Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chicken in a Balsamic Pear Sauce

This was so good. My wife, Juilie received for Christmas, a subscription to Good Housekeeping and this was in the issue with Dr. Feel and his wahfe. (I will not like that door knob.) Anyway, I did serve couscous, but not the other stuff...I like my julienned veggies better.
Here's what you need:
  • 1T (+ 1t) EVOO
  • 4 sm. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx 1 lb.)
  • 2 Bosc pears, unpeeled, cored and 1/8th'ed
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3T Balsamic
  • 2t Cornstarch
Here's how you do it:
  1. Heat EVOO in 12" skillet (med. heat), add chicken and cook until done. Transfer to plate
  2. a.Cook pear wedges 3-4 minutes in same skillet (or until lightly browned & tender) 2b. mix balsamic, chicken broth and cornstarch while pears are cooking
  3. Pour balsamic mixture in with pears, bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat for 1 minute (until it begins to thicken).
  4. Return chicken (and any run-off juices from plate) and heat through.

NOTE: cans of chicken broth are 14 oz. what do you do with the other 6 oz? well, you boil that (along with 2oz water) and use that for the couscous. (Honey, I forgot to add the water last night and that may have been why the couscous was a little bad! It was still an amazing dinner.)

Well there you go.....the good, the bad and the yummy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Years Eve

Need I say more? Oh yeah...those were hand toasted almonds, by the way. Them was good!

Baked Bacon

Now don't be thrown off at the beautifully fried egg to the left. It's the bacon on the right ya'll need to give a shot.
Placing it on a baking sheet, sprinkling a generous amount of brown sugar, black pepper and chili powder and putting it in a 350 degree oven for say 10 minutes (if I remember correctly).
My, my, my (music hits hard...makes me say 'oh my lawd'....MC Hammer)
Go DO IT and enjoy!'s what was for dinner

Just thought I would throw out my attempt at being like Mattbites only in a 3rd rate kind of way. He's a real food photographer. This was my attempt at doing a sauce as well. Don't you like the presentation?

Tri-Tip seared and finished in a HOT oven w/julienned zucchini and carrots.

It was good.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Craving Crawdads-I need them in Riverside, CA


Can someone help me find some of these to serve at the wampus? I have a craving.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Well, every year we have a party to celebrate the birth of Jesus. My oldest reads the story of Mary, Joseph and the gang, we break bread, then go carolling.

The food was good, especially the slow cooked pulled pork and beef. The crock pot saved the day! Also was the cream cheese dip w/bacon and stuff....we went through two of them.

I should also note that the salad brought by the Meloni's was particularly yummy because it had pears and candied and roasted walnuts.....phew....I had 2nds.

Later ya'll!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

which one is "Greater than"? (>, <)

No, that's not a face from Southpark, but it's a question. I know this is a "food blog" and not a personal view blog, but they come together at some point, right? Well, while on Shaun Groves's blog, I saw Jesus>War. Now we know that Jesus is greater than war, but we also need to remember that Jesus is greater than our pie holes.

So, we need to eat less, give more and pray even more-er.

Have a good time and let me know how it goes for you

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Eggs, Bacon, Chips and Beans

Yes, folks, this is what the Caddywampus is about. Simple foods that are good. Now, the kids across the pond have different ideas about what mixtures as good food, but I'm sure they would say the same of Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles.

However, I say....I found a blog that was right up my alley. Eggs, Bacon, Chips and Beans (chips = Fries) goes to many different establishments and orders up the four ingredients. How much fun is that? That's like how I like to order a French Dip wherever I go. Just to see which one is better. (Well, I used to, but I haven't done it in a long while.) What better than a plate of side dishes?

Anyway, visit EBCB and enjoy the stories of whose is better than whose in London, England.