Howdy friends! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start. I’m excited about today. Even though I have to go to have my yearly “girly” doctor appointment, we have some fun stuff planned. Playgroup is this afternoon, then Scott and I are taking salsa lessons at our club with our good friends as well. The lessons start out with an hour of “happy hour” first. I love that they know that most men, including my husband, need a cocktail (or two), to loosen up a little for dancing. I LOVE to dance, so I’m in my element here.
But, enough about that…on to the food. This is an elegant, and simple dinner we had with friends this past weekend. It is so basic that it seems almost silly to post, but sometimes getting back to the basics is a good thing.
It all started with this…
A very nice syrah that our friends shared with us. Luscious and smooth, with hints of vanilla, it was everything I’d want in a syrah. Look at how cute it is labeled. From their wedding in Napa. I think I may steal that idea to remember special wines.
Dinner was a lovely bowtie pasta with grilled eggplant, green and red bell peppers, and zucchini. Simply dressed with fresh lemon juice, freshly grated parmesan, olive oil and salt and crushed red pepper. Fresh, light, and flavorful was what kept going through my head as I was savoring it.
And let’s not forget these perfectly grilled organic chicken breasts. Sarah had marinated these bad boys in some lemon, crushed red pepper, cilantro and worcestershire sauce. I’m usually not a big fan of grilled chicken breasts, but the key is a good long marinade and not overcooking. This prevents the dry, “diet food” taste that I remember chicken tasting like. These were moist, a little spicy, and just the right amount of savory unami taste.
What is your favorite recipe or preparation for chicken breasts?
Do you like to dance? Have you ever taken salsa or ballroom dancing lessons?