Remember how Peter and I celebrated the end of my final exams last week with a Cuban Feast? This morning, Peter finished his LAST law school final exam ever! 😀 He peeled through his last final exam faster than these hanging overripe bananas peeled away from their skins.
(Picture preceded by a “thunk, THUNK” in the sink below.)
We celebrated with a Jessie-cooked meal of chicken and artichokes, specifically:
Balsamic Chicken with Sauteed Pears and Blue Cheese
1 lb. chicken tenders or chicken breast
2 tsp canola oil
2 ripe Bosc pears, cores removed and pears sliced into wedges
1/2 chicken or veggie broth
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)
Cook the chicken tenders by your favorite method. I simmered the tenders in water to keep them moist, but you can also bake them or cook them in a pan. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and saute the pears until soft, about 3 minutes.
Combine broth, balsamic vinegar, and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Add to pears and cook until sauce is thickened.
Arrange chicken and pears on plate and pour sauce over all. Add blue cheese if desired (I didn’t have any, but adding cheese would taste gooood).
Fruit and balsamic vinegar make such a delicious combination! Adding blue cheese would taste even better … if you like blue cheese, of course. If not, well, I don’t know you. 😛
I also made Christina‘s Stuffed Artichokes, a recipe I bookmarked a while back and that I’ve been itching to try. Usually, I just boil artichokes and serve them with a mayo-mustard sauce for Peter (boooooooring), but this recipe had me salivating and saying mmm-MMM!
I’ve never cut the tips off the artichoke leaves before – I always thought it was a time consuming frivolity that fancy restaurants did to impress their patrons, but it was actually really easy! And look how gorgeous they be:
Who knew artichokes were so beautiful??
Look how much stuff I pulled out of the artichoke centers:
Artichokes are definitely not a thrifty vegetable.
Full of stuffing:
Great recipe, Christina! Peter is usually devoted to his mayo-mustard dip, but he loved this recipe 🙂
I’ve been working on a backlog of posts to go up periodically while I’m in China. I also have a number of guest posts in the queue by some wonderful bloggers that I’m very excited about! I’ll also have a guest post by my sister (haha, you can’t get out of it now, C!!). In any case, there should be some THIH action going on over the next month and a half.
Stay tuned for a fun post on Sunday! On Saturday, I’ll be getting another “credential” after my name. What “credential”, you ask? Hehehehe 😉
Q: Do you like artichokes? How do you like to prepare/eat them?