Monday, January 18, 2010

Oh, YUM!

This weekend I decided to finally step it up a notch and make some of my favorite recipes.  This past week I've been fighting a cold, so it was difficult to stay on task.  Doesn't it always work out that way? You start something and then have every obstacle you can imagine to overcome.  Anyway, this weekend I pulled it together! 

Saturday evening I made bruschetta.  It was amazing!  I used the method of Julia Child's where I put olive oil in a pan and then sauteed 1 inch slices of french bread until golden on each side.  Then I took a half piece of garlic clove (while the bread was fresh out of the pan) and rubbed it over the bread.  I topped the bread with a mixture of diced tomatoes, coarse salt, and  Italian parsley.  I didn't have any basil, which is usually recommended.  But, do not underestimate the freshness and flavor of  flat-leaf parsley! 

The girls really like it!  Notice how they cleaned their plate pretty well.

Angelina liked it.

Aubrey wanted more...

 That, believe it or not, was the appetizer! 

Then I made Deluxe Divine Chicken Divan by Rachel Ray.  Very tasty and it was a huge portion.  Needless to say, the leftovers will be lunch for today!  You can find the recipe on January's Menu Calendar.

Here, I sauteed the chicken:

Cut up my veggies:

Made my rice:

   As always it was very good, very easy and a hit with everyone!  "Everyone" includes my twin 4 yr. olds, so you know it has to be good when they're gobbling it up!


  1. the best part was that you shared with your neighbors upstairs!! The bruschetta was wonderful! Thanks!

  2. Ooh! That bruschetta looks so good! I want to try it sometime. I will bring you home some of my fresh basil from my plant here-since it's still growing season!