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Lucky 7 Salad!

Yes… I’M BACK!  I know your life has been empty and hungry without your Punky Chef.  So sing to the heavens, hug thy neighbor, and get EXCITED, people.  I’ve been busy traveling and working on many things happy problem.  (New songs!  Visit www.myspace.com/thehappyproblem.  Sorry, brief promotional moment.)  AND, Punky Chef is now AUNT PUNKY CHEF.  Witness my two gorgeous new nephews – born within 24 hours of each other to my sister and my sister-in-law:

Ryder Punky - doing his very first Elvis impression

Punky Ryder - doing his very first Elvis impression

David Punky - doing his first Johnny Rotten impression

Punky David - doing his first Johnny Rotten impression

So I’ve been enjoying the baby parade for the last three weeks, and am now getting back to my teensy kitchen and starting to cook again.  And just to ease us all back in, I’m throwing this fabboo, quick, healthy lunch at you.  Witness Lucky 7 Salad!

Do ya feel LUCKY, Punk?

Do ya feel LUCKY, Punk?

Yeah, it’s pretty much the easiest ever, thanks to our “7” theme and also to the wonderful people at Newman’s Own for the dressing.  Come with me…

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Bad-Ass Bruschetta…

Oh yes, I did just say that.  And I mean “Bad-Ass” as in “kick-in-the…”  Hey, I AM the Punky Chef, after all.  And when you taste this version of a classic appetizer, you’ll understand WHY!  Witness: Bad-Ass Bruschetta.

Get ready for a kick in the pants, people.

Get ready for a kick in the pants, people.

Yes, this ain’t ‘cher madre’s bruschetta.  This is Bruschetta with a KICK, thanks to pepper and fresh chopped garlic.  We’ve also got some other special treats like shaved Parmesan and fresh julienned basil.  You can get almost everything for this delish dish from your local Farmer’s Market, and the whole thing takes like 20 minutes, so saddle-up my punky friends!  And don’t forget your padding.  Come with me…

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Punky Pesto Pasta Party!

And now we have for you another Punky specialty!  Punky in its simplicity, Punky in its colorful fashion sense, and Punky in its POW flavor.  No need to stage dive to get your kicks here, just try my Punky Pesto Pasta Party!

My taste buds think it's gorgeous too...

My taste buds think it's gorgeous too...

Oh yes, this whole thing takes about twenty minutes – just the length of time you need to make spaghetti.  And it’s so pretty pretty and tasty tasty!  Savory pesto, smoky crunchy walnuts, sharp Parmesan, sweet tomatoes, and salty calamata olives – AND you can look at this pasta on your table and say, “You know, dahling, yooou look MAHVELOUS.”  This recipe is great for big groups or small intimate dins with PLENTY of leftovers.  And hey – it tastes just as good cold, so it’s a pasta and a pasta SALAD all-in-one!  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Napoleon Dynamites! Plum Tomatoes, Seasoned Breaded Egglant, Pesto, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

Yes, you heard me right.  These scrumptious layered belly-pleasers are called Napoleon Dynamites and almost EVERYTHING you need to make them comes from your local Farmer’s Market!  Need I say more?

The big version...

The big version...

The small version...

The small version...

 I am still trying to find the best way to “plate” these things – they’re downright messy once you get to presentin’ ’em.  But believe me, they make BEAUTIFUL COLORS inside your mouth!  We have here breaded, seasoned eggplant, layered with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fresh leaves of basil, garden vine tomatoes, PESTO, and if that all wasn’t enough, baked chopped WALNUTS on top!  I know.  I know.  Dynamite, eh?  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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