Monday, January 13, 2014

Week 2 Monday (1/13/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Ranch Style Chicken
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
Pages  208 - 209     Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 546 calories per serving (if 8 servings are made)
(Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I love a good chicken recipe.  Did you know that there are about 25 billion chickens in the world?  I remember a time where chicken nuggets or strips were the favorite food of my nieces and nephews.
         I truly loved this dish.  The marinade was wonderful and had a lot of flavor.  I have never made a marinade before today.  I always purchased one from the grocery. This was extremely fast to make and great tasting. Most people love chicken, but this was above and beyond great.  The bacon and cheese topping and added spices gave this dish an amazing taste. This dish is very filling and only really needs a side salad to make it complete.  The chicken was moist and full of flavor. Yeah Ree!
         Creating these recipes has been such a joy for me.  I actually look forward to cooking.  So far all of these recipes have been loved by my critics as well as myself.

Ranch Style Chicken
          Okay, this is about the time I realized how hard it is to photograph food.  This piece of chicken was so moist and tangy and succulent.  The photo makes it look plastic and cold - but I guarantee you that it tasted soooooo good!  Ignore my poor photography and try it out - you won't regret it.

Today’s critics:  The Serpico and Lehman Families

         Serpicos:  “Really good.  Gigi loved it.  I liked the way the chicken tasted by itself, really juicy and moist. Nicholas would like it without the bacon. He would maybe eat this again.  Joe said it was very flavorful and that he would eat it again.”

        Brandy sent the following: “Ranch Style Chicken - OMG! Becky, absolutely amazing, The first and second night ;). Delicious! I've never had bacon and chicken together, um, heavenly. The marinade made the chicken so moist and flavorful.  I did mine on the stove top, put the lid on to melt the cheese and heat the bacon, so easy and tasted great, Cory loved it too. Will definitely make this recipe, over and over.”

Craft Corner

         I have a very large set of books called Gifts of Good Taste. They include many yummy recipes and creative gifts that accompany them. For instance one of my favorite books gives the recipe for individual pies which is accompanied by a stenciled cloth to go in a basket to give as a gift.  Another book has a recipe for Toffee Almond Cookies and a cute cross stitch cloth to go in a basket. There are specialized books for holidays and specific topics.  I strongly suggest you go on line to Google and enter “Gifts of Good Taste.” Look through the different types and see what you think.  I love them all, and of course I bought all of them because you never know when you will need to create a quick gift for someone.  The holiday may be over, but it’s not too late to buy something special for yourself.

Random Reflections

         I love this photo.  I was driving home from Plano, IL when I turned down a quiet country road.  I instantly noticed the telephone poles extending as far as the eye could see.  I had to stop and take a picture. It was as if they were soldiers standing guard over the barren fields.  I loved the solitude and wide-open spaces around this little road.  You never know what you will encounter on a journey into the country.

I love that they appear to go on forever

Wants and Wishes

         Life can be filled with simple pleasures!  I discovered one for myself that I indulge in every month.  I treat myself to a relaxing massage.  My massage therapist is Marissa at Tranquility Spa in St. Charles. A massage is a wonderful treatment for the body that increases circulation and soothes your sore, overworked muscles.  It is an hour of peaceful relaxation that is good for both the body and the soul.  Let’s hear it - massages for all!

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