Today finds me writing in the beautiful morning sunlight on my patio! I have not been able to get out here since I got hurt, and have missed it so much! It is Bear Festival Weekend here in our little community of 1700. In a little while there will be a parade down our main street and Bear Stew luncheon in our community park. There are food trucks, and vendors selling crafts and whatnot, live music on the park stage and a softball tournament. It’s a lovely weekend here. I will get to see friends and my children’s friends who all still show up year after year.
Thursday the doctor gave me the ok to start walking a bit, it’s still painful, but I have missed being in my kitchen. Last night I decided to make a dish that is easy and delicious. It is so nice to be able to cook again. The little things you take for granted when you are incapacitated. This is my take on a dish I used to order at the Olive Garden until they took it off the menu. Maybe our family is a bit weird, but I can tell you exactly what my kids and husband are going to order at any restaurant we go too. If we go to El Ranchon, my husband is ordering a #2 combination with ground beef, the waitress doesn’t even give him a menu anymore. If we go to the 4th Avenue Sandwich Shop, it’s a Prime Rib French Dip. For me going to the Olive Garden was Chicken and Gnocchi, until they took it off the menu. Now I just flounder when I’m there, and I’m never happy with what I end up with. So a few years ago, I decided I was going to make my own Chicken and Gnocchi. I do a lot of cooking, and I love it, but I do not make my own gnocchi, you can buy it anywhere already packaged and it’s so easy to use. I am really proud of this dish because although it’s what I remember having, I had to create it myself.
It is being presented on a beautiful plate in the Blue Flower pattern that is part of the 12 piece True Blue Designer Dinnerware Combo, regularly $499.99 and on sale at 20% off for $399.99. You can also buy it individually, regularly $64.99 and on sale 20% off for $52.99. I really love how it compliments my favorite pattern. Placing it in this True Blue Handled baker in the middle of your table will be the perfect way to dish everyone up! Regularly $132.00 it is on sale 20% off for $105.99. The cute little True Blue dipping bowl full of Parmesan is a piece I cannot live without while cooking. Regularly $29.99 and on sale 20% off for $23.99.


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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Chicken and Gnocchi

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 red pepper sliced or chopped
  • 2 small zucchini sliced thin
  • 1 can evaporate milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • I package potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Mix together in a shaker or bowl the evaporated milk, flour, basil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic, make sure flour has no lumps, set aside.
Set a large pot of salted water on the stove and start bringing to a boil. You will add your gnocchi when you start to sauté your vegetables.
In a large frying pan drizzle olive oil and place chicken breasts in, season with salt and pepper. Cook on both sides approximately 5 - 6 minutes. You don’t want any pink inside. Remove from pan. Add sliced peppers and zucchini to the pan and sauté until just al dente. At the same time, boil your gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Pour your evaporated milk mixture into your frying pan with the sautéed peppers and zucchini and keep stirring while it thickens up. Add the gnocchi and mix to coat the gnocchi with sauce. Sprinkle with 1 cup Parmesan and serve immediately.