Lemon Chicken Pasta alla Lucy

Not a day goes by where I don’t end it with a bowl of pasta of some sort. I can’t remember the last time I cooked a homemade dinner with out a pasta dish thrown into the meal somewhere. What can I say, I love me some carbohydrates!

The other day I had endured a particularly exhausting day and wanted nothing more than a big bowl of pasta to end the day. During my college days, one of my roommates, Lucy, would always make our apartment a delicious Lemon Chicken Pasta Dish after long days of studying for exams and hectic schedules. It was a way for us all to come together at the table, unwind, relax, and enjoy each other’s company and a hearty meal while we were at it.

The recipe to her dish is below. It can modified to serve for just one person, which is what I have been doing a lot of this summer to satisfy my weekly craving for it. It can be made in just under 30 minutes from start to finish and served with a glass of wine, is the perfect end to a long day!

IMG_3076The lemon juice adds  the perfect zest to make this an easy summer dish!

IMG_3078Serve with some freshly grated parmesan and bon a petit!

 Lemon Chicken Pasta

Serves: 6

What You’ll Need:

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1 large ziploc bag

1 lb. boneless chicken tenders

1/4 cup garlic butter

8 oz. mostaccioli or penne rigata pasta

2 tbsp. capers

2 tsp. chicken base

1 lemon (for juice)

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1.) Fill large saucepan 1/2 full of water. Cover and bring to a boil on high for pasta. Preheat large saucepan on medium high for 2-3 minutes.

2.) Place flour and seasoned salt in ziploc bag, shake to mix. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and add to bag (wash hands). Seal bag tightly and shake to coat.

3.) Place garlic butter in saucepan. Add chicken, reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.

4.) Stir pasta in boiling water. Boil 6-8 minutes.

5.) Stir capers and chicken base into chicken. Cook 2 minutes, stirring often to blend flavors. Squeeze juice of lemon into chicken, stir in wine and cream, reduce heat to low; cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally or until thoroughly heated.

6.) Drain pasta and stir into chicken mixture. Serve & enjoy!

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Monday Musings

This past weekend was everything I needed – from a rainy night in spent catching up on this year’s hottest movies, to exploring Harvard Square with new friends, and still managing to try a new recipe in between it all. My body and mind still aren’t used to these 40 hour work weeks, therefore by the time Friday afternoon rolls around, I’m feeling like a walking zombie in need of a serious espresso shot.

After a good night’s rest, on Saturday morning I ventured back into the city, or more particularily into Cambridge, to meet up with some new friends for a late morning full of the infamous, “brunching”. Last summer in NYC, I didn’t really get a chance to fully experience the whole “brunch scene” all the New Yorkers would rave about. But if it’s anything like the mouth-watering meal I experienced at Grafton Street in Harvard Square, I sure have been missing out all this time.

photo-5I am salivating just thinking about how good this meal was!

There’s no way to do brunch without a mimosa/bloody mary in hand, so when I saw they had a “Summer Mimosa” on the menu, that was my go-to (it really did taste like summer!). The cocktail itself was enough to keep me coming back, but the food, oh man the food, SO GOOD. I ordered the Avocado Benedict, which was your traditional eggs benedict dish, but instead of bacon (I know, I know, who in their right mind would pass up bacon?) they serve it with slices of fresh avocado. If you’re ever in the area, I urge you to brunch it here.

Before saying goodbye and parting from my friends, on our way to our T stop we just so happened to pass right by a J.P Lick’s, which is Boston’s famous ice cream parlor. So of course we decided to pop in and celebrate the sunshine coming back out to play with none other than ice cream. I opted for a scoop of the peanut butter cookies ‘n cream and a scoop of the chocolate chocolate chip (when I said I really liked chocolate, I wasn’t lying). It was worth every last lick!

imageThis hit the spot.

If only the weekend could last just a little bit longer. I’m sure we’re all experiencing a case of the oh-so-dreadful Monday’s, so to keep you going I wanted to share some of my favorite links with you:

1.) For all you Florida Crackers out there, this map is spot on!

2.) Every thing about this lip synch battle is great, from Emma’s mad skills to her posh outfit.

3.) The most delicious lemonade recipe for an afternoon porch session.

4.) This makes me miss my summer days spent roaming NYC.

5.) These photos will make you think twice about humanity – love this!

6.) I watched this video a couple of weeks ago and have been trying to live by it ever since.

7.) This is a great interview for all of my fellow recent grads out there kickstarting their careers.

8.) Loving this new Kate Spade bag.

Have a great week!