"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Dinner & a DVD - Fever Pitch

Before you turn up your nose, I have to admit this was very good. I'm not a cranberry person, but I really liked the flavor of this. If you're looking for something fast but different for dinner, try this unique entree. Combining the chili sauce, brown sugar, and cranberry sauce gives the chicken a welcome zip.

Cranberry Chicken

Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips **
Onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/3 cups chili sauce (I used one bottle - not sure what this measures out to)
3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
Hot cooked rice or noodles (I used Amish noodles I bought at the Farmer's Market this fall)

** I use the precooked Butterball Chicken Breasts Strips (grilled) - easy & convenient. A little expensive ($4.99 for a package), but I hate cutting up and messing with raw chicken. **

In a large skillet, sauté the chicken and onion in butter until chicken is no longer pink (or skip this part if you use the Butterball Chicken Breasts Strips). Add the chili sauce, cranberry sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles. Ready in 30 minutes or less

Featured Attraction: Fever Pitch

Plot: Lindsay(Drew Barrymore) is a business executive who meets Ben(Jimmy Fallon), a teacher. They soon start seeing each other. But, then, Lindsay finds out Ben is a Boston Red Sox fan. The problem? He is obsessed and goes to each and every game. Now, Lindsay must decide whether to break it off with Ben or accept his obsession.

Pam's Review: Fever Pitch was a light-hearted romantic comedy that offered something for everyone. Even though I'm not a baseball fan, I wasn't bored or lost throughout the movie. I thought the end lacked a little bit, but other than that, people who appreciate sports should be able to appreciate this movie for that aspect of it.

Jimmy Fallon did a nice job as well. He and Drew Berrymore had a nice and innocent chemistry. The jokes were not roll-around-on-the-floor-funny, but they were good enough to keep you entertained and attentive to the movie.

Those of us who appreciate romance in a movie will find that the romantic parts of this movie are cliché, but cute none-the-less. It is enough romance to officially make the movie a romantic comedy. Overall, it is a lighthearted movie that I would suggest to anyone, who is open-minded enough to appreciate a movie for what it is.

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