On a Cold Winter’s night…..

After a bitter walk home through hellish conditions, (-5), I came home to aid in the construction, and subsequent annihilation, of the attached winter repast…
Herbed Panko Crusted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Gnocchi a’la Shari
-Butternut Squash:
gut the squash and slice into 3/4″ slabs
brush with olive oil
bake at 350 for 15 mins-THEN-increase to 450 and ADD the chicken…
-4 M&M (of course) Chicken breasts, thawed and rinsed
-1/3 of a box of Kikkoman Panko( the best- has a resealable inner bag, too!)
-1 tsp poultry seasoning or sage
-1 tsp seasoning salt or BBQ rub
Mix panko and spices up on a plate, roll chicken it the mixture, place on a foiled up pan and bake at 450 for 18-20 mins. While that’s cooking, prepare the-
-one 500 g bag o’ gnocchi
-1-2 tbs olive oil
heat oil in skillet, and add gnocci straight from the bag, fry for 5 or so mins on med heat, till nicely browned. Splash on a few drops of truffle oil, ’cause it’s awesome, et Voila- warm and lovely goodness and great smells abound!

NOTE: Picture is NOT worthy of Donna Hay/Jon- and is not indicative of the goodness.

Orzo Goodness

This is Mom’s soon-to-be-classic Orzo Salad, just a great. easy go-to salad for a pretty large group- or 3 days of hotly disputed leftovers!

1 pkg orzo (in the pasta section)
1 reg sized tub’o fresh spinach
1 sm tub of pesto-(we used Western Families)
roasted pine nuts- 12 pounds or slightly less.
grated parm

-cook pasta
-add pesto
-chop spinach into 2″ chunks and mix in just before serving
-top with grated parmigiana and pine nuts
-eat with abandon