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Dinner In a Flash

Pasta is one of my family's favorites.  This flavorful sauce is ready in a flash.  Perfect for a quick dinner, it also makes a great addition to a pasta-themed gift.

Easy Vodka Sauce
1 quart homemade or good-quality store-bought marinara sauce
1 cup vodka 
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

Simmer the tomato sauce and vodka in a heavy large skillet over low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir the cream into the tomato and vodka sauce. Simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well blended.

Serve over fresh pasta.  Add sautéd shrimp or chicken, if desired.

Pasta Gift Basket packaged in new red colanderDid You Know:  Vodka is the most popular spirit of Eastern Europe. It is produced by the distillation of fermented substances such as grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants.  Most of the best Russian Vodkas are made from wheat. In Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes.  End Result? …a broad range of flavor and character.


Let's Pack A Picnic

A picnic is a state of mind and can be made anywhere.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner.  At an outdoor a the beach, playground or park...  Even indoors.  Some of my favorite picnic memories are of picnics driven indoors due to inclement weather or ill health.  

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont

Chicken Paninis make a wonderful addition to any picnic menu.

Chicken Panini
2 red bell peppers, whole
4 small focaccia or Italian rolls, cut in half
2 large, cooked chicken breasts, shredded or sliced into large chunks
baby spinach

Pesto Mayonnaise:
3 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise, preferably olive oil-style
2 tablespoons prepared pesto
freshly ground black pepper 

Preheat the grill to medium-high.  Roast the peppers directly on grill grate or under a preheated broiler until blackened, about 10 to 15 minutes, turning halfway through.  Remove and cut the flesh into strips, discarding the seeds.

To prepare pesto mayonnaise, stir together mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Spread pesto mayonnaise on the cut sides of each roll.  Fill each roll with chicken, pepper strips and spinach leaves.  Press the haves together.  Preheat panini grill or a flat plate or cast-iron griddle on the grill and cook the panini over medium-low heat for 4 to 5 minutes.  Flip and cook the second side until toasted, about an additional 5 minutes.  Serve warm or wrap in foil and pack for picnic.

4 servings

Did You Know:  Bell peppers are an outstanding source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.  Red peppers are also an excellent source of nerve-supportive vitamin B6, immune-supportive vitamin C and vitamin A.


Field of Greens

Strawberry Fields Spinach Salad
6 ounces baby spinach leaves
4 grilled chicken breasts, thinly slices (or meat from Rotisserie chicken torn into bite-size pieces)
1 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
1/4 red onion, sliced extremely thin 

Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt

Prepare Vinaigrette:  In a small food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, garlic, shallots, vinegar and mustard and process until smooth.  Continue to process and add olive oil in a slow, steady stream.  Add salt and pepper and taste for seasoning.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

In a large bowl, toss spinach with vinaigrette dressing, starting with 1/3 cup and adding gradually until lightly coated.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.  Decoratively arrange chicken, strawberries, feta and walnuts on top of the spinach.  Top with thin onion slices.  Drizzle with additional vinaigrette as disired and serve at once.

4 servings.

Did You Know:  Strawberries are packed with good health.  One cup of strawberries offers 3 grams of fiber, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.  A serving of strawberries provides more than a full day’s recommended dose of vitamin C—an antioxidant that in addition to other benefits, helps keep skin healthy. 


Quick Bites

Wontons wrappers make creating appetizers, small bites, dim sum, soups and even main dishes a snap.  They are readily available--in the refrigerated produce section of most major grocery stores and in gourmet or Asian specialty markets--and eliminate the tedious process of making home made dough. 

Wonton wrappers can be fashioned into lucious ravioli, fried Rangoons or Wontons, Asian filled dumplings (wontons), crispy edible "cup" containers, and more...

Asian Chicken Salad in Crispy Wonton Cups
Chicken Salad:

3 tablespoons Sesame Ginger (or other Asian-style) prepared salad dressing
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (low fat or regular)
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
8 snow peas, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Optional Garnish: fresh chives, cilantro and/or toasted sliced almonds

Mix dressing and mayonnaise in medium bowl until well blended.  Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.  Serving suggestions: serve in crispy Wonton cups (recipe below), on thin rice crackers or as lettuce wraps, wrapped in Boston, Bibb or other soft lettuce.  Garnish as desired with fresh chives or cilantro and/or toasted sliced almonds or other chopped nuts.

Crispy Wonton Cups
WonTon wrappers
Vegetable cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat mini muffin cup pan lightly with vegetable cooking spray.  Fit a Wonton wrapper into each cup, decoratively folding them to fit and pressing them lightly into the sides of the cups.  Bake in preheated oven until crisp and lightly browned, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Fit Wonton wrappers into individual mini muffin cups.

Bake until crisp & edges are browned.
Fill Crispy Wonton Cups with Asian Chicken Salad & garnish as desired.

Did You Know:  The Chinese phrase, dim sum, means "touch the heart."  Dim Sum is more widely known as a variety of small delectable snacks or appetizers such as crispy wontons, pastry stuffed with a mixture of pork, beef or seafood, noodles, dumplings and soups. 



The colors and flavors of the sun inspired the creation of this recipe a number of years ago.  It remains a favorite!  The skewers work equally well as an appetizer or main dish in a variety of settings--stand up, sit-down, on a picnic blanket...  

Sunsational Chicken Skewers with Avocado Sauce
4 Pilgrim’s Pride boneless skinless split chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds), cut into     1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup low fat dairy sour cream
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Garnish (optional):
2 navel oranges, peeled, thinly sliced
Mixed baby greens
1 red onion, cut into thin slices

Place chicken pieces in shallow dish and drizzle with 3 tablespoons orange juice.  Combine chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in bowl and sprinkle over chicken.  Preheat grill and lightly coat with oil or cooking spray.  Thread chicken pieces on skewers leaving space between each piece. When grill is ready, place filled skewers on prepared grill 4 to 6 inches from source of heat.  Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside. Turn at least once during cooking.

To make sauce, place sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and process on high speed until smooth and creamy. Place in serving bowl.  To serve, arrange greens, orange slices and onions, separated into rings, on serving platter. Place skewered grilled chicken on top of greens.  Serve with sauce.

To serve as appetizer or snack, remove chicken from skewers and place each grilled chicken piece on a decorative toothpick. Place filled toothpicks on top of greens and, if desired, garnish with orange and onion slices. Serve with sauce.

Makes 4 to 8 servings.

Did You Know:  You can discover other easy delicious chicken recipes from the Pilgrim's Pride Winning Taste Recipe Contest at