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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

My last recipe was husband approved, but this one comes step-daughter approved!  I think her words went something like, "I don't like it.  I don't love it.  I REALLY love it!"  Any meal that gets that kind of approval has to be shared!

Honestly, I'm not a huge fettuccine alfredo fan.  I usually prefer a red sauce full of a ton of garlic and herbs, but the rest of my family are huge fans.  So...that means this wife and step-mom had to figure out how to make one of their favorites.  The goal was to come up with something yummy and creamy that would get their approval but to also try to lighten it up and make it as nutritious as possible.  I think the results did both!
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can customize it as much or as little as you want!  For instance, I chose to put chicken in mine because a no meat meal would not have gone over well with the hubby, but you could just as easily make it without.  I threw broccoli in because my step-daughter loves broccoli, and I thought this would be a great way to incorporate a veggie.  The broccoli was such a hit that she asked me to please cook twice as much broccoli next time we have this meal!  I call that SUCCESS!  I could just have easily thrown in peas, ham, mushrooms...really whatever sounds good to you and your family will work.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Husband Approved Pecan Pie

I know that technically Thanksgiving is over and we've moved on to the Christmas season, but please let me hold on to it a little bit longer!  I love Thanksgiving!  It's my favorite holiday, and I don't want to say goodbye!  What's not to love about food, family, and fun, and more importantly, what's not to love about a holiday that celebrates being thankful for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives?!?  Well, if I have to bid farewell to Thanksgiving, at least let me celebrate one more time by sharing a piece of leftover goodness.

When I met my husband, I found out that his favorite dessert is pecan pie.  I was so disappointed!  Pecan pie?  Really?  Are you sure?  I love to cook, and more importantly, I love to bake.  But never in my life had I made a pecan pie.  How can I impress this man I want to marry with my cooking skills if I don't even know how to make his favorite dessert???  Thankfully, he still married me despite the fact I had never made (and I'm pretty sure never eaten) his beloved pecan pie!