Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

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The Uber pulled into my driveway and we saw a large box on my doorstep. That could only mean one thing. Something to evaluate for the blog! If you follow Bachelor Basics on Instagram you know that I have been eating all the tacos and barbecue I could find in San Antonio and Austin. What that won’t tell you is that while I was busy eating all their food, mosquitoes were busy eating all of my legs. Apparently the savage flying critters prefer lean dark meat. After dining out for the last seven days, it was time to dine in, which perfectly coincides with #GreatAmericanCookIn.

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The box was from Colavita and featured olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pasta, orzo and two pesto/spreads. My creative kitchen juices were flowing and I was itching both from my bug bites and the desire to make my own food.

A trip to the grocery yielded a small pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. But what to make… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

How You're Cooking Chicken Wrong

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If you aren’t smoking your meats this summer you’re wasting your time and taste buds. I’ve written about my love affair with turning my Weber grill into a smoking machine and have educated many friends on the setup.

The flavor rewards of smoking are huge. Grilling chicken often leads to tough and dry substances, while cooking low-and-slow produces moist, tender and flavorful meats.

This feast used a smoked fryer chicken (backbone removed) as the protein for a huge salad. I brined the bird (no name given) in beer and line juice before sliding it on the cool side of the grill for 90 minutes. The result was an incredibly crispy skin with a deep red hue.

The salad was romaine, arugula, carrots, cucumber and red and green onions. All topped with my patent-pending BB-ANCH!

Plus, the special treat were homemade tortilla crisps dusted with herbs and spices to add another crunch to the salad.
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Freezer Finds | Chicken Patties avec Rib Meat

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Sunday has become my “me” day. Household chores that I delayed for a week and vigorous napping are always on the agenda. I’ve added in yoga and grocery shopping. If whether permits I’ll grill enough meat to last through the week.

This weekend I started clearing space in the freezer after battling the avalanche of foil-wrapped mystery meats. In the process I found some pre-made chicken patties i’d forgotten about.

I love these chicken patties. I get them at aldi for $2/box. They are a quick dinner and a better option than fast food. They aren’t the healthiest option but sometimes you have a hankering for fried chicken with that coveted rib meat. You can slice them and add to salads. Or jazz them up with a BBQ dressing. Tonight I made two. The first had red onion, romaine and some pesto sauce. The next bun was shellacked with whole grain mustard.

As a side, I sautéed sweet potato I. Olive oil and added some cinnamon.

Dinner in 10 minutes. And it’s probably already in your freezer.

What’s your best freezer find/creation?

Grilling for ‘Merica | Chicken with Grilled Veg

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As we lead into the most patriotic of weekends, you could carb load and binge on sweets trying your best to get diabetes OR fire up the grill, smoke a whole chicken, then grill veggies for a sensational chicken pasta salad.

This is one of my go-to summer dishes. Meat. Veggies. Pasta. Can’t go wrong. Tonight’s included smoked chicken, fresh carrots, broccoli, yellow onion and mezzi rigatoni.

And like a true American, I took a little something from another country. Italy. The X factor was small slices of pecorino cheese. That chunk of cheese may be one of my best purchases this summer. It adds saltiness and a little bite to everything it touches.

What are you grilling this weekend?
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