My daughters were in a wedding recently, so we just couldn’t resist a photo-op.
One of their high school buddies got married.
Anytime all of my children are going to be home at the same time Mom and I have a dinner.
This time we had pasta.
Mom made her famous lasagna.
Recipe to come as soon as possible.
I made this Chicken Pasta Primavera.
It was very good.
Here is the recipe:
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 C cut up broccoli
1/2 C diced onion
1 C bite sized carrots
1 C sliced zucchini
1 C sliced yellow squash
2 C sliced white button mushrooms
1 chopped bell pepper
5 T butter
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 lbs cooked whole wheat penne pasta
4 cooked and cut up, large chicken breasts
1 1/2 C chicken broth
1 C heavy whipping cream
1 C half-and-half
1 C grated parmesan cheese
basil leaves to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Cook all vegetables, a few at a time, until al dente in 4T of butter and the olive oil in your skillet on the stove top.
Then remove all the vegetables and make your sauce.
Pour your chicken broth in skillet, along with your remaining 1 T of butter for about 1 min.
Add whipping cream, half-and-half, grated parmesan cheese.
Tear in your basil leaves.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Stir everything together at this point.
But the favorite dish that was made was a Oreo pudding dessert.
That recipe is coming up next.
Mom had her table set in blue.
It was really pretty.
This is what everyone sat down to.
After dinner she got out the carom board. Have you ever played carom? It’s kind of like pool except your fingers are the pool cues.
Mom made lasagna!!! Her lasagna is the best I have ever had. Everyone else agrees with me.
Gracy getting ready to dig in.
Then we decided that all the gifts had to be homemade.
Kamille and Justin drew out Mom’s and Megan’s names. They made candles in wine bottles that they cut off themselves. Pretty impressive.
Nic had Kamille’s name, he made reindeer out of a six-pack of beer and some coasters for her beverages.
Bill had Big Ran’s name. Trust me, he really did like his Osborn green and orange Christmas bulbs. What a hilarious picture!!!
Megan had Kayli’s name and made her a cool teacher crayon wreath and some zebra coasters.
Mom had Madison’s name. She made her a picture frame with pictures of Madison and Dad, and other pictures of Mom and Dad in their younger days.
It is awesome!
Here is a picture of the super heroes and their capes. Bill, Nic, and Justin, I’m sure they are probably wearing these capes now!!
Yes, that’s right, Mom went all out! It was a great time!!
Oh yeah, Kayli, I am still waiting on my homemade gift!!!!!
I am a big fan of summer salads.
Anything that you can throw together without turning the oven on in the summertime.
This is delicious!
Pasta With Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes
5 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, sliced into 1/2″ wedges
3/4 C torn fresh basil
3 T salt-packed capers, rinsed & chopped
2 t finely grated lemon zest, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 t crushed red-pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1. Heat garlic in oil in a saucepan over low heat until pale gold, about 10 min. Strain; reserve oil & garlic. Let cool.
2. Combine tomatoes, 1/4 C basil, the capers, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, & 1/2 t salt in a large bowl. Pour garlic oil & chips over tomato mixture. Marinate, covered, tossing occasionally, for 30 min.
3. Add warm pasta to bowl, & toss gently. Top with remaining 1/2 C basil. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
This recipe is supposed to serve 8, but not if I’m eating it!!
I absolutely loved this dish!!!
Big Ran said, “It’s okay.”
I wanted to try this pasta because I planted heirloom tomatoes this year for the first time. They are soooo sweet and juicy.
The basil is also from my garden. I just can’t get enough of it either!
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