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Natures Botanical Gardens, Spring Hill, Florida. Photo courtesy of Jen Carter Photography.

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Natures Botanical Gardens, Spring Hill, Florida. Photo courtesy of Jen Carter Photography.

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22 October, 2012

REVIEW: Chicken Fettuccine Carbonara

And here we go again on the venture to find something new to cook - and then tell you good folks how it turned out.

Tonight I went for Chicken. Again, how many different ways can you cook it? We don't have a grill (I know, my husband cries over this every now and again), he doesn't like it baked, I didn't want it pan fried, and I couldn't convince myself to do something in the crockpot - again.

So, back to Pinterest we go.....

I made something similar to this a while ago. Of course, I can't find the recipe. So, EVERYTHING is on Pinterest. One simple search later, and I've got a dozen different variation of Chicken Carbonara. Once I found a pretty picture, I decided I would go for it.

It's more complicated than the ribs, but not so complicated that you don't want to fool with it. The hubby loved it. I loved it. My niece loved it. It was most definitely a winner and we will be making it again.

Photo courtesy of Redneck Recipes
Cook your pasta. At the same time cook your bacon, spoon it out. Cook mushrooms, garlic, and onions, spoon out. Cut up chicken and cook. Pour veggies back in, add cream. Plate pasta, cover with chicken and veggies, top with grated parm and bacon. Serve!

MY VARIATIONS:
* I did not add the frozen peas.
* I did not add the tomatoes.
* We added green onion to ours as a garnish on the top.

** I also made a bit of a roux with flour and water to thicken the sauce a bit.

This is a really nice meal because it only uses two pots/pans. I like that - less clean up. It also does great as a one item meal. It's like having spaghetti - but better!

If I had ANY complaints, I would have liked a little more sauce. You could probably just add a little extra cream, and then thicken a little more. This recipe only calls for a cup of it and between all the bacon, chicken, and garlic, the cream takes on a dark color and tastes fabulous.

If you are looking for something simply, and FAIRLY quick, I would definitely say this one is a winner!

Original recipe found HERE !!

Happy cooking!

xoxoxoxo,
Red

21 October, 2012

REVIEW - Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce

Now, I don't fancy myself a food connoisseur by any means, but I gotta tell ya, as a typical housewife and mom, I get SO sick of fixing the same crap every week. How many times can you fix chicken - and how many different ways can you make it? In between that is cubesteak, pork chops, hamburger, and it all just rotates and rotates.

Lately my husband and I are in a funk. We look at each other with that "what do you want for dinner" face - and it's just blank. There's nothing there. I'm fairly confident that were it not for our eight year old, we probably wouldn't fix dinner at all.

Compound all of this with the fact that I have the MOST IMPOSSIBLE CHILD when it comes to appetite. She's getting better, but this food battle goes right along with the homework battle - some days I'd rather jump off of a bridge than fight it.

Anyways, I'm always looking for something new. I'm blessed to have an incredible husband when it comes to food. Not only does he know a good recipe when he sees one, but he can definitely COOK a good recipe too!

So, with the creation of Pinterest, I've got an entire world full of recipes right at my fingertips - and I don't even have to store cook books! WINNING!

Today I came across this recipe for ribs.I love baby back ribs. I hate fat on ANYTHING. Baby backs don't have that. YAY! I also like a good funky turn on something "normal". Entrance "Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce".

I hate the fact that I have cooked some Paula Deen recipes that wound up being extremely expensive and then tasted so terribly that I wouldn't feed them to my dogs - entrance that Baked Red Snapper with Peppers and Onions thing she does. YUCK!! So I decided that I would start reviewing all these Pinterest recipes so we can all get a heads up on what's good, and what looks pretty but is a far cry from edible.

I wound up with this:

Fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce, Asparagus, and Mac and Cheese
These were super simple to make. Salt and pepper baby back ribs. Put in baking pan. Double cover with foil. Cook at 275 for FOUR HOURS (consider this a crockpot meal). Take out, turn on broiler. Brush with Sweet Chili Sauce (it's in the Asian section of your grocery store). Put under broiler UNCOVERED for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce caramelizes. Viola!

It REALLY DOES fall off the bone. REALLY.

It's not really spicy - unless you get a too crazy with the coarse black pepper like I did. Don't do that. All things in moderation - I went overboard. I admit it. It does have SOME spice, but it kinda hits on the back end. It's not like a buffalo sauce that hits you right from the start.

They are just REALLY good. FYI, the author of the recipe, which is found HERE, says she prefers a specific chili sauce - I couldn't find the one she recommended, so I used Taste Of Asia Sweet Chili Sauce. It was $1.99 at Publix. It wasn't too bad.

I would ask for my husband's review, but he ate almost an entire half of a rack by himself, and I couldn't understand ANYTHING he was saying over the chewing..... I guess that means he liked it! :)

I gotta thank STEAMY KITCHEN for this AWESOME recipe! WOOHOO! We will DEFINITELY be making this again.

xoxoxoxo,
Red