The Meal Planner

A couple weeks ago we were in Calgary and I got to visit with my friends Tara and Shanna. We declared it a "Gourmet Italian Food Day" and they took me to the Italian Market. THE ITALIAN MARKET PEOPLE. We don't have one of those fancy-schmancy places where I live so this was like meeting Santa Claus for me. I was brimming with culinary delight.

What's that bag I'm holding?? I don't know, but I'm at the freakin' Italian Market!

Tara and Shanna had much more composure than I. It was "no big deal" since a trip to the Italian Market is a regular Saturday occurrence for them. Whatever. Go ahead and order your Prosciutto di Parma while I secretly pee my pants.

That there my friends is carb heaven. An entire aisle devoted to the many different kinds of pastas...all imported from Italy. My eyes committed gluttony, so I moved onto the next aisle before any real real damage was done.
Shanna's just checking out the cheeses...babies in tow.

Once our ingredients were found and bought, and the babies (all 4 of them) indicated (rather loudly) that it was time to bolt home for naptime, we set off with our bounties to create our meal.

On the menu: Pesto Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto with a Pesto Cream Sauce and Porcini Gnocchi with fresh bread and Bruschetta from the Italian Market. At this moment my tongue could literally explode remembering the deliciousness of this meal. ANDDDDD....we made everything FROM SCRATCH. Pesto, gnocchi, EVERYTHING.

Tara's pouring off the porcini water that the porcini mushrooms have been soaking in. It will be added to the mushroom sauce later.

We elected Shanna as "Gnocchi Maker". Those fingers worked some magic and she did not disappoint.


It's so effortless for her, she should be blindfolded with one hand tied behind her back :)


Just gotta do some final tasting and start plating.




Three hours of labor and it's time to indulge! We started with white wine and freshly made bruschetta from the Italian Market.


Now onto the Pesto Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto with a Pesto Cream Sauce and Porcini Gnocchi. This was so delectable.

The chicken was perfect. Salty, creamy, crunchy.


I kid you not, the porcini gnocchi was positively sinful. It was luscious and richly bodied from the mushrooms. I may just have to kidnap Shanna to be my "gnocchi slave".


A job well done girls! Thank you for the amazing day and incredibly delectable food. I think I will keep you :)
I couldn't wipe the smile off my face....

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6 Responses
  1. Tara Says:

    Yay! Awesome post Kin! And not just because I'm in it ;) The pictures were great, I'm pretty sure if Shanna ever made a cookbook she would have to include these pictures. She looks very "Giada". Plus your beautiful photography totally did our amazing food justice. I foresee another day of food fun in our future!


  2. Gino Says:

    My name is Gino.
    That lovely woman in the Hot Pink shirt is GORGEOUS. Please have her email me. I must have her! And PLEASE PLEASE post more photos of her. In fact make a blog devoted to her!


    I will be watching...


  3. Wow, I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner. I shouldn't have come here since I don't have any of those ingredients...I am so jealous now. I am making this the next time we have people over. I am way hungry now. You all must have been professional chefs before, right? Did you meet in culinary school or something. So impressed!


  4. Tara - Thanks Chick! I definitely foresee another day of food in our future too. How can we abstain from amazing food when we are together? ;)

    Sarah - Haha, I wish I was a professional chef. Just friends with two very talented ladies :) It was a lot of work, but definitely company worthy!


  5. Shanna Says:

    Aww Kin I love you... and I love that we always have amazing (sometimes challenging) culinary adventures with you!*L The only way to make hanging out with wonderful friends better is to be eating wonderful food! (and we have got that down..)


  6. Tara Says:

    I seriously love this post. That whole meal really was heavenly *sigh. Maybe now that my rugrats have started to become more manageable we'll have to get together and make another decadent, amazing meal complete with super fun and maybe even kid-free shopping trip :-) And should you blog about it I'll have another post I can read over and over and secretly reminisce about. I'm so glad we're friends :-)