Last week, the Johnsons braved the heat and checked out the town’s farmer’s market.  It did not disappoint!  We picked up some perfectly ripe and fresh local strawberries and snap peas as well as a block of locally made cheddar cheese and a basil plant.  I wanted to share with you, McSisters, two recipes I INVENTED using some of my farmer’s market loot. Yes yes, thank you for the applause.  The first one was inspired by this recipe that I found on pinterest and the second one was inspired by my need to get a little buzzed.

Creamy Pasta, Peas and Chicken

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil or oregano
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


1 ½ cup of fresh snap peas
2 cups dried penne pasta
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine first 5 ingredients and mix well.  Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over chicken.  Marinate (ideally) overnight in the refrigerator.  When ready, grill until done.  Allow chicken to rest for a few minutes and then slice into strips to serve over pasta.

While chicken is grilling, cook pasta according to directions (10-12 minutes). In the last 3-5 minutes of cooking pasta, add the snap peas to boil in the pot with the pasta.   Snap peas should still be a tad crunchy but not totally raw. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. Put pasta&peas and reserved water aside.  In same sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk in garlic.  Pour in half and half and whisk until hot.  Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Add the parmesan cheese and basil, and heat until cheese is melted.  Check the consistency of the sauce and add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary.  Toss in pasta and peas.

Serve in pasta bowls with grilled chicken on top.  Sprinkle with more parmesan if desired.


 Strawberry Lemonade Margarita


3-4 medium sized strawberries per drink

1 ½ cups of Simply Lemonade (we always have this stuff on hand because apparently drinking lemonade is good for kidney health, something that Dave is working on).

1 shot of tequila (again, something that we always have on hand because while the Johnsons are striving for kidney health, we don’t care as much about our livers).


  1. Blend strawberries and lemonade together.
  2. Pour mixture over your shot(ish) of tequila already in a glass with some ice.
  3. Get krunk!


P.S. I apologize for the lack of fun pictures to accompany these recipes.  I get a little too excited about making and consuming food and there’s no time to take pictures.  I will work on self-control.

P.P.S. Just a warning, these recipes do nothing to help your postpartum figure.

P.P.P.S. What did we do with the cheese you ask? Well…. this.

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