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Grilled Chicken over Tomato Alfredo Pasta


If you want a flavorful, juicy chicken breast just marinade it in Grill Mates wonderful Garlic, Herb & Wine marinade.

My family loves this recipe. We usually make it with chicken cutlets so that it grills quickly on my Pampered Chef grill pan. This recipe is totally not mine. I got it at Plain Chicken which is an awesome website with great food.

Marinade the chicken for about 1/2 an hour using the instructions on the packet. Start grilling and boil water for your pasta. When the pasta gets put in the salted water then you can start the sauce. I double the original recipe. So it is 1 lb of pasta, 16 oz canned alfredo sauce, 16 oz tomato sauce, 1 tbl of Italian seasoning, and like 5 cloves of garlic (my family does not believe that there is such a thing as too much garlic).

Slice up the chicken into strips, mix the sauce and the pasta together and serve with chicken strips on top.

It is a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

Hits and Misses

I tend to experiment a lot in the kitchen. Not so much making up new things but trying out other people’s recipes. Generally there are more hits than misses but it goes in waves. And I am in a bit of a slump right now. Which is part of why I haven’t posted in over a week.

To make things worse, I remember to take pictures when the food is bad but my successes I forget to photograph.

The Misses

Last week I made two Pampered Chef recipes. During my Pampered Chef shows I have been known to say “I have never met a bad Pampered Chef recipe.” Up until this week every recipe that I got off the Pampered Chef website was a home run. I made the Easy Tortellini Toss and the Chicken Caesar Salad Skillet and I would not make them again. To be fair I didn’t have enough of the Crushed Peppercorn and Garlic Rub to make the first dish so I substituted but I think it would have been too hot if I would have had enough. The Chicken Caesar Salad Skillet might not have been too bad but I didn’t get the romaine lettuce in a warm dish.

Tortellini Toss


Caesar Salad Skillet
Caesar Salad Skillet

Early this week I made Philly Cheesesteaks in the slow cooker.  Yet another disappointment. After these mini disasters (yes, I tend to take it personally when I put out sucky food) I got less adventurous. Taco night and BBQ chicken from a local church. I just couldn’t take more disappointment.

Look at those beautiful thin sliced meat for the Philly Cheesesteaks
Taco night
Taco night


The Hits

To be fair, it wasn’t all bad. We had leftover fajita meat and veggies which made an AWESOME fajita salad. I could eat that every day. Yes, I said that about a salad.


This Monday I made Salisbury Steak and white rice (a personal favorite of mine) but it is an old stand-by, nothing new. And, no pictures. I will post the recipe soon.

Yesterday I baked up some pork chops and made a delicious potato salad (even DD raved about it). No pictures. Rats!


So today I remembered to take pictures again and, that’s right, another dinner disappointment. I didn’t even finish it.

But I got lots of pictures.

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