Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rotini with Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomatoes

This is my most recent amazing recipe. Tom and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was absolutely delicious! Of course true to form I did change a few things in it!

8 oz uncooked rotini
1 lb skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 C slices asparagus
2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T chopped fresh basil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil 1/4 C crumbled goat cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-hihg heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken and asparagus to pan; saute 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic to pan; saute 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta, basil, vinegar, and oil. Arrange 2 cups pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 T cheese
4 servings

***I used the noodles we had on hand and I didn't mix them with the mixture but topped the mixture on the noddles. We also used feta cheese because Tom loves it and it is easier to find!!!
Here is a picture before and after the cheese was added.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I was tagged by both Michelle & Brittany for this blog! I'm suppose to share 7 random and/or weird facts about myself & tag 7 randam people and the end to continue the chain. Since I'm one of the most random people I know the first part shouldn't be difficult. However the 2nd part should be interesting!!!!

1. I hate the sound of nails on a chalkboard more than anything else in the world probably. Even thinking about the possibility of hearing it makes me break out in chills. When someone even acts like they are going to do it I go craaaaaazy!!! Eeeeeek!

2. I've always loved old musicals. It started when I was a kid. My Grandma & Grandpa Borgholthaus introduced me to my first loves in that field Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy. Most people have no idea who these people are. I've always loved their movies. Granted they can be a bit corny when viewed in today's world, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Of course my girlfriends and husband are not near as enthusiastic as I am, but they don't know what they're missing.

3. I'm a huge fan of useless information. I can be one of the most random people at the oddest times. Sometimes it takes a little bit to get used to. My girlfriends actually gave me a book once full of useless information! It was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I had wondered myself many of the items in the book!

4. I'm fascinated with vampires. Don't get me wrong, I would never want them to be a reality and I don't dress up like them and pretend they are a reality. I'm not that far off my rocker. But I love reading fictional books and watching fictional movies about them! I think Tom thinks I'm a little batty. He once told me he didn't think I could surprise him with the topic for one of my books. I've read everything from vampires, warewolves & witches to "normal type" books. I enjoy them all!

5. I don't have a hometown. Growing up we moved every 4 or so years. My Dad used to work for First Security Bank. We moved all over the state of Idaho as well as Clarkston, WA (for those of you not familiar with Idaho & Washington Clarkston is just over the border! If my count is right, we moved 7 times before I graduated from highschool (that would be 8 locations). Of course 2 of the locations we lived at twice. It always makes it difficult when I'm explaining where I'm from.

6. I've had a very difficult time picking a major. I am 32 years old and I've finally decided what I want to be when I grow up. Typical of me huh??? I think I've had about 6 different majors that I was sure was what I wanted to do. I am very interested in many different subjects. I had a hard time chosing which one of them I would want to do for the rest of my life. I don't know if that makes me well rounded or undecided. I've finally made my decision. Assuming I don't get pregnant, I'll start my new vocation at the ripe old age of 35 or so. I'm hoping someone will be willing to hire me.

7. I have a strange fascination for cookbooks. Even before I started really cooking, I found myself buying cookbooks I probably would never use. Luckily it was never out of control. It's not like I have a empty room full of them or anything. However I must confess that I have gotten rid of a few of them because I didn't see myself using them. Now that I actually cook I wish I still had them. Ironic huh???

Now I tag Tara, Ashley, Tom, Alicia, Janssen, Leslie, Marie, & Merrick. That's 8 people, but oh well!