Monthly Archives: October 2015

Eat Lafayette – Alesi Pizza House

alesi pizza

Mariano “Mike” Alesi and his wife Bertha relocated to Lafayette in 1957 and were quickly disappointed by the lack of quality pizza in the are.  Together, the couple decided to open their own restaurant dedicated to serving the Lafayette area with good quality, Italian style pizza.  Alesi opened its doors as Lafayette’s very first pizza house.

Today, Alesi Pizza House is still family owned and operated; Mariano and Bertha’s sons, Mike Jr. and Charles, are now in charge, and they still use the original recipes that made Alesi so popular.  Quality has definitely not been lost!

In addition to the best pizza in Lafayette, Alesi also serves various pasta dishes, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, chicken veal, salads, and desserts.  If you’re not in the mood for pizza (but seriously, when does that ever happen?) you’ve still got plenty of options to choose from!  Alesi continues to be a Lafayette gem, and is a go-to for many Lafayette residents who crave Fresh Italian style pizza and pastas.

alesi sign

Frank’s International Chili Cook-off

chili cookoff

Ahhh, this weather has been wonderful (minus the monsoon we received last weekend)!  It seems that South Louisiana has finally decided to get with the program and embrace the fall season.  What better way to enjoy a breezy fall day than with a bowl of hot, yummy chili?

chili prizeFrank’s International will be hosting its 4th annual Chili Cook-off Friday, November 6th at Blackham Coliseum, from 11 AM to 1 PM.  All proceeds will go directly to United Way of Acadiana.  Last year, the cook-off raised over $65,000!!

Do you think you have the best chili recipe in all of Acadiana?  Put it to the test!  This is a great opportunity to show off your culinary prowess and help create lasting, positive change throughout Acadiana.  Prizes will be awarded for best chili in both traditional and exotic categories, as well as for spirit and best costume!

Wine Down Wednesday – Honey Lemon Chicken Pasta

wine down wednesday

Lemon and honey are so good together and the dish is bright, tangy, and sweet. It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in 20 minutes. The angel hair pasta and bite-sized chicken cook so quickly. After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in. The sauce keeps the chicken moist, tender, and it’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly. This dish is is great paired with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

honey lemon chickenINGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.
  4. Turn heat to medium-low, and carefully add the sauce noting that it may bubble up in the first few seconds.
  5. Allow sauce to bubble at a low boil for about 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and reduced some, and chicken is cooked through. Stir sauce and flip chicken intermittently throughout.
  6. Add pasta to skillet with the chicken and toss to combine and coat. Serve immediately. Chicken and pasta are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat gently prior to serving.

Tech Tuesday – IFTTT

Tech Tuesday Logo Gray

Life is so much simpler when everything works together.  That’s why IFTTT is one of my new favorite mobile apps!

IFTTT (which stands for “if this, then that”) forms links between two different services that you use and automatically integrates the two services in the form of your choosing.

ifttt options

Here’s how it works:  IFTTT uses simple conditional statements to connect “triggers” to “actions”.  These conditional statements are called “recipes” and can be customized to your liking.

Allow me to explain.  Suppose you post a status on your Facebook page (trigger).  Using IFTTT, you can form a recipe that automatically posts the status to your Twitter account (action).  This seems fairly trivial, but IFTTT is capable of so much more.


ifttt contacts spreadsheet

For example, any time you add a new contact in your phone, IFTTT can automatically save that contact information into a Google Drive spreadsheet.  You could go even further and have an automatic “Nice to meet you!” email containing your contact information sent directly to your new contact.  How cool is that?!

ifttt internet of things

There are virtually endless recipes you can form using hundreds of Android and iOS apps.  Want the day’s forecast when you wake up?  IFTTT can do that.  Want your phone to automatically be muted when you get to work?  Sure thing.  Want to be notified whenever an astronaut enters or leaves space?  Yes, that’s an option!  Connect your email, music, car, house, anything.

