Fettuccine with Poblano Alfredo


Fettuccine with Poblano Alfredo


Step up your Meatless Monday game with this delicious Fettuccine with Poblano Alfredo dish.

I’m sure you’ve tried poblano peppers at some point, either in a mild salsa or roasted and stuffed with cheese. But the sauce in this Fettuccine with Poblano Alfredo will really make you reconsider this incredibly versatile pepper.

The sauce is lighter in calories because I’ve substituted olive oil for the butter and got rid of the cream and used milk instead. The poblano peppers add an interesting depth of flavor and help thicken the sauce.

Don’t worry, this Fettuccine with Poblano Alfredo still has the Parmesan cheese.  I mean, it’s an Alfredo after all… you’ve gotta have the cheese!

I originally developed this recipe for Mom.me, the one and only parenting and lifestyle brand for moms at every life stage, from pregnancy to empty nest!

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Baked Pork Chops and Apples


One great thing about the changing weather is that comfort food, like my delicious Baked Pork Chops and Apples, is back on the table.  Baked Pork Chops and Apples Mama's High Strung

I really like this recipe for Baked Pork Chops and Apples because it’s quick and easy (of course). But if you hit the farmers markets, you’ll find an amazing assortment of apples that can really make this an interesting dish.

I don’t know why pork and apples play so well together. Maybe it’s because pork needs the sweetness of the apples to bring out its flavor. Or maybe, if the pork is cooked properly, the apples add just the right amount of moisture to the meat to make the flavors pop.

And speaking of overcooking your pork— don’t!

If you like it dry and white and hard, that’s fine (yes, I’m judging). But, really, there’s like zero chance of you getting trichinosis or some other wild disease if your pork chops are slightly pink in the center. They’ll be moist and delicious and taste like they should, not like a cooked shoe.

I’ve added a little apple cider vinegar to my Baked Pork Chops and Apples because it brings a little brightness to the dish.

What is brightness? It’s that little mouth spark that you get when you first bite into something delicious that makes you want to keep eating it.

Meat needs a bit of brightness because it has very little natural acid. And acid (think lemon juice) helps enhance flavors.

Fall has fallen. Cooler weather is on the way. But there’s comfort in what I’ll be putting on the table over the next few months.

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Quick and Easy Pan Seared Salmon


Here’s a deliciously quick and easy recipe for Pan Seared Salmon that you need to make because:

  1. You need to eat more fish.
  2. Salmon is good for you.
  3. You need to cook more and quit eating so much crap.

Now that the kids are off the payroll, there are times when I come home and I’m so exhausted all I want to do is grab a bag of chips and salsa and see what’s on Netflix. You too? Thought so.

Ok. That’s what I want to do, but I don’t because eating like that is a very slippery slope. You start with the salsa and chips and the next thing you know you’ve got a spoon in a tub of ice cream. And then the ice cream is gone.

I like this recipe for Pan Seared Salmon because after I sear the fish, I sauté fresh kale or spinach with a little olive oil and whatever condiment I have on hand (right now I’m really digging Mother-in-Law’s Gochujang Sauce). Balsamic vinegar is nice, too, or even just a squeeze of lemon and a little salt.

One other thing: while the recipe calls for searing salmon, you can use whatever fish you like (or is on sale). You’ll have to adjust the cooking time of the fish depending on the thickness, of course. Use a metal spatula to flip the fish (it will be easier to turn and you’ll preserve the nice crust).

Now put those chips away and make yourself a quick and easy dinner. And, please, put that ice cream in a bowl!

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Like this Pan Seared Salmon recipe? Here are more great fish and seafood recipes!

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Chilled Red Gazpacho


When summer comes, two things are certain: it’s hotter than a firecracker lit from both ends and there’s a big ‘ol pitcher of Chilled Red Gazpacho in my fridge.

Chilled Red Gazpacho - This is a perfect way to use up fresh tomatoes when they’re in season.

Gazpacho is a chilled vegetable soup from Spain. The word gazpacho originates from the Latin word caspa, which means “little pieces,” or something like that.  Chilled soup might sound a little strange if you’ve never enjoyed one.

But there are five good reasons why cold soups, like Chilled Red Gazpacho, are becoming so popular

  1. They’re easy to make. Most can be done in a blender or food processor.
  1. All the vegetables (or fruit!) that you’ll need are usually in season, so you can enjoy them anytime of the year.
  1. They’re the ultimate “grab-and-go” snack or meal. Fill a covered tumbler or mug with this deliciousness and sip away!
  1. They’re made with vegetables (and fruit!) so you know you’re doing something good for yourself.
  1. They’re the perfect make-ahead meal. Double the recipe and you’ll have something for dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow and a little bit left over as an appetizer for guests.

There are many types of Gazpacho, but the most familiar is this recipe for Chilled Red Gazpacho, made with fresh tomatoes. This is a perfect way to use up fresh tomatoes when they’re in season. And, if fresh tomatoes aren’t available, use canned San Marazano tomatoes. ONLY San Marazano tomatoes.

I like to serve the Chilled Red Gazpacho with finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green bell peppers and toasted bread croutons.


Chilled Red Gazpacho - Gazpacho is a chilled vegetable soup from Spain. The word gazpacho originates from the Latin word caspa, which means “little pieces.”


Use fresh tomatoes when making this Chilled Red Gazpacho

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.