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Party On! Apr 11

Normally I wouldn’t write about the meals I make (I’m trying to get a separate blog together for that), but I just had to share this one. When I was blog-hopping as part of the Ultimate Blog Party ’10, I came across Donielle’s Italian Cream Cheese Chicken Casserole. It sounded fantastic, so I picked up the ingredients at the store and vowed to make it for dinner this week. The opportunity came quickly when I found out my friend, Jennifer, would be joining us for dinner this evening. Perfect! Comforting casserole for dinner.

I opened the Word file where I had saved the recipe and started making new recipe notes so that I could cut the recipe roughly in half. Then my creative cooking brain cells took over. I have a bad(?) habit of not following recipes as they’re written, but constantly adding, subtracting, and substituting ingredients to make them fit my vision, and this recipe was no different.

I used Barilla Plus rotini, substituted peas for broccoli (since surprisingly I didn’t have any already in the freezer), added sun-dried tomatoes, used 1/3 less fat cream cheese, and used turkey stock instead of chicken broth because I had some homemade left in the fridge. I also added a crunchy topping with approximately 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs and ¼ cup freshly grated asiago cheese. Oh, and I used McCormick Italian Herb seasoning grinder instead of the Italian dressing mix.

It was delicious, and even my 15 month old inhaled it. Thank you, Donielle! 🙂

Category: partytime
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