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Old 06-21-2006, 12:12 PM   #11
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Modern Rocko,

I have a recipe that is easy, tasty and sure to please. I am sure I have posted it here before but I will do it again for you.

Yogurt Chicken
2 or 3 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup yogurt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 handfull chopped cilantro
1 Pinch of Salt
Wooden Skewers, soaked in water

Cut the chicken into thick strips and skewer. Maridate in yogurt, lemon juice, cilantro, salt mixture for at least an hour. Grill until cooked and serve with a salad and home made ranch dressing, recipe following.

Ranch Dressing

1 clove Garlic
2-3 pinches salt
3/4 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon minced Cilantro (Parsley will work)
1 Tablespoon minced Chives (Green Onion will work)
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper (maybe more, maybe less)

Mash together the Salt and Garlic until it is a paste.

Add Buttermilk, Mayonnaise and whisk in Lime Juice, Cilantro, Chives and
Cracked Pepper until well blended. I personally like more cracked pepper than most but you will have to decide. Add Salt if necessary.

Enjoy and good luck!

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Old 06-21-2006, 12:26 PM   #12
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Do you know what her favorite dish/cuisine is? If not, I'd work it into a conversation, and surprise her. I wanted to plan an elaborate dinner for a friend, and found his favorite was meatloaf and spinach drowned in butter. Saved me lots of time and effort. Not knowing her preferences, here are some suggestions:

Shrimp scampi served over angel hair or spinach fetucinne
(While the water is boiling for the pasta, heat some oil and buttter, saute garlic, add shrooms if you like, toss in the shrimp. Top the pasta with shrimp, shredded fresh Parm, and fresh herbs, if you like -- white wine for a libation, simple salad and dessert, garlic bread, if you wish.)

Linguine and clams or clam sauce.

Penne in vodka/tomato sauce (cream sauce).

Cornish game hens, rice pilaf (there are boxed quick ones), or instant couscous (takes five minutes). Place the hens over rice, surround with mandarin oranges (you can find them in a can). Nice presentation too.

You could carry over the mandarin oranges in a simple salad of baby spinach, red onions, fresh sliced shrooms.

Easy Dessert:
Strawberry shortcakes with whipped cream. You can find prepaackaged shortcake shells near the strawberries in produce section. Fill the cakes with berries and whippped cream. Double stack them for a super-duper look.

Chicken Scalopinne or chicken Marsala, serve with buttered herbed noodles.

Eggplant parmesan & spaghetti with olive oil, garlic and herbs & a crisp green salad.

Stuffed shells - very easy - serve with salad, garlic bread, wine & dessert.

You can also do a search on this site, by keying in a main ingredient, as there are so many excellent recipes here.

If you're pressed for time, there are some pretty good packaged garden salad blends and an array of dressings, add some croutons and shredded cheese of choice, halved cherry tomatoes - whatever you like.

Have a great dinner, and let us know how it turns out.

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Old 06-21-2006, 12:41 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by middie
Hi Modern welcome to Dc. I may be a bit late but here's something for you for the future. Very easy and very yummy. Make rigatoni like you normally would then add your basic pesto sauce and chicken breast with it. That's all there is to it.
Sounds good, Middie. I might add roasted red peppers and mozzarella too. Thank you.
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:28 PM   #14
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What a lucky girl--and so many great recipes--let us know how it went if you get a chance!!! YOu sound like a sweetheart especially on a college student's budget---
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:07 PM   #15
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I had one guy cook for me when I was in college, eons ago. He made spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, and I was quite impressed.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:12 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Constance
I had one guy cook for me when I was in college, eons ago. He made spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, and I was quite impressed.
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:10 PM   #17
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Carbs de amore!
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:27 PM   #18
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I like to toss together cooked farfalle (I think you call them bow ties), butter, a little bit of lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts, cooked shrimp (when in a bind I get cocktail shrimp) and a few hot red peppers (whole! so that if people don't want their food too spicy, they just leave it). Sprinkle with fresh grated parmesan and some salt and pepper. It's very easy to put together and my hubby compliments me like there's no tomorrow.

(edit) lol Constance I know, the first guy who cooked for me used a box of flavored rice, and dumped a can of campbells cream of mushroom over a chicken breast, and I was all in awe
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:34 PM   #19
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Thanks again for the great recipes, everyone! Ha, we ended up cooking it as a team effort, but it was nice to make it together. The meal turned out delicious; we had urmaniac's Bucatini Amatriciana and absolutely loved it.

We couldn't find bucatini anywhere, so I just ended up getting angel hair and it worked well with the sauce. I'll definitely be having this again! Can't wait to try a few of these chicken recipes, too...
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:49 PM   #20
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bknox, YUM! I copied this recipe it looks like a winner in my books. Thanks. Rocko, glad to hear the dinner was a success. Way to go.

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