10 July 2011

Introducing "Martha Mondays"

For the next few weeks we are going to have some Monday fun with "Martha Mondays" in honor of the lady who we all tell everyone we are NOT...Martha Stewart.  


Isn't it the truth?  How many times have you heard someone say "She's no Martha Stewart!"   Why, there even is a blog called "We're Not Martha".  Really!

So, what is there about Martha Stewart that we all emulate  (minus her brief little stint in you-know-where)?
I think it is because she epitomizes success, simplicity, grace, beauty, style, homemaking excellence, culinary expertise, organizing genius.  Her name is synonymous with "hospitality perfected"...though she would probably be the first one to say that she is not perfect.


So, last Saturday, in honor of the upcoming MARTHA MONDAYS, my family tried a new dish right from the  Martha Stewart website.  It was Chicken with Artichoke Hearts served on angel hair pasta and it turned out really, really good!  


Here is the recipe and the link to her site where you can see what it looks like:
Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Angel Hair 
from MarthaStewart.com


Ingredients:
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts packed in water, rinsed, drained, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons rinsed and drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces angel-hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
Directions:
Set a large pot of salted water to boil. Place flour in a shallow dish, and season with salt and pepper. Dredge cutlets, shaking off excess. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. 

Cook chicken in batches, adding remaining oil as needed, until light golden, 1 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to a dish.

Add broth to skillet, and bring to a boil; cook until reduced by half. 

Add artichokes, capers, and the chicken with any juices. 

Gently swirl to combine, and bring just to a boil. Remove skillet from heat. 

Swirl in butter, and cover to keep warm.

Add pasta to boiling water. Cook until al dente; drain. 
Serve chicken and sauce over pasta, topped with parsley.



How about you?  Do you have any favorite Martha Stewart recipes or other MS quips you'd like to share?


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