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Tracy Tries: Lesson 4—Pasta from Tex Mex Cooking 101

chicken with pasta

May 17, 2019

Hello and welcome back to another Tracy Tries blog! If you don’t remember, or if this is your first Tracy Tries blog, let me recap. I am trying different DIY projects with instructions from various online resources that Mid-Continent Public Library offers, and I’m currently enrolled in the online course Tex Mex Cooking 101 from Universal Class.

For Lesson 4, I had to follow the recipe and make either the Tex-Mex Spaghetti Salad, Chicken with Pasta, or Tomato & Feta Pasta. I chose to make the Chicken with Pasta because it sounded simple, and I had never made a rub for any meats before, so I was eager to try it. Let’s pause for a minute to bless my heart; because while I was eager to try a rub, I more than likely won’t ever try one again. Welcome to our first “Tracy Fails” …more on that later. (I warned you that this would happen; I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner!)


First, I had to make the rub for the chicken. It consisted of paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper. It was super easy to make and smelled a bit overwhelming, but I persisted! I got my three chicken breasts and meagerly put the rub on; I didn’t want to overdo it. After I was finished, my chicken looked delicious!

Into the refrigerator it went for two hours! Right before the chicken was finished marinating, I made my pasta dish. The recipe called for making butter noodles, but I wasn’t having any of that. One of our favorite Pinterest finds is “Two Timin’ Pasta,” so I made it to go along with the chicken. As the pasta was baking, I put the chicken into the rotisserie for 45 minutes, and it was perfection when it came out! It was juicy, tender, and smelled amazing.

I served half a chicken breast with the pasta and let my family enjoy. Well ok… enjoy is an exaggeration. Everyone ate it, but no one enjoyed


it. You see, even though I’d thought I’d gone easy on the rub, apparently, I hadn’t. I want you to imagine taking a spoonful of seasoning and eating it. That is what my amazing smelling chicken tasted like. It was awful.

I tried scraping the seasoning off the outside of the chicken, but unfortunately, the taste was embedded into my taste buds and nothing made a difference. The leftovers promptly got thrown away, and my family refused to try any more. I was super glad I had made the pasta as a side, because otherwise I would have been remaking dinner, or to be completely honest, running somewhere to grab dinner to go. It looked amazing but looks can be deceiving.

Until next time, friends! Have you enjoyed trying some new things from our databases? If so, drop a comment below to let me know what you’ve tried!

Tracy M.

Electronic Resources Department

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