Saturday is a happy day in the food blogging world! My good friend Marnely Rodriguez is getting married on Martha's Vineyard to the love of her life Brian Murray. 'Nelly' is one of the friendliest and most helpful people you'll ever want to meet, and is a constant encouragement to me and many others in the 'foodie' community. In fact, she is the reason I finally took the plunge and began writing Cooke'd With Luv.
When I was contacted about participating in a 'Virtual Shower' for Nelly, and providing some marital advice and a recipe, it was a no brainer. Another one of Nelly's friends wrote a nice introduction to our shower, so I'll share it to provide a little background:
“And …I said YESSSSS!”
It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.
So here we are,Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian,all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!
BLOGGERS RECIPE FOR NELLY ‘S WEDDED BLISS
Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.
Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.
Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.
Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.
Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.
Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available. Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.
Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life!
(Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen)
So, here is my recipe in honor of Nelly & Brian. Even though they both love to cook, I assumed they wouldn't be doing a lot of 'kitchen' cooking for a few days (unless they have comfortable counters), so I wanted to offer something that is easy to prepare, tasty, and offers lots of fuel for increased stamina.
Quick Pasta and Chicken Marinara
2 cans diced tomatoes (Use fresh if available & you have the time)
4-5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-5 cloves fresh garlic-minced
1 small onion-diced
1/2 cup diced mushrooms (optional)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut up (feel free to substitute, shrimp, mussels, etc)
1 small box spaghetti (I like the tri-color veggie pasta)
Seasoning to taste (Fresh basil, lemon thyme, oregano, salt pepper, red pepper flakes, etc)
Fresh grated Parmesan
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Saute chicken, onion, mushrooms in 2 tbsp olive oil. Set aside.
Boil salted water for pasta and prepare pasta according to directions. Drain pasta 1-2 minutes before recommended cooking time is completed.
While water is coming to a boil and pasta is cooking, add garlic and remaining olive oil to a large skillet. Saute briefly, then add tomatoes and seasonings. Heat thoroughly, mashing up tomatoes with a fork if desired. (The idea is to create a bright, fresh flavor as opposed to a heavy, reduced sauce)
After draining, add pasta and chicken mix to sauce.
Toss all ingredients together making sure pasta is coated. Allow to cook briefly until pasta is Al Dente. Serve on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Top with Parmesan and fresh herbs and/or fresh lemon zest.
1. Give lots of back rubs.
2. Spend time together (preferably
3. Go easy on the credit cards.
4. Don't let your belly stick out further than your boobs! (unless you're pregnant)
That should cause enough backlash, so I'll end now with a huge CONGRATULATIONS!!! :-)
Special thanks to Heather for the logo, Elizabeth for the intro write up Junia for the spreadsheet, and Sanjeeta kk for hosting the shower.