Chicken and Andouille Sausage Pasta with Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Cream Sauce

I did the thing the other day that you aren’t supposed to do but end up doing it often since life is busy and it happens. I went grocery shopping while hungry. Like reaaalllly hungry. Like I was about to buy a snack and eat it while shopping hungry. And while I was shopping hungry I was trying to grab a few things we needed as well as something for dinner that night. We always shop 1-2 times a week and have dinners planned out but for some reason we didn’t have anything planned for this evening so I was hunting for an idea while hungry.  I happened to be by the cheese and was grabbing some cheddar for my kids for quesadillas when I saw the smoked mozzarella.  I had a flash back to a delicious pasta dish that I loved from a restaurant from my hometown and I decided to make my version of it – Chicken and Andouille Sausage Pasta with Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Sauce.

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Pasta with Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Sauce

The dish that I remembered from when I was a kid had a smoky cheese ( it was either gouda or mozzarella), penne pasta, chicken, tomatoes, basil and a creamy sauce that wasn’t too heavy, not like a heavy alfredo sauce. There might have been a few other items in it, but the smoky cheese, chicken, tomatoes and penne pasta was such a delicious combo it has stuck in my delicious food memory bank for a long time now. My husband and I are big fans of Jambalaya, which is something I make often and will blog one of these days, and we always use the smoked chicken andouille sausage from Trader Joes in it. I knew I wanted to add that sausage to this pasta dish, so this dish is really a hybrid of what I had as a kid and Jambalaya and so super delicious.

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

100 degrees still in September and I baked cookies. Because these delicious toasted coconut chocolate chip cookies made having my oven on while it’s still sweltering outside so worth it. Also, have you ever watched the show “Hoarders”?  I have, once, and the mere thought of “what if they moved and had to pack up all that stuff” had me practically break out into a cold sweat because I hate packing, and moving, and apparently I hate unpacking too. So I changed the channel.  And realized how many boxes I still have in every room of my house that we haven’t unpacked yet and we have been in our house, ummm, two years now. I remember a scene from a show or a movie, can’t remember right now exactly, where the wife said something about how they weren’t allowed to move until the very last box was unpacked and when she told the husband “Honey I finally unpacked the last box” and he told her they had to move again. Maybe that is why I am dragging my heels with unpacking. Because I hate moving.  Except I can’t seem to find a lot of stuff so recently I set a goal of unpacking a few boxes every weekend.

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. A crispy chewy chocolate chip cookie with hint of the tropics from coconut in the recipe in three different forms. www.pineappleandcoconut.comWe aren’t moving anytime soon, but with working on so many house remodel/redecorating projects we haven’t done much unpacking and wont until it is all finished. Especially since storage in our house is slim and we want to create more storage as we remodel. So until then, boxes it is. Lots of boxes. I opened one box one weekend and realized that ohmygoshIamahorder because it was FULL of old food magazines, news paper clippings. recipes I had torn out of other magazines etc. that I had planned on one day organizing into binders. Yeah like that was going to happen. This was pre-blogs, pre-pinterest stuff I had saved. I used to actually love getting food mags like Cooking Light, Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, Cooks Illustrated, Saveur, Food Network and I kept them all thinking one day I would make all the recipes.  I think I will have to live to 943 to make all the recipes. So I decided to sit down and go through them and throw out what I knew I wasn’t ever going to make. And realized that there were several of these magazine and recipe filled boxes. Hoarder status.

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Hawaiian Pineapple Burger with Sweet Maui Onions and Homemade Taro Chips

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Sous Vide Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

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Lemon Ginger Crepes with Blackberry Whipped Cream

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Mediterranean Grilled Pizzas #WorldMarketLove4Outdoors

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Tahitian Vanilla Seared Scallops with Lemon Coconut Risotto

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