Slowly but surely I am converting all of my shopping habits to smart habits. I've always eaten healthy -- and I'm not the one who shows up at the check-out with 10 boxes of Twinkies and Red Bull --but I found that I can't continue to trivialize just how much better real food tastes or how much better I feel when I eat smart food. So, with each visit I become more loyal to the good stuff.
Take chicken for example. You have seen the labels for Smart Chicken. Even if it is someone down the line with a higher IQ, it just sounds better than buying Dumb Chicken. And recently I decided to buy a pound of ground up Smart Chicken and see what would come of it.
First of all, ground chicken is STICKY. Ew. Without any fat content, it is like paste. However the color is a pale pink and you just know it has potential. And by the time I mixed in the onions, cheese, bread crumbs and such, I found that the only way to get it off my hands and onto the plate into with a shape that resembled an orb, was to moisten my hands with water. Worked great.
Most of the things I create are not preplanned. I just get out pans, wash my hands, roil around in the produce drawer, and start cooking. When the idea of turning Chicken Parmesan inside out came to mind, in the form of a classy, tender little meatball, it only made sense to nestle them inside a simple reduction of white wine, chicken stock and spike its silkiness with simple aromatics and a bit of chili flakes.
Now, how about this pasta I laid it upon. Yeah, cool, eh? I love the name of it! Casarecce, which loosely means home made. It's a traditional pasta for Sicilian pesto dishes, but it the was perfect shape to latch on to those little tomatoes and peppers, and glistened when the sauce covered it and everything else in the bowl. Think it all sounds divine?
I know you want to try it, and certainly I encourage to not to eat dumb. Click here to get the recipe for my Smart CHICKEN PARMESAN MEATBALLS WITH CASARECCE AND A TOMATO WHITE WINE BUTTER SAUCE.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style is one of combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.