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Tagliatelle with chicken and the perfect pairing

Tagliatelle with ChickenBefore Craig and I were married and had children, we used to have this thing called free time.

And during that free time, we used to watch this thing called television.

One afternoon, several hours into a Food Network marathon, Nigella Lawson prepared a dish that made us both drool.

We tweaked the recipe a bit and this dish has been one of our absolute favorites ever since.

I love that it’s pretty much foolproof, so it’s a great dish to make for guests.

The only thing that I’ve struggled with is choosing the perfect wine to pair with the strong rosemary in this dish. I like to think that I’m pretty good at choosing the right varietal, but that’s about as close as I can get. So, I’ve asked my friend Rachel to help me out here.

She prepared this dish last week and selected a perfect wine to pair with it.

Please go see which wine she chose and you might also like to download her free food and wine guide.

I hope you’ll love this pairing as much as we do.

Tagliatelle with Chicken

Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish:

  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) chicken (we use a large, store-bought rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • leaves from 3 fresh rosemary sprigs, minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 pound tagliatelle (linguine works just fine, too, and is easier to find)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

If roasting the chicken yourself, rub all over with oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper, then place the chicken breast down in the roasting pan and roast at 425 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours, or until well browned, turning it over at the end to brown the breast. The chicken is done when the juices run clear–not pink–when you cut into the thigh. When the chicken is nearly ready, bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.

Take the chicken out of the oven and remove meat from the bone, leaving all of the skin on, then cut into chunks.

Mince the rosemary sprigs.

In a large saucepan, toast pine nuts over medium until they are golden. You’ll need to watch these closely, as they easily burn. Transfer the pine nuts to a bowl.

To make the sauce, pour the juices from the roasting pan into the saucepan. (If you are using a store-bought chicken, chicken broth and a bit of olive oil make a great replacement to pan juices.) Add the rosemary, pine nuts, and chicken. Begin to simmer the sauce when you are ready to cook the pasta.

Cook and drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce, top with parsley, and serve in a large warmed bowl.

Tagliatelle with Chicken


BlogHer ’11 and Latent Insecurities

I have a secret.

Lean in real close.

In social settings, I sometimes have a bit of trouble.

And why is this relevant right now?

Well, I’m headed off to BlogHer ’11 in a couple of days and my palms are sweaty just thinking all of the evening events that I’ll be attending.

Events that will have alcohol.

Basically, I shouldn’t drink and meet.

If I have had zero drinks, I am friendly, but appropriate. I will listen to you and try to learn as much about you as possible.

If I have had one or two glasses of wine, I become funny. I will laugh, you will likely laugh, and fun will be had by all. This is my happy place. Yours too, I’m afraid.

If I have overindulged and had three glasses of wine, I basically lose my mind. All of those latent insecurities come to the surface and I become a one-woman Nichole marketing team.

I will want so badly for you to like me that I will. Not. Shut. Up.

Here’s a sample conversation. See if you can spot the trouble…

New friend: Hi, nice to meet you.

Me: Nice to meet you too. I love your shirt.

New friend: Thank you so much.

Me: I have shirts, too. I have lots of shirts. I have blue shirts, yellow shirts, white shirts, black shirts. I love shirts. Shirts are so awesome.

New friend: Um…

Me: Some of my shirts are cotton, some are linen, some are sleeveless, some are not. We both love shirts! We have so much in common!

New friend: Okay, well…um…nice meeting you. Buh bye.

So, if you meet me at BlogHer ’11 and I’m rambling, please know that it’s just because I like you and want you to like me too.

Though I like to think of myself as a confident woman, there’s something about large groups of women that reduce me to a version of my 22-year-old self.

And that’s my biggest fear.

Are you going to BlogHer ‘11?

And if you are, what’s your greatest fear?

Maybe we can talk about it at length after a few glasses of wine. ;)

Shoes, Summer, and Intimidation…Something for Everyone

I’m not here today…

Physically, I’m spending the day shopping with my lovely friend, Sherri. We’re on a quest to find comfortable stylish clothes and shoes for BlogHer ’11. We’re also on a quest for a yummy lunch that may or may not include a glass of wine.

And I’m also not here with a post. Instead, I’m visiting Gigi, from Kludgy Mom, who invited me over to be a part of her Summer of Love 2011 series.

Please come on over so I can tell you why I blog. My reasons may surprise you, but if you are a parent, I have no doubt that you’ll be able to relate.

When Gigi invited me over, I was completely intimidated.

This is Gigi we’re talking about. This woman is a powerhouse…a fountain of knowledge.

Need to make a Facebook landing page? Use her tutorial (I used it over the weekend to make a new welcome page and it was super easy to follow!).

Stumped by writer’s block? Peruse her idea bank, which has 631 prompts to get you going.

Need a good laugh? Gigi will have you giggling in no time.

I’m certain that there’s little this woman cannot do.

And all of that intimidation simply feel to the wayside, as Gigi put me completely at ease by being such a gracious host.

It would mean the world to me if you’d come by and see my at Gigi’s. I’m already angling for another invite. ;)

And if you’re visiting from Kludgy Mom, welcome! I’m thrilled to have you here.

Please pull up a chair and make yourself completely at home. While I’m gone, there’s ice cream in the freezer and wine on the counter.

And you might like to read some of my recent favorite posts: Gently, Because of the Other, and Already Lovely.

I’ll be back with my new shopping loot in no time.

And for the good news…

I'm Going to BlogHer '11Well, I just shared the bad news over on Babble, so I’m going to give you some good news over here.

Three weeks from tomorrow, I’ll be boarding a plane for San Diego to attend BlogHer ’11 and I’m growing more excited by the day.

For those of you who are also attending, consider yourself forewarned that I plan to drink all of my wine and yours too.

For those of you who won’t be there, please don’t believe any of the stories you hear about my behavior while I’m there. ;)

I’m going to squeeze every bit of fun out of my time with my friends in San Diego…five days of fun, learning, and wine.

Did I mention wine?

And then I’ll come back home, regroup, and work on getting pregnant. Again.

Natalie, Sherri, Cheryl, Lori, Tonya, and Katie, my lovely BlogHer roommates? Are you ready!?

I can’t wait to see you all!

Games of Joy and a Recap

The 348 games of Brown Bear, Panda Bear that I played with Katie this week brought me joy.

I love seeing her try to strategize her moves and the look of recognition on her face when she realizes that she’s won makes me smile. But what I love most of all is that she’s just as happy when I win.

Which, sadly, isn’t often.

How about you? What brought you joy this week! Please share. :)

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