Flat Christy visits HAWAII~ Pasta Fresca with Parmesan Encrusted Chicken!

Flat Christy returned earlier this week in a box filled with goodies! She had a miniature lei wrapped around her neck and a big silly grin on her face. After seeing all of the beautiful pictures and reading about her adventures with the Green family in Hawaii, I’m kinda surprised she came back at all! They were kind enough to share a delicious recipe with us in addition to opening their homes to us all and I want to thank you with all of my heart for such gracious hospitality! I hope you enjoy our visit with the Green’s as much as I did!

Letter from the Green’s:

Aloha Jordan Family!

We want to thank you so much for sending Flat Christy to come visit.

She arrived safely but a bit tired from her long trip across the Pacific.

Zoë, our one and half year old fashionista, decided that Flat Christy needed some Island Wear and decked her out in what’s known here as “aloha casual”.

Once FC was appropriately dressed in her flip flops, shorts, swirly shirt, and pink flower lei we set about making the wonderful gift she’d brought, cupcakes!

Funfetti is our absolute favorite and Zoë had fun pointing out the colors to FC, and Daddy, and everyone else =)

FC supervised Zoë as she measured and stirred and even scooped the batter into the pan.

Somehow Zoë still managed to get a fingerful of batter and pop it into her mouth, she’s got a sweet tooth for sure.

Nick, my wonderful husband, took the finished cupcakes to his Marines at work and they asked me to pass along a “thank you!” for them as well as a continuing thank you for all of your good recipes that I test out on them =)

Meanwhile, Zoë and I outfitted FC in a “wetsuit” (read: ziploc bag) to go with us to the beach.

She got a little sunburnt and hid out in the beach bag so we went home early and took a break for a lunch of taco soup (a la SouthernPlate.com) and a quick nap before we headed off to Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.

There Flat Christy pointed out that Katy must have royal taste because we saw the same golden forks that we’d seen on SP!!

On Saturday, after supervising the cooking of blueberry pancakes and bacon…

Flat Christy went kiteboarding with Nick at Kailua beach.

She has much better balance than I do apparently because she did very well and didn’t get dunked once.

We were all very impressed with her talents.

We decided to be bold and try a hike that afternoon to Maunawili Falls,

it was wet, muddy, and beautiful.

And then the next day was Sunday!

And Easter!! FC and Zoë both got a great basket from the Easter bunny and loved dying eggs.

On her last night here FC asked to have our favorite food for dinner and Nick was quick to pick Pasta Fresca with Parmesan Chicken.

This is his favorite food and we used to go to Noodles and Co to get it but we don’t have one on the island so he has overcome and adapted and now we make it at home.

It’s great when you can figure out how to make something you really love at home for less money and more personal satisfaction.

Then again maybe I’m the only one who jumps up and down when I get a recipe right…I’ve had quite a few failures though so success feels pretty darn good. =)

I hope you enjoy the goodies FC picked up to bring home with her.

She wanted to bring a pineapple because the taste of fresh pineapple is like nothing else in the world…but it wouldn’t quite fit =) We’ve loved having her here. We love living here and are so grateful for the opportunity to share our adventures. Have a great day and aloha!

The Green Family- Liz, Nick, and Zoë

P.S.- Flat Christy asked to stay until Thursday so she could stop by the Farmer’s Market in Kailua, it was amazing and she tried taro rolls, kona coffe, and poi.

She was especially impressed with the fried green tomatoes. =)

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Thank you SO MUCH For letting Flat Christy come visit you and your wonderful family! Special thank you to that package you sent back, WOW! It was like Christmas in April for me and I drank every bit of that coffee in TWO DAYS! Best I’ve ever had! Brady and Katy say a big old thank you as well!

Here is Liz’s recipe for that delicious dish her family so graciously shared with Flat Christy!