Synergy is a very powerful thing.  It’s also very easy to achieve with IFTTT!  All you have to do is make the recipe, and IFTTT does the rest.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

ifttt

Monthly Archives: October 2015

Eat Lafayette – Alesi Pizza House

alesi pizza

Mariano “Mike” Alesi and his wife Bertha relocated to Lafayette in 1957 and were quickly disappointed by the lack of quality pizza in the are.  Together, the couple decided to open their own restaurant dedicated to serving the Lafayette area with good quality, Italian style pizza.  Alesi opened its doors as Lafayette’s very first pizza house.

Today, Alesi Pizza House is still family owned and operated; Mariano and Bertha’s sons, Mike Jr. and Charles, are now in charge, and they still use the original recipes that made Alesi so popular.  Quality has definitely not been lost!

In addition to the best pizza in Lafayette, Alesi also serves various pasta dishes, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, chicken veal, salads, and desserts.  If you’re not in the mood for pizza (but seriously, when does that ever happen?) you’ve still got plenty of options to choose from!  Alesi continues to be a Lafayette gem, and is a go-to for many Lafayette residents who crave Fresh Italian style pizza and pastas.

alesi sign

Frank’s International Chili Cook-off

chili cookoff

Ahhh, this weather has been wonderful (minus the monsoon we received last weekend)!  It seems that South Louisiana has finally decided to get with the program and embrace the fall season.  What better way to enjoy a breezy fall day than with a bowl of hot, yummy chili?

chili prizeFrank’s International will be hosting its 4th annual Chili Cook-off Friday, November 6th at Blackham Coliseum, from 11 AM to 1 PM.  All proceeds will go directly to United Way of Acadiana.  Last year, the cook-off raised over $65,000!!

Do you think you have the best chili recipe in all of Acadiana?  Put it to the test!  This is a great opportunity to show off your culinary prowess and help create lasting, positive change throughout Acadiana.  Prizes will be awarded for best chili in both traditional and exotic categories, as well as for spirit and best costume!

Wine Down Wednesday – Honey Lemon Chicken Pasta

wine down wednesday

Lemon and honey are so good together and the dish is bright, tangy, and sweet. It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in 20 minutes. The angel hair pasta and bite-sized chicken cook so quickly. After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in. The sauce keeps the chicken moist, tender, and it’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly. This dish is is great paired with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

honey lemon chickenINGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.
  4. Turn heat to medium-low, and carefully add the sauce noting that it may bubble up in the first few seconds.
  5. Allow sauce to bubble at a low boil for about 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and reduced some, and chicken is cooked through. Stir sauce and flip chicken intermittently throughout.
  6. Add pasta to skillet with the chicken and toss to combine and coat. Serve immediately. Chicken and pasta are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat gently prior to serving.

Tech Tuesday – IFTTT

Tech Tuesday Logo Gray

Life is so much simpler when everything works together.  That’s why IFTTT is one of my new favorite mobile apps!

IFTTT (which stands for “if this, then that”) forms links between two different services that you use and automatically integrates the two services in the form of your choosing.

ifttt options

Here’s how it works:  IFTTT uses simple conditional statements to connect “triggers” to “actions”.  These conditional statements are called “recipes” and can be customized to your liking.

Allow me to explain.  Suppose you post a status on your Facebook page (trigger).  Using IFTTT, you can form a recipe that automatically posts the status to your Twitter account (action).  This seems fairly trivial, but IFTTT is capable of so much more.


ifttt contacts spreadsheet

For example, any time you add a new contact in your phone, IFTTT can automatically save that contact information into a Google Drive spreadsheet.  You could go even further and have an automatic “Nice to meet you!” email containing your contact information sent directly to your new contact.  How cool is that?!

ifttt internet of things

There are virtually endless recipes you can form using hundreds of Android and iOS apps.  Want the day’s forecast when you wake up?  IFTTT can do that.  Want your phone to automatically be muted when you get to work?  Sure thing.  Want to be notified whenever an astronaut enters or leaves space?  Yes, that’s an option!  Connect your email, music, car, house, anything.

Synergy is a very powerful thing.  It’s also very easy to achieve with IFTTT!  All you have to do is make the recipe, and IFTTT does the rest.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

ifttt