So for the past maybe two years, I’ve been making Sunday dinners. On an occasion, I’ll make an impromptu weeknight dinner. I’ve really liked cooking, something I really should have done sooner in my life. It is super relaxing and I have always been a fan of an activity that you have a clear result after completing it.
To make things even more fun, our three year old son, Walker Dennis, has really started helping with the prep work, and he’s super cute when he does it.
I thought it might be worth it to start tracking what these dinners are, as a few of them, I’ve gone back to create. I figure I’ll just start with this past Sunday’s dinner and go from there.
From the base recipe, I made some changes. Usually, that change would be to add onions – which I didn’t do this time.
There is a note to double the sauce, and so that’s what I did.
I added two cups of heavy cream, which we ended up buying a pint of heavy cream and a pint is essentially two cups and a bit more (which isn’t very technical, so they went with “pint”).
I changed it to 1 tablespoon, maybe a bit more, of garlic powder.
I changed it to a cup of Parmesan cheese.
Then for the spinach, it had to be two cups of spinach but after that, I quit chopping them and just tearing the spinach down the middle and putting the bigger pieces in the sauce. That way, we could still see the spinach and the smaller pieces kept blending in.
I also added at least one cup of sun dried tomatoes, probably was closer to two cups but I should have stuck with the one cup.
My problem was, following the direction, that it looked like white chicken, in a white sauce on white penne pasta. So I wanted to get some color in there so I added larger pieces of spinach and a cup more of sun dried tomatoes.
We really like it, my wife thought it needed some panchetta bacon – which probably could be added to more recipes.
oh, and we always do chicken thighs as opposed to chicken breasts – that’s how we cluck.
Does anyone else ever want to spell it “receipes” or is that just me? Autocorrect wants to keep fixing it for me but I see that it is incorrect. It feels like it should have three e’s in it.