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May 2, 2012 7:22 am 
Updated: May 3, 2012 6:34 pm
Hi, my name is Pat.  My "handle" is ravlady59.  I am 53 years old and engaged to a really great guy.  He eats anything I fix, without complaint.  Plus he doesn't mind cooking with me or doing the dishes after dinner.   How great is that?!

I am very new to blogging.  In my blog, I would like to be able to share cooking tips, recipes that have and have not worked for me, and just get some new ideas about meal planning and leftover recreations. 

Let me start with my meal last night.  I have been watching the commercials for the Swanson stock packettes on TV and they are fixing a pretty chicken dish.  I created my own dish last night based on what I saw.  Don't quite know what to call it but it turned out pretty good. 

3 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless) sliced into strips about 1/8-1/4 inch wide.
1 package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 bunch green onions (sliced) separate the white from the green
1 container Grape tomatoes
1 lemon juiced
1/2 cup white wine or water(divided)
1 tsp cornstarch
1 clove garlic minced finely or pressed
pasta or noodles
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the mushrooms in a little butter or oil (about 2 tblsp) until soft and browned.  Add chicken strips, salt and pepper and garlic.  Cook until chicken is lightly browned and done through.  Add whites from the green onions.  Cook for 2 -3 minutes.  Add white wine, cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Mix juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup) and add wine to make 1/2 cup.  Add 1 tsp cornstarch and stir until disolved.  Add tomatoes to pan and cover.  Cook only 2 or 3 minutes to heat the tomatoes through - some will burst and some will stay whole.  Add lemon juice mixture and stir.  Lower heat to very low - 1 to 3 on my stove. 

Make noodles or pasta according to package directions. Before draining check chicken.  If the mixture seems too dry add pasta water to obtain desired sauce consistancy.  Drain noodles or pasta. 

Serve chicken atop pasta and garnish with green onion tops.  It was really tasty and had some tang from the lemons and sweetness of the tomatoes.

Let me know what you think! 
May 2, 2012 8:09 am
Happy first blog! Congrats on your engagement! May you find the happiness in all the challenges ahead. If he is willing to cook with you and do the washing up he sounds like a keeper! Your recipe is one of those inexpensive and relatively quick yet very tasty ones that are great for those of us who work and have families to feed! I am also a big fan of using pasta water to hydrate and thicken sauces. Also if I am making a recipe that calls for rice/pasta and steamed or scalded veggies I use the water from the steaming/scalding to boil my rice and/or pasta - it really does add a little something. Depending on the dish I will also add a pinch of oregano or garlic powder for a little umpf. For the record I think your blog was useful and informative. Well done you.
May 2, 2012 4:29 pm
Nice job on your first blog. I'm new to blogging too. Also, Congratulations on your engagment, i wish you the best.
May 2, 2012 8:11 pm
Congrats on the engagement. Sounds like he's a keeper! Good first blog.
May 3, 2012 6:42 am
Welcome to AR. I love reading personal recipes. Keep up the blogging.
May 3, 2012 11:13 am
Welcome indeed!
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Patricia Archinal

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About Me
I am 53 the mother of 1 daughter (grown and moved out on her own) and engaged to Darryl. We are avid motorcycle riders and each own Harleys! We have two dogs - Peanut 12 years old a yorkiepoo and our new "baby" is Mac - He is 2 months old and adorable. He is a yorkie. Both have carriers for the bike and goggles, so they ride whenever we do. Take me, take my dogs or I don't go! UPDATE: We got rid of the motorcycles and invested in a new pickup truck and camping trailer! WOW! Now I am trying to come up with meals to fix while we are camping. So much fun!
My favorite things to cook
Anything - I love the challenge of trying to create a new dish or just the comfort of the "old" dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday Meals - same thing every year. But it really is worth looking forward to. Thanks to my Mom and Dad.
My cooking triumphs
So far I haven't lost anyone to my meals. I guess my biggest joy was the year I made Thanksgiving Dinner for my family and extended family for the first time. My Grandmother, was a home economics teacher and Granddaddy was just a wonderful person. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the best part....It was all done and hot/cold at the same time. Yeah!
My cooking tragedies
Lots, too many to mention here but lets just go with "no one died" or refused to try something else I made.
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