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Wow your friends and family (and delight your own taste buds) with this super easy fettucine alfredo recipe for dinner and the world's best carrot cake with cream cheese icing for dessert
Whip up a complete meal: pasta with chicken and veggies and fresh carrot cake
A recent conversation with one of my girlfriends about the upcoming Italian feast we’re planning got me craving fresh pasta. I stopped short of making it from scratch and picked some up from the deli section of my local grocer.
For the inspiration behind the recipe, I turned to my trustiest old cookbook, The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook.
The pasta was delicious and very easy to make, only taking a few minutes in a pot of boiling water.
Unfortunately I didn’t sequence the timing of each part of the dish very well and the noodles were ready long before the vegetables and chicken.
They looked like a clumpy tangle of noodles but still tasted declicious, and now I know for next time to prepare them last.
The rest of the meal was incredibly easy too: strips of seasoned chicken cooked on the electric grill, a bag of frozen mixed veggies quickly tossed in the wok, an easy sauce, and the finished product sprinkled with fresh parsley.
And what pasta dish would be complete without a tasty wine? I chose a beautiful, crisp Sauv Blanc from New Zealand’s Flying Kiwi winery.
And what meal would be complete without a delectable dessert? I am not exagerating when I say this is the absolute best carrot cake in the world – also from my trusty Canadian Living cookbook.
It’s rich and moist, and the cream cheese icing is the perfect topper. I use half the amount of icing sugar that the recipe calls for so it’s not too sweet.
I usually divvy up the batter to make two round cakes and a tray of muffins. That way I can make two cakes (or an impressive two-tier cake) for guests and have leftover muffins that I can freeze and have for my afternoon snacks for weeks to come.
Get creative with the baking containers you use for this recipe. I usually make two cakes (see image above) and a tray of mufifns. This time I made adorable mini square cakes (see image at bottom) with my new mini square baking tray.