Posts Tagged ‘Chicken’

I came up with a new Noodle Night recipe that Garry was a little hesitant about at first, but he ended up really liking it.

I’m a fan of mixing tastes – sweet and salty, spicy and creamy… I love the juxtaposition – hence came the Raspberry Chipolte Ramen.


2 chicken breasts (cut into small strips)

1/2 bag of frozen cauliflower

1/2 jar of raspberry preserves (I used the sugar free kind)

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

A few shakes of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Chicken flavored ramen


Cook your chicken in a frying pan until just about done. Add cauliflower and cook until done.

Meanwhile set your water to boil for the ramen – cook per directions on packet, but don’t add the seasoning packet.

When chicken and cauliflower is finished – add the raspberry preserves and spices. Stir until preserves liquify into a glaze and coat the chicken and cauliflower. Serve over top of Ramen noodles (make sure to pour a little of the sauce onto the noodles!)

Honestly, this was really good. SO good even that I’m adapting it to make chicken wings tonight for our Crazy Ladies Night.  Normally we don’t do “theme” nights (usually if we do I’m the one that heads it up) and this week we’re doing Wings N’ Wings.

This weekend is the NY State Faery Festival and I’ll be working the front gate for a good chunk of the event. We’re encouraged to dress up and since most of the women from our group plans on either working or attending I thought it would be fun to all make our wings together and eat chicken wings!

I’m going to take the recipe above, but add some honey to it to get a better texture for wing sauce. Should be rather tasty! I’m definitely looking forward to it!


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I’m working on my menu for the next two weeks and luckily I have a decent budget this time to work with! YAY!

There are 3 nights we’ll be out for dinner – 1 when my friend Derek comes into town and is playing a gig at a local bar. 2 when we go work on the camping land and 3. when I’m at Adee’s baby shower and Garry is in Rochester.

That helps a little in the planning department.

But I’m still stuck on one more thing to plan for dinner. I’d like to make something at least a little different than I’ve been making lately, and I’m coming up empty handed. However, I’ve come up with an idea that I’m adapting from a recipe I found for our next Noodle Night. I’m still working on the details of it, but so far I have:


Chicken breast

Raspberry preserves


Cayenne pepper

Green onions


Basically, cook the chicken in a pan in small bites, add cauliflower, green onions and garlic and cook until done. Cook ramen until done. Take raspberry preserves and heat in a small pot until liquid, add cayenne to taste and stir to make glaze, pour over top of chicken and veggies, mix with ramen and eat.

I found a recipe for Raspberry glazed chicken and figured it would go good with ramen and I like cauliflower and scallions. I also have garlic sitting around that needs to be used.

Not so sure how it’s going to taste, but it might be good. Who knows.

We also are starting to watch a new series (well not new, but new to Noodle Night). Since we’ve made it all the way through as far as we own of Naruto (which sucks because you can’t rent Naruto seasons!) we’re going to make our way through the Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender series. I loved it when it first came out and now that the movie is coming out this summer, it will be appropriate. (I’ll be honest, when the first “Avatar” movie came out I thought that’s what it was about – the cartoon – and not what it ended up being and I was omg so excited. And then was disappointed when it wasn’t. But was then REALLY excited when I found out that my real Avatar movie was going to be made! YAY! 😀

What is also good about Avatar: The Last Airbender is that there are 61 episodes in the season. It will take us a while to get through all of them – much like Naruto – and we’ll get to watch the movie in the theatre (which is one of three, or so I’m hearing) so if we only watch through Book 1: Water we’ll watch what’s in the movie – or so I’m guessing.

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Ooooh it was really good folks. At first I was a little wary that it might be a little odd tasting (honey and broccoli?) but it was really good… like Chinese food kind of good. Mmmm… Tonight is CLN and I’m making Taco Salad. YUM! It’ll be good! I’m wondering what everyone else is bringing?…

 Today I get to pick up my book! YAY! I’m really excited about it! It’s called Virgin Mother Crone and it’s about pre-hellenic Hera and how the matriarchal society that worshipped her was overcome by the patriarchal society of Olympian (read: Zeus) worship. Hera’s following was so great that the patriarchs couldn’t convince them to abandon her (she was considered a triple goddess by these people) so in order to justify Zeus’ power – the myth says that Zeus raped Hera and then they were married.

