Thursday, December 17, 2009

Foodie Friday: On the Table in 20 Minutes

December and stress seem to work in tandem. If you are too tired to put together a traditional "meat and three," pasta is the frantic cook's best friend.

Linguine for Weary Cooks
Level of difficulty: Easy
Prep time: 20 minutes
chopped onions and bell peppers
grilled pork cutlets (deli chicken is a worthy substitute)
sliced mushrooms
linguine
Italian flat-leaf parsley
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Saute' onions and peppers in olive oil and butter. Add mushrooms and saute' 5 minutes. Find someone who likes to grill and hand them a package of boneless pork cutlets (you can season them with salt, pepper, paprika if you aren't terribly frenzied).
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain. Mix with sauteed vegetables. Toss. Slice pork and arrange on pasta.
Serve with bread.


Chocolate-Raspberry Cups
Prep time: 3 minutes
8 ready-to-fill chocolate shells (Mrs. Fields, etc)
vanilla bean ice cream, slightly softened
fresh raspberries
drizzled chocolate
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Spoon softened ice cream into chocolate cups. Add raspberries and drizzle with chocolate.

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Starting in January 2010, monthly drawings will be held for Foodie Friday's participants. If you have suggestions for culinary gadgets, cookbooks, or cookware, please leave a note.
Mr. Linky awaits your link and recipe for this week's Foodie Friday.



55 comments:

  1. Oooo, the possibilities are endless with this one! I love chocolate/fruit combos. :)

    Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Love this qickie recipe! Mushrooms will be all mine, since DH "thinks" he doesn't like them.

    I'll have a piece of the yummy bread with a drizzle of olive oil, while the pasta cooks!

    Thanks,
    Candy

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  3. This looks amazing! I've eaten but suddenly I feel hungry again!!!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  4. Love this.. that's just about all Mr. P will eat right now. The chocolate and raspberries..yummy. Anything sweet for me, I'm all for that. Thanks for the quick recipe, the mushrooms sound great...
    hugs ~lynne~

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  5. Love this.. that's just about all Mr. P will eat right now. The chocolate and raspberries..yummy. Anything sweet for me, I'm all for that. Thanks for the quick recipe, the mushrooms sound great...
    hugs ~lynne~

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  6. This meal looks perfect for this time of year. So easy and delicious!

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  7. Hi Michael Lee! Yes, I finally got myself together enough to post food!! lol Your pasta looks so yummy! And the dessert!! Chocolate and raspberries are always so frenchy to me! Have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Christmas with your family!...hugs...Debbie

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  8. Oh man, that looks incredible! And I love those red goblets. Umm... is your plate missing a letter there?

    Justine :o )

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  9. This time of year, it's great to be able to put a nice meal on the table in 20 minutes! Thanks for the quick recipe, and I am drooling over the chocolate and fruit.

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  10. I do believe you can make a grilled cheese sandwich look like a million dollar meal.
    This looks heavenly...and that bread...o my!
    Beautiful dessert, too. Yum
    hugs, bj

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  11. Mmmmm, better than take-out any day of the week! Sounds delish.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  12. I have been cooking a ton of food but have not been photographing it at all. Silly me.
    A quick dinner that looks as good as yours will be a hit.
    You know that dessert can be kept very small and it will seem much more satisfying than a big bowl of ice cream. Sneaky in a good way.

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  13. Michael, when you get a chance, can you delete my #19 link? I linked wrong!

    Justine :o )

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  14. I think often simple tastes the best. Your pictures are beautiful and your meal looks delicious. Thanks for hosting!

    Sue

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  15. The chocolate cup with raspberries looks really good!
    As for the monthly drawings, I've been dying to win an apron, I keep trying. but alas...no luck...
    Thanks so much for hosting another great FF.
    ~Liz

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  16. Okay...so I'm up late and your pasta looks delicious. And the raspberry dessert...ah! What can I say? I love anything with raspberries on it. Thanks for posting an easy-to-put-together meal for this busy time of year. Have a great weekend!

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  17. How yummy! I am going to have to try this for New Year's. We are all supposed to cook for a day(My entire family gets together for this holiday and every individual family is responsible for a day of food) They will be WOWED! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. What a wonderful meal, Michael! I love how easy it looks to prepare. Definitely worth a try....Christine

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  19. Thankyou so much for finding me on FB! So glad to see you!
    WHat a GORGEOUS tablescape and dinner. The dessert looks superb. And appears it would take minutes to prepare. Wow! I love that! GORGEOUS!

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  20. Michael, Love all of your recipes and decor! Please join me in "eating through your freezer". Keep me posted... I need lots of support and recipes!
    Merry Christmas.
    Yvonne

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  21. I am always astonished at the perfection of your pictures! Everything looks perfect and ready to share...thank you for sharing with us! Have a beautiful day! Coralie

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  22. Like it, look very good.

    Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? See it it is wounderful and tomorrow I will serve "Boeuf bourgignon". MB

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  23. I'm impressed. We may be in take out mode until Christmas :) I love that beautiful quick dessert idea. Thanks for hosting the party and I can't wait for the giveaways...I know you will come up with good stuff :)

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  24. The recipes are so beautiful today. I know they will taste great too. Doylene

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  25. This is my first Foodie Friday, and will certainly not be my last! I love your pasta recipe-- quick and delicious-- and I've enjoyed perusing your blog. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday.

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  26. That looks so good! Would love to have a plate of it for lunch today. There are so many things a person can do with a good deli chicken.

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  27. My kind of quick meal. Easy!
    You, mother and all the family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  28. Yum! I want some of those pecans from the first picture!...Your photos are ..the only word I can think of is ...delicious! (If only I could cook...plus I have finicky eater... he wouldnt touch a mushroom) He doesnt know what he's missing! You make it look so easy, I think I may try it anyway! Happy Holidays!

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  29. It looks like you've spent hours in the kitchen. What a beautiful table and presentation. My family would be thrilled with this wonderful meal.

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  30. I love quick pasta dishes and don't you know it would be perfect with my roasted chicken! Thanks for your email and I promise I will do that post the next time I roast, you're right it would make a great post.

    btw, yes, I love working in my pjs!

    I love the Glorious Grits cookbook and my suggestion for a gadget would be a nutmeg grater. Mine is an antique now and I find so many cooks don't own one. What a difference freshly grated nutmeg makes in recipes.

    Merry Christmas Michael, to you and yours.

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  31. First of all, I am drooling over the super cute plate and centerpiece! Any meal would be fabulous in that setting! :) The pasta recipe sounds great and looks so tasty! ...and the dessert, oh my! I can just taste it! ~Rhonda

    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday, and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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  32. you are a whiz in the kitchen, i can't even boil water and soften ice cream in 20 minutes! but i guarantee you i can eat that dessert in 20 seconds~

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  33. Oh yum - chocolate and raspberries :) Thanks for hosting and Happy Holidays!

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  34. I'll have to try this recipe...quick, simple and I'll bet delicious. The chocolate raspberry cups are such a cute surprise...they are very elegant.

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  35. A dinner like that in 20 minutes.....impressive! Love the chocolate raspberry cups! Merry Christmas:)

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  36. I just had a Christmas luncheon for friends and am not hungry but this is making me VERY hungry:):) XO, Pinky

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  37. Wow, does this look delicious, Gollum! And it looks like you prepared all day. Those little desserts are fabulous, and I might just try and use those on Christmas! I have five coming, and those look really super! And I might even do those on the day after Christmas when we have eleven. You know I need a shortcut, and this looks WONDERFUL!

    Thanks for the tips...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. P.S. What type of ice cream did you use? Is there a particular brand you like best? Thanks...

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  39. boy oh boy, this looks like the perfect meal! I'm so late linking to Foodie Friday tonight, looks like I need a quick and easy recipe for dinner since I typed right through to almost 6:00!!
    Maybe we could skip it and just go right to the dessert! Yum.
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  40. ML, can you tell me the make of your wonderful dishes??? I love them!

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  41. Wow! That doesn't look like a 20 min. meal! I've never seen the chocolate cups. I hope I can find them here, because I know I'd love those! Beautiful presentation. Thank you for the recipes. laurie

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  42. Food Network could take a few pointers from you! Love that you show we can sit down to a lovely meal in just a few minutes, less than takeout and so much better.
    joy c. at grannymountain

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  43. Everything looks 'Amazing'. love the fast meal, and it looks very yummy.

    Thanks for sharing and your gorgeous pictures.

    .........have a great day!!!!!

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  44. You never fail to delight!!! Your photos are extra special!!

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  45. I'm starving! Everything looks so beautiful ~ and tasty. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  46. Michael, you could be the next Rachel with tasty and quick meals like this one. Thank you for hosting such a fun weekly event to participate in! Have a wonderful Christmas. Anita

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  47. Me again. I will be making the pecans this week. Two questions - How long will they keep after prepared and do they need to be refrigerated?
    Thanks,
    Glenda

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  48. Michael...this looks great! I think even I could handle this.
    ;-) Thanks for all the recipes...I'm definitely looking for those little chocolate shells.

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  49. I have everything on hand to make this pasta dish, Michael! Thanks so much for the idea of how to combine them & for that luscious looking dessert. Yummo! I'm with Susan....I'm going to look for the chocolate cups immediately so I'll have some on hand for whenever.

    Have a wonderfully Blessed holiday & thanks for sharing your lovely home & all your great ideas this past year!

    fondly,
    Rettabug

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  50. Just stunning! The fast recipe was nice too. Love it!

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  51. Yummm & right up my alley!

    Anything from Williams Sonoma is a winner! ☺

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  52. Beautiful food, sounds very tasty and inviting. Your blog is wonderful.

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  53. Info about Mrs. Fields chocolate shells. I found mine at Publix in the Christmas aisle (baking goods, chocolate covered cherries, etc) for $5.95 (8 shells). It's a square red box with Mrs. Fields in gold, cursive letters and a photo of the shells.

    You can see what the box looks like here:
    http://www.groovycandies.com/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=101826

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