Friday, February 18, 2011

carbs. carbs. carbs. yum!

I am not going to lie... I am an amazing cook!
Mostly because I can follow a recipe to a T.
Because I was lacking a Valentine this year, I was craving all sorts of food [well, I guess I do that everyday]... But mostly craving Italian and my all time favorites, sun dried tomato pasta and chicken Parmesan! So I made a Valentine's dinner for the whole family plus Nanny and Pop and our friends Roger and Liliane Gondelmann who came this week to visit us all the way from France!
It was probably one of my favorite dinners I have cooked in a long time so I had seconds and thirds... skipped the chocolate and went for the carbs this year.
[where did my neck go?]
Here are my recipes if you would like to make this too.
It's seriously to die for!
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Serves 6
6 chicken breast halves or 10 chicken tenders
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
spaghetti sauce
mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare by cracking eggs into large bowl or pan and mixing with milk.
And in another bowl or pan mixing bread crumbs and Parm. cheese.
Dip chicken in egg-milk mixture and then into the bread crumb-cheese mixture.
Lay flat on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-30 min. depending on chicken size.
Five min. before taking out of oven spoon spaghetti sauce on top of each chicken piece and then add Mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake for another five min. or until cheese is melted.
Serve and Enjoy!Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion , chopped fine
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes , rinsed, patted dry, and minced
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound ziti or penne
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Ground black pepper

Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot.
Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Cook onion until soft and lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and cream.
Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente.
Drain pasta, and return to pot.
Add sauce and basil to pot and toss to combine
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve and Enjoy!


Anne Marie Hyer said...

Honestly I think I just might make this on Sunday. I'm not the hugest parmesan fan, but the pasta would be to die for. That is so fun you cooked for the fam. I LOVE cooking with daddy when I'm home. Wish I could have tasted it~~~

Kristy said...

Great food photography! Looks as good as it tasted. Thanks for being so sweet to make that fabulous meal. Love you dearie. Dad

MereMorphy said...

mmm...i am going to try this!!

MereMorphy said...

haha, just made the baked chicken is seriously to die for. SO GOOD! thanks for the recipe mac.

Kristy said...

It was truly an amazing meal and so thoughtful and wonderful! Thanks for the best Valentine's gift a mom could ask for...I am one lucky lady!