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Thursday December, 4 2008

Expensive Looking Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Filed under: General — makani @ 5:47 pm

I couldn’t think of a nice enough fru fru name for this but it is especially tasty.  I made it tonight on a whim while searching through my cookbook trying to find other things to do with chicken.  I’m sure the recipe is just a modification of something everyone has done before but hot damn was it good.

It came out looking and tasting like something you’d pay a lot of money for.
You’ll need:
Garlic Oil (2-4tsp?)
Herbs (I had a mix of Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, and Lavender)
Cheese (I used mozzarella, you’ll want something mild)
Artichoke Hearts
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Cup Chicken Broth
Spinach
1 small onion

So chop up your onion and pop it in your skillet with some cooking oil and let it start.  While its doing its thing put the garlic oil and herbs together.  I put the herbs in thick enough to be paste like.  You’ll brush this over both sides of the chicken breast. (I found it easiest to brush one side and then throw it in the skillet herb side down and then brush the other side.)

Get your chicken in the skillet, add the broth put a cover on and let it cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

When your ten minutes is up turn it over put the lid back on and start on another 10.  When you have about 5 minutes left take that lid off, throw the spinach in around the chicken.  Put the artichoke hearts on the chicken and then put the cheese on top put the lid back on and finish cooking.

Its done either after those last five minutes are up, the cheese is melted, or the spinach is cooked or all of the above.  Serve.  Enjoy!

The broth probably simmered away as it did for me, if it didn’t you can leave the lid off for the last five minutes of cooking to make sure it does.

You could probably use any combo of herbs and change the artichokes for mushrooms, or the spinach for snow peas.

I made two servings and saved the other for lunch.  It was a good way to use up one medium onion and about a pint of chicken broth I had in the freezer.

Conclusion: Very Tasty!  Try it for yourself and then help me think up a Fru Fru name for it.

Monday November, 17 2008

Employment

Filed under: General — makani @ 3:06 pm

I am now slightly more gainfully employed than I was.

WHOOO!

Friday November, 14 2008

An Open Letter to my Credit Card

Filed under: General — makani @ 9:06 pm

Dear Visa,

Hi, do you remember me? We’ve been together for ten years now,  yeah its been that long.  Do you remember when I first applied for you?  I was all scared and excited about credit and you just walked into my life with $500?

We had some good times together.  I didn’t use you much because credit card debt is a scary thing but you stuck with me slowly increasing your credit line until I was giddy with the thought of actually being able to spend that much money.  I never did but if  I needed you, you were there.

You made it possible for me to have a website.  Do you remember that?  We bought my first domain name together and then you took care of the monthly fees.  Wasn’t that fun?  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Then came a huge turning point in our relationship.  We went to China together.  Do you remember?  All those fees you charged me for foreign currency exchange weren’t so much fun but just knowing you were there with the money I’d sent you so I wouldn’t have to deal with travelers checks was worth it.  And you kept those fees low anyway, much much lower than other cards.  I was so happy.

You even stuck with me through a couple of late payments.  You understood because I usually paid my bills on time and on those two occasions you were really nice about the fees.  I thought we were having a good time.

So you’ll have to understand that this letter I’ve just received in the mail troubles me.  You’re canceling my service.  No advance warning, nothing.  My card will be gone before the end of the month and you’ve dropped my credit line to $100.

You gave me a number to call if I had questions but when I call I get a busy signal or someone who can’t tell me anything.  Why are you leaving me, Visa?  Was it something I said?  I suppose you’re a victim of the economic downturn but I thought we had something, I  thought you were stable!

I wish we could talk about this but the number is busy again so I’ll just have to bid you a tearful farewell.  You were the first Credit Card I had all on my own and I’ll miss you.

Tearfully,
Shelly

Saturday October, 11 2008

NaNoWriMo

Filed under: General — makani @ 8:57 pm

It looms large in the future. The only difference is this year I convinced J to do it with me.
Cue evil laughter.

So in less then 30 days we descend into madness and frantic typing.
Wish us luck.

Tuesday September, 30 2008

In case you hadn’t heard the good news…

Filed under: General — makani @ 4:22 pm

Jack Thompson has been disbarred.
Finally.

Wednesday September, 24 2008

Sweet Potato Pie

Filed under: General — makani @ 8:21 pm

Here’s another recipe for everyone.  This one isn’t necessarily for bento, although a nice thin slice of pie will fit nicely into a bento box.

