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cajun pasta

Thursday is my telework day. Our company instituted a telework policy a few months back. So after I finished all of my work today, I made a trip to the store to pick up a few things for dinner.

I cooked for me and my mom; my dad is actually down in Blacksburg with a media pass to the Virgina Tech game. Lucky lucky. So, since pops isn’t here for dinner, we had pasta! He’s not a big carbs fan.

Using some inspiration from Pioneer Woman, I decided to make Cajun Chicken Pasta, just  few small changes. It turned out pretty tasty. I definitely would like more heat, but wanted to make sure Momma would like it too!

My lovely recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • 1 pack chicken tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • half of one red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1% since that’s all we had)
  • 1 lb linguine (or whatever pasta you would like)
  • cayenne pepper as needed
  • salt & pepper as needed

Cook the pasta according to the the box; I used whole grain pasta so it took a little longer than usual. I know now everyone is a fan of the whole grain pastas available, but I really like them.

Season the chicken with about 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning. Heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and brown the chicken on both sides. Remove to a plate.

Using the same pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and blacken the peppers, onion, and garlic with remaining seasoning and a dash of cayenne. Remove to same plate with the chicken.

Keep the burner on high and deglaze the pan with the white wine and chicken stock. Let it reduce for a few minutes. Bring the burner to medium low and add the milk or cream or whatever you choose and let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken up. Taste and season as needed: salt, pepper, cayenne, etc.

Add the already cooked chicken and veggies, along with the juices! Cook that up again for a few minutes. Mix in the pasta and you’re ready to eat!

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Getting a little bit of inspiration from the blog world this weekend, I made lots of yummy meals for a fortunate wahoo in Charlottesville. Along with some tailgating and football.

First meal attempt, some delicious soup, courtesy of Cookin Canuck. A chicken, butternut squash, and quinoa stew. This thing was awesome and will definitely be made again. Don’t have any pictures; I was busy trying to pull things together in an unfamiliar kitchen. Steaming sqaush was a challenge with a pasta strainer and pot lid that didn’t really fit. Still super delicious.

Saturday was some tailgating and football watching at good ole UVA. Did have some nice box seats though. BUT NOTHING BEATS HOKIE FOOTBALL. Just had to put that out there.

It was a beautiful day though. Thankful for this great weather in November.

Cainon was busy studying for the GMAT on Sunday so I got to work in the kitchen making some treats for us. After renting Pirates of the Carribbean on Amazon.

I was catching up on the blogs and saw a recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese on Eat Live Run. ummm ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! So yes, I wen to the grocery store, bought all of the ingredients, and cooked that baby up.

Seriously, this dish was awesome. You could tell that there was something just slightly different about it if you didn’t already know there was pumpkin in it. mm mm mmmm!

Cheesy, pumpkin-y and delicious.

Among other weekend activities, thanks for a great weekend or cooking blog world!

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First of all, GO HOKIES! It’s gameday!! And it’s a big one; we play Georgia Tech tonight at 8 and it is a must win. Confident, but not cocky.

Quick flashback to the awesomeness that is David Wilson from last year’s game against the Yellowjackets:

Gives me chills. So awesome!

 

I am planning to work on some chicken and quinoa soup. More on that later…

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Weekends in the fall revolve around watching Hokie football on Saturday, so when we have a bye week, like this week, things just feel sad.

I decided to take it easy on Friday night and rented Water for Elephants on Amazon instant play. I just finished the book a few weeks ago; wanted to read it before I saw the movie. It definitely was a good movie, but the way the book is written gives you a while different experience. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean.

Instead of watching the Hokies on Saturday, I watched the UVa and Maryland game. As a Hokie, I am required to despise UVa, which, don’t get me wrong, I do. However, my boyfriend is a Wahoo, so I cheer for them when I can. It was a close contest at first, but UVa took it for sure in the second half.

While watching afternoon football, I made Broccoli Cheese Soup, inspired by Pioneer Woman. I used some cheddar and pepper jack (everything is better with heat). The soup was good but just a tad grainy, which I feel like happens when making a cheese based anything. I’ll have to try something different next time.

Later on Saturday, I went out to Reston to meet up with my roomz for life, Hannah before heading over to another friend’s housewarming party.

Sunday: pancakes, coffee, nail-painting, a redskins loss, and leftovers for dinner. And watching Mad Men on Netflix.

And soon I will update with pictures from a nice hike up Humpback Rocks with the wahoo bf; it was so beautiful. For now, I’ll leave you with this:

 

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Let’s be serious. I cannot be expected to take a million pictures while I am busy tailgating, jumping up and down, screaming, and stuffing my face with turkey legs. But this is what I did manage to capture on my iPhone last weekend in Virginia Tech’s epic win over Miami.

GO HOKIES!

Owned.

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This weekend was full of food, football, and lots and lots of German beer. My two roommates and I decided that instead of a Thanksgiving get-together that we put on last year, we would host an “Oktoberfeast” football watching party.

On the menu: homemade pretzels with multiple dips and mustards. They were so delicious. Devin was in charge of those, so I’ll have to get the recipe from her at some point.

We also had a ton of beer bratwurst, pumpkin whoopie pies, cheeses, and massive amounts of German and Oktoberfest beers that we asked people to contribute. We will feed you, you bring beer to drink.

The Hokies were playing a home game against Clemson, and to those that follow college football, the outcome was not in our favor. Oh well, it was still fun having so many people over at our house for a final hurrah. We move out at the end of this month.

The Hokies that were over before kickoff took our ceremonious communion shot of wild turkey, which I so graciously learned years ago from the Clubhouse Tailgate.


On call for this week:

  • Some sort of kale soup; I have a TON from the wahoo boyfriend’s family farm.
  • Tuna pasta salad; I have a ton of tuna that I feel like using. It’s either that or tuna noodle casserole.
  • Butternut squash soup; I’ve got one left from the three I got from the boy. It will be spicy and delicious.

To be made into something delicious:

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this weekend was just lovely. Friday night started with picking up my super adorable Wahoo boyfriend at DCA from a work trip to Boston. We went with a few friends to Arlington Drafthouse to see comic Dana Gould. It was a pretty good show: hilarious moments and others that were so-so. It was a fun and different thing to do on a Friday, and it was also my first time going to the drafthouse. Definitely need to hit up the $1 and $2 movie nights in the near future.

Saturday: adorable wahoo leaves, so roommate Devin and I decide we need to have mimosas while waiting for the Virginia Tech football game to come on. We ended up getting a 12-pack of Saranac Pumpkin Ale, and all the fixings necessary for some mac and cheese. It was a glorious afternoon of mimosas, beer, mac and cheese, cookies, and Hokie football.

Sunday was another fun day. It began with some pillsbury cinnamon rolls. So delicious and easy.

Went to the last Nationals home game of the season with my parents. More gameday food and beer. There was a definite theme in my food choices this past weekend. The Nats won, 3-0 against the Braves; it was a good game to go to: not too sunny or hot & the home team won!

Time to reboot with roast pork tenderloin and some trader joe’s grains blend! Thanks iPhone, for keeping track of my weekend!

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