Gratefully,

Christy

Pasta Fresca

Pasta Fresca

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 to 1/2 diced red onion (large pieces, 1/2" in size is about right)
  • 2 dashes of fresh, cracked pepper
  • 1/8 cup of sweet white wine
  • 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta until done, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl (I used a measuring cup, it worked great), combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sweet white wine, and one chopped garlic clove. Whisk until well blended and then set aside for later. (you'll want to start the chicken at this point so it's all done together)
  3. In a saute pan heat about 2 TB of olive oil, saute one clove of chopped garlic and onions until tender but not caramelized. Add pasta and cherry tomatoes, cook until pasta is seared. When the pasta is seared, combine fresca sauce (re-whisk it real fast) and spinach leaves, cook until leaves are slightly wilted.
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Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (Parmesan or garlic bread crumbs work well, but plain bread crumbs will work just fine)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese, not the powder just the grated cheese
  • 1 Tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • a little extra Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken breasts in cold water and pat them dry. In one bowl, put one cup of flour, in another combine the other cup of flour, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, cheese, pepper, and salt. Dip the breasts in the plain flour first, then into the cream, then into the cheese mixture. After they're well coated, set them on a cutting board or rack to let sit for about 5 minutes to let the mixture soak up the cream and stick to the chicken better. You can use a paper bag to coat the chicken, kinda like a shake and bake bag, but I use a large cake pan and after breading them, I'll dump out the left over breading and use the pan to bake the chicken in the over, less dishes that way.
  2. In a large, non stick saute pan or cast iron skillet heat oil until shimmery. Set the oven to 350 degrees. When the oil is hot and the chicken has set for 5 minutes, fry the chicken for about 2 minutes a side or until crispy on each side. A little bit over cooked is better than a just golden brown crust. When the breading is crispy, put the chicken into the cake pan with a little parmesan cheese on top and place into the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through the center.
  3. When the chicken is done, slice the breasts into short strips about 1/2" wide, plate the pasta fresca like a rice pilaf, and put the chicken on top of it. Add parmesan cheese to the whole dish with a little bit of Sriracha hot chili sauce on top and enjoy!
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Thank you to the Green family!!! Please take a moment to thank them in the comments section if you can.

Aren’t these photos gorgeous? Have you ever been to Hawaii?

My parents have always dreamed of going but never been. One of these days I hope they get to!

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Comments

  1. Karen says

    Thanks very much to the Green family! Enjoyed seeing the photos (I have beach envy), and the recipe sounds delicious (and not too difficult for those of us who are a little challenged when it comes to cooking). And of course, welcome home to Flat Christy . . . .

  2. Carla says

    I loved reading about Flat Christy’s visit to Hawaii. My husband was stationed there for 3 years during the time he was in the Navy. We loved loved loved it!! Flat Christy got a great tour. Kailua is one of my favorite places so I am especially glad that she was able to visit there. Oh and that Hawaiian coffee…nothing beats it. My husband and I are very much spoiled to it and travel over 2 hours (one way) each month just to get it at the Commissary. I’m glad you got a chance to taste that also. I really enjoy FC’s adventures. If she ever wants to come to the boonies in Southeaster Mississippi, we’d love to have her. She has many fans in this neck of the woods. :)

    P.S. Love today’s quote!

  3. Heather B in NC says

    Hey Green Family!

    Thanks for sharing a yummy recipe and the lovely scenery! I don’t know what Noodles & Co. is but I think I wish we had them in NC if they make food that looks like that.

    I can’t wait to see where Flat Christy travels next…

    Heather

  4. Deanie says

    Oh Wow, what a mavelous trip for Flat Christy! The Green family sure do know how to entertain a guest! I especially loved the picture of the daddy hiking with baby on his back! The momma hiking through the river bed was pretty impressive as well!
    Thank you Christy and the Green family for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am making that tomorrow as soon as I can get my hands on all of the ingredients! :D

  5. Barb says

    Hi Christy…..looks like FC had a great time in Hawaii with the Green family. I’ll be going to Hawaii next month, for my son’s change of command ceremony which is at Kailua Marine Base.
    The Farmer’s Market sounded like fun, so I’m going to check it out for sure.

    So FC if you want to go back to Hawaii…I’ll let you hitch a ride in my carry on. :)

  6. Kay says

    Wow, what a trip flat Christy took. I went to Hawaii when I was 16 and it is a trip I will never forget. It is absolutely beautiful there. I am hoping my husband and I can come on our 30th Anniversary which is just 2 years away. I think after 30 years we deserve at trip like that to have a second honeymoon!

    I can’t wait to try the recipe it sounds great and looks even better! Thanks for sharing!

    Aloha to you all!

  7. Teri says

    This was so cute. And what a cutie little Zoe is!! I did this with my girl scout troop when my daughter was young. The girls loved opening up the boxes when they returned to see what our troop mascot had done in her travels. very cute!!

  8. Lesley in Alabama says

    I went to Maui right before I graduated from college. It was beautiful! I love the Flat Christy idea! Looking forward to getting your cookbook. If Flat Christy ever wants to venture down to LA! Lower Alabama. We are saltwater fishing all summer at lovely Dauphin Island. My husband is an excellent cook. Me not so much but you are helping me improve!

  9. Mary says

    What wonderful pictures. This made me remember the trip my parents made to Hawaii, which they loved so much. My brother and I were grown and gone from home, working and wondering what to do for a special anniversary present for our parents. By combining our resources, we bought them a pre-paid trip to Hawaii. They were in heaven, and we were so happy for them. Thanks for the memories.

