So, I apologize for how long it has been since I’ve posted a recipe. I’ve been going through quite a lot of life recently – I went to Chicago for a wedding, worked every weekend, and have gone through a period of small change culminating in starting a new job. Needless to say, I thank every single one of my fantastic contributors who have been keeping Dinners With Dan up and running!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve also run into a slight problem – I’ll make something, but completely fail to write down what I did or take pictures! My close friend Meg had a barbecue at her place a couple weeks ago and I brought some chicken I marinated overnight. I never wrote down what I did, as I honestly just looked around my kitchen and pulled a marinade together (I’m pretty sure it was a combination of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, oregano, and Italian seasonings, but I honestly don’t remember), but after it was on the grill, that chicken just turned out magnificently. I also still have pictures and need to post the recipe I promised everyone (a strawberry-stuffed French Toast) – and I meant to do that during the “International Week,” and I just never got the chance. I plan on doing a breakfast-themed Dinners With Dan post soon instead.
However, for my first recipe back from my hiatus, a short while ago, two of my friends, Alix and Lauren, came over for dinner. I didn’t know what I was going to make until I got to Trader Joe’s. And even then, as Lauren can attest, I picked up quite a few things before setting them down again and going for something completely different.
I decided to make a Vodka Penne with a Cream Sauce. I looked up a few recipes and then promptly ignored almost all of their advice and just went for it. I don’t have any pictures of the final result because I wasn’t thinking about it (I just wanted to eat!), so you’re just going to have to take my word that this was absolutely fantastic =). Enjoy!
The initial recipe I made and shared for Dinners With Dan was a chicken dish close to my heart as it was the first recipe I made when I had a kitchen of my own, and it was a recipe I got from my late Aunt. The recipe was also a nice, easy, and simple dish which was perfect to start with on this blog. Tonight I’m going to expand on the foundation I laid in that recipe by adding an additional step to the process, and hopefully take you to the next level of baking chicken with my Mushroom and Parmesan Chicken.
When I got off work today, I felt like coming home and having something fairly light and fresh. I had a craving for tomatoes, but I didn’t know quite what I wanted to make. I started looking around to see what I had available. Garlic? Ok, that’s always a good start. Pasta? Now we’re getting somewhere… An idea hit me and after a quick run to the store, I came back and made a Garlic & Tomato Spaghetti.
A few months ago, when I began seriously considering starting Dinners with Dan, I talked with many friends and asked what kind of content they would most want to see in a food blog. I’ve already begun to incorporate many of these suggestions, and I will continue to integrate more as time goes on, but the most common response I received was quite simple: Easy, quick, and delicious meals that anyone can make regardless of culinary skill.
So, with that in mind, I thought I would start Dinners with Dan with the very first dish I made from a recipe when I moved into an apartment with a kitchen for the first time. I got this recipe from my late Aunt and it quickly became a go-to. There is nothing fancy about this, and there are many many ways you can make this recipe more decadent (and I’ve noted just a couple things I’ve done in the past below), but for tonight, for my first time sharing with you, I made it just like I did when I first made it over 6 years ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.