Penne Pasta with Chicken and Bacon, sweet, tangy delight

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The great thing about pasta and especially penne pasta is that it is a great accompaniment with many different types of seafood, meat and vegetables.

To make penne pasta with chicken and bacon gather I package penne pasta, 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, 6 slices bacon, chopped,2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1 pound deboned chicken breast, rinsed and cut into strips.

First, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil and add the penne pasta and cook until the pasta is tender but firm to the bite for about 8 to 10 minutes.

In a separate container, heat olive oil over a medium flame and sauté chicken. Remove the chicken and fry the bacon until brown and crisp. Next add garlic and cook for about a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until it’s done.

Drain water from the pasta and stir in the chicken and bacon, tomatoes, and garlic mixture with the remaining olive oil.

To add a little something extra this dish may be prepared by adding a few fresh vegetables.

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Penne with Chicken and Pesto, pasta ready

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Penne is one of the most popular varieties of pasta in the world and pesto one it’s most popular accompaniments.

Penne, because of its practical shape and size makes it easy for use in a variety of meals. Pesto, the grounded sauce of basil, garlic, and pine nuts, originated in the Italian port city of Genoa.

To prepare the Penne with Chicken and Pesto, you will need 1 package penne pasta, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into strips, 2 cloves garlic, minced, salt, pepper, 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup pesto, and 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.

In a large pot of lightly salted water, boil the penne pasta. You may add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent past a sticking together. Cook until firm to the bite.

In a skillet heat the butter and olive oil over a medium flame and sauté the chicken and garlic until the chicken is almost cooked. Turn down the fire and add the salt, pepper, cream, and pesto as well as Parmesan cheese.

Continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the pasta.

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No-cream Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera as the name suggests in a fresh take on pasta served with vegetables of the season. Some recipes call for a creamy sauce but the Primavera may also be prepared without.

To do a No-cream Pasta Primavera you will need 1 package penne pasta, 1 yellow squash, chopped 1 zucchini, chopped 1 carrot, julienned 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into pieces, 5 spears asparagus, cut into pieces, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, coarsely ground black pepper, and lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, butter, 1 large yellow onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese.

To prepare, cook the pasta in a pot of lightly salted water. Add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent sticking.

In a bowl, toss the squash, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes until tender.

Use the remaining oil and butter and cook with the onions and garlic in a large skillet until hot. Remove from the fire and place in a large bowl. Toss with eh vegetables and add Romano cheese to taste.

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Italian Sausages with Peppers and Onions, simple and delicious

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Who doesn’t like simple and tasty? There can be no more simple meal than putting together sausages, peppers, and onions. For this dish we can use the Italian sausages.

To prepare, gather together 6 links of sweet Italian sausages, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 yellow onion, sliced ½ red onion sliced, 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely, 1 large red bell pepper, sliced, 1 green bell pepper sliced, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ¼ cup white wine.

Then put sausages in a large saucepan over a medium flame and brown them on all sides. Remove from the saucepan and slice. Melt the butter in the pan and add the yellow and red onions, as well as garlic and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes. Add in the red and green bell peppers and season with basil, oregano, and white wine.

Continue to cook until the onions and peppers are tender. Add the sausages and vegetables to the pan and lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes.

The meal of Italian Sausages may be served with rustic bread and a glass of white wine.

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Italian Sausages with Peppers and Onions, simple and delicious

Posted on October 15, 2013 by CircleMe

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Who doesn’t like simple and tasty? There can be no more simple meal than putting together sausages, peppers, and onions. For this dish we can use theItalian sausages.

To prepare, gather together 6 links of sweet Italian sausages, 2 tablespoons ofbutter, 1 yellow onion, sliced ½ red onion sliced, 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely, 1 large red bell pepper, sliced, 1 green bell pepper sliced, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ¼ cup white wine.

Then put sausages in a large saucepan over a medium flame and brown them on all sides. Remove from the saucepan and slice. Melt the butter in the pan and add the yellow and red onions, as well as garlic and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes. Add in the red and green bell peppers and season with basil, oregano, and white wine.

Continue to cook until the onions and peppers are tender. Add the sausages and vegetables to the pan and lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes.

The meal of Italian Sausages may be served with rustic bread and a glass of white wine.

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Strut Records to release Dance Mania Records in 2014

Posted on October 14, 2013 by CircleMe

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Strut Records is set to release a new album early in 2014. The album, entitledHardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, will do just that, feature tracks from the 11 year period in the label’s history and will hit stands in January.

This is the latest news out of the long-sleeping Chicago label which is also set top re-launch some of its own issues. Artists such as DJ Funk and DJ Deeonwere some of the major names that emerged from out of the Chicago ghetto house sound back in the 1990s.

