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The Comfort of Bolognese Sauce

14 Jan

It has been freezing cold for the past few days.  I am in need of comfort food.  Desperately!  I decided to make a Bolognese sauce after reading through one of my old Gourmet Magazines.  Can we stop for a moment and recognize how great that magazine is and how sad I am it is no longer in publication?  Okay – I am wiping the tears.  I will be alright.  I will learn how to make it somehow.  Anyway, I was feeling the need for some comfort.  I have been making hot chocolate as well (post coming soon).  The sauce actually originated from Bologna, Italy, and there are many versions of this sauce.  So I put it together my way.

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Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes

4 Jan

I love to create!  Most recipes I enjoy are the ones I end up just put together with what I have in the kitchen.  Sometimes they come out good and other times you learn how you can make a better combination.  Cooking is not just about recipes, it is also about the adventure of how you get there.  My grandmother was the queen of that.  She could come into your kitchen, look at your pantry, then go to your fridge, and create a magical meal.  You may have thought you had nothing of good use, but she could make something out of nothing.   On the last evening of 2009 we had plans of stopping by two parties.  Since we had been traveling for about two weeks the possibilities were limited.  I had roasted chicken breasts leftover from the night before.  I had picked up a rotisserie chicken from Publix.  I usually like to roast my own chicken, but in a pinch their prepared chicken is delicious.  I peered into my desolate fridge and the juices started to flow.  Have no fear, where there is a hungry stomach, there is a will to feed it.

I managed to put together a yummy pasta dish with shredded chicken breasts, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese.  My favorite dishes are ones with few and simple ingredients.  I can now add this one to the list.

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