It wasn’t that Hera was a spiteful shrew – I can imagine most of us would be pretty pissed off if our siginificant other’s cavorted about impregnating anything with two legs – so I don’t fault her on that. It was a patriarchal society that villified her in order to gain control over the masses. See, they even used religion for control back in the old days.

But this book has a lot of research on pre-hellenic Hera and how she was worshipped in her original form – as a triple goddess. I’m very excited to read it!

Last night Garry and I cleaned the house like mad for when people come over today. Still got a bit to do – but not too much. A few dishes and mop the floors. I doubt people will be venturing into my bedroom or Garry’s office.

It’s nice when the apartment is nice and clean. I’m looking forward to repainting the living room and dining room. I realized we have WAY too many colors going on and I’d like it to feel more cohesive.

OH! Something else – check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxQN2E_FPM&feature=PlayList&p=43D6F41398C168BC&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

OMG SO MUCH HOTTNESS!!!! It’s like watching Chris Issak sing Wicked Game… *drool*

I think I’m going to change gym memberships here soon. I currently am a member at Planet Fitness. While I like the facility – there is never anywhere to park when I want to go. Sure it’s open 24 hours a day, but the other 23 hours I’m not there must be empty because EVERYONE seems to be there right at 4pm when I want to be there.

So I’m thinking of joining Court Jester – which is the gym to be a member of around here. They have a pool, sauna, hottub, plus a TON of classes. I think it would be good to swim. I’ve been feeling the need to swim lately. It’s $28 a month – only about $10 more a month. Not bad. I think it’s worth it! Plus there’s two locations so if one is full I can always go to the other one. Not a bad idea huh? That’s what I thought. I need to lose like 40 – 50 lbs. Seriously – it’s not cool – and I don’t want to yo-yo anymore on it and I don’t want to end up on a plateau at 160 like last time. Oh, and I’d like to do it by the end of the year. Yeah, I know – that means 2lbs a week. Whee.

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This week has been full of distractions. Notably so because I’m well aware we’re in a Mercury Retrograde. *Joy!*

With Beltane being only a very few short days away there is a LOT to prepare. Did I mention I’m hosting Crazy Lady Night for the first time ever TWO DAYS after I get home from camping for a long weekend? Yeah, I know, I’m insane.

In the last week I’ve given the keys back to my old apartment and did the walkthrough and to be honest, I’m still a little sad about it. I guess that place, despite that Garry lived with me, was like my autonomy. Now that we formally (names on the mailbox and everything) live together, well, I kind of miss that feeling of autonomy – even if it is only just a tiny bit.

This weekend we went to the camp/ritual site and helped put up tents, prep the area and what not. Garry and a bunch of other guys cut an INSANE amount of firewood (and paid for it – Garry’s back muscles are still not quite right again) which should last us through most of the summer. YAY for being productive.

All of our work was finished by late afternoon which left the rest of the evening to enjoy the company of everyone there. We lit a bonfire and drummed a while until it started raining and everyone with a djembe ran their instruments to their vehicle. Since I play a bodhran (and Ulric and Billy had theirs with them too) the three of us didn’t have to worry so much about the rain (actually the skin of mine needed to be a little damp to sound right) so we contined playing for a little while until it really started to rain then we all went home.

I’m still learning how to play, I mean I can kindofsortof keep a rhythm, but I can’t do anything fancy – like triplets. I’m still trying to figure out that one. Ulric is a fantastic bodhran player and he said that I’d get it in no time. Heh… sure I will!

The last few days have been spent trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to bring for food when we go camping all week. Inevitably there is always something that someone brings that looks *really* tasty and I want to eat it. I rarely bring a lot of food, but this time I’d like to bring some special things to share with everyone.

I have two whole “days” to plan for. Friday night, Saturday during the day and Sunday morning.

Unfortunately we don’t own a cast iron griddle (although I’m thinking that might be a good investment) or anything we can really cook over. Okay, I lied – we have a stick that we can skewer stuff onto and cook it over the fire. The only problem I foresee with this is cooking meat. I always get a little wary about cooking meat over a fire (I know it sounds kind of stupid when I think about it too) because I never know when it’s done in the middle. I originally thought a few chicken breasts would be good with baked potatoes (we usually wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them near the coals of our cooking fire). Here’s what I’m planning for our Beltane camping weekend!


