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This was an alternation of something I saw on the food network. I sauteed some chicken breasts in olive oil seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. When the chicken was almost done I de-glazed the pan with sherry and lemon juice. When the chicken was done, I removed it from the pan and added about a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and then threw in about 1/4 cup of capers. I let the capers simmer until the popped open. I topped the chicken with the capers and all the stuff in in the pan. I served this along side steamed red quinoa and sauteed zucchini. It was nice and colorful, but by far, my favorite was the chicken with capers. I will definitely be cooking with them more often.

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French Toast


French Toast

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Sunday morning…need I say more? I woke up this morning and got the coffee going and then set off to make breakfast. I have been craving french toast for a while, but between early mornings, battling the plague and never having the right bread on hand, the craving has had to wait. When I was grocery shopping yesterday and saw the loaf of fresh Cuban bread I knew that not only would it make a great accompaniment to dinner, it would be perfect for breakfast.

After the coffee brewed and I enjoyed my first cup, I set up the mixture of one egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk and dredged the bread on both sides. Then I cooked on a heated griddle four minutes per side and enjoyed with kosher syrup. The only thing missing was a sprinkle of confectioners sugar which I was inexplicably out off, but still it was perfect in this, its simplest form.

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Pesto Pasta

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Saturday I spent most of the day cleaning house and doing laundry and other such odious chores. It has been raining here for a week and looks to rain into all of next week. While this is gloomy, it does make the plants grow like crazy and in this case…BASIL. So…what better way to make use of basil than to whip up a batch of pesto, mix with bow-tie pasta and top with fresh feta and tomatoes and mixed with sauteed shrimp.

I grabbed two large handfuls of sweet basil
Mix in blender with:
1/4 cup of pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
drizzle olive oil in the blender while mixing until you get the texture you like.
sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste
(ingredients are approximate – hard to go wrong really)

The shrimp I cooked in a small amount of olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.

Then simply ad to cooked bow-tie pasta and top with tomatoes and feta and enjoy. It was the perfect meal to enjoy before going to the theater for the evening. Yum – there is not much better than fresh ingredients.

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Quinoa Stir Fry


Quinoa Stir Fry

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

This was such a pretty dinner and as easy as stir fry! ha. Simple prepare quinoa. I use my rice steamer, you can cook it on stove top – like you would rice, takes about 25 minutes (35 in my steamer, but I can fix it and forget it) Chop vegetables of your choice. I had broccoli, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and I added fresh basil since my plant has exploded in the last couple of weeks and tofu. I started with a wok with about a tablespoon of olive oil and added the broccoli and onion and cooked for about 3 minutes. I then added the zucchini and tofu for another 3 minutes and then added the tomatoes and fresh basil. I tossed it all with a stir fry sauce I got at trader joes. If you don’t have one on hand you could easily create your own soy based sauce. Lastly I threw in the cooked quinoa and served with a slice of warm bread. The dinner was healthy, beautiful and delicious!

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