My Easy Peasy Pasta Recipe

Passionate and expressive, I love to portray those emotions when cooking. However, there is that paradox of the right ingredients and those of personal preference. Of course we all have different tastes, but there is that blazing new found glory when you try something new, something you’ve come up with yourself.

I love cooking period. I especially love going all out and making my table a smorgasbord of delicious homemade foods, that’s the southern girl in me, but then there are those times when simplicity and a short measure of time come into play and it has to be quick and simple and this recipe offers just the thing for you to try.

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need:

Penne Pasta, olive oil, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, flat leaf parsley, curly leaf parsley, fresh chives, thyme, sage and dill. A jar of Tostino’s Queso Blanco Dip 15 oz, chicken strips and you’re good to go.

Here are the measurements and recipe:

Let’s begin by prepping. I find it easier to prep my ingredients and have it readily available. First put your water in your pot for the pasta and add salt I use a little over a teaspoon. I usually make an entire package of pasta, people love to eat around here including myself. While your water is heating up to boil, thinly slice 3 cloves of garlic and chop up 1/4 cup of curly leaf parsley you will need to coarsely chop this. Just a reminder, coarsely chopped means larger chunks while finely chopped means smaller yet larger than a mince. Coarsely chop 1/4 cup of flat-leaf parsley and finely chop 2 tablespoons of fresh chives, 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves and finely chop 1/4 teaspoon of sage and set finely chop a 1/4 teaspoon of dill. You can opt for the herbs in a bottle if you don’t have the fresh. Salt and pepper to taste.

Put a little oil of your choice in a pan and fry up the chicken strips. I buy those already cut up and packaged. However if you really want to bring out some amazing flavors, boil or bake a whole chicken with the bone and once it cools, take off the bone and use the chicken in the dish. But I keep it simple by doing the already packaged strips. While the chicken is frying, add the garlic to it as it marinates into the chicken and oil. It’s quick and easy. (Now when I fry up my strips I coat them with Turmeric and cumin, salt and pepper. that of course is optional but it does add lovely flavors to the chicken.)

Once the pasta water begins to boil add the pasta and cook until it’s al dente. Drain the water off and add a tablespoon of olive oil and stir it in. Add all of your chopped herbs and chicken strips. Open the jar of the Tostino’s Queso Blanco Dip and pour over the pasta and mix well. Voila! Easy, simple, and delicious and very quick. Give it a try and of course you can make this your own by adding whatever seasonings, herbs, pastas and sauces. Rotisserie chicken is also great to use in this dish and very flavorful. Sometimes, i even add italian sausage with the chicken.

Enjoy!

JH

I Have Returned

With all the turbulence, sufferings, confusion and being locked down, life changed as I know it. Depression tried to over take me and that alone has been a raging battle on it’s own. I have encountered many stages of this new change such as grieving, missing the former days but I have also encountered blessings from my Father God above. He has promised never to leave nor forsake me and you during this time of uncertainty. It’s safe to say that this new feels like how people describe by-polar syndrome. What happened to us? Where did normality go? What’s next? What’s ahead for us? There are so many questions and still no answers.

I stopped writing and even stopped editing my new book because now, I have to change it. It’s not fitting into the new way of life. Someday soon, I hope to find the courage to return to the book and finish it but for now, I’m back to blogging.

I mentioned earlier that I have gone through a season of grieving. I reached a point I could not pray effectively nor read the Bible with clarity. Everything has been a blur and nothing has made sense. The former ways of life has passed away and the new is being ushered in. There are those who are saying the new will be better than the former things, but I beg of those to be alert, watchful and use wisdom during these restless times.

My country has fallen and we have entered the last of the last days. If you know me and have had this conversation with me in the past, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But my grieving included sleepless nights, a lot of tears, a feeling of not belonging, a feeling of being lost and alone. The USA was once thriving and a great nation to call home. We were a light on the hill, a beacon if you will to many nations, but now? She’s unrecognizable! It tears my heart from my bosom to think of where we were to what and where we have gone. It feels like losing a loved one knowing you will never see them again on this earth.

Now, I just sit and ponder on what’s next. I have made up in my mind that no one will force me to take a vaccination. No one will force me to choose evil over good. No one will convince me that there is no God, the only one true God. If and when it comes down to where the rubber meets the road, I will die for my cause and my belief. Jesus died for us ALL to save us and to offer eternal life with Him.

In the last couple of months, I have had encounters, too many to mention in this particular blog, and dreams that are now beginning to make sense to me. I do believe God speaks to us in our deep state of sleep and He gives us dreams and visions. One particular dream that has reoccurred three times has been a mystery until now after much prayer and seeking wisdom from God. I am praying about sharing this dream, but I feel it needs to wait until the right moment whenever that moment may come.

Before ending this blog, I have sold out to Christ and I am not turning back no matter what. This world holds nothing for me any longer. My future is set for the wonderful day of the Lord when He returns to take us home. However, we will come back to earth for a thousand years according to scriptures and all things will be made right. Until then, until the day we go home, I urge you to not fall for the entrapment’s being set by Satan himself . Be diligent, alert always praying for wisdom and knowledge. The great deception is upon us, it’s right here right before our eyes. Don’t be deceived and lose out. If you do not know Christ as your personal Savior, this would be a good time to repent and make Him Lord of your life. If you are not sure just how to do this, feel free to ask.

Be blessed my friends.

JH