Life, Lately.

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Since I haven’t been on here as regularly, I figured it’d be a good time to share what I’ve been up to! Between crazy work. Seriously, it’s relentless, and when I come home, unfortunately the last thing I feel like doing is staring at a computer for another couple hours.

We finally took a trip to Houston to see our new niece-Jose’s sister’s daughter- who is now two months old. Too adorable for words.

Texas Junk Company was a pretty cool second hand store literally filled with junk and also thousands of pairs of cowboy boots. They’re all used and authentic and cheap as well. Sadly I did not find any. Suppose that just means I’ll need to go back.

Shishito peppers and the most amazing kale salad (recipe variation coming soon!) on two separate lunch dates with my husband. Love our little Houston dates.

After a nice few days of getting away, I returned to Kansas City and Jose stayed in Texas to drive to his last interview in San Antonio. After some long travels of driving through an ice storm to get back to Kansas City, we celebrated the end of his interviews and crazy travel schedule by going out to dinner for the KC restaurant week. It’s become a fun yearly tradition, and this year went to Westport Cafe. I had escargot for the first time-which was amazingly good. Also pictured is the braised short rib with polenta and croissant bread pudding. So, so good. An expensive treat but totally worth it. Weekends + trips+ family time always goes by too fast……

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Weekend Scenes.

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On Friday we went to a barn wedding which was just lovely, down to every small detail. I loved the wedding favors, which were recipes and bookmarks and am already planning a time to make that braised pork. Dinner was Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ and dessert was pie. Lovely.

Recipe coming soon for the dessert pictured above!

My new favorite breakfast=apple cinnamon oatmeal with peanut butter. Hooked on it lately. I added the oats to the jar of almost empty peanut butter to use up every last bit.

Not pictured from the weekend: Ohio State football game watching. Sunday tapas dinner at La Bodega with friends, followed by ice cream at Glace for dessert. I had butternut squash brown sugar and caramelized apple ice cream…in a pumpkin spice waffle cone! Hello Fall I love you and everything I eat apparently has to fit into the theme of Fall these. I’m waiting to get tired of pumpkin. It hasn’t happened yet.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Since I’ve discovered this recipe I’ve probably made this dish, or a variation of it, at least 10 times. More or less.

I’d actually had the recipe for awhile before I first made it, but, like many recipes, hadn’t gotten around to it for some time. This is the problem, I’ve come to find: between Pinterest, food blogs, magazines, recipe websites, cookbooks, and my own recipe archives, I’m often paralyzed with indecision. Too many choices!

Finally I had some heavy whipping cream leftover from another recipe that needed to be used up so I decided to make this pasta dish. And I am very happy I did.

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So creamy, with the perfect kick of Cajun spices. It tastes like there is more than the amount of cream that there is, creating a creamier, decadent pasta sauce that is secretly on the lighter side.

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This is Jose’s new favorite dish. He asks for it at least once a week (we don’t make it quite that much), but….it’s that good. And this is saying a lot, because usually when I am suggesting ideas for dinners he’ll respond unenthusiastically with some variation of “Yeah, that’s fine.” And being the indecisive person that I already am, this drives me crazy because I want to know what he really wants! So I ask him again and am displeased when he does not respond as emphatically as I’d like him to. In case it is obvious, this is a conversation we have often. You’d think I would have learned by now.

What I’m trying to say, is that this is a delicious dinner that you should make tonight.

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Adapted from Eat Live Run

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite size chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (can sub with fire roasted, Rotel, etc.-we use whatever we have on hand)
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz penne pasta

Cook pasta in boiling water, drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and 1 tsp Cajun seasoning blend and cook until the chicken has just cooked through—about six minutes.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and add the minced shallot, pepper, and garlic to the hot skillet (add a little more oil if necessary). Saute until the shallot and peppers are tender and then add the tomatoes, cream and additional Cajun seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for a couple minutes. Add chicken back to sauce.

Add linguine to the pan and toss to combine. Serve pasta with a grating of Parmesan cheese if desired.

Happy Friday!

At Least It’s….Thursday?

Short weeks always put me off schedule in one way or another. Not that I am complaining….but for some reason, this week has seemed to go by slower rather than faster. Perhaps by anticipating a shorter work week, I overestimate its speed. In my mind, yesterday should have been Thursday and today should have been Friday.

Or perhaps it’s felt longer because we’ve had one of those weeks at work where nothing is working properly, as far as technology is concerned. And in the field of immigration advising, technology is pretty important.

This is to all to say that I am quite ready for Friday. 

Tonight’s dinner was a simple yet delicious meal that I’ve been a little hooked on: 

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Polenta Burrito Bowl-black beans, sauteed peppers and onions, and a fried egg.

Jose, not so much, but it all worked out:

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Self Explanatory?

More updates later. Now it’s lazy weeknight time with this guy: 

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Okay, ready, set….weekend!