Dinner: Honey almond chicken sausages with baked potatoes and asparagus bundles w/ sweet white wine

Snack: Fruit dipped in chocolate with cream (to share)


Breakfast: Muffins (and some sort of breakfast protien… still working on that)

Lunch: Cold cut sandwiches

Feast: (we’re coping out on this one) Fresh baked bread and rye dip (if I can get a good deal on produce I’ll bring some chocolate dipped fruit for the feast too) 


Breakfast: Same as Saturday. I heart muffins!

So that’s about all we’ll be bringing. There won’t be a lot of time to do snacking or whatever in between. I also have to find someone who can braid hair really well to put mine into plaits for the day on Saturday and bind them with gold cording.

I’ll make sure to bring my camera and take pictures – honest.

Garry is passing his May King crown on and I’ll be honest, he’s a little sad about it. Last night him and two of his guy friends made a set of runes out of river rocks and a dremmel (it was awesome!) and I guess that’s what they’re using to determine the new king. They look really cool and honestly, I think I may end up making a set of runes for him in similar fashion (or maybe woodburning since my skills in that are apparently awesome) for his birthday or for Yule. I could always do something with wirewrapping… hmmm…

Oh and my dress, well I really like the pattern – however because I was distracted while making it I screwed up something majorly and since I can’t find my seam ripper anywhere – there’s no hope in going back and fixing it. So yes, the pattern is definitely a keeper, however I think when I go to make it again I’ll just take my time and do one step at a time and not try too hard to work ahead. Also, a dress form would be helpful. *hint hint*

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This is one of Garry’s favorite meals!

He’s been working so hard at school and getting things settled in our new place that I figured I’d make him a special meal. Usually every time I get groceries I try to get something for him that’s “special”, mostly because he’d do the same thing for me, and secondly I still feel guilty about putting him through the vegan experiment and both of us gained like 20lbs…

So, here’s the bok boks.

Bok bok Popovers

1lb chicken breast

1 pkg cream cheese

1 tbs minced onion

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dill (or more if you really like dill)

dash of salt

dash of pepper

1 pkg LARGE crescent rolls (it’s VERY important to get the large ones)

Cut your chicken breast into small chunks and cook in a frying pan until done. Season with salt and pepper as they cook.

Preheat oven to 350F.

While chicken is cooking, put cream cheese in a large microwave safe bowl and soften in the microwave (should take no more than 20 seconds). Add minced onion, dill and garlic powder – stir together. Cream cheese should be a nice creamy consistency, but not runny.

Add chicken to cream cheese mixture and stir together.

Grease a cookie sheet and unroll your crescent rolls. Spoon a dollop of the mixture into the middle of the triangle. Fold corners together and pinch the sides closed. (You might end up with a little extra dough on top of one of your triangle sides was longer than the others. I just twirled the extra bit on top of the ones I had a little extra with – otherwise you’ll just have a little pyramid like shapes)

Bake in oven for around 20-25 minutes.

Yeah… Garry said when I was taking this picture… “Yep, hunny this is DEFINATELY my favorite meal…” *sigh*

These are really great with a salad, something nice and crisp to go with the richness of the popovers. They are REALLY rich! They’re not huge, but chances are you won’t be able to eat more than two.

Other than that the weekend was rather uneventful. Our friend Jeremy came over Friday night and stayed with us. Him and Garry were up until 4am playing video games… I guess I wouldn’t care if they were really quiet about it…

Oh, and some guy came to look at the apartment building, maybe to buy it. Great. Well, it turned out to be someone I went to high school with (why is it always on Saturday mornings when I look terrible do these people come over?!) and he wasn’t really interested afterall. That’s a good thing. I think when he realized I lived there… haha…

The rest of the day I spent reading. I finally finished that novel and didn’t get to bed until around 2am. Garry snored ALL night and at 6am I went to sleep on the couch.

Sunday we were pretty productive! We got the bed in my office set up, and Garry took a lot of the moving trash (boxes packing stuff) to the dumpster. I cleaned *most* of the apartment and did a TON of laundry. The great/not so great thing about our new place is that we have forced air heat. It’s great for laundry – it dries on the drying rack very quickly, but my skin is SOOOOO dry. I have dry skin to begin with, but the dry air doesn’t help much at all.