The album will also feature some tracks from Hardcore Traxx’s foundation years in the late 1980s and will also feature a few tunes from TyreeRhtythm to Rhythm and Hercules.

Tracks on the album include Hercules – 7 Ways, Victor Romeo feat. Leatrice Brown – Love Will Find A Way, The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House – House Nation, Duane & Co – J.B. TraxxVincent Floyd – I Dream YouDa Posse feat. Martell – Searchin’ HardClub Style – Crazy Wild,Jammin’ The House Gerald – Black Women (Club), and Tyree – Nuthin’ Wrong.

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Brendon Moeller prepares to release new LP

Posted on October 14, 2013 by CircleMe

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The Frequency Of LoveNext ExitGuilty Pleasures, these are just some of the tunes you’ll be able to hear on Brendon Moeller’s new LP entitled Storming Heaven set to hit the shops in November. Moeller is perhaps more popularly known as Echologist.

According to news on electronic news website, Resident Advisor, the album “reflects ideas from composers that inspire the musician. Moeller, it added “has attempted to personalize and interpret these influences, creating something that is idiosyncratic and nostalgic.”

The last full length album that Echologist released was Subterranean, back in 2011. He has also released other works under his own name Brendon Moeller, an LP entitled Works, in 2012 on the Electric Deluxe label.

Subterranean was released on Moeller’s Steadfast label however Storming Heaven will be released on the Prologue label. Prologue is also responsible forMechanics of Joy an Echologist EP released this year.

Other tracks on the album include Tricks OfThe ShadeStorming Heaven,Even If And Especially WhenDeep Fried, LostDown The Rabbit Hole, andStepping Out.

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Roasted Chicken Salad

Posted on October 14, 2013 by CircleMe

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Another one of those chicken dishes that is light and easy to prepare is theRoasted Chicken Salad. Of course you add any meat to a salad and it jazzes it up.

To make the roasted chicken salad you will need 7 1/2 pounds boneless, skinlesschicken breasts, salt and pepper, 2 pinches cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoonlavender, 1 lemon, juiced, 3 cloves garlic, minced , 2/3 cup sliced roasted almonds, 1 finely chopped large onion, 1/2 bunch celery, chopped, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves, 2 tablespoons chives, and 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon leaves.

For the dressing, use 1 cup mayonnaise, 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons honeysalt and pepper.

To prepare, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. After cleaning the chicken season with salt, pepper, cayenne, lavender, lemon, and garlic.

Bake in the oven until golden brown for about 20 minutes and then allow it to cool. After the chicken has cooled chop it into small pieces and add the roasted almonds, onions, celery, herbs, and dressing. Mix all the ingredients in the dressing and add it to the chicken.

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Chicken with Eggplant and Basil

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Chicken is one of the most versatile meats you can buy. It goes with just about everything and most dishes are so simple and easy to prepare. The Chicken with Eggplant and Basil is one such dish.

This dish requires 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 baby eggplant cut in half, salt, 1 tablespoon pine nuts, 4 thin chicken cutlets, Freshly ground pepper, All-purpose flour, cloves garlic, chopped, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, rinsed and chopped, 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, and bread.

To prepare, first season the chicken with salt and pepper and roll in the flour. After shaking off the excess put aside. Next drizzle a little olive oil over the eggplants and add salt; place in an oven and cook for a few minutes. Toast the pine nuts over a saucepan over a high flame and then place in a bowl and drizzle the remaining olive oil.

Place the chicken in a saucepan and brown for a few minutes add the garlic and cook a few more minutes. Slice the eggplant into chunks and add tomatoes, eggplant, basil, nuts, and broth to cooking chicken. Simmer. Allow to cook and top with ricotta cheese and eggplant. Serve with bread.

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Penne pasta with vodka sauce, yummy

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Pasta (read here other news) is tasty and simple to make and can go with just about everything – even vodka. This is penne pasta with vodka sauce.

To make, you will need salt, 12 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, 1 can whole plum tomatoes, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 2 shallots minced, 1 clove garlic minced, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ cup vodka, 2/3 cup heavy cream, ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, and a handful of freshbasil leaves torn.

To prepare bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the penne pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. Drain the pasta and use some of the water for afterwards. Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your hands.

Melt the butter over a large skillet over a medium flame and place shallots and cook until they are slightly softened for about 3 minutes. Next add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook for a minute. Take from heat and add the vodka, tomatoes and salt and return to the fire and continue to stir until the alcohol cools. This should take about 7 minutes. Add the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens and stir in parmesan cheese and basil.

Add the pasta to the sauce and combine and add a bit more parmesan and basil.


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