AN ARRAY OF RECIPES AND TIPS
"IN THE STYLE OF" GRAHAM
I have a garter snake guarding my garden; it's driving me crazy! Every time I run out there (barefoot, mind you) there he is...lying low in the grass and it never fails...I scream. I wasn't afraid of him until I did a little research and found out he actually does bite and produces venom (not strong enough to hurt a human), but still!
Regardless, today I had to overcome my fears and tiptoe around him so I could quickly grab a handful of parsley for this delicious pasta dish.
Inspired by Carrabba's Penne Franco
6-8 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
2 ounces + 4 ounces, separated (1/4 cup + 1/2 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces (1 1/2 cup) mushrooms, sliced
7 ounces sun-dry tomatoes, minced
28 ounces (2 14-ounce cans) artichoke hearts, quartered
8 ounces (1 cup) kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
4 chicken breast, grilled and sliced (optional)
12-16 ounces Penne pasta
Cayenne Pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese
Grill chicken, if you are using.
In a large pot, boil water. Once boiling, add penne and cook according to package directions. Cook 1 minute less than recommended time.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet add 1/4 cup of olive oil, heat on medium-high. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, saute until tender, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
Add sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, grilled and sliced chicken, cooked penne pasta and remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Toss and heat through. Taste for seasoning, adjust if needed. Add cayenne pepper if you want a little kick.
Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.