Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta

Before going to the grocery store I try to make a menu. Try is the word because I usually deviate from the menu due to unexpected invites from friends or a crying baby. Tonight I actually got to one of the menued (is that a word?) meals and it was really fast and quite delicious. Sadly, the recipe was for two servings which you would think would be awesome since the only people around here eating solids is Michael and I but when you are breastfeeding you eat like Hagrid (Harry Potter Shout Out)

So I give you this pasta dish we had. Basically you are making a simple sauce but boy was it delicious. I found myself literally scraping the plate with my fork to get the sauce that was left behind. So good.

This recipe comes from Taste of Home.

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta


  • 1 C uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter
  • 2 1/4 tsp EVOO
  • 1 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • dash of salt
  • basil
  • crushed red pepper
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth (i subbed chicken granules)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp sour cream


Cook your pasta according to the directions. In the meantime, melt your butter in a sauce pan. Once melted, incorp your flour. Stir in the oil, garlic, and seasonings until blended. Gradually add your milk, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, stir for 2 minutes and then turn onto low until thickened.

Remove from heat, stir in cheese and sour cream. Drain Pasta and toss with sauce.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chilis Knockoff Fajita Marinade

I am a huge fan of mexican food. Its easy to cook, has great flavor and is always a crowd pleaser. I have been lacking in the marinade deparment. I always just add my own spices while cooking the meat but wanted to find something to marinade it in overnight. This my friends is the answer. Put your meat in this and you can use it for enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, really any mexican dish. Its great. I found this recipe on CDkitchen.com and and it claims to come from Chili's. When I grew up we really only had one restaurant in my town and that was chili's so to me this brings back all the memories of highschool.

Chili's knockoff Fajita Marinade


  • 1/4 C Lime Juice

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

  • 4 cloves of garlic , minced

  • 2 tsp of soy sauce

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1 lb of sirloin or chicken sliced.


Combine all and leave in fridge overnight or for 8 hours.