Friday, August 8, 2008

a wonderful pasta!

Today I cleaned the fair building. Tomorrow I begin taking the quilts and wedding dresses and sewing items from everyone who enters in the fair. I got a call so I know we have at least one wedding dress being entered. I'm happy about those as they are the only thing I will judge. My sewing judge prefers I do them and It's so fun for me. If you sewed something, anything bring it down to building 500 at the Monroe fairgrounds between noon and 4 tomorrow or Sat from 9am to 4 pm. With the 100Th fair we have some really special fun happening that you don't want to miss!

So now for tonight's recipe. My good friend Carole makes this pasta and I can't get enough of it. I know it has a lot of ingredients but you can substitute. But just once you ought to have it Carole style

2 cloves garlic, minced (Carole says use 3 or 4)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 pound chicken breasts, sliced or diced
1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets
3/4 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, cut them up (I make my own)
1 tsp basil fresh is best
1 1/4 cup white wine (Carole uses alcohol free) (I use apple juice)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon butter
Bow Tie pasta one whole package, follow package directions to cook
pinch red pepper flakes

Cook chicken until white in the oil with minced garlic. Remove chicken when cooked and add broccoli to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, wine/substitute, red pepper flakes and butter. This is a wonderful collection, cook until broccoli still has firmness but is cooked. Add the cooked chicken back in and toss with cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan.

Carole likes to add some other things. rinse some capers and put those in with some Italian prosciutto, 4 or 5 paper thin slices cut up into little pieces, just use scissors and cut it over the simmering pan. This adds so much.

Mushrooms would be delicious too. So thank you ,Carole, everyone will love this good fast cool to fix dish!

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