Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chicken Provolone and Artichoke Pasta

Chicken Provolone
4 servings

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
8 fresh basil leaves
4 thin slices prosciutto or deli ham
4 slices provolone cheese

Sprinkle chicken with pepper. Heat oil and butter in skillet. Cook chicken over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until done. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet. Top each breast with basil, prosciutto and cheese. Broil 6-8 inches from heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted and begun to brown. Enjoy!

Artichoke Pasta
4 servings

8 ounces cooked angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bag "steam in bag" broccoli
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Steam broccoli. Saute broccoli, tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts in oil. Add salt and oregano. Combine flour and chicken broth; add to vegetables. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Toss with pasta, top with parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

First Snow Cone of the Summer!

strawberry cheesecake and wedding cake flavors...yummm! :-)

These Joys are Mine

"The joy of a rose with its sweet perfume
On a lazy summer day.

The blue of the sky as the dawn steals through
To welcome a bright new day.

A little child with a laughing heart...
A hope and a peace supreme.

A hilltop fair with its whispering wind
And a valley nestled between.

A friendly smile and a handclasp warm
A gladness to call my own.

A fireside warm and a happy thought
Whenever I'm alone.

A quiet joy that can fill my mind
Each night at the long day's end.

A thrill complete and a rich content
Because I have been a friend.

These joys are mine as I walk life's road
Wherever the journey might lead.

These are the hope and the faith I know,
All that my heart can need.

The richest treasures, the brightest dreams
To last throughout all time.

My heart holds a smile and my soul is content.
I'm rich, for these joys are mine! "

~Garnett Ann Schultz

illustration courtesy of
"Summer Landscape" by Pierre -Auguste Renoir