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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Simple Sunday- Baked Chicken Breasts, Rigatoni Alfredo..



Yesterday I was in a small chili cook-off, took 2nd in category... When cook-offs are small, usually judges know who made which chili- which usually means their judgement can be a little different than in a bigger event. No sour grapes- all chilis were really good! I had to beat feet out of there to finish meatballs at a big birthday bash. I've made better, but they all got gone...
Today, I was looking for no culinary challenges, so I seasoned and baked some chicken breasts(bone-in). with a side of rigatoni alfredo.. Why not fettucini? I didn't have any! Besides, the the tougher pasta goes well with this sauce and mushrooms.
Odd happenings... My cook buddy works at the same company I used to 35 years ago. I was only there 1 year, when our project was cancelled and I was out of a job. He found employee files that should have been destroyed 20yrs ago- still in storage! Found my employee record, and gave it to me yesterday. The boss of Engineering had been there 6 months before I arrived, and was gone 3 months afterward! My review said I had an attitude(imagine that!) but thought with training I could be a better employee(I was 19- 20yrs old!). They later tried to rehire me, but I was making more money and had found out on the streets what a bunch of schlocks that company was! If I had stayed there, I would know half as much as I do, and made about 1/3 as much as I have so far... Change ain't bad- at least not all the time!

32 comments:

Tavolini said...

congrats to 2nd place--and that rigatoni looks slamming!

Jobs are interesting like that--I'm finally moving onto a new one in a couple weeks, after a few years of abuse ;)

MarmiteToasty said...

2nd place aint to be sniffed at :) well done.... patting your head like a puppy lol

Your dinner looks scrummie...... I did a crown rib of lamb covered with apricot breadcrumbs with crispy spuds and simple steamed baby carrots and sweet peas....

:)

x

HAR said...

I agree. I hate change but it always worked out well for me when I accepted it in the past.

Congrats on second place. Can you believe that I have never tried chilli? And I am fat. I just never had the opportunity for any homeade chilli. Dad was born in Calabria so you can imagine what I ate growing up.

Mel said...

Conrats on the chili!!

My favorite food is chicken, my husband claims I will start clucking I eat so much of it! Those look GOOD to me!

snowelf said...

Tonight, I would be happy if all I had for dinner is mashed potatoes and gravy. I have had a serious-bad hankering for them lately! :P

More importantly, Congrats on your chili winnings!!! I have GOT to get to MI to taste some sometime. :)

I am one of those "everything happens for a reason" people, so I mean this when I say "I'm glad they fired you." I think you and your family only benefited from it.

--snow

Beth said...

YAY for 2nd place!!!!! I so want to taste your chili!!!

and the pasta looks yummy....

Dana said...

Congratulations on the 2nd place!

That whole employee file story is kind of creepy!

Annie said...

I always enjoy finding/seeing old records, reminders of time gone by and decisions made. It's true, change can be a very good thing.

Jen said...

"Lo mejor es lo que sucede" (the best is what happens), I always say. That chicken and pasta look great, I'm hungry now!

Odat said...

Another fine job with the food...good idea with the rigatoni...
and pretty funny that those records still exist...like you said, you're so better off now...but I bet you didn't think that then.
Peace

buffalodickdy said...

Tavolini- The change was good!
marmy- That sounds delicious!
har- Where's Calabria?
mel- My wife likes chicken quite a bit too!
Snow- That firing was a week before I got married! We walked down the aisle-both of us unemployed!(Had a job starting after honeymoon though!)
beth- Pasta was good with the chicken, coulda used a little more spice..
dana- Not really. The plant has been there for 80 yrs. and that company has been in it for the last 60... whole third floor was used for storage only..
annie- My job app was in the printing style I still use to write with today!
jen- I learned alot there about practical engineering- not the stuff they were teaching in school!
odat- I was alot hurt, but they let 3/4 of that department go by summers' end- project was finished..

In_spired said...

*Change ain't bad- at least not all the time!*

Change isn't bad at all...IF you have a plan as to what you're changing!!

Simple Sunday? Buff, if you call this a simple Sunday, I could give you some lessons on the concept of "simple"!!

Great post! and congrats on the 2nd!

buffalodickdy said...

in_spired- Actually, when change is involved, I have better luck when it comes univited... I do my best work "thinking on my feet"!

Finn said...

I gain three pounds every time I read this blog. Bastard. xo

Bina said...

I love chicken, and I cook it SO many different ways, and no matter how you cook it, it's always good.

I tried a new recipe last night. Spaghetti Pie, and man oh man was it good! In a 9x13 pan, you place one pound of cooked Spaghetti. In a bowl, you mix some sour cream, cream cheese, and I added mozzerala and parmesean, with garlic, pepper and salt and spread that on the spaghetti. Then you take two jars of sauce and mix with one pound cooked hamburger (but I always use sausage). Pour that on top of the spaghetti and cheese mix, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and cook for 25 minutes at 350. Holy Crap it was good! and my kids loved it, too, which says a lot.

buffalodickdy said...

Finn- Yes, I'm a bastard- you love it...

buffalodickdy said...

bina- Sounds excellent! Must have weighed four pounds!

Sherry said...

2nd place is pretty impressive! I'd be lucky if the judges would even taste mine!

Akelamalu said...

Well done on the 2nd place in the chilli cook-off Buff.

The chicken looks delish. We had Salmon en croute.

Fancy getting your employment record after all this time - sound like you made the right move when you left there!

Leighann said...

I'll let you ride around in my bra all day long if you cook me dinner!

doggybloggy said...

2nd....what happened???


funny about those records....maybe you can sue em'...

buffalodickdy said...

sherry- I'd taste yours anyday...
Ake- I actually had started interviewing a little before it happened! I was a kid, but other places couldn't believe some of the tech drawings I had done..
leighann- Deal!
DogB- You had to be there.. One of the judges was the husband of one of the winners...Nothing bad in the records- just interesting...

Jeff B said...

You...an attitude...surely you jest!

Anndi said...

Congrats on the chili.. will you share the recipe?

That meal looks yummy.. we need smelloblogging!

Real Live Lesbian said...

Woo hooo!!! And yum!

pinknest said...

congrats on 2nd place!! that's awesome. i cannot believe the number of chili cook-offs you participate in!!

Paul Champagne said...

Mmmmm ... baked chicken breasts are on my diet, though I think the Rigatoni Alfredo just may have me gaining all of the weight back.

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Well hell I have always wanted a personal chef! You willing? LOL

Congratulatons on your win!

Lynda said...

I bet looking at that old work report was a little like finding a time capsule.

Mona said...

That really looks good! Specially the pasta with sauce & mushrooms! :)

I always believe that whatever happens happens for the best!

buffalodickdy said...

Jeff- My outspoken nature has not served me well in the larger corporations I've worked for...
anndi- Only won 15 bucks...
R.L.L.- It was a long, but fun day...
Pink- Some are very small, but if you wanted, you probably could be in 20 a year!
Paul- Chicken was better than the pasta that day...
PreProp- I can be had- but I ain't cheap!
lynda- It was interesting- really wasn't a whole lot of info in it...
mona- I was young, and still had alot to learn...

Tanya Kristine said...

alfredo makes everything better, you know?