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Snow Day + Chicken Recipe

We've gotten at least 24" of the white stuff. My husband, son, and daughter have been taking turns clearing it from the driveway, while I stay inside and work on finishing up art pieces for Arisia.

I did cook supper and it turned out surprising good and much appreciated by those doing so much physical labor:

Chicken with Garlic, Artichokes, Peppers, Tomatoes

First part:

2 lbs. boneless chicken, cubed
30 to 40 cloves garlic, ends trimmed but otherwise whole
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons "herbes de Provence" (or a mix of thyme, savory, rosemary, marjoram)

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a covered oven dish, bake the chicken with the garlic and olive oil for 1 hour. Use immediately over rice or pasta, or use with the following.

Second part:

1 package rotini, cooked per package directions
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, cut up
1 14 oz. can Pastene artichoke bottoms, each diced
1 12 oz. jar Pastene "sweet & hot pepper poppers", each quartered
1/2 jar Trader Joe's roasted red pepper and artichoke tapenade
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
garlic chicken (from above)

Cook the pasta and drain in a colander. In the pasta pot, cook tomatoes in olive oil over medium-high heat till they start to soften. Add artichoke and pepper and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes more. Add tapenade and the chicken with garlic, and cook for another 5 minutes till heated through. Stir in the parmesan, then the drained pasta. Serve with extra parmesan.