Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I Made for Dinner: October 23, 2012

Penne Alfredo with chicken, broccoli, and roasted garlic.

Most of this dinner was leftovers.  (The very best kind of leftovers, covered in butter, cream, and cheese.  Mmmm.)

On Sunday, something cool happened.  Round-Trip America stopped at my house!  My friend Jenna has driven all over the country, from New Jersey to Alaska, and now she's on her way back and we got her for about a day and a half.  That's pretty generous--she's a woman with places to go.

While she was here, we ate at the Free State Brewery (one of the eight wonders of Kansas cuisine) and Oklahoma Joe's (inexcusably, not one of the eight wonders. For shame).  But also, I wanted to cook for her, and just hang out around the big dining room table and chat without worrying about the kids getting bored or whatever.  Here was Sunday's menu:
  • Chickens roasted on a bed of garlic heads (the garlic gets soft when it roasts under the chicken, and the chicken gets infused with the garlic's aroma)
  • Oven-roasted potatoes and artichoke hearts
  • Sauteed broccolini
  • Sourdough toast, spread with the roasted garlic
Most of that stuff gets thrown together in a roasting pan and stuck in the oven for a couple of hours, so we were free to hang out and play catch with the dog (a particularly interesting version, invented by my nine-year-old son, involving rolling tennis balls up the slide), and chat, and eat brie and crackers.

That was a pretty good dinner.  Sunday was a pretty good evening.

And then, leftovers!  Jenna and Round-Trip America have rolled on to the next adventure.  I had fifteen minutes to make dinner tonight.  Chopped up the rest of the chicken and broccolini and tossed it with a nice penne Alfredo. Not half bad.

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