Friday, September 10, 2010

First Post!

 Chicken and Peppers over Alfredo Linguine

Today was the first day of my brand new job at the YMCA! And so... I had to make dinner quick and easy (and by 3:30!!!!). I have a feeling that dinners at our house this semester will be at very random times, given our class and work schedules.
This dish was quick and easy - and didn't require any obscure ingredients that I would need to go out and buy specifically for it. Dan LOVES alfredo and linguine so I thought this would be a nice thing to make.

Boil enough noodles for two (about 10 minutes) while you make the chicken topping and the sauce.
In a large frying pan, pour about 2 TBSP olive oil and saute your chicken. Add the chopped up green and red peppers as well as a few shakes of Italian Seasoning to the chicken after it is mostly cooked, turn the pan to medium-low and let the chicken brown slightly.
The alfredo sauce is amazing - start heating these ingredients up in order after you have the chicken and peppers going. Make sure you stir constantly with a whisk and that the heat is medium-low the entire time.
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup half n half
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (added gradually - make sure it melts nicely before adding more)
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
If you find that your sauce is too thick, simply add a little more half n half. The sauce will definitely thicken quickly after it is removed from the heat. No fears- you can warm it right back up if you need to!
What I did was strain all of the water out of the pasta after it is nice and tender, and add it right into the alfredo sauce (turn the heat off first) and mix it up. Serve onto plates, top with the chicken and pepper mixture and enjoy!

Life has been pretty busy this week. This new job - since I will be working with children- has required me to fill out tons of paperwork and to drive different places to get papers signed and fingerprints checked and medical exams done.... Sigh! But I'm glad to say that I'm all set with that and have started working. (o: The kids are going to be great and I'm going to have a lot of fun!
Aside from the craziness of getting this new job in order, I have had to go to classes every day, keep up with homework, manage my household (including cooking dinner- IF I have enough time!), work my other job, and babysit! You know what? I got through it! And even though I'm tired- I haven't gotten frustrated yet!

Just glad that it is Friday...


  1. Steph, did you ever watch the movie, "Julie and Julia" about the famous tv cook show personality: Julia Child? Your blog is a mirror of Julie's life in the movie. Fun! I really liked that movie. I recommend it.

  2. I did see it- I didn't even think of that! Ha! I don't think I'm going to go as crazy as she did with her blog though! I'm so excited that you commented on my posts! I feel like this is a real blog now! (o: