Today, however, with two girls in college, holding part-time jobs and my husband and I working, eating together has become a challenge in a different way. A couple of years ago, we instituted Family Dinner Night, in an effort to spend more time face to face with our kids. One of our favorite thing to do is to meet at Carraba's Italian Grill. The atmosphere and food reminds us of home cooking, Italian style, but gives mama a night off. A favorite dish is their Chicken Marsala.
well stocked pantry. Start by organizing...
see how easy that was?
Splash in a half cup of Marsala wine and scrape the bits of vegetables off the bottom of your pan. I like to use a wooden utensil instead of metal for this. The sound of metal on metal reminds me of nails on a chalkboard for some reason. Next, add a cup of chicken stock, preferably homemade. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
Look at the veggie mixture simmering on the stove... doesn't it look inviting?
I could dive right in.
Make sure you have something green on the table. We want to keep the Food Maven happy, don't we? A pretty green salad is fast and easy. Steamed asparagus or garlic green beans would also be great.
If serving with pasta, drain and throw it into the pan with the Marsala mixture. Let it absorb some of the sauce. Don't forget to taste it for seasonings. A little extra freshly ground pepper is usually warranted, but more salt may or may not be needed. Place into warmed pasta bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
Should I be the pot or the kettle today? You decide.