Tuesday, 3 September 2013

She Speaks With Wisdom

Pioneer Woman is like a fairy tale kind of a story of a city girl married to a rancher and became a successful blogger with  a broad fan base. It is a blog by Ree Drummond on her life as a rancher wife and mother, and her cooking. She is famous for her witty and corny writing, superb photography skills and her steps by steps cooking instructions are hugely popular with fans all over the world. She also has a cooking show on Food network and is also author of several books.

Both her Cinnamon Rolls and Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever are her treasured and popular recipes  loved by many who made them. I have baked both several times but for this month's Cook like A Star 'Ree Drummond', I am sharing with you one of my family favourite pasta, Pioneer Woman's Cajun Chicken Pasta. This pasta was featured in the first episode of  her cooking show with Food  network.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

serves 6
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3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
3 teaspoons Cajun spice mix, more to taste
1 pound Fettuccine (linguine)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon butter
1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and sliced (yellow peppers)
1 whole red  bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 whole large red onion
3 cloves garlic, minced' 4 whole Roma tomatoes, diced (local tomatoes)
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
cayenne pepper to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
salt to taste
chopped fresh parsley


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when pasta is still al dente;do not overcook!
  • Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice over chicken pieces. Toss around to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add half the chicken in a single layer;do not stir. Allow chicken to brown on one side, about 1 minute. Flip to the other side and cook an additional minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean plate.'Repeat with remaining chicken. Remove chicken, leaving pan on high heat. Add remaining olive oil and butter. When heated, add peppers, onions, and garlic. Sprinkle on remaining Cajun spice, and add salt if needed.
  • Cook over very high heat for 1 minute, stirring gently and trying to get the vegetables as dark/possible as possible. Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove all vegetables from the pan.
  • With the pan over high heat, pour in the wine and chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in cream, stirring/whisking constantly. Cook sauce over medium-low heat for a few minutes, until cream starts to thicken the mixture. Taste and add freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/pr salt to taste. Sauce should be spicy!
  • Finally, add chicken and vegetables to sauce, making sure to include all the juices that have drained onto the plate. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and hot. Add drained fettuccine and toss to combine.
  • Top with chopped fresh parsley and chow down!

This post is linked to Cook Like A Star "Ree Drummond" hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids,
Baby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Mich from Piece of Cake

In Proverbs 31, the entire chapter is devoted to what King Lemuel's mother taught him about the ideal woman. She taught him about the ideal woman. and to look for something beautiful in the woman that he would have for his wife because God made all women to be something beautiful.
Beautiful woman may defined as having physical features, but in the Bible we see more about beauty as defined by character.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:26-27


  1. Hi Lian, thanks for linking this to CLAS. When I first read Ree's story, I also thought it was like a fairytale. I'm planning to try her recipes for cinnamon rolls and chocolate sheet cake if I have time. :)

    1. Both are her famous recipes.They are good but sweet, very sweet.

  2. Hi Lian,
    A lovely plate of yummy goodness! Lovely post!

    1. Hi Lian,
      I made this and it was really good!

    2. Glad you cook the pasta. Now you know why this is one of my family's favourite.

  3. Hi Lian,
    Your pasta looks delicious! I am eyeing one of her pasta dish too! Will have to get some ingredients first!

    1. My family loves her pasta. Will cook one of our favourite soon.

  4. Hi Lian,

    Your American cowboy style pasta looks yummy! Agree that the life of Ree is a modern fairy tale... She is so lucky to have everything! However, I have seen a few episodes of her cook shows when I was in US and feel her very stiff on TV. In fact, I enjoy the most reading her blog rather than her books and shows.


    1. Agree with you. She is unnatural on TV. The episode where her husband Ladd made the roast beef tenderloin was bad. There was no chemistry between these two. I would love to try the tenderloin though. Lots of Buttah!

  5. Hi Lian, this looks so delicious! I love Cajun flavours and this pasta is a perfect meal to me.

    1. Hi Mich, this is good if you like spicy pasta.

  6. Lian, this plate of pasta is definitely comfort food for me! It is packed full with lots of flavour from vegetables to meat to sauces. Definitely a winner!

  7. Lian, I cooked this pasta today and it was awesome! Yours looks very yummy! Will post mine after I write up the post :)

    1. Ree's pasta are really good. There's another one which is also family's fav. I'll be cooking that soon. Glad you like this pasta too.

  8. Hi Lian this looks really good. Am going to try to make it soon!


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