I went to the farmer’s market today and this fellow was selling sweet potatoes. These weren’t just ordinary sweet potatoes.  No, these were MONSTER potatoes.  One of them was as big as my shoe.  (I wear 6 1/2W).  These things were huge!  I bought several pounds and brought them home wondering how to use them all up before they went bad.

I decided to use the biggest ones to make a pie.  The four largest made two HUGE pies.  These pies are spilling over with Sweet Potato goodness.  And oh is it good.  I don’t like sweet potatoes and I love this pie.

Get your sweat potatoes washed, chopped up into chunks and then boil the living tar out of them.  Once their soft when you stick them with a fork the skins should literally peal right off.
2 cups mashed sweet potato fills one 9in pie.  I filled mine way deeper and it was still good.

So get one 9in pie shell (make it buy it, whichever, I have a great recipe for pie shells, if you let me know, I’ll send it to you). I drizzled mine with a little bit of garlic oil.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
Mix your mashed sweet potatoes with:
2 beaten eggs
1 1/4 cups milk (I used plain soy milk)
3/4 cup sugar (I left out the sugar completely since sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tablespoons rum
4 Tablespoons melted butter

Mix those all together really well and then pour into your pie shell.  Bake for 10 min, then reduce the heat to 300 and bake for another 50 minutes or until the filling is firm.

Like I said, I ended up with two pies.  I’m going to hopefully give one to my mother-in-law.  I’d totally try this one, if I were you.  So tasty!

Sunday September, 14 2008

Ginger Pork & Sesame Spinach

Filed under: General — makani @ 3:28 pm

Here’s another bento recipe for anyone who cares.  The taste tests indicate that this one is a big hit.  It’s very, very simple.

This one is straight out of Bento Boxes by Naomi Kijima which I got for my birthday.  It’s a good book.  It’s  very short but it has some very nice full sized pictures.  Not all the recipes are viable for me and some I’ll probably never do but overall I really like it.

This recipe I had to double for two servings since it calls for 4oz of pork and the pork I bought was just about 8oz. (Four oz equaled one boneless pork chop).  The recipe I’m putting down is for one serving.
Ginger Pork
4oz pork (sliced thin)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Combine the soy sauce and the ginger then add the pork and let sit.  I let mine sit overnight, I’d saw two to four hours is good.

Cook the pork with some oil over high heat. (About 2-3 minutes on each side.)

Sesame Spinach
4oz spinach
1 Tablespoon crushed black sesame speeds (I didn’t have these so I used one scant teaspoon of sesame oil and it worked great!)
1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Teaspoon sugar
Blanch the spinach and drain, chop if necessary (I used baby spinach, no chopping needed)
Combine the remaining ingredients and toss with the spinach.


Ginger Pork & Seasme Spinach

Pack the whole thing in a bento with the pork over a bed of rice and there you have it.  I think apart from the marinating (which took 10 minutes the previous day) it took about 20 minutes all told to cook and put together.The piece I tasted was fantastic I can’t wait to eat this tomorrow.

Wednesday September, 10 2008

Wet Basement

Filed under: General — makani @ 9:50 am

So this morning we hear this noise like water rushing and we’re both like: “Buh?”
Eventually J gets up to investigate and we discover that our basement is flooding.

One of the hoses that goes to the washing machine burst and water was spraying out at high speed.  I shut off the water and we spent the next couple of hours sweeping water into the drain.

The basement is still damp and I’ve got a call into my fix it guy to come and replace the hoses.

So standing in cold water on a cool day has brought our colds rushing back to join in the misery.  Oh boy.

Cranky, annoyed, wet turtle. :(

Can I like totally turn in my grownup card and go play video games all day or something?

Saturday September, 6 2008

Still Sick

Filed under: General — makani @ 3:56 pm

Took the day off work Friday.  I try never to take time off work because no work = no pay but I was too sick to get out of bed so no work for me.  I spent all of Thursday and Friday in bed and today I had to make someone else take charge of the potluck I was planning.

I don’t feel as tired but I still kinda feel like crap.  It’d better go away before Monday.

Tuesday September, 2 2008

Something in the air

Filed under: General — makani @ 4:00 pm

Everyone is getting sick now.  I’m sick, J is sick, my parents are sick.  Sick sick sick.

Blargh.

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