chicken breast with lemon and parsley

A quick chicken breast with lemon and parsley

Time to make supper and a chicken breast sliced thin and quickly sautéed with a lemon and parsley sauce sounds like the perfect entrée tonight. Once again, proof that simple food can taste amazing. This dish falls under my pantry simple recipes.

Chicken breasts should thaw in the refrigerator overnight. We all know that. But what if I didn’t plan ahead? (‘Cause that never happens….)

No problem.

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Suppertime Blues pot and tomato

Canned Tomato Blues

Plant ’em in the spring eat ’em in the summer
All winter without ’em’s a culinary bummer
Homegrown Tomatoes, Guy Clark

As a society, we tend to buy roughly the same grocery store items over and over by reflex. We don’t like change much. What’s the easiest or cheapest to buy? I’ll take it, thank you.

I live in a town of about 34 square miles. If it were a true square, that’d be just less than 6 miles from one side to the other in any direction. I could walk it if I was motivated. And in that space, I have maybe a dozen grocery stores and that’s not counting the box stores and mini-marts that also sell groceries.  We live in a time of staggering abundance. (Yet there are parts of town that are not close to one of these. Boggles the mind.)

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plate with avocado and tomato salad

Avocado Tomato Salad

I looked around the kitchen and the closest I had to a traditional green salad, as I’d promised when they asked “Hey, what’s for dinner?” earlier, was some romaine lettuce and a couple of tomatoes. One hand in the pantry, the other hand in the refrigerator, and I found some leftover bread — apparently that’s a thing, doesn’t happen often — and an avocado who’d missed the guacamole party a few days before.

Quick and easy, this is where I ended up.

And it was good enough they asked “How’d you make this?”

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French bread baguette slice

A Simple French Bread Baguette

Julia Child once said, “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?”

I agree wholeheartedly. If you’re lucky enough to have a good bakery nearby, one where you can taste the care and skill and love and one you can afford regularly, cherish it and the baker inside. They are a gift.

Likewise, if someone in your life can make a good crusty loaf which you get to look forward to, cherish them and don’t take it for granted. (And let them know!)

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