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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blackened Chicken Pasta Alfredo

2 - Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 - Red Bell Pepper
1 - Small Red Onion
1 lb - Penne Pasta
1/4 - tsp Blackening Seasoning
1/4 - tsp dried Thyme
1/4 - tsp dried Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
8 oz Alfredo Sauce
3 tbs Olive Oil
Parsley for garnish

This is one of those recipes I use when I need to put dinner together quick. So I get help from some store bought items. I start by cutting the red bell pepper and onion into strips and set aside. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes. I find that cutting the chicken breasts is a little easier if they are still slightly frozen. Add 3 tbs of olive oil to a skillet and heat, then add the chicken. Add your blackened seasoning ~ I used Zatarains Blackened Seasoning but you can certainly make your own. Recipe follows for blackened seasoning. Add the rest of the seasonings and saute chicken. In a large pot bring water to a boil to cook the pasta. Remember to salt your water for the pasta. When the chicken is nearly done add your vegetables to the skillet and saute. cook the vegetables while you boil the pasta. After you've drained your pasta add your Alfredo sauce to the pasta and combine. I used jar Alfredo Sauce for this recipe. Again you can certainly make your own but the jar was a time saver for a quick ready meal. Add the chicken and vegetables to the pasta and combine. This will give you a nice spicy Alfredo pasta dish. Garnish with Parsley. You can have this dish ready in 30 minutes. Quick, easy, good.

Blackened Seasoning:
2 tbs paprika, 1 tbs onion powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried basil, and 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Homemade Alfredo Sauce: 1 stick butter, 1 c Heavy Cream, 2 c grated Parmesan, salt & pepper

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sweet Tea

Simple Southern Sweet Tea

It's true, we southerners love our sweet tea. I cannot tell you how many times I've been in a restaurant in another part of the country and sure enough, when they ask me what I would like to drink ~ out comes sweet tea. The server usually will smile at me and let me know they do not have sweet tea there. I think they can tell by my accent already where I'm from and understand I just couldn't help myself. Here in the south everybody serves sweet tea. We keep a pitcher in the fridge at all times in case we have company. I'm going to share an easy recipe that eliminates boiling water etc. Here is what you'll need:

3 Lipton Cold Brew Tea Bags
1 Gallon size Pitcher
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
Lemon - optional 
First from the faucet - wait for the water to run hot and put about 2" of hot water in the pitcher. Add the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved. Next add your 3 tea bags and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water. Let the tea stand for  20 minutes, remove the tea bags, stir and refrigerate. You can also serve immediately. It's just that easy.  

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