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Easy Weeknight Cooking: Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Nothing says summer like garden fresh pesto. Hearty, fresh and flavorful it’s the perfect summer midweek meal.


  • 1 large boneless chicken breast
  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatos
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (optional) 
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to directions found on package, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.

Cut chicken into bite sized cubes. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and half of the garlic in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately ten minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine basil and remaining olive oil.  Blend until just combined and then add pine nuts, parmesan, salt and pepper, and the remaining garlic. Pulse once or twice, just to incorporate all ingredients. Add chicken, heavy cream, pasta water, and pesto mixture to skillet and cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and cook another minute, stirring to combine.

Garnish with fresh parmesan cheese and basil. Enjoy!

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck ~ THUG KITCHEN are an LA-based duo and the authors of the #1 bestselling Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook and Thug Kitchen: Party Grub. They started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food Blog of 2013—with almost a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook ~ For America’s bestselling cookbook author Ina Garten there is no greater pleasure than cooking for the people she loves—and particularly for her husband, Jeffrey. She has been cooking for him ever since they were married forty-eight years ago, and the comforting, delicious meals they shared became the basis for her extraordinary career in food.

Appetites: A Cookbook ~ Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. Once the supposed “bad boy” of cooking, Mr. Bourdain has, in recent years, become the father of a little girl—a role he has embraced with enthusiasm. After years of traveling more than 200 days a year, he now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have “morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.”

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat ~ Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too.
For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science ~ J. Kenji López-Alt is the managing culinary director of, author of the James Beard Award–nominated column The Food Lab, and a columnist for Cooking Light. He lives in San Mateo with his wife Adriana.

50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! ~ Curious about cock? You’re not the only one. Once revered for his virility and strength, the rooster has taken a back seat to the hen in more recent years. With healthy chicken recipes like Risotto Cock Balls and Cock-o’s, 50 Ways to Eat Cock is a fun and inventive chicken cookbook that takes a revealing look at the folklore, history, culinary culture and nutritional benefits of this well-endowed ingredient. With tongue-in-cheek descriptions, these playful cock recipes are bulging with everything from the quintessential to the quick-and-easy to the downright quirky. You’ll learn how to tame this tough bird meat into succulent and finger-licking gourmet meals.

Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook ~ Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more!

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls ~ The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you’re a diehard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke’s diner menu, Sookie’s eclectic inn fare, Emily’s fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrées and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores’ lives.

Alton Brown: EveryDayCook ~ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • My name is Alton Brown, and I wrote this book. It’s my first in a few years because I’ve been a little busy with TV stuff and interwebs stuff and live stage show stuff. Sure, I’ve been cooking, but it’s been mostly to feed myself and people in my immediate vicinity—which is really what a cook is supposed to do, right? Well, one day I was sitting around trying to organize my recipes, and I realized that I should put them into a personal collection. One thing led to another, and here’s EveryDayCook. There’s still plenty of science and hopefully some humor in here (my agent says that’s my “wheelhouse”), but unlike in my other books, a lot of attention went into the photos, which were all taken on my iPhone (take that, Instagram) and are suitable for framing. As for the recipes, which are arranged by time of day, they’re pretty darned tasty. Highlights include:

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?: The Answers to Life’s Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes) ~ Don’t know what to make for dinner? Is every evening an occasion for duress and deliberation? No more! What the F*@# Should I Make For Dinner? gets everyone off their a**es and in the kitchen. Derived from the incredibly popular website,, the book functions like a “Choose your own adventure” cookbook, with options on each page for another f*@#ing idea for dinner.

Philips Airfryer, The Original Airfryer with Bonus 150+ Recipe Cookbook, Fry Healthy with 75% Less Fat, Black HD9220/28 ~ Air is the new oil, and now with the Philips Airfryer you can fry more healthfully with up to 75% less fat.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W ~ 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red ~ Choose from all the color options to find the one that best matches your style and personality.

Cuisinart FP-13DSV Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor and Dicing Kit, Silver ~ Tackle food prep tasks both large and small with the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Food Processor. The NEW dicing disc features a 10mm screen for dicing food into perfect squares and we’ve also included a cleaning tool to keep it in top operating condition. The 13-cup work bowl easily handles larger quantities of ingredients, making it perfect for big family meals and entertaining – the bonus 4.5 cup bowl is ideal for smaller amounts. Two stainless steel blades and two discs make quick work of chopping nuts, pureeing soup, slicing tomatoes, shredding cheese and more. The high gloss base adds high style to any kitchen.

Le Creuset Stoneware 27oz. French Press, Cerise (Cherry Red)

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