Monday, December 6, 2010

“Dinner is ready”

A morsel of culinary wisdom was once shared and has stuck with me for several years. This wisdom did not include impressive food knowledge, the inclusion of fad food ingredients or fancy knife techniques. Rather, it was simple: Learn to cook 5 good dinner meals and commit the recipes to memory.

While I’ve always valued this wisdom, only recently have I developed a full appreciation of it. As life gets busy, it’s nice to have a few ‘go to’ meals in your repertoire. This is especially true if you’ve ever found yourself wandering the aisles of the grocery store having forgotten your shopping list.

Chicken Parmesan is on my list. It is so easy that it doesn’t even have a formal ‘recipe’. It calls for a little-of-this, little-of-that approach to cooking. I simply brush the chicken breast with a bit of olive oil and season generously with garlic, S & P, and herbs of province. I grill it (healthier than the breaded variety) and serve with spaghetti sauce and shredded parmesan cheese on top. This time my side dishes were roasted butternut squash and sautéed spinach and garlic. Enjoy!
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