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Oct 29, 2012

STEP AWAY FROM THE GARLIC BREAD

It is official. I cannot be trusted with garlic bread. Not even for a minute. I cannot manage to keep an eye on the buttery, garlicy loaves under the broiler. We like them toasted so they are always done open faced under the broiler.

I set the timer even. I stay in the kitchen. I talk too much with my guests and voila…. same results every time.

GARLIC BREAD LORI STYLEIMG_0105

Oct 22, 2012

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU LORI STYLE

I remember a time when the biggest thing in restaurants was Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was the stuff of first dates and dinner celebrations. IMG_0159
Recently I have had a craving for some stuffed chicken breasts so I decided to make my own.
I had to work until 6:15 so I prepared the chicken this morning before work. I worried that the coating would be soggy. It wasn’t.
Here we go with my version which is by no means traditional. There is no heavy cream sauce. It is not rolled up like many others are. It is just my version, which means easy and it turned out AWESOME.
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU LORI STYLE
Adjust the amounts according to the people you are feeding. Depending on how large the breasts are you will be able to fit in more ham and cheese.
Chicken breasts, boneless
Shaved deli ham
Sliced Swiss cheese (about 3 X 4 inches)
Greek style plain yogurt
Garlic, I used about 2 teaspoons of dried garlic granules
Pepper, 1 teaspoon but we like lots of pepper 

Panko bread crumbs
Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
IMG_0144Make a slice into the side of the breast making a nice big pocket. Be careful not to go all the way through but make is as big as possible. I made the pocket considerably bigger than this.  IMG_0145Take 2 slices of Swiss cheese and some shaved deli ham and roll them up like a cigar. Stuff this inside the pocket you made in the chicken. It will be very full but that is okay.IMG_0146IMG_0147
IMG_0143Mix garlic and pepper into the Greek yogurt and then roll the chicken breasts in that mixture. Look how thick and rich that Greek yogurt is. Brilliant for cooking. Roll this in Panko bread crumbs.IMG_0148 IMG_0149Take some kitchen twine and tie around the breast in about 4 places to keep that stuffing inside and the breast together.
(I tried toothpicks but they don’t close the chicken up well enough. At this point I covered it up and put it in the fridge for about 9 hours until I got home from work.) IMG_0153
Place chicken in a baking dish with the cut side up to help keep the cheese inside. Sprinkle lightly with olive oil. If they are not able to stand up on their own make little tin foil bundles to help prop them up.(note there are 2 plain chicken breasts in the pan for the one in the house who rolls that way)IMG_0155 Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until lightly browned and cooked through basting with the liquid from the pan which is a mix of the olive oil and the oil released from the cheese. It adds lots of flavor and helps to brown the Panko bread crumbs.IMG_0157My BB Guy said this was the best chicken he has had for as long as he could remember. He was so right. It was tender, moist and tasty. I wouldn’t add any salt in the cooking process because there is enough salt in the ham and the cheese.IMG_0159 This is good enough for company and makes family feel like you are out for dinner for that special occasion.

Oct 21, 2012

PINK PUMPKIN...AND ALL OTHER PUMPKINS–DECORATING CHALLENGE

I came across something new, to me anyway, today.
Right outside piled up on a shelf away from the usual fall pumpkins at my grocery store I saw pink pumpkins.
Yup you heard me right. PINK! They are not painted they grow that way. They look antique, whitewashed almost.pink-pumpkin
I challenge you to find some and use them decoratively in your home and link the post here. 
If you can't find pink you can still join in with your pumpkin displays of any color.
I will leave this meme running until December 1st. because the US has Thanksgiving in November whereas Canada has theirs in October.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I sure hope you can find some in your area. Have a look here to see what is available in your neighborhood.
 1. You must link back to this blog with your entry or it will not show up.  
2.You must use the permalink for your actual Pink PUmpkin Post  and not your general blog link

Oct 16, 2012

PARENTAL FAIL

Am I naive? Am I missing something? Do parents actually allow their children to dress up as hookers and pimps for Halloween? 
 Don't they know that the average age for young girls turning tricks for the first time is between 12 and 14 years old? 
How on earth can they normalize something like this? How can they make it seem like it is no big deal?
Hand in your parent cards right now if you allow this. If you think it is no big deal your parent card is now invalid and you must retest before you are allowed to be a parent again. We will arrange for wolves to raise your children in the meantime until you can pass 
your parents test. 
It is not cute. It is not funny. It is not a costume. Grow up and be a parent and say no. 
Your parent card should be earned and not taken for granted. You are tested every day and you need to get a backbone and teach your children what is right and wrong. You should not get a pass just because you managed to provide sperm or eggs to make a child. 
You get a big giant F
 
 

Oct 15, 2012

PUMPKIN DECORATING CHALLENGE

IMG_0101Just a reminder to join in with pictures of your pumpkin decor.

Go pink pumpkin if you can as many growers are donating to breast cancer research causes.

Don’t have any pink ones? No problem. Just link up with whatever you have.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE POST WITH THE LINKUP BUTTON.

Oct 5, 2012

CANADA GIVES THANKS

thanksgiving_wish

Wishing all my fellow Canadians a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with gratitude for all that we have.

Don’t forget to join in with your pumpkin decorations on this post HERE

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