Just before "plating" and adding some mozzarella cheese
On Saturday, I had nothing planned for dinner. I live a mere 30 seconds from a grocery store, so I sat and figured I could make whatever I felt like, and just go get whatever ingredients I needed. But of course when faced with making "anything I wanted", I couldn't think of a single. thing. I. felt. like. having. I browsed my cookbooks, I browsed Allrecipes.com, I browsed magazines. Nada. Finally I thought of making something off of someone's cooking blog - at least that would be fun, and I could blog about it. Except it seemed like all the blogs I could think of at that moment that were cooking related were baking blogs. Except for WowChowCooking.com - although I did already make something from that blog once - Hybrid Lasagna (my results here). Then, from the dusty corner of my brain I remembered there was something of my friend Rebecca's that I have wanted to make that I saw on one of her blogs - Chicken Riggies. Apparently it's a "famous" Utica-Rome, NY regional speciality. There's even a Wikipedia entry for it!
So I went to Wow Chow Cooking and....it wasn't there! I knew it had been posted SOMEWHERE on one of her blogs! So I ended up Googling it and found it at NY Renovator. So I made it. And it was DELICIOUS! I guess I didn't expect a chicken and pasta dish to be all that different or extraordinary, but the kick of the hot cherry peppers offset by the creaminess of the sauce was really good! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I like that you can really control the spiciness just by the amount of the hot cherry peppers you use. Also, I cut the recipe in half and still had leftovers for the three of us. We're going to have the leftovers tonight - I bet it's going to be even better!
Click here for the full recipe, directions and photos galore for Chicken Riggies and try it yourself!
And hey, if I'm ever in the Utica-Rome area of NY, I can brag that I've had Chicken Riggies! It's not just a recipe, it's culture!
I'm open to suggestions for a future installment of "I Cooked Something I Saw on Another Blog" - leave me a link and I'll consider it for next time.