If I Cooked for One I’d Never Eat

I think I got the feed-a-crowd-gene from my Chicago Slovak relatives. There were eight brothers and sisters, four were bachelors/spinsters, the rest were married with an average of two offspring. That meant setting a big table, even if it was one family at a time.

I learned with the best: when you cook, cook for an army, even if it’s only an army of one.

The upside? I can cook once a week, eat well and fill the freezer. Bonus.

Yesterday was basically a rescue operation. With the Firstborn partying at DragonCon, I’d indulged my fancy for take-out Chinese, allowing two bottom drawers of fresh veggies to languish and go limp. Time to cook.

Just a sidenote: if it requires more than a pot and a frying pan, fuggedaboutit.

Ingredients (what was on hand):

Cooked Basmati rice ( 2c water, 1c rice)

EVOO + pat of butter (heat to lightly smoking)
1/2 skinless, boneless chicken breast, bite sized pieces
Saute chicken until browned, remove to plate & add veggies+seasonings, saute until tender-crisp
1-sweet medium white onion chopped
1-sweet red bell pepper chopped
1/2 package sliced mushrooms
2-celery stalks diced
1 tsp crushed garlic
Coarse Kosher salt
Bourbon infused coarse black pepper
2 tsp dried tarragon leaves
Add 1 can Campbell’s Cheese & Broccoli condensed soup, thin with white wine (I used cooking wine) or water
Add cooked chicken and a generous handful of cherry tomatoes, cook on low for 10 minutes
Top rice with chicken/veggie mix.

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About Nya Rawlyns

Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. ***** When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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