A few weeks ago She Who Must Obeyed and I shopped a lovely farmer’s market in LaQuinta, Ca. Armed with wonderful fresh tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, green onion; and Sue’s suggestion I create a light pasta dinner I started mulling over recipe ideas. The result was my wonderful Fresh is Best Vegetable and Chicken Pasta. The fresher the vegetables the better!
recipe serves four
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast.
3 oz pancetta – diced.
3 large tomatoes – chopped.
1/2 large red bell pepper – sliced into 1/4 x 1/2 inch sections.
1/2 yellow bell pepper – sliced into 1/4 x 1/2 inch sections.
4 green onions – chopped diagonally.
3 cloves garlic – chopped.
3 Tbsp olive oil (best you can find – such as California Olive Ranch).
1/4 cup Dry Sherry.
1/2 tsp dried Italian Seasoning.
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes.
2 cups Fusilli pasta – cooked per package instructions.
Pecorino, Romano, and Parmesan cheese blend.
To large fry pan add 1 Tbsp olive oil and heat on medium high. Add pancetta and brown. Lower heat and add all vegetables except tomatoes and sauté. Remove vegetables and cover.
To same fry pan add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, increase heat to medium high add the chicken. Fry until nicely browned on both sides and meat is white through center.
Remove chicken, and chop into large bite size pieces.
Heat same fry pan to medium heat, add the tomatoes, dry sherry, dry pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Stir to mix. Add the other vegetables and chicken. Stir sauce and heat on low while pasta cooks.
Drain water from pasta. Place pasta in bowl and stir in the last tablespoon of olive oil. Plate pasta and then cover with generous serving of chicken vegetable sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and enjoy!
I have attended many International Food Conferences since my first one at Santa Monica in 2011. I’ve met wonderful attendees, and world class speakers from Chef to food photographers and experts on successful blogging and writing.
I was a repeat attender following IFBC to Portland and Seattle for annual conferences. This year IFBC 2016 will be held in Sacramento, CA on July 29 through 31. I can’t wait to sample the wonderful fresh foods grown in the Sacramento area.
It was at the Seattle IFBC where I met Gary House. I knew he was cut from similar cloth when, during a photo session Andrew Scrivani announced the person selected to get personal instruction during his presentation, but when the winning lady didn’t respond a low voiced man shouted out, “That’s me!” Gary was definitely in the house.
Turns out over the years Gary and I have kept in touch. I have followed him at Cooking Everything Outdoors. His successful food blogging has evolved to include a podcast under the name, Food Blog Radio. But best yet, Gary and his partner Sara will be interviewing me for a Food Blog Radio session to air later in January.
So, what can you get at an IFBC event? How about good food, blogging techniques, photography advise, meet great people, and who knows maybe end up being interviewed on F00d Blog Radio.
Good Eating and Table Talk,