Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

Mmm… BBQ’d Ribs

Nothing really interesting about this meal – the “St Louis style” ribs were bought precooked and sauced, I just heated them through.  Not really sure what St Louis style ribs are, exactly.  The sauce had a strong note of chili powder to it and wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.  The potato salad may be worth a note, it is dressed with a sour cream/mayo preparation with some of the dill that the cat was into this afternoon. I did chop up some of the candied bacon for it but could have saved it for something else, the dressings covered up the taste.  There is a little bit of minced Vidalia onion in there, too – left over from the gyros we had the other day.  It wanted some minced celery for the texture, it was a bad call to leave it out.  The sweet onion helped but there wasn’t enough.  I give it three stars out of five.

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Cat with Dill

No!  Not a recipe!  LOL

Here’s Bea the day before.  I guess she was just eyeballing the place:And here’s a pic I snapped with my cell phone while down the basement with Mrs J at her sewing area.  Bitsy was thrilled to find a bag of stuffing

Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Sometimes I take a few ingredients and mix them together and get something I didn’t expect. That’s what happened with this creamy chicken and pasta dish. I think I was going for a creamy, Parmesan sauce to go with chicken and bow-tie pasta. I added fresh tomato and basil and came up with something completely different. I liked it. Serves 4-6 easily.

Creamy Chicken & Pasta

  • 12 oz bow tie or other pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
  • 2 oz fresh basil
  • 2  tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large tomato, chopped

large saucepan, deep skillet

Heat water and cook pasta according to package directions.

In skillet, heat oil, add onions and sauté until translucent. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Reduce heat, add basil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove onions, chicken & basil, set aside. Add garlic, stirring for 1 minute. Add butter, melt and stir to incorporate all of the pan drippings. Add flour, stirring constantly for about 1 minute and then whisk in milk. Stir constantly, heat for 1 minute until thickened, reduce heat, add parmesan, salt & pepper, stirring constantly until creamy. Add tomato & chicken mixture and stir together. Let simmer on low for 5-10 minutes. Drain pasta well (you may even want to dab with a paper towel) and toss with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.

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