Thursday, July 28, 2011

Not Following the Recipe

Not following the recipe, is that for a meal or is that in life in general? Well maybe a little bit of both.

My husband has had a very rough week.
So I thought I would make a good meal tonight, it started with this...
This looks great, and this weekend I went and bought some colorful heirlooms tomato's.

But like I said, I am not following Martha's recipe.

I usually make tomato's with either mozzarella or sometimes feta cheese with homemade
 balsamic dressing.

We have a great Italian grocery store in town and I bought some large mozzarella balls that they sliced for me, but tonight it is going to be pearls.

I am going to add capers

Some chopped red onion

Fresh basil from my garden chilling in the Terra cotta basil container I bought years ago in Paris.

Now I need to add some red wine vinegar dressing tonight instead of
balsamic tonight....why you ask?

Because I chicken breast marinating in a balsamic dressing made out of Penzey spices Country French Dressing

I follow the recipe but use balsamic vinegar instead of red wine. If you have never tried Penzey Spices before they are wonderful and have a wide selection of salt free.

I can use my plates I bought in Paris at my favorite little kitchen store

or these

These are from Pottery Barn

Like I said, sometimes we don't follow a recipe or the recipe we think we should follow for our live, many spices are added in that we aren't planning on.  We think we know how it is going to turn out, sometimes it is better sometimes it is not, just like life.

I just want my husband to enjoy a nice dinner, put his cares away....maybe I will put on the Parisian song CD my cousin Fred made for me?

Have a great evening.


Marydon said...

What a lovely & romantic evening you have created for your HD ... looks deelish & a wee touch of music & a glass of bubbly ... the night is on.

Have a lovely week.

Victorian1885 said...

Wonderful meal! Hope you had a great evening.. take care!


Sincerely Retro said...

Mercy! That looks wonderful!! YUM.MY!! I wish I could make that kind of stuff for my hubby but he's a meat and potatoes man :\ But it is fun cooking for him although I would love to try something like this. Where did you get those Penzey spices?

Martha said...

Your tomato dish looks yummy -- that kind of dish is the best part of summer as far as I'm concerned!!!!

ann said...

Recipe or not, looks pretty darn yummy.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

That looks delicious! I may have to try to make it! Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend.

Jenny's Heart said...

Looks yummy and I hope it made your husband feel better.

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LV said...

That meal should make anyone feel better. I truly wish him well.

AshTreeCottage said...

I am in complete agreement ~ follow your own path and don't follow the recipe. Your dish looks scrumptious!! I hope your hubby has a better week coming up.

Susan and Bentley

GardenofDaisies said...

Your dinner looked delicious!!! Can I come over for leftovers tomorrow?

Rebecca said...

What a lucky man your husband has in you-I can't make a thing for Eric! Looks yummy! Hope it helped take his cares away!

Cindy said...

That dish is beautiful and I'll bet it tasted delicious.