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Welcome Home Dinner For The Boy

Paul's welcome home dinner Well, you know how I get when The Boy returns from a long absence. And when he walked in tonight, he said he was kind of stuffed, because at 4 p.m. he had stopped on the road and had a big slice of pizza and some kind of egg sandwich. But The Boy being The Boy, he sat down to the dinner table at 7:30 p.m. and proceeded to clean his plate.

Here's what we had - grilled pork cutlets (very thin, just thrown on the grill for a few minutes a side and brushed with bar-b-que sauce), corn on the cob (fresh from the co-op farm), green bean salad and pasta with cherry tomatoes.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Mince four cloves of garlic. Chop up about half a cup of flat leave parsley. Heat 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and then cook the garlic and parsley for a few minutes, until the garlic just starts to color. Meanwhile, take a pint of cherry tomatoes, and cut them in half. Add the tomatoes to the garlic/parsley mix, and cook for about five more minutes. Season with sea salt and fresh pepper.

Cook a pound of pasta - I used mini-penne - and drain. Toss with tomato/parley/garlic mixture. Season with fresh Parmesan cheese.

Green Bean Salad

Top and tail a pound of fresh green beans. Cook in boiling water for about 4 minutes, until they are crisp but not droopy. Drain and refresh with cold water, then set aside.

Chop 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, set aside
Chop 1/3 cup green onions, set aside

In a large bowl whisk together the following:
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Add the green beans, cilantro and green onions to the bowl, mix and serve.Pasta with cherry tomatoes   Green bean salad



Wow, what an incredible welcome home dinner! Very impressive. This far surpasses the french toast I served you a few weeks ago!

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