Whoopeee! We got to go on a short trip – a week in New Mexico !!!
First night home – leftover noodles and lots of bits of veggies from the trip, combined with a lovely stalk of bok choy that had waited patiently in the refrigerator at home.
Sunny Paris ??? Well, that is the name of the green specks of spice that you see on the penne. It is from Penzey’s, and contains the following:
Purple shallots, chives, green peppercorn, French basil, French tarragon, chervil, bay leaf and dill weed.
I was generous with it in the pan, but we each put on more at table. It is a really nice combination of herbs! Goes with a lot of things, and is a lovely green to add nice color to white things – like the penne.
The veggies are onions, mushrooms, red pepper, bok choy, celery, and carrots. I keep pre-cooked bacon around all the time, so I crumbled up a slice over the top of everything. It made for a nice, barely discernible, overtone of smoky flavor.
I had a few boneless chicken legs already cooked, so that was the meat part. These boneless legs and thighs are great ! As easy to use as boneless breast meat, and a lot more juicy. They freeze well, too.
NB: Don’t be put off by the price of the Penzey’s spice and herbs. They seem high, but most of them DO NOT contain salt, which makes up the bulk of most mixtures you can get in the grocery store. I have been VERY pleased with their products. They have great sales and freebies, so that’s when I do my gift shopping as well!
Trader Joe’s has a few specialty spices/herbs like this that are good, too, but their selection is minuscule compared to Penzey’s.