Campanelle with Chicken, Mushrooms and Basil-Vodka Sauce

Sometimes you just gotta have pasta.  While I haven’t been a huge pasta fan, I discovered vodka sauce a while back and started to understand what all the fuss was about.  I’m not ashamed to admit it: if you add alcohol to it, I’ll probably love anything.  With this quick little recipe I cooked up (no pun intended) you’re sure to love it too!

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Campanelle with Chicken, Mushrooms and Basil-Vodka Sauce!
serves 4-6

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Horseradish Crusted Salmon Fillets

Once in a blue moon I crave fish.  I’m really not a fish lover… the only two types of fish I (rarely) will eat are tuna – seared rare of course – and salmon.  I’ve enjoyed a chilean sea bass or two (aka Patagonian Toothfish – ohh marketing) but due to its environmental price I try to steer clear of it.  That being said, the usual chicken, pork, and steak dinners can get a bit dull and, just as at my alma mater, sometimes you have to throw a fish or two into the mix.

I’ll be honest here – one of the main reasons I don’t venture into cooking fish often is that I really just don’t know how.  I put some research into this next recipe, though, and it paid off – it was delicious and flavorful with a super crispy skin.  Not so bad for a piscatory diversion from the norm!

crispy flaky fishy forn

Horseradish Crusted Salmon Fillets!
serves 2

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Goat Cheese, Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Last night I decided I felt like a lighter meal since my stomach has kind of been off lately.  I have a few favorite lighter meals, like the shrimp baguettes I posted a few days ago, but I wanted something delicious and chicken-y.  I decided on a super simple but super delicious recipe.  This is a great summer dinner!

who doesn’t love goat cheese?

Goat Cheese, Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts!
serves 4

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts

I woke up today feeling very hungry and craving something meaty and filling. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ingredients to make one of my staples… so I’ll just blog about it instead and drool over old photos!  This is one of my favorite simple preparations of chicken that is spectacular.  It’s definitely not low-fat, though, so if you’re calorie counting you might want to skip this one.  This is also the first part of my two-part recipe for Creamy Chicken Rotini… but that’s another blog, another day.

comfort food at its best!

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast!
serves 4

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