Yes, I am still here! I just noticed that it has been a month since I posted on here, and so I decided to post something.
Since the last post, I have had my first dinner party, celebrated the holidays with family and friends, had the stomach virus, and a few disappointments along the way.
My first dinner party was one for the books. I invited my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle James, as well as my cousin Jeff, his wife Kathy, and their kids Chris and Morgan. Since the house was all decorated for Christmas, I wanted to have some company! I decided that I was going to make a recipe given to me by my future step-mom called Conchiglie Pasta. It is absolutely delicious, and I have wanted to try my hand at it for awhile. I also got a "store-bought" cheese manicotti for my aunt who is vegetarian, the makings for a Caesar salad, and I made "Red Lobster" garlic cheese biscuits. I made a pound cake for dessert.
The evening started well. Everything was running on schedule. On the stove top, I had my shallots, garlic, and butter sauteing, the pasta boiling, and the chicken already pulled off the bone and set aside. I had just washed some dishes, and I was putting some away. I reached above the stove to put away my big glass mixing bowl, and I hit the small glass mixing bowl that sits inside the big one on the top of the microwave. Well, it shattered into a million gazillion pieces. The pieces of glass went in the pasta, the saute pan, and the chicken bowl. I had cuts on both hands and was bleeding by this time. Then, the doorbell rang. Thank goodness it was my aunt who is the world's best cleaner, and she helped me clean up the glass all over the floor. We threw away the food on the stove top, and ordered pizza. At least we got to share the manicotti, which I discovered was in a meat sauce! Poor Aunt Ebie! Oh well, better luck next time!
Here's the recipe, if you want to try and make it. I still haven't made it!!
1 shallot (chopped)
Garlic (3 cloves chopped)
3/4 stick butter
1/3 cup white wine
Panchetta (if you can't find this substitute smoked bacon.......it's just as good)
Artichoke hearts (1 large jar) chopped
Smoked Gouda cheese
Roasted Chicken (I buy the one already roasted in the grocery store, but you can bake or broil your own if you prefer, and I only use the white meat)
Large shell pasta (1 bag or box)
1 pint of cream
Directions: Sauté shallot & garlic in butter. Bake panchetta in foil in oven about 1/2 hour. Add wine to sautéed shallot & garlic. Cook pasta. Add artichoke hearts, panchetta (cut into bite size pieces, chicken (cut into bite size pieces), slices of cheese, and then pasta. Pour cream over top and mix together.
I am linking up with Designs by Gollum http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/ for Foodie Friday! My very first time to link up with another blog. Hope I did it right!
I hope you enjoy! Until next time, be blessed! S ;)
P.S. Please remember to stop during the day and pray for those suffering in Haiti.
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