A Recipe and A Relationship Reality

It was the summer of 2009. Brian and I had been dating for a couple of weeks when he proudly told me that he could make two meals: pork chops and fettucinne alfredo. Though I correctly assumed that his fettucine alfredo was boiling water, a box of pasta, and a can of store-bought sauce, I was no doubt smitten that my boyfriend would cook dinner for me.

And he did cook dinner for me.

That one time.

It was also during that first week of dating that he pampered me with a romantic back massage, complete with scented oil and Ray LaMontagne playing softly in the background.

Oh, how the romance quickly dies.

At one point last week, I swore I could have done full splits naked in front of him and he wouldn't have even looked away from his video games.

Anyways, fettucinne alfredo continues to be one of our favorite meals, though mostly it's just me making it.

I have some suggestions that are sure to make this a wonderful meal. I wouldn't describe this meal as healthy, but if you're making fettuccinne alfredo, you've probably already decided to forgo the health factor.

1. Blackened Chicken is a must for this dish.
  • Use a cast iron skillet, a lot of oil or butter, and high heat!
  • Use a LOT of salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning

2. Use an entire can of Classico Four Cheese Sauce.
  • This sauce is yummy and only 80 calories per serving. Since Brian and I eat all seven servings ourselves, thats only 560 calories between the two of us. Not too bad for alfredo sauce! I do not know the fat content, nor do I care.

3. Mix the pasta, chicken, and sauce then let it sit on low heat for a while before serving.
  • I usually think a meal, especially a pasta dish like this, needs time to linger. It tastes creamier after it sits on the stove for a few minutes.
  • This meal reminds me a lot of the Cajun Chicken Pasta at Chili's.

4. Parmesan Cheese (As if I needed to tell you.)

(Image from Or Until Golden Brown)

Bon Appetit!


  1. Cassie Taylor11/03/2011

    Sean still owes me dinner from a bet I won during our first month of dating. Something tells me we'll be married for 50 years and I still will not have had my meal :-P. He only has one dish which he can make - Vodka Chicken (a roommate taught him to make it in college given Sean's love of vodka while partying). Anyway, I completely feel your pain ;). BTW, he is on a business trip right now. THIS Saturday I will have him call you to help with everything. Hope you are having a great week!

  2. karen17711/03/2011

    you can still do the splits?? And brian doesnt cook for THAT?! Damn there is no hope for the rest of us.


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