One of my favorite summer shows is So You Think You Can Dance. I don’t think I have missed an episode in 11 seasons. Granted, I probably fast forward through 50% of it (the judges), but I don’t miss a dance. I even watch my favorites a few times before it is deleted from my DVR. I used to find a lot of new music on the show, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in recent years for some reason. There are only a couple songs on repeat on my phone from this season, Like Real People Do by Hozier and Valerie by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.
Valerie is not a new song, but I had a renewed love for it when I heard it on the show. It put me in the mood for Amy Winehouse so I tried out her Pandora station. I was obsessed. It is a great mix of Amy, Adele, Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Temptations, Ben E. King and many others. It is just the ticket for cooking, eating, and just hanging out with friends because it is upbeat but not exhausting. It is my new go-to.
Want to try out that new station while cooking? Make Mint and Spinach Pesto Chicken Pasta! You won’t be sorry. It is super fresh and a nice change from standard pesto. It is also a great dish to make if you have a thriving mint plant.
The pesto is a mix of fresh mint and spinach (you could also use a mix of spinach and arugula), fresh parmesan, and pine nuts. The pesto is tossed with pasta and sweet peas and then topped with grilled chicken. Simple and delicious.