Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Recipe Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
large zip-top bag
cooking spray
2 teaspoons roasted garlic
1 pound steak-topper vegetables (fresh pre-sliced mushrooms, onions, bell peppers)
1/4 cup red wine
1 (26-ounce) jar pasta sauce
8 ounces bowtie pasta

1. Cut chicken lengthwise into 1-inch-wide strips (wash hands). Fill large saucepan half full of water. Cover and bring to a boil on high for pasta.
2. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place flour, seasoned salt, and Italian seasoning in zip-top bag; shake to mix. Add chicken (wash hands) and shake to coat.
3. Remove pan from heat and coat with cooking spray; add garlic and chicken. Coat top of chicken with cooking spray; cover and cook 2 minutes.
4. Turn chicken and add steak-topper vegetables; cover and cook 3 minutes.
5. Stir wine and pasta sauce into chicken until blended; cover and cook 10–12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until sauce boils and begins to thicken.
6. Meanwhile, stir pasta into boiling water. Boil 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tender. Drain pasta. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.

I didn't try it (being a vegetarian and all), but a lot of the customers liked it. It makes a TON of food, though, so I still had to toss a bunch at the end of each demonstration. I'm going to try it with veggie chicken strips and see how it turns out.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

As if I needed another reason

I'm a relative newbie to the world of hard-core gaming - I had a GameBoy back in the early 90's, when they were fresh and super-cool, but my most recent console is a PlayStation. One. However, since I started dating Code Monkey I've been playing voraciously. Kingdom Hearts I & II, Katamari and We <3 Katamari at his house, and FFVII and IX at mine. I've gotten so obsessed with FFVII, actually, that I downloaded the Advent Children movie. I loved it so much - the art, that is, the character development was lacking and I thought it was way too short - that I'll probably end up buying a real copy at some point.

Anyway, to get back on track: since getting into gaming, I've noticed that I have a bit of a shorter fuse than usual. I don't know if this is actually video game-related; it could just be a hormonal thing. Or the fact that I'm finally starting to realize how crappy my life really is and I'm taking my frustrations out on innocents. Whatever the reason, this letter (the second article), sent to and posted on Penny-Arcade, really spoke to me. I'm not saying that I feel like I'm some evil psychopath who's going to go balls-out crazy and beat on a homeless person, but I do wonder if it's something in the cultural zeitgeist that I'm reacting to.

In other news: I'm never having kids.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Well, that didn't last long...

Overheard at the on-campus coffee shop this morning:
"Oh my God! I totally gave up talking about people behind their backs for Lent, and I'm already doing it!"

I wonder if she's studying PR?