Thursday, June 10, 2010

the perfect summer dinner.

well, every good recipe i have, i basically stole from my mom. this meal will knock your socks off. and you will surely cry from the goodness your tastebuds experience.

i made this yesterday and forgot to take a picture. sorry. please accept this picture of layne getting scared by a dinosaur instead. (more details on that pic and free crown center events here)

California Chicken Pasta
serves 6 to 8 people

4 chicken breasts(grilled tastes best)
2 packages digorno/buitoni linguine noodles
4 jalepenos
bunch of fresh cilantro
1 package baby tomatoes
green onions
1 package sharp cheese
4 garlic cloves
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar
juice of 2 limes
2 avocados

1. grill or broil seasoned chicken( maybe 4 or 5 breasts)
2. boil and drain 2 pck. of linguine noodles along with a tbsp of olive oil and a tbsp of salt( use digiorno or butoni fresh noodles in the cold section at the store and follow directions on back)
3. pour noodles in a HUGE mixing bowl or serving platter.
4. while noodles cool, blend these things in a food processor:
-4 jalepenos(cut in half and take out seeds)
-lime juice
- half a bushel of fresh cilantro
- fresh garlic
- green onion(maybe like a cup of them)
-oil and vinegar
-tbsp salt

5. put this blended mixture on noodles.
6. add regular salt and pepper to taste if needed
7. add a package of cut baby tomatoes, grilled chopped chicken, and a package of sharp cheese
8. add 1 sliced up avocado
9. MIX it up!
10. let sit in the fridge for a little bit if possible. serve cold.
---at the end after everything is mixed, i might end up adding more oil if it gets dry after sitting in fridge for a couple hours.

serve with french bread your a regular martha stewart!

the perfect drink to go with this is homemade lemonade! and it's so simple.

fresh lemonade:


put one cup of water and one cup of sugar in a saucepan and stir on low heat until sugar is dissolved. (this is called a simple syrup)

while you're waiting on that to dissolve, squeeze 1 cup of lemon juice from lemons.

add your simple syrup and lemon juice to a pitcher and fill the rest with water. cut some sliced lemons and throw in the pitcher to 'out do' yourself. wow, you are awesome.


  1. Sounds delish! I'll have to give this one a whirl!

  2. Hilarious that you posted this today as this is what I am making for dinner tonight! This has definitely become a Good family favorite since eating it at your house! AND I'm making it extra spicy so hopefully it will help get this baby out!!

  3. I am making this tomorrow!!!!! Thanks

  4. Sounds great! I added your other blog to my reader. Confession: sometimes I leave your blog open cause I like your music. Confession: sometimes I go to Walmart and buy Mom shorts cause I see cute ones on the Internet.

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I loved it when I had it at your moms house. Can't wait to make it next week!

  6. The ratio of vinegar and oil is the other way around. 1 cup oil to 1/2 cup vinegar. It will be really tangy though! mom

  7. oops! i'll change it that mom. thanks for watching my back.

  8. Ok so I need more specifics for a cook like me this served cold or can it just be made ahead and then re-heated? Just askin' since you mentioned at the end adding more evoo after it's been in the fridge a few hours. Looks so yummy. Thinking of making for a family going through some health issues. Thought it might bring spice to their life. :)

  9. ha...oops...SERVE COLD. i added that on the directions. i forget a lot these days!

  10. I will be awesome this summer with the homemade lemonade!

  11. Yummy! Gotta love those mom's who pass down good recipes :)

  12. Um, delish. I will be making that this week for dinner (always looking for something different & easy!!). Loved the homemade lemonade you brought us, thanks for sharing how to make it! :) Playdate sometime this week in this AWESOME weather??...

  13. Jami-I made this for dinner tonight and I believe my husbands exact words were "this is the best thing you have ever made." There's nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade to seduce your husband after he has been doing yard work in the scorching TX sun, and then to sit down to a chilled pasta! This was a hit. I will be sharing it with my friends. Big thumbs up to your mom and to you for posting it. -Lauren (Ash Pickerings sis)

  14. WOW, this sounds so fresh, prefect summer dish. I think I am making it this weekend when we are at the beach!

    Thanks for sharing Boo.


  15. Dear Jami,

    Is there any spark of hope that you would reply to a comment on a year-old post? What if I told you my in-laws are coming to visit and I feel pressure to make impressive California meals that agree with their Midwest taste buds? Then would you reply? I hope so.

    My question is: If I omitted some or all of the vinegar, could I make this a hot/warm pasta? Would that just be too wild? Am I blowing your mind with my culinary creative license? Please advise.


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