30 January 2008
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in casa piacere predictable=chicken!
this what's cooking wednesday recipe is a recent experiment gone well...the dish Baby Girl dubbed "awesome chicken" over her holiday. it stands well on its own (& was a fine meat with last night's mashed potatoes & edamame) & it eases rather well into a chicken soup if you have leftovers (i make extra just for that purpose).
sorry...no photos...some very sweet men cleaned up the kitchen too quickly for me to get a shot. can't complain about that!!
add extra virgin olive oil to a pan to cover the bottom...place 2 pounds split chicken breasts (boneless) in pan
whisk together 1/4 c. dijon mustard, 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar, juice squeezed from 1 lemon, 1/4 c. more olive oil, & 3 finely diced garlic cloves...drizzle over chicken
sprinkle chicken with fresh ground pepper & sea salt to your liking
bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes~~ it's that easy!
21 January 2008
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16 January 2008
what will i do today??
what am i?? what do i hope that i am? what am i called to be? am i living in that general direction?or am i wasting my perception on the reality of someone else? doing what another 'thinks' i should be doing? what mass media insists i 'should' be doing? ignoring the passion within my own soul?
once upon a time, the answer was a very sad "yes"...& then ever so slowly, i began to wake from this stupor. in quiet moments, i heard the soul-whisper of the Holy Spirit asking me deeper questions...i pondered those questions. i held them up to my life being lived.
i felt love & excitement well up inside my heart...little bits at first~~ then more & more...
i began to wake...to live~~~ with joy!!
the quote above, from my bloghopping, challenged me to ponder...i went back to what i wrote last summer in my profile: am i following God's will for my life? spending lots of time with my family? writing, traveling, cooking? immersing in italian?
9. travel dreams...planning that will, God-willing, bring us joy throughout this year & take us back to the place where i left some of my heart on the last trip ;)10. a kitchen that is more than enough, filled with bounty...a place that gives me joy, be it time to prepare something from scratch or simply re-heat a waiting treasure...
roasted squash soup
after the squash is cooled, scoop out seeds & stringy center (save seeds to roast), then scoop the soft flesh for use in the soup
season with fresh ground pepper, sea salt & nutmeg...to taste
grate white cheddar or parmigiano-reggiano cheese into puree & serve
13 January 2008
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what's a warm weather gal to do in times like these?
oh, i'll tell you! follow the wisdom of the hound patrol...
wrap yourself in fur...or at least something with the warming capabilities of fur~~ things like wool socks, flannel jammies, soft & thick bathrobes
find a good sunbeam & take a nap in it
lay down on the very softest thing by the fire
go outside (you need fresh air)...but hurry back inside!
find a good blankie & wrap yourself up
distractions are good...every once & awhile mosey into the kitchen for a bite to eat (yes, there is a fresh batch of Christmas cookies available for the next round of visitors!)
hang out with boyworld-on-vacation...their unique sense of adventure is always entertaining...
speaking of boyworld...how are they coping with the cold weather & Christmas break?? well, tonight as i made my goodnight-rounds, i found them enjoying this little gem...
will it blend: the garden hose edition
i could not believe my eyes! there are seemingly hundreds of videos of this science-type testing the blendability of just about anything you could imagine using a blendtec (new to me...i want one!) blender. after watching the blending of light bulbs, iPods (why???), magnets, & nutcrackers, i am left wondering if the boys will heed the scientific advice offered on each video..."do not try this at home." yeah, right. my poor, poor blender...may you be spared!
& with that, i bid you buona notte as i settle down for a long winter's nap (one likely plagued with dreams of things blended)!