I opened the windows because it was a nice sunny day and to let some fresh air in. The last of the drywall dust (for now) was mopped up and now the dining room is done except the molding (and decor stuff). ‘

Garry was getting restless with the floor being clean in the dining room and most of the moving garbage thrown out. The room was too “empty” for him. So he took the money he got back on his state taxes and bought a new table and chairs.

I wanted to wait until after I got out of work (mind you this is 6pm last night and I was tired and stinky from cleaning all day – I was NOT about to go anywhere) but Garry was DETERMINED to get a dining set. I gave him an idea of what I wanted and said that color didn’t matter – I could refinish it if need be. (I was thinking black)

So he went off and found a 5-pc solid wood set at Walmart (of all places) for a little over $200. Originally we were thinking of getting a round table, but the way the dining room is set up a square table is really best. Then we wanted one with leaves in it, but those are EXPENSIVE and to be honest, how often are we going to have a ton of people over for dinner? It’s big enough that we could seat six around the table if we have to, but I’m not really too worried about it.

I took a nice long bath while he was putting it together. I thanked him for going and doing it today (even though I wanted to wait) and he said “You know it’s my goal in life to make you happy.” Aww…

I finally have a table and chairs. After 2 years of not having one I finally do.

It’s starting to finally feel like home.

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Chicken in the freezer

I read Jayne’s post from yesterday on her blog: www.barefootkitchenwitch.com and even though I’ll admit that I giggled a bit (sorry!), but it was only because I know exactly how she feels. 

So maybe I don’t have children, or a husband (okay, so Garry kind of counts as “husband” for this example) but, before all of that – I had a roommate – Kevin.

Kevin is a good friend of mine. However, both of us had rather hectic schedules and it was rare that both of us were home at the same time. I did a lot of the grocery shopping and usually he didn’t eat at home anyway – leaving most of the food in the house for me.

One evening I went and bought the usual things – including chicken breast. I always bought it in bulk because we had a decent-sized freezer and I would separate it into plastic bags when I got home and put what I didn’t need right away in the freezer.

Well, this particular evening I was exhausted and after noticing that the bathroom needed cleaning, cat box needed scooping and laundry needed to be done (which entailed carrying a 50 lb. container of laundry down three flights of rickety wooden stairs, thrown into my car to drive to the laundromat and then carried BACK UP those same damn flights of stairs…) well, I forgot about separating the chicken breasts into the little plastic bags and just left the whole package in the fridge because I was planning on making something involving chicken the next day.

The next day I came home from work and was on the phone with my then-boyfriend Dave. Kevin was nowhere to be found (as usual) and I was already in kind of a bad mood (I have no idea why… I was probably over-tired and PMSing or something) when I looked in the fridge and my chicken was GONE!



Of course all of this was while I was on the phone with Dave… poor man.

Then I looked in the freezer and there was my chicken, frozen, into a brick.

Now, defrosting chicken without actually cooking it in the microwave takes FOREVER for some reason, and exponentially longer if you’re really hungry. Why? Because sometimes the Universe thinks it’s funny to torture me.

I was especially hungry that day. I don’t think I had eaten yet at all that day so I was STARVING. And seeing that it would take a million years to thaw the chicken sent me over the edge.


It went on for about 5 minutes or so… ranting and yelling and slamming cabinet doors around. All the while Dave is in the background trying SO hard not to laugh. It was really funny.

So finally when he could get a word in edgewise, he said (trying not to laugh in the process no doubt) “So… hun your mad because your chicken is in the freezer?”

At that point I stopped and just laughed hysterically. Yeah. I was carrying on and having a fit because my chicken was in the freezer. I had LOST it. I sounded like someone had just put a baseball bat through my car windsheild… but no… just chicken in the freezer. I just said screw it and got a sub from the store about a block away and put the chicken in the fridge and left a note on the white board.

To this day whenever I get angry over something – Garry will ask me: “Are you just mad, or are you chicken-in-the-freezer mad?”

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I don’t remember ever watching the movie The Jerk all the way through, but there are some fantastic lines from that movie that I use in daily life.

Usually when something that I’ve been waiting to happen for a LONG time to be finished or to arrive I start running around gleefully saying “The new phonebooks are here!” Even if it has nothing to do with phonebooks new or otherwise.

