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Everyone needs a little Cajun in their life….

So my attempt at cooking…yes, its true, I do sometimes decide its time to get into the kitchen and make something good!  Of course, the recipe needs to be easy…please, don’t give me 30 ingredients of rare unheard of spices…I’m not Martha Stewart.  But I found a super awesome and EASY meal to make that my family enjoys.  Yay, for that one.  Cajun Chicken Pasta, sounds super yummy and it was. Where did I find this amazing meal you say…none other than The Pioneer Woman .  Yes, I must admit to an unusual fondness with this woman…mommy, a wife who is crazy in love with her hubby, homeschooler, photographer, author and lastly a woman who does all of that and still finds time to make AMAZING meals.  Seriously, cool lady. 
Okay, so back to my first attempts at taking pics of food…oh yes, I did…I’m a photographer and I just need the challenge of a new subject. ;p  Anyway, enjoy my lovely meal…I certainly did.  Oh, and a tip from me…def should cook while sipping your favorite beverage…mine happens to be Blue Moon…lovely, summer beer.  Happy times in the kitchen!

First we start with the goods…

Next, have a sip of that fav beverage…
or two…okay, back to business…

yes, thats a picture of pasta being boiled…but that was my first step. ;p 
Next, toss your chicken in that super yummy Cajun spice…and coat your pan with one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of oil…put it to high heat…and cook your chicken on each side for about 1 minute.  Then set aside on a clean plate…and don’t skimp on the butter…please, it just tastes better. 

The slicing and dicing…now this is where I wish I could chop with the best of them…I mean, I really wish I could go super fast, have a conversation and then have another sip of my beer while doing all of this…but no, I slowly and carefully slice each pepper, onion, tomato and garlic.  I worked at Libery Market this past year…and the Chef is AMAZING…seriously, if your in AZ its the restaurant to go to.  Ask for Dave or his wife Kirsten…you’ll never go to another restaurant again.  Okay, again, distracted…slicing…and yes, please note the lame slices of  peppers…they still taste good…enough said. 

from that to this…tossed and heated in another tablespoon of oil and butter…and another teaspoon and a half of Cajun spice…the last 30 seconds put the diced roma tomatoes in,

Remove, and place on the plate with the yummy cajun chicken…next comes the cream sauce…hello…so good.  Keep all that yummy goodness in the pan and add your white wine and chicken broth…let boil for about 3 minutes…then turn down the heat and add the heavy cream…whisk away.  I kind of love that word…whisk…

Then, toss the pasta, the wonderful cajun chicken and veggies to the creamy goodness….and at last, the moment you’ve been waiting for…the finished wonderful meal…yummy…kid approved as well.  Check out The Pioneer Woman for her recipe…

and ps…I was supposed to have chopped parsley…but yeah, well, I have two kids and sometimes I forget those little details…

  • April 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

    jen - love the steam…and now I’m hungry…seriously looks awesome! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    sharon - ooh that sounds good – i think i will make it tomorrow night!ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    janet - Looks so good…wish we were there to have tried it with you! got a little misty eyed…I recognized the pots, blue bowl, and counter top…:) Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2010 - 1:56 am

    Amy - Wowee wow wow! This is such a cool post! The photos are great- you really captured the cooking vibe. I think I could go make this right now from your photos, without even looking at the recipe! (But of course I will go look at the recipe- PW rocks!)ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2010 - 1:26 am

    Redbonegirl97 - The natural light makes the photos look fabu.

    Tiffany
    Peace, Love and Chocolate
    http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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