium heat
-Pound chicken breasts down to uniform thickness throughout (about 1-inch to 3/4-inch thickness)
-Place in large dish and top with oil, 1 Tbsp vinegar, and seasonings.
-With tongs, move breasts around to coat evenly.
-Place chicken breast-side-down onto grill.
-Do not move meat as much as possible until finished cooking on one side (5-10 minutes depending on temperature of pan)
-Meanwhile, in small saucepan over low heat (I do this grill-side), combine remaining vinegar and honey.
-Cook down, stirring occasionally, until well thickened.
-Flip breasts over and continue cooking until almost cooked through (about 5-7 mins additional).
-Turn grill to medium high heat.
-Brush thickened honey mixture onto chicken and flip.
-Let honey mixture cook/crisp as you brush honey mixture on the other side of chicken pieces.
-Flip and brush one more layer of honey mixture on each side and remove from grill.
-Let meat rest, covered, on cutting board for 3-5 mins before cutting and serving.

Pig Rating:  The pig thought this one was really good.  He isn’t a huge fan of grilled chicken – he would rather be eating something like stuffed shells or enchiladas.  HA!  But he said this one had really good flavor. 

Mrs. Pig Rating:  I loved this!!!  Such an easy recipe and great flavor.  I used one of the breasts on a salad for lunch today and it was super yummy as well.  I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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