Saturday, July 30, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
On the road to good health
Hopefully today I can get back to my "normal life"...yeah right. I must return phone calls, make grocery list, and clean, clean, clean. Luckily, and unluckily my trip to Bluefield was cancelled yesterday due to Lisa having a possible kidney stone or bladder infection.
Monday, July 25, 2005
The Dean Update
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Hey, 98.6, it's good to see you back again
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Mimi looks and says, "No, Evan, that's not a crocodile, that's a lizard." (You see, Evan had never seen a "lizard" before, so all he could relate to was a crocodile ... smart, huh?)
Later that day, Mimi and Evan were at the dry cleaners when Mimi said to Evan, "Evan, tell them about the crocodile."
Always on top of things, Evan replied, "No, Mimi, that wasn't a crocodile, it was a lizard!"
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Harry Potter and the short line at Kroger
Talking to the man behind us in line, he commented that he's lucky that the book came out when it did because his anniversary is in two days. So which anniversary is it that you give Harry Potter?
Friday, July 15, 2005
Where in the world is my hot glue gun???
Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers
I love chicken cordon bleu! It's one of my favorites. So when I saw Rachael Ray make these chicken cordon bleu burgers, I knew this would be one I would be making very soon. Dean and I loved them! He took the leftovers to work, and the women just about took them from him at lunch. The Dijon mustard, mayo, and tarragon sauce is a must!! The one thing I did different from the recipe was I used pancetta instead of Canadian bacon.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers
2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 slices Canadian bacon
2 pounds ground chicken breast
2 teaspoons sweet paprika, eyeball it in your palm
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning) or salt and pepper 1 shallot, finely chopped
4 deli slices Swiss cheese
2/3 cup mayonnaise or reduced fat mayonnaise, eyeball it
3 rounded tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons freshly chopped tarragon leaves, 4 sprigs
4 kaiser rolls or sandwich size sour dough English muffins, split and toasted
8 leaves leaf lettuce
1 vine ripe tomato, thinly sliced
Preheat grill pan, nonstick griddle, large nonstick skillet or table top electric grill to medium high heat.
Add 2 tablespoons of oil and Canadian bacon. Warm bacon and caramelize it at edges, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove to a piece of foil. Fold foil over loosely to keep warm. Combine chicken, paprika, poultry seasoning, grill seasoning, shallot. Score meat with the side of your hand to separate into 4 equal amounts. Make 4 large patties, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Drizzle patties with oil and place on hot grill pan, griddle or in skillet. Cook 5 minutes on each side, until chicken is cooked through.
Top patties with reserved cooked Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese. Fold each slice of cheese in half to fit the burger. Cover loosely with tin foil. Turn off pan and let cheese melt, 2 minutes.
Combine mayonnaise, mustard, tarragon. Slather bun tops or English tops with sauce. Place Cordon Bleu burgers on bun bottoms and top with lettuce and tomato. Put bun or muffin tops in place. Serve with oven fries.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Chicken and dumplings
I was so thankful when I found this recipe. I have always loved chicken and dumplings. They are such a comfort food. I made this big ol' pot full back in the winter on a chilly night. (chilly being relative, we live in South Carolina)** These chicken and dumplings really have a "I've cooked all day" taste in about 30-40 minutes, and the parsley dumplings are a wonderful treat. As Rachael Ray says "YUM-O!!"
**I made this post in April, but for some crazy reason I saved it as a draft and forgot to post it.
Chicken and Dumplings
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders
1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
1 russet potato, peeled and diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced or thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, diced
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/3 palm full
2 tablespoons flour, a handful
1 quart chicken broth or stock, canned or paper container, preferred brand Kitchen Basics
1 small box biscuit mix(preferred brand Jiffy Mix)
1/2 cup warm water
Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup frozen green peas
Dice tenders into bite size pieces and set aside. Wash hands.
Place a large pot on stove over medium high heat. Add oil, butter, vegetables and bay leaf and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season mixture with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add flour to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Stir broth or stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Add chicken to the broth and stir.
Place biscuit mix in a bowl. Combine with 1/2 cup warm water and parsley. Drop tablespoonfuls of prepared mix into the pot, spacing dumplings evenly. Cover pot tightly and reduce heat to medium low. Steam dumplings 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cover and stir chicken and dumplings to thicken sauce a bit. Stir peas into the pan, remove chicken and dumplings from heat and serve in shallow bowls.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
The happy couple
This past weekend Dean and I went to Bluefield for Brandi and Stephen's wedding. Brandi is my friend Trinity's sister-in-law. This is Brandi and Stephen at their rehearsal dinner, just before he was heading out to his bachelor party. Stephen's dad made some wonderful barbecue for the dinner. Thanks for having us.
Cuttin' a rug
Pre-wedding keg stand
Here is the bride-to-be doing her pre-wedding keg stand. The DJ told the father of the groom that the reason everyone wasn't dancing was because they hadn't done enough keg stands. Stephen's father didn't know what a keg stand was so I was trying to explain it to him. The next thing you know, Preston is up, then Lee, then Brandi. It was something I hadn't seen in quite some time. But very fun to watch.
Congratulations Brandi and Stephen
Brandi was such a beautiful bride and Stephen was such a handsome groom. The wedding went off without a hitch. My favorite part of the wedding was when the pastor (Stephen's grandfather) said Stephen could kiss his bride, but he said "Son, you can now get yourself some sugar" in the sweetest southern accent. We wish them all the happiness in the world.
Jacob and Makenzie
Jacob, Beth's son, was the ring bearer, and Makenzie, Trinity's daughter, was one of the flowergirls. They were absolutely beautiful. Makenzie and Jacob danced all night at the rehearsal dinner and at the reception. It was hoot and half. Jacob was breakdancing! It's not a wedding until someone breakdances.
Makenzie, Trinity, and John
First dance as man and wife
Brandi, Trin, and Jen
John and Brandi
Madison and her Meme Judy
Somehow chiropractors always find one another. This is Lee and Lee. Lee, the husband, is a chiropractor in Charlotte. Lee, the wife, and I grew up together in Bluefield. We had a such a good time talking shop. It's always fun to talk to another chiropractor.
Side note: Lee is dressed in 70's clothes. It was so funny. Lee and Doug, Carrie Farmer's husband, showed up the reception in disco/70's clothes. They were killing me. Polyester galore!