Despite the obvious victory of having put peas and carrots in one recipe, I promise Angie I will do better - and tonight, I made chicken marsala, arrborio rice and...wait for it....peas! Sometimes Kim would mix the peas directly into the arrborio rice, which was excellent - but I had already made the rice before Angie called, so I had to go back and make the peas separately...
Oh, and I did take this photo before Angie called, too, so the peas came later...honestly!
To make this delight, take 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pound them as flat as you can. Melt 1 tlb of butter and 1 tlb of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, put the chicken in and brown them on both sides. Remove the chicken - put them aside for now.
Add 1 tlb of olive oil to the skillet. Add 1 large shallot, finely chopped (or about 1/2 cup of red onion would work nicely!) and 2-4 cloves of minced garlic. Saute these for about 30 seconds. Add another tlb of olive oil if too dry. Add a 1 to 2 cups of sliced mushrooms and saute until tender. Add a punch of salt. Pour in 1/2 cup of Marsala cooking wine. Simmer about 2 minutes. Pour in 3/4 of chicken broth and a fresh rosemary sprig (out here, you can just pick one from someone's front yard!). Simmer another 3-4 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet until cooked through, turning to coat. Mangia!
This was a great one Kimmy would tantalize us with. At work, they are concerned with the amount of weight I've lost. Well, I tell them, I no longer drink soda, don't eat many sweets, as I do not bake...yet and get a little more excercise - a new program - Zumba, you ask? No, Bambinicise! So, one of the managers, Jaime, made me a red velvet cake Wednesday, and Regina, the Foothills Mall manager, made me the largest batch of chocolate chip cookies I've ever seen! "It's a long weekend Dave - your family will eat them all"...and, sure enough, we do have them on the run!
Of course, Kim made everyday a food fest...so I'm bound to lose some weight...but, as the kids started a 4 day weekend, I found myself in the kitchen the entire day...! We picked up Lexy (freshly back from an amazing class fieldtrip to San Diego...lucky!) and Breanna around 10, came home and I made breakfast burritos with bacon, eggs and hashbrowns...for lunch, I whipped up a batch of the chicken and rice I mentioned above (hah! We had peas TWICE today!!!)...once the kitchen was clean, I began prepparing the marsala -all of the kids ate great today! Well, Cody skipped out on dinner - Amy, Tom and Alex took him to Red Lobster! Good excuse! Then, we settled in to watch the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" with Nicolas Cage - pretty good - the kids gave it a thumbs up!