CHICKEN MANHATTAN (adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Chicken)
(The fun of cooking is to create one’s own recipes or to use a recipe as a guideline and to improvise. Use more of what you like and leave out what you do not care for or substitute something else. If you like spinach, use more. To give more zest to the topping, add a sip of wine and a few bouillon granules. That’s what I do. - Monique Hammond)
Serves 4¾ cup breadcrumbs (mixed with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese)
1 egg slightly beaten (or ¼ cup real egg substitute)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves pounded to ¼ inch thickness
½ cup chopped onions
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained (almost 2 packages if using fresh)
4 slices of cheese Swiss or Provolone
¼ cup dry white wine
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste
Steps:1) Dip chicken pieces in egg and dredge in crumb/cheese mixture to coat
2) In large frying pan heat olive oil and brown chicken pieces on both sides
3) While chicken browns, heat olive oil in a separate pan; add onions and cook for about 2 minutes until soft. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir frequently until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and nutmeg. Mix well. Season with salt (or a few bouillon granules) & pepper, if desired. Cook until heated through and excess liquid has evaporated.
4) Top each chicken piece with a ¼ of the spinach mixture and a slice of cheese. Reduce heat. Add wine to pan. Cover pan and simmer 5 minutes or until cheese is all melted and chicken is tender.
Serve with oven-browned potatoes and, of course, crunchy baguette
What Did You Say – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
***By profession I am a hospital pharmacist, I also enjoy teaching which is what I was doing when D-Day hit me… By 7:00 p.m., the end of the class period, my ear felt as if it were stuffed with cotton; it was totally deaf Yet I remained amazingly calm… I decided that I would call the doctor’s office in the morning…By the time my Husband picked me up at school, it felt like life was chugging along in slow motion. My reactions had become sluggish, and I was quite tired. As I got into the car, I mentioned sort of casually that I was half-deaf and that I would have to see the physician… Ross wondered if we should go to the hospital, but I declined… We went home and I managed to fix dinner… By 10:00 p.m. I was ready for bed… as soon as my head it the pillow, the room began to whirl around and around and would not stop. I became violently ill… Ross suggested that we go to the emergency room, which is where I ended up and that was also when live changed forever.***
Monique E. Hammond and her husband Ross had been on an Alaskan cruise two weeks before her D-Day (Deaf-Day) started. She had noticed occasional popping noises in her left ear. They would flare up in response to pressure changes inside her head. When the bus they were on climbed uphill or whenever she yawned she would have rounds of dull sounds inside her hear. Muscle spasms? She reacted each time by pressing her thumb against the lower portion of her ear – no pain, just tenderness. While on the ship, just the slight movement made her feel ill. Then came the problems with loud noises which caused her ear to crackle off and on. So what is the problem and is it permanent? She would soon learn the answers to some of her questions but not all as the ear is a quite complicated part of our body.
For a long time now I’ve heard people talk about having Vertigo, an intense spinning sensation accompanied by nausea and vomiting, that put Monique into the hospital for a couple of days.They have complained about it throwing them of balance, making them dizzy and violently sick. As I said, I’ve heard about this but never experienced it… I thought. There had been times that I would walk down a hall and feel like it might be good if I just touched the wall for balance, but this would only last for an hour or so and it wasn’t really bad. I assumed it was maybe a rise in my blood pressure or that I was just tired. Then it hit me. I woke one morning to the whole room spinning as I lay in bed. If I opened my eyes I could actually see the walls going round and round. Then the nausea hit me. Thank God the bathroom was close. All I could do was sit on the floor with my head over the toilet and hold on with both hands to try and stop the spinning. I then knew what Vertigo was really like and have had it several times since but never quite as drastically. In What Did You Say you’ll learn and come to an understanding that the word Vertigo actually stands for the feelings that you experience when having ear and hearing problems. Vertigo is more of a symptom than a true title for what you may be going through. What scared me so bad was the cause of the Vertigo symptom is really wide spread. It can be anything from an ear infection to wax buildup to loss of the cochlear hair cells to even a tumor. And the causes of these problems can be anything from putting a swab in your ear to loud noises to again a possible tumor. The symptoms themselves can be from loss of balance, spinning room, nausea and ringing in the ear.
The cure? Monique Hammond suggests you see your medical doctor first to make sure you don’t have some type of infection. If you’re clear of infections then see a hearing specialist. Only through tests can the cause, treatment and hopefully cure can be determined.
Cut limes into wedges.
Steak and Tomato Soup
(An Aaron Lazar special)
1 large Vidalia onion
One pound Portabella Mushrooms
2-3 large Chard leaves or similar greens
Japanese radish (Daikon or mild rutabaga would work)
Handful of fresh sugar snap or snow peas
Beef stock - either use 4 large cans of good stock or enough powder to flavor the broth
1-2 pounds of steak
1/2 cup Barley
1 lb. hard Tofu
1 pkg. fresh bean sprouts
3 Tbsp. fresh chopped Cilantro
3 cups Tomato based product such as frozen tomatoes, pureed, spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc. (A little ketchup adds a zesty flavor!)
Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, Thai fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, salt, red hot pepper to taste
Saute one large thinly sliced Vidalia onion, one pound thinly sliced Portabella mushrooms, and a few cloves of garlic, chopped in olive oil. Add freshly ripped greens from two or three large leaves. (I used chard from the garden). Chop 1/2 fresh Daikon radish into cubes, add to fry pan (from garden). Add several handfuls of fresh snow peas, ends cut off but peas left whole. Start heating stock pot using good quality beef stock. I used four large boxes of liquid stock to fill the stock pot about 3/4 full. When onions are translucent, transfer all ingredients to stock broth. Cut 1-2 pounds sirloin steak into cubes. Saute in same fry pan, add just a little more olive oil if needed. Brown steak in batches and add to stock pot. Add 1/2 cup barley. Chop one pound hard Tofu into 1/2" - 1" pieces. Add to pot. Add one package fresh bean sprouts to stock pot. Add two - three tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro to stock pot (from garden). For seasonings I added the following: Garlic powder, onion powder, Thai fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, salt, red hot pepper to taste. Add at least three cups tomato base product such as tomato sauce, plum tomatoes, tomato paste, salsa, spaghetti sauce, etc. (even ketchup would work! I also cut up four ripe tomatoes into chunks and added them to the soup). Adjust ingredients for flavor and cook until barley is soft. This soup tastes best the next day after flavors have melded.
Essentially Yours - A Tall Pine Mystery - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds, A Book and A Dish
**Hurrying up the cement path, I climbed the stairs to the front door that lead to her kitchen and knocked on the glass, "Callie! Are you in there?" An answering whine came from Beau, who jumped up and scratched at the glass from the inside. I knocked again, tried the door and found it locked. Running around the back side of the house near the road I hammered on the door. "Callie!" In the distance, I heard some shouting down the road, but my tunnel vision didn't allow it to penetrate. Anyway, I figured it was neighbors arguing with each other over something stupid like a property line. I bent down to get her door key out of the ceramic turtle that lived under her shrubs, and opened the door.**
**I sank onto the bed and sighed. Callie never went out, so what happened to her? Had Willow called the copy again when she spied her sister on her way back in the pontoon boat? Had they come and picked her up and dragged her off to jail? Shutting Beau securely inside, I stomped toward her house. A siren screamed in the distance, growing louder with each step. A cop car screeched to a stop beside the ambulance. And a coroner's van rolled up behind them both. Oh my God. Willow killed Callie. She finally did it.**
Marcie, Callie and Sky, Callie's brother, have been friends since childhood. Whee you saw one you saw the other two. Marcie and Sky actually became more than friends. They became lovers. But this all ended when Marcie decided to pursue her singing career and Sky joined the military. Then Sky came up missing and assumed dead. Marcie and Callie continued to be best friends even after Marcie married Quinn. And when Callie received a strange package that was supposed to have come from Sky, even with her agoraphobia, Marcie was the first person she ran to.
Callie's sister Willow had always shown resentment toward Callie so when she saw her leave on the pontoon she knew she was without license so calling the police was the perfect thing for her to do. And now the police are at Willow's home and Marcie just knows that Willow finally lost it completely and killed Callie.
I really enjoyed traveling with Marcie and Quinn as they searched the Adirondacks trying to find their friends as well as the truth about Sky. Could he really be alive after all these years? The package sent to Callie contained bottles of oils. Some of which, due to his native American heritage, Quinn recognized as being great healers. But what is the connection? This book kept me on the edge from page 1. But why are the drug companies trying to stop the research behind the oils?
Is this a believable story? Very possibly so. For years I've believed there are cures for certain ailments but if released it would put a crimp on the drug companies. This story brings that possibility to life. And the oils have fascinated me enough to make me want to learn more.
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- 2 lemons
- ¼ cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (50 mL) whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. (1 mL) each salt and baking soda
- 5 tbsp. (75 mL) margarine
- ½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
- 1 egg white
- 3 tbsp. (45 mL) plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla
- 3 tbsp. (45 mL) dried cranberries
(A true favorite!)
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 lb. center-cut salmon filet
½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. all-purpose seasoning
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
5 mini red bell peppers
6 pineapple slices, about 1/2” thick
¼ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup diced red onion
1 dash of lime juice
Chop all and mix together
1 cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice from ½ a lime
Mix all together
8 cups mixed field greens
Red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat grill to medium. Place the salmon on a plate and rub with about 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Season with the paprika, all-purpose seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook salmon with skin on. Remove skin before cutting. Set aside.
Kidnapped by the Cartel - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
(Eileen Thornton's Special)