This is one of those times when I’ve run clear out of steam, and words.
I had to laugh this morning. I had sent an email to my friend, Bill D. in Yorkshire, yesterday because I hadn’t heard from him for several days. Got an E back from him this morning with the subject line: “nothing happening here.” When I opened the E, there was nothing at all in the text message area. Just the subject line telling me that nothing was happening there. He’s so funny. He quite often sends me photographs with no message but just a subject line saying what the photograph is… but today’s E didn’t have any photo attached, just the subject line…
I’ve got myself in a flummox. I got a new camera but it’s not a popular kind and I’m having a hard time figuring it out. I got it on the home shopping network, which I normally love for purchasing things (not that many things from there but always OK), however, this camera is very strange. It’s probably not the right one for me but I don’t send things back so I’m stuck trying to figure out the easiest way to use the thing. I think I have it set to “auto” so it doesn’t require me to fiddle with any settings, but it seems that every time I take a picture with it, something different happens.
We had a good week of cooler weather here but also rain and dark drizzly days. Which was fine with me. Rain is good for the plants. But now that the sun has come back out, it’s turned hot again. I am not a summer person. Oh no…
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Oh, and I have a recipe/tip for you. It’s very simple and I did it last night and oh-my-oh-my, it worked so well. I had thawed out two boneless skinless chicken breasts for our supper. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them all day. Then, very near suppertime, I was watching The Pioneer Woman cooking show and got this little recipe from Ree Drummond, the hostess of that show. She was making a big batch of chicken legs (with bone in and skin on) so basically I was taking a chance that it would work with my naked breasts (chicken, that is).
She melted butter in a pan on the stove and stirred in to that some minced garlic and juice of some lemons. Then she added some cayenne pepper. Here is her site with this recipe on it.
I couldn’t find my cayenne so I used Paprika. I didn’t have whole garlic so I used garlic powder. And, I didn’t have any fresh lemons, so I used a few splashes of reconstituted lemon juice from a bottle. Also, I had the naked chicken breasts without the bone and skin, so basically I had nothing the same as she had… but I think the result was excellent the way I did mine, and wow, this is the way I will be cooking chicken for a long time to come. Here’s my way:
2 Chicken breasts boneless and skinless
2 TBSP Butter (unsalted)
1 TBSP garlic powder
3-4 TBSP lemon juice (bottled)
1-2 tsp Paprika
Italian bread crumbs
Heat up the butter, garlic powder, lemon juice, and paprika til it’s all combined. Dip each piece of chicken into the pan and get it all soaked with the butter mixture. Lay each piece onto a cookie sheet lined in aluminum foil. Brush the chicken pieces again with the mixture but leave a little bit. Then shake some bread crumbs over the tops of the chicken pieces, and then pour the remainder butter mixture over the breaded pieces.
Bake in a 375 F oven for 30 minutes.
You will not believe how great this tastes! The chicken is so moist and the lemon juice in there is really great. So easy, too.
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I love it when I find a technique that is simple and easy and really gives you a great flavor. This one does it. Bland old chicken breasts will never be bland again.
Seeing as I started out this entry with nothing much to say, I’ve written enough I guess for now. More later when the mood strikes…
Here’s a picture I’ll leave you with that I took with my new camera the other day – look closely now, or you’ll miss the wild turkey on the roof!