Thursday, February 25, 2021

Chicken and Broccoli

Every single time I'm in the mood to make chicken and broccoli, I can't find the last recipe I used. Which usually means that that last recipe failed to amuse our taste buds. And so, off I go, looking for the elusive, perfectly suited recipe. This time, a recipe for chicken alfredo with broccoli, stood out. Mainly, because they didn't use a can of soup in place of making your own roux. 

But the recipe called for shells and I wanted to serve the dish with rice. No big deal, yet I was concerned I'd lose this recipe too, all because one day I'd look at that sheet of paper and exclaim, "I don't usually make recipes using shells". So here we go, writing it out for myself and hoping it makes enough sense for someone else to find their way.

Prep: Chop half an onion, cut up broccoli to desired size, shred a cup of parmesan cheese, cut up 2 cups of rotisserie/cooked chicken, mince 2-3 cloves of garlic, set out one ounce of cream cheese (if desired), one teaspoon Italian seasoning, measure out and set aside, 1/2 cup half and half with 1&1/2 cups of chicken broth, cook rice.

Oh, and since our historic ice storm, our oven has been out of action. I made this using an electric skillet.

Saute onions, in olive oil, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until translucent, add minced garlic for last 30 seconds. Scoop onions and garlic into a bowl.

Add 3-4 cups of water, bring to boil, add broccoli, cover, cook for 4-7 minutes, according to broccoli preference. Strain--save water for cooking rice, if you wish.

Gently toast 2 Tbsps of flour over medium heat, for one minute, add 2 Tbsp of olive oil, stirring constantly with a fork, for two minutes.

Add 1 oz of cream cheese, mash into roux. Gradually stir in a mixture of 1/2 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth, while constantly stirring. When thickened, add broccoli, onions and cooked rice. Add chicken broth if needed. Serve over rice. Enjoy.

And this is where I start wondering what detail I left out. Please let me know. Love, K

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Someone's Hammering on the Roof

N's awesome when it comes to tackling a project. He noticed the blue sky day on the weather forecast, bought needed supplies the day before, and got busy working right after breakfast. I went out to see how things were going and there was neighbor G and C, lending a hand and verbal assistance.

Which leaves me much relieved, knowing there are other eyes watching in case of injuries. Keeps me from heading outside every 15-20 minutes, to make sure N's still okay. And I'm also glad, because it was their tree that made the hole in our roof, and it may open the door to more discussion about the fate of those trees and the arborvitae hedge that's had better years.

And so, many thanks to this blue sky day and to neighbors. Personally, I'm certain that without the sky taunting me, those Venetian blinds would still be dusty--not that the neighbors care. BUT my old nose does. How's your day going? Love, K

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Old Clipped Contadina Stir-fry Recipe

Update: Made this tonight, which reminded me that there's a missing flavor note. I can't remember if I solved this. Let me know if you did/do. Love, K

I clipped this recipe, from a can of Contadina stewed tomatoes, when we lived in Roseburg. It was one of those recipes, that seemed to taste different every time I cooked it. I'd long forgotten it, until I was talking to a cousin about a time they came for a visit. Her husband continued to talk about that meal over the years. Apparently, it hit an old food memory for his taste buds. And so, for me, it was an opportunity to remember it and plan to make it once again.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lookie Loos

As of today, we've only gone out of the neighborhood once, since the ice storm. Makes sense that our curious eyes aren't helpful to the folks doing all of the clean-up, but it's difficult not heading out to go take a look at all of the destruction. 

One, of our three routes, in and out of the neighborhood, has been closed since the thirteenth. You'd think one of the homeowners or utility workers would've taken some photos to share, but then there's probably the concern it would draw lookie loos. 

All of those tall, mostly deciduous, trees, with thick moss and ivy adding weight and decay to the mix, were/are probably in a deadly tangled mess. And now that sign reads, "Road Work"--good grief, what else happened?

I like snow--watching it fall, hoping a few inches will stick (if there's nowhere necessary to go), making the first footprints ... and the quiet, BUT I do not like freezing rain. Not one teensy tiny itsy bitsy iota. You can have the freezing rain, if you wish, but send the light dustings of snow my way. Love, K