So Cal Lady Bloggers Romantic Progressive Dinner

How yummy did those steaks sound from the Gonzo Gourmet? So delish right? Thanks for following along on the So Cal Lady Blogger Progressive dinner. If you want to start over from the beginning, click here. Otherwise, let’s go!


If there’s one thing my life is missing and I’m not afraid to say it: it’s romance. So when the So Cal Lady Bloggers; an online Southern California bloggers group announced an opportunity to take part in a super fun blogging round-up of a romantic themed progressive dinner, I jumped at the chance. An opportunity to join amazing fellow bloggers and learn  how to cook “romantically”? Heck yes!
I was very indecisive about what to cook exactly. Should I go with something original? Should I go with something my family adores but isn’t the most colorful and pretty? Should I go with something fancy and pretend that I’m some sort of foodie? I widdled down my decisions between bacon wrapped scallops with steamed vegetables, slow-roasted chicken or a chicken pasta dish. I went with the Chicken Pasta. Why? Because I’ve never cooked scallops in my life and I wasn’t going to try so hard to impress you. I’m not kidding! haha
Of course, I’m no gourmet chef over here. I’m more like a “Semi-Homemade” kind of mom and cook actually, if I were to have a name handle I would be the @SemiHomeMadeMom for sure. I like cooking nutritious and healthy meals for my family, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time doing it. So I cut corners and use pre-made items like most modern moms do. And that is precisely what I have done with this dinner recipe. I chose this Creamy Chicken Florentine recipe in particular because it can be served “family style”, it is pretty and it is super tasty.

Anyway, without further ado here is my recipe (that has been adapted from the Philly Cooking Creme recipe):

Creamy Chicken Florentine

2 Chicken Breasts cut into small bite sized strips
1 red pepper cut into strips
1 bunch of spinach leaves, washed well and pat dry
1 lb (box) of Cellentani pasta cooked
10 oz  Philadelphia Cooking Creme-Savory Garlic (this is the semi-homemade part)

Cook the chicken in a skillet until done. I added a little bit of garlic butter (thanks to Papa Johns from the night before) to grease it up a little bit. Add sliced red pepper strips and cook until desired tenderness.
Add cooking creme
Push chicken and red pepper mixture aside and add spinach (and more garlic butter) and cook until soft
Add pasta
Serve warm and enjoy!

Red Pepper Strips

Adding the red pepper strips to the chicken

Cooked chicken, red peppers and spinach

Philly cooking creme, available at any grocery store

added creme to the skillet mix

ready to eat!

And what’s next in line  in this Romantic Progressive Dinner you ask? Why, Dessert of course! Please log on HERE to see Tonya Stabbs’s Baked Mini Cheesecakes, which look absolutely ahhmazing! Have you seen her food photography? Holey Moley man! She’s fantastic!


17 responses

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  3. So glad you didn’t go with the scallops because I can’t stand them. This is definitely more up my alley. Pretty sure my family would love this and I’ve been wanting to try that Philadelphia cooking creme but never really had a recipe that called for it. Bingo!

  4. I really have to try your salad… I love the noodles you chose to use with it too…. And well, that Philadelphia creme had my eyes on it since I first saw it come out in the stores. Just never knew what to use it for, until now!

  5. I won’t share exactly what I was thinking when I read the title of your post. But it had more to do with swinging than pasta. So it wasn’t a racy post, but the pasta looks darn good.

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  7. I always wondered what you would use the cooking creme for, what a great idea. We are big pasta eaters in our house and I bet the kids would love this – you know if I picked out the spinach of course :).

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