5:02 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves
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.