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What I’m listening to… Alabama Shakes

17 Nov

Alabama Shakes EP Cover Art

When Jarrod and I were dating, he would always go on and on about his  hometown friend Heath who was supposedly some ridiculously talented musician. I never really thought anything about it, because being from Nashville, everyone  is in the music business.

As time went by, I got to know and love Heath (he was one of Jarrod’s groomsmen in the wedding), but still had never heard him play…

Well, I have heard him now, and if you haven’t already, you’re about to.

I had just bought their EP when Jarrod and I were watching T.V. last week, and all of a sudden I heard their song, “I Found You,”  on  a Zale’s commercial!

They’re currently opening shows for the Drive By Truckers, are signed by Rough Trade Records, and have a list of tour dates (a lot of which are sold out!)  Spin magazine just listed “You ain’t alone” by the Alabama Shakes as the number 6 song that you must hear!

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Chicken Pesto Pasta and a side of Brussel Sprouts

17 Nov

This recipe is so delish I can’t even stand it! It’s actually a Paula Deen recipe (one of the healthier ones) for Chicken Pesto pasta and it is superb!

I’ve made this several times now, and we usually have some type of side salad to go along with it, but last night we had brussel sprouts. I used to loathe brussel sprouts, that is, until my dear sweet friends E. Boone and BW taught me their amazing recipe. Now I am hooked!

Chicken Pesto Pasta (Paula Deen’s recipe with a touch of *Jamie)


1/4 cup of *organic unbleached all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds of *organic boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tablespoons of  *organic  cold pressed olive oil

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups of  *organic milk

1 (0.5 oz) package of dry pesto mix  * I use fresh pesto instead and just eyeball it!

1 cup of frozen *organic peas

1/2 cup of *freshly shredded all natural Parmesan cheese

1 (12oz.) package bow tie pasta, cooked and kept warm * I use Delallo  Organic Farfalloni


1. In a large resealable bag, combine, flour, salt, and pepper. Add chicken; seal bag, shaking to coat.

2. In a large skillet ( I like to use my cast iron skillet), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add lemon juice scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon.

3. In  a small bowl, combine the milk and pesto. Add milk mixture and peas to the chicken mixture; cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir in cheese. Add cooked pasta, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.


Brussel Sprouts

( E Boone and BW’s recipe with a touch of *Jamie)


1 bag of brussels

*organic olive oil

kosher salt

coarse ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Trim brussel sprouts and cut in half vertically.

Warm olive oil in cast iron skillet over medium- high heat

Add Brussels and cook for 5-10 minutes until slightly brown

Put the skillet into the preheated oven and cook for 18-20 mins (keep an eye on them!) I like mine brown and a little crispy.


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