Today Stoney and Garry are reinstalling the toilet and vanity in the bathroom. Which means by the end of today we will have a functioning bathroom!

Also my favorite series is when he’s grabbing things from the house and goes on this rant “…and this lamp… And that’s ALL I NEED!” and then “Okay, this lamp, this book and this pillow and that’s ALL I NEED!” (or something like that, I don’t remember the exact items other than the lamp). That’s how it is when I start making my list for home decor shopping (you know EVERY time I move). “$700 later… and that’s ALL I NEED!”


Last night was our ladies’ night and it was more of a venting session than anything else. There are a multitude of things I could say on this subject, but if it’s one thing I’ve learned over the last nearly 10 years of blogging (in one form or another) people will read it and find out. People will get upset and what you thought was freedom of expression on your blog (so why read it if you’re going to get upset?) still, sometimes those things are best left off the internet and written in a notebook that hidden in your night stand or in a locked Word file. Not out on the internet.

Our group is under duress with the loss of our friend Karl on Friday and people are grieving. For the most part, I’m trying to stay out of that conversation. Death, funerals, memorials and the like… I can’t say I don’t know how to deal with them, I’d just rather grieve and deal on my own. I don’t find anything wrong with that.

Another noted point of yesterday, I found out the dress I’m drooling over at David’s Bridal (okay, so what I know I’m not engaged yet!) is on sale for $250. Now, every instinct in me says “BUY IT!” because where am I going to find a gorgeous dress for $250? Well, the problem is, folks, I’m fat. I’m 180 lbs. There I said it. At best I can hope to be at my goal of 140 by June 10th. Chances are good it will be more like October… or you know… never.

So I went back to this website I found a long time ago that tracked calories and what not, but they moved everything over to www.livestrong.com. If you’re on a diet, or even if you’re not they have some great info on recipes, stress management and general lifestyle management. Right now I’m using the calorie and fitness tracker on the MyPlate section of the site. What I do is fill in what I plan on eating all day (including my work out) and then stick to it. Then if I did something differently then I go back and edit the next morning. Honestly, it makes me feel accountable and instead of trying to remember every crumb of food I’ll just ask myself “Did I put this on MyPlate?” if I don’t know then I’ll hold off.

The best part about MyPlate is that you can type in brands of food (they have a good selection of Wegman’s foods on there which is awesome since I buy all my groceries from there) and it includes not only your calories, but all of the important dietary information as well. I was honestly surprised at how much cholesterol I was eating (I eat a lot of eggs) and how much protien I was eating in a day (almost 200% of the daily recommended amount). In the mean time, my sodium, carbohydrates and fat were all under the target. However, I realized that my Slim Fast bars and shakes contain a LOT of sugar and is what is putting me over the recommended amount every day.

The nutrition calculator helps me make smarter decisions on what low-calorie foods to eat.

There is also the option of entering your own calories if something doesn’t come up on the list. That is helpful for some homemade meals that you don’t really know all the nutritional content of.

My biggest problem is guesstimating my calories for dinner. As much as I love Rachael Ray, I would love her even more if she included this information in her recipes either on her website or in her cookbooks. It would make a lot less work for me. At this point I’m relegated to just adding the ingredients to MyPlate and seeing what comes it from that.

I’ve also learned that ladies’ night is dangerous. WAAAY too much tempting yummies and no time to go to the gym. Granted, I make up for it the rest of the week, but still. Ugh. I need to get to 140 lbs.

I made Lion’s Head on Sunday and Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops on Monday and both were fantastic. I’m so bad about posting at home (you know, where I have the cookbook) so I’m sorry I don’t have photos/recipes up yet. I promise! This is still (mostly) a cooking blog!

Here’s the Lion’s Head. Doesn’t that look yummy? They’re basically meatballs with soy sauce cooked over cabbage. The recipe called for Napa cabbage, but there was already red cabbage shredded at the store so I decided to go with that instead. Plus, I like purple. 😀

Tonight I’m making Chicken Cutlets in Warm Cranberry Salsa. I think they should’ve been turkey cutlets, but they apprently don’t have turkey cutlets at Wegman’s so I picked up some chicken ones instead. Should be tasty though! I love a good tasty chicken!

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