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Happy Birthday Josh

This past week was my significant other’s birthday so we celebrated on the weekend. I made his favorite meal and even took him out for dessert after. Read more to see how it turned out.

Today on the Bite Tonight: Cajun Chicken Pasta

This recipe is a favorite of mine and I swear every time I make it, it gets better.

Cajun Alfredo Sauce

1. Start out by making a roux for the base of the Alfredo sauce (melt 3-4 tablespoons of butter and whisk in 1/4 cup four). Add salt and pepper to taste and cook on low for about 5 minutes.

2. Slowly add 1/2 cup of milk at a time and whisk occasionally until thick  (Adding a total of about 2 cups of milk).

Tip: You can use heavy cream, but I use milk because it’s less fattening and I always have it on hand.

3. Simmer on low to medium heat, whisking in 3 cloves of minced garlic.

4. Once desired thickness is met, add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

5. Sprinkle cajun & ground red pepper seasoning for a little kick.

Chicken

1. Season 2-3 chicken breasts with blackening seasoning, cajun, and a little ground red pepper.

2. Sear chicken until browned then lower heat and cook until juices run clear.

3. Allow to rest before slicing

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4. Toss Alfredo sauce with pasta, chicken, and enjoy!

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The chicken was moist, juicy, and perfectly seasoned. There was a mouth watering balance between spicy and savory. The Alfredo sauce had a nice dash of heat to it, but was cool enough to compliment the chicken breast.

Now for dessert, we needed something sweet so we headed to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Allen Park.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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We started with truffles.

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Ancho Chile: The Ancho Chili was sweet, had  a nice amount of heat, but wasn’t overpowering. Josh didn’t like it and thought it was to spicy.

Raspberry: This was our favorite! Really intense raspberry flavor melted with rich chocolate.

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Rum: Nice, subtle rum flavor blended with creamy chocolate. I was afraid this would be too strong, but it wasn’t.

Mint: Mint and chocolate has always been a favorite of mine. This tasted exactly like a Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie, delicious! Josh liked this one, also.

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It wouldn’t be Josh’s birthday without a giant butterfly stamped peanut butter cup! I let the birthday boy have this one all to himself.

The chocolate covered cherries were OK, but I expected them to be more like the liquid filled kind.

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Happy Birthday, Boo. Love you!

 

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Taco Night

For Ma’s birthday I made taco’s with all the fixins.

I started with fresh guacamole.

Guacamole

I bought avocado’s & limes from a local Mexican store located on Fort St in Lincoln Park: Abarrotes Sin Limite & Taqueria. Whenever I buy avocados from Kroger or Meijer they either aren’t ripe or they are rotten. When I buy them @ this local grocery store they are perfectly ripe and less expensive. I bought 3 avocado’s, 2 limes, and one package of small tortillas and my total came to $4.65. That’s so cheap! 

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Combine 2 avocados, 1/4 small diced onion, 1 clove of garlic, juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, and red pepper seasoning for a little heat.

I left out tomato, but add it if you like.

Tip: Place the pit of the avocado in the guacamole to prevent it from turning brown in the fridge. Lime juice also works.

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Taco Meat

Next, I browned up 1 lb of ground turkey and drained the grease.

Saute with onions and peppers and season with cumin salt, and pepper.

I added one package of taco seasoning and 1 small can of tomato sauce. I like using tomato sauce versus just water because it creates a thicker sauce.

Let simmer on low heat to marry all the flavors together for 20 min.

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Fried Corn Relish

While the meat is simmering, I saute onions and peppers in olive oil and butter.

Add corn and saute on medium-high heat until corn gets browned.

Butter is great for browning and you may need to add another tablespoons to help the corn along.

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Since I have issues when it comes to making rice, I cheated and went to Taco Especial located on Southfield Rd in Ecorse, and bought authentic Spanish rice and refried beans. This is a local Mexican restaurant that I have been going to ever since I was little and it’s pretty tasty.

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Toppings

I thinly sliced carrots, yellow bell peppers, and green onions.

I chopped romaine mix with purple cabbage & spinach.

Top with your favorite cheese, sour cream, guacamole, veggies, and corn relish.

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I fried flour tortillas in olive oil to give them a slight crispy crunch.

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Our taco dinner turned out great and Ma was very impressed with the meal. Tacos are also great for any meal including game day!!

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