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Feb
14
2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the anniversary of mine and Husband’s first date…33 years ago.  It is also Benjamin’s 11th birthday.  So Valentine’s Day is pretty special for us.  We will have strawberry muffins for breakfast,

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open Valentine’s cards and gifts then this evening Husband is making homemade pizza ~ in the shape of a heart of course. And I made Benjamin’s favorite cake…Cheesecake!  Just plain old cheesecake.  I hope he is able to enjoy his special day because he is still under the weather.  Husband and I are getting a new gas range today.  It should be delivered about 9:30…Happy Valentine’s to us!!!

Thirty three years…seems like just yesterday. As corny as that sounds, it is true.  I believe we have another 33 ahead.  He’s the best.  Enough said.

Feb
12
2007

Recipe of the Day: Pasta with Chicken & Artichokes

pastaSo tonight was my night to cook. So I dug around in the pantry to see what sounded good…while fresh would be much much better but canned artichokes hearts are the next best thing. I threw a little something together. I sauted boneless skinless chicken breasts in a little olive oil and butter. Added a touch of onion and garlic (a little never killed anyone huh?)…some chives, parsley and salt and fresh cracked black pepper. NOTE: My new favorite salt is Himalayan Pink. Cooked a pot of fettucini and set aside in some ice water. To the large skillet of chicken and herbs I added two cups canned artichoke hearts, a jar of hearts of palm (sliced), a can of sliced water chestnuts and a bunch of fresh asparagus tops and a couple cups sliced mushrooms.** Added back the pasta and heated it all and dished it up.

**Boil the bottoms of the asparagus and freeze the liquid to add to soups or anywhere you need a tasty broth.

Feb
12
2007

I do loves me some lamb chops…

not the puppet.  Lamb Chops the puppet always scared the beejeezes out of me. Anyway…since lamb was on my list of allowed foods we thought we would give them a try.  Even at $12.99 a pound I enjoyed the heck out of them.  I now have to search for a better price somewhere.

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Husband made a lovely rub out of toasted cumin, cardamom, fennel seed, and black peppercorns.  He ground all of it and then toasted it in dry skillet. Then he mixed it with cayenne, olive oil and ginger.  He rubbed the chops with this and refrigerated for about 3 hours.  Then grilled them.  YUMMY.  He served it up with a REAL Caesar salad with homemade croutons, bagguettes and cilantro risotto with saffron, basil, oregano, parsley and beef broth for the liquid.

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It was all amazing.  We enjoyed it with a nice bottle of Turning Leaf Pinot Noir. Yep…I am spoiled.

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