  10. Debbie Massengill says

    Thanks Green family ! Zoe’s a living doll ! Hopefully, someday I can visit Hawaii…Meanwhile, I can’t wait to try your recipes ! FC you are a hoot ! Must have your cookbook & soon . Ya’ll have a great weekend !!

  11. Mellanyel says

    Well the photo’s are beautiful but that Zoe is way too cute!
    Now I must admit I am 45 years old and I live right in the middle of this country (Missouri) and I have never seen the ocean and just last year I seen the mountain’s (Colorado) So maybe on my way to heaven I’ll get to see the ocean (grin) but some day if I could take a dream trip I’d love to see Hawaii but I’d need at least 3 weeks cause I want to see it all.

  12. Laurie says

    Awwwwww what a trip FC had!! Makes me jealous. Beautiful family you have Liz. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Can’t wait to try out your recipes!! Love trying new things.

  13. Barb says

    Liz…..my son lives on base also. He’s
    the CO of the P3 squadron, the Flying Dragons. I’m staying at the lodge with some other family members that are also coming for the Change of Command. I’ll be there from the 8th until the 18th. If you’re interested maybe we can touch base with each other. My name is Barb Thomas….ask for me at the lodge. :)

    BTW…we had a Noodle and Co. here in San Diego, but they went out of business. I thought they were really good.

      • Barb says

        Hi Liz….that sounds great…..oh BTW my son’s squadron is the Skinny Dragons….don’t know where the Flying came from. :)

        My other son, DDIL and my 2 grandkiddos rented a house in Kailua for the week they’ll be there.

        Have you been to any of the Costco’s or Sam’s there? I read that it’s also a good place to get some good Hawaiian goodies.
        Aloha…..see you in Hawaii!

  14. Martha says

    Thank you Green family for sharing your life and your recipe..The pics were gorgeous and Zoe is so precious. I have never been to Hawaii and probably will never get to but it sure was great looking at it through your life…

  15. lindsay mizer says

    How fun!

    My brother sent me tickets to visit him in Hawaii last Christmas when he was stationed down there..if you haven’t been there, GO! It’s amazing. I would love to live there.

    And that pasta looks so springy and delicious!! Mmmmm..

    -Lindsay

  16. Sue Walker says

    Dear Liz

    What a wonderful family you have and what an amazing place to live.
    When I make the recipe you sent I will remember the pictures of the beach – yes, I’m so jealous…lol

  17. Anna says

    The Pasta Fresca looks so tasty! I’m going to have to add it to my list of things to make. Flat Christy’s adventures sound fun too :D

    I wanted to tell you that everything I’m planning on making for dinner (and dessert!) this week is from your blog. I’m going to make Chicken Stew, Dixie Cornbread, Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Pizza Rolls and Butterfinger Cake. I’ve made several recipes from your blog already and they are all keepers! I love cooking and really enjoy planning out what I’m going to cook each week. I have lots of cook books and have made hundreds of recipes from AllRecipes.com. The fact that I’m making so many of your recipes instead of looking to my usual sources shows how highly I think of you!

  18. Leslie says

    We live in Massachusetts, have 5 year old triplets and we would love for Flat Christy to come visit us! We could share our Clam Chowder with her and show her our neck of the woods here in New England!

    PS – my husband and I have been to Hawaii (before kids!) and he was stationed there for 3 years while serving in the Army – we did a 10 day cruise. The cruise brought us to all the islands. Hawaii is amazing. Waiting for the day we can return!

  19. Barbara Edwards says

    I just found this recipe today and made it for dinner tonight. That chicken is the BEST chicken I have ever made, hands down! We were all oohing and ahhing over it so much at dinner, that my 12 year old vegetarian daughter actually said, I have to get up now bc yall are really making me want to eat that chicken! She has never said that in almost an entire year of being meat free!!!! It was delish! I’m soooo happy I went ahead and made 6 pieces to have for something else tomorrow! YUM! oh and the pasta was yummy too, but the chicken put it over the top!

  20. Liz says

    I was thinking about this recipe today and couldn’t remember it from heart so I came here =) It was so sweet to see our little family and our little island again, we’ve grown by one and moved across the country again since then. Zoe is sitting in front of me right now writing out our grocery list, I can’t believe how fast they grow. I hope you continue Flat Christy’s adventures- I love to read about them and I know it’s so fun to have her visit. And thank you again for this website, Zoe and Oliver love to listen/watch your stories (thanks for introducing us to Pete the Cat!), and I love to share your recipes with my friends. I’m actually making a friend from Hawaii your Cappuccino Cake for a surprise birthday present next week! =)

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