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Old 06-26-2010, 02:56 AM   #1
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Got to impress my girlfriend.

I've been going out with my girlfriend for a while, and i want to do something to impress her. I decided to make her a special dinner for her. I have my own pasta sauce that i made myself, and i'm going to make her some sort of chicken breast.
The pasta sauce is a citrus tomato sauce, with ginger/garlic in it (just for an idea of the flavour)
What should i pair with the pasta/ do to the chicken breast (i'm currently leaning towards stuffed, but with what, feel free to offer not stuffed ideas.)/ anything i'm missing.
We're 15, so no wine.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:40 AM   #2
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Where were you when I was 15?
You sound like one special kiddo!
Since your pasta dish has ginger in it you may want to
choose a chicken recipe that is more asian but I like this:
Check out this recipe link. I love the sauce oozing out...
Chicken stuffed with spinach, prosciutto, and Boursin cheese.
Personally, I would use mushrooms instead of prosciutto
only because I just love mushrooms.
All that and she cooks, too: Chicken stuffed with spinach, prosciutto and Boursin cheese
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:44 AM   #3
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That looks really good. Like... damn. Thank you. Would getting some french bread be good too?
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:17 AM   #4
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You could make chicken parmesan, The best recipe I know of is in "The Cook's Country Cookbook" they also have the recipe on their website but you have to pay for a membership to use it. Recipe - Skillet Chicken Parmesan- Cook's Country
Garlic bread also goes perfectly with it, and a fresh salad. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:21 AM   #5
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I like how you think kiddo...french bread sounds mmm mmm good. But you are having pasta so it's not all that necessary and you may want to leave room for dessert.

Have you got any edible flowers growing in your garden that you could use for presentation? Just one on the plate even is special and girls go gaga over it.

Careful...key word is edible (some, like lantana are poisonous and that would be a scene). I grow nasturtiums in container gardens on my deck. Just one is plenty to add color and uniqueness. They're also great in a salad if your careful not to pick bitter ones like Dandelions. Perfect for summer.

Some Edible Flowers:
Any and all Herbs
Apple Blossom
Bachelor Buttons
Citrus
Clover
Dandelion
Elderberry
Freesia
Gardenia
Geraniums
Hibiscus
Honeysuckle
Impatiens
Jasmine
Lilac
Marigold
Nasturtium
Orange Blossom
Pansy
Rose
Snapdragon
Begonia
Violet
Viola

Surely, you've got Dandelions tsk tsk

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Old 06-26-2010, 06:44 AM   #6
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Got to have a salad, and the edible flowers to top it off (especially nastutiums are great if they're in your folks' garden. What are you doing for desert? I cannot imagine you doing this at 15. Who else is going to be around?

A non-stuffed chicken idea is to pound the living daylights out of it to get it as flat as possible, then dredge through egg then bread crumbs and (very quickly) saute. Drizzle a little of the pasta sauce on the chicken, et voila!
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:54 AM   #7
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One note on edible flowers: do not go out and buy flowers or pick them from unknown sources. Professionally grown flowers have been sprayed with different pesticides that could be poisionous. You should only eat flowers that you know were grown without pesticides or sprays or you have grown yourself since most flower growers/suppliers grow them for dispaly and not human consumption.

mollyanne - what is your trick for growing nasturtiums? I gave up after several years of trying.
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I would marinate the breast in a mixture of the spices in the sauce minus the red stuff, stuff with parmesian, romano, or swiss and proscuitto, and grill. The garnish would be lemon zest, maybe some orange. If you want to get really fancy, pound and roll the breasts with cheese and italian ham, and bake in phyllo dough. If you do this, buy the best cheese available. Bland cheeses get lost in red sauces.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:08 AM   #9
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mollyanne - what is your trick for growing nasturtiums? I gave up after several years of trying.
It's interesting that you should ask that Dave because I grew them in several pots on my deck this year...the ones on the floor of the deck haven't produced any flowers and look sickly. The ones I planted in oblong clay pots and set up on top of the wood railing are flourishing. The ones on the floor get a little shade at certain times but the ones on top of the railing have full sun all day.

So I would say the secret is:
FULL SUN & WATER
..and some MiracleGro All-Purpose Plant Food twice a month
(I called Miracle-Gro and they confirmed that it's completely safe to eat the plants/vegetables/flowers and no waiting period needed)

I had no problem when I lived in San Diego but I admit that I have less luck in North Carolina...except on that top railing of my deck.

And, Dave, thanks for the warning about bought flowers...i never knew that.

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That looks really good. Like... damn. Thank you. Would getting some french bread be good too?
Remember to count your starches. No more than 2. Usually no more than one but this is a special meal. I would consider marinating the chicken. I like to make a paste out of basil, lemon juice (small amount) and veggie broth and then marinate the boneless breasts in it for up to 24 hours. Please note that I said a small amount of lemon juice or else a long marinade will mess with the texture of the chicken. When I'm done marinating I remove from the bag but I don't wipe or shake off the marinade, I just bake it on. It stands up well to a rich tomato sauce.
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