Homestyle Cookin'

Even though you will be getting married soon, doesn't mean you are past the "dating" phase. Actually, to be honest, you should never get past the dating phase. Marriage should be the two of you dating for the rest of your life, otherwise, don't expect to have any romance.

I don't know what in me spiked this sudden urge to cook him dinner while he's napping, all he asked for was spaghetti. But here it goes. Nice and affordable dinner for two.

Preheat your oven to 375.
Prep your chicken. Make sure they are both thawed. Having one delicious and well cooked chicken for one just wouldn't be fair. Also, make sure you know how to clean it and all. Giving him food poisoning probably isn't the best way to say "I love you".

Get out your ingredients. You'll need two pots-- one for noodles and one for sauce.
Have a glass pan ready for your chicken to go in the oven.

Eggs and milk (for the batter to keep the breading on the chicken)
Bread Crumbs (either Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs or make your own if you're that fancy)
Garlic Salt
Spaghetti Sauce

That should do it.

Mix 2 eggs and about 1/4 cup of milk into a bowl, dip the chicken in it then bread away!

This is it for the chicken for now. Put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes (or until chicken is tender enough for a fork to go through) and we'll worry about it later. Do NOT forget to set your timer. You lose track of time when dealing with other areas of the kitchen. And actually turn on your oven. Yes, I've done that before and wondered why my brownies weren't cooked after 30 minutes. Now, cooking instructions may be a little different depending on the chicken so make sure to check.

Now for the pasta. Everyone knows how to cook pasta right? Boil water, throw it in there, when it tastes good, take it off the burner. Simple right? Now, I have actually met one person who has BURNT noodles before. It was like eating pudding with the slightest taste of burnt popcorn. Please don't be this person.

The sauce- either you can pour out a can of Prego or Ragu (whatever your choice may be). Honestly, I prefer Prego. If you want your sauce to taste sweet, go with Ragu; if you want it to actually taste like a tomato, Prego. You can leave it like that but hey, where is the fun in that? I like to play around with spices-- toss in some oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Makes a whole lot of difference, you'll see.

When the noodles are done, drain them. Keep the sauce on low heat so it doesn't get cold. And guys, remember to stir it. Splatters of spaghetti sauce all over your kitchen is not fun.

When the chicken is done, let it sit for a couple of minutes so it can soak up all those yummy juices. Check it to make sure it is cooked-- cut into it in the center and make sure there is no pink. If it's good, continue. If not, back in the oven it goes!

Now, put your pasta on the plate, then the chicken and spread that delicious "homemade" spaghetti sauce all over the chicken and pasta.
Ta dahhhh!

Now take it to your love bug and share the joy.

It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about -- enjoying things. --Julia Child

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