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Chicken Marsala (My FAVORITE!)

Thank you http://savorysweetlife.com/2010/03/chicken-marsala/ for putting this recipe on Food Gawker so I could find it!  I have a great memory that goes along with this dish.  I went with a group of classmates to a Figlioli’s restaurant somewhere in Florida. I forget the town.  Our teacher was with us and she was a jamaican woman with the best accent and she was so kind and likeable. I will never forget her.  She was still caring for her mother, an elderly jamaican lady, in her home along with a son (who was FABULOUS on the piano). They were both amazing cooks and she mentioned this dish as being a wonderful pairing of food and wine in a dish.  I tried it and I have always loved it since. Plus, it reminds me of that day and I was so happy then.  I was just a girl then. I’m neary 40 now and I still love this dish!

 

 

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Ingredients
2  skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour or corn starch for gluten-free
up to 1/2 cup  olive or vegetable oil
8 ounces container of mushroom, sliced and cleaned
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup sherry or dry white wine
Optional: 2 tablespoons  heavy cream
Garnish with chopped parsley or oregano

Directions:
Split each chicken breast through the middle to make 2 pieces.  Place plastic wrap over them and pound each one flat using a meat tenderizer/mallet until they are about a quarter inch thick.  Season a good amount of salt and pepper on both sides of each piece.  Place some flour on a plate and and dredge each piece of chicken in it.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat and when the oil is hot fry each piece of chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are golden brown (this may require you to do this in 2 batches). Remove chicken and place them on your serving platter covering them with foil.

Reduce the heat to medium and add butter and mushrooms.  Saute mushrooms for 4-5 minutes making sure to season them with salt and pepper lightly.  Add marsala wine, sherry, cream, and chicken stock allowing the liquid to reduce slightly – approx. 3 minutes.  Pour mushrooms and sauce over chicken and serve. Enjoy!

 

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Food & Health

 

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Save the Schweddy Balls!

I LOVE rum balls.  This is great!  Ben & Jerry’s is famous for it’s catchy titles and far-out flavors.  Most of the world seems to think they’ve gone too far this time.  I never saw the SNL skit with Peter Scheddy the baker who would exclaim, “no one can resist my scweddy balls!”, but I LOVE a good ice cream and the title makes me laugh!  I say stop being so uptight and laugh out loud and eat more ice cream!  Christian/Family activists make me sick!  Don’t demand something be removed from the shelves you selfish idiots just because YOU don’t like it!  Maybe someone else does and could use the laugh!   I could understand it if it was something harmful, but it’s ice cream! Say no to drugs…say YES to Schweddy Balls! :))

If you’re worried about what to tell your kids (your young ones who wouldn’t have a clue) and you can’t tell them the truth, make up something like you do when they ask where they came from! ou know you did! When they’re old enough and if it’s still around, tell them then If you don’t, someone else’s mom will.

Isn’t this a crazy place! LOL  I hope I find some soon and I want it in a CONE. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
From: Barefoot Contessa’s  How Easy Is That

  • 1 cup          ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2  cup    fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup         triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 cups      ice
  • 1 cup        silver tequila
  • 1   lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.

If you prefer to rim the glasses take a lime wedge and rim, then dip in salt, if you do not like a salted rim sprinkle a touch of salt in each glass, the salt really brings out the flavor.

Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender. Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir. (I personally just added it all to the blender- I like slushy, that is totally up to you)

Makes 4 drinks.

 

THIS IS NOT MY IDEA.  IF IT’S YOURS AND YOU’RE COPYRIGHTED…BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION AND IT’S OUTTA HERE. THERE IS NO NEED FOR VERBAL AGGRESSION.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Cheats

 

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Isabella’s Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

This is NOT a healthy recipe.  But it’s LEMON!

OK.  I’ve always been a huge fan of lemon meringue pie (aka lemon icebox pie)  I could literally eat half a pie in one sitting.  It’s not the meringue or the crust that I adore, it’s that lemon filling!   This recipe calls for lemon curd which is a different kind of filling in that it’s not creamy like lemon icebox pie which has condensed milk in it.  This stuff is dangerously delicious! I hope you like this recipe.  It’s better to make it in cupcake form so you’ll just grab ONE and go…hopefully!  Found this at:

LM Cupcake 13

LM Cupcake10

When I saw the recipe in the Masterchef magazine, I knew that
I had to recreate this….in 40mins. With enough focus, 40 mins is sufficient to
create this 3 component cupcake which includes the cake, the tangy lemon curd
and the meringue. The cake made with pouring cream instead of butter, is a
breeze to make and yields a beautiful even dome shaped cupcake.

The verdict? I burnt the tip of the meringue a little but these cupcakes were
GORGEOUS! The combination of fluffy meringue, tangy lemon curd and soft crumbly
cake was an absolute winner. I now understand why judge Gary Mehigan almost
melted when he tasted the cupcake.

So, dear readers, will you challenge yourself to complete this in 40mins? I hope you would.

LM Cupcake 11(250)
Recipe (from Masterchef website )
Cupcakes

250ml /1 cup pure cream
220g /1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
225g/ 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

Lemon curd
125ml/ 1/2 cup lemon juice
100g butter
110g/ 1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
3 egg yolks

Meringue
3 egg whites
110g/ 1/2 cup caster sugar

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180’C. Place 12 patty cake liners in a 12 hole 1/2-cup capacity muffin pan.

2. Place cream, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Gradually add flour and zest and continue whisking until mixture is thick and smooth.
3. Divide mixture between prepared liners and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cakes spring back to touch. Cool in muffin pan.
4. For lemon curd, heat lemon juice and butter in a small saucepan and simmer until butter has melted. Add sugar, egg and yolks and cook, whisking continuously until mixture becomes thick and glossy. Pour into a shallow oven tray to cool.
5. For meringue, beat egg whites in an electric mixer until firm peaks form, gradually add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar has dissolved between each addition. Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag.
6. To serve, preheat grill to medium-high. Cut a small hole in the top of each cupcake and fill with 1-2 teaspoons of lemon curd. Pipe a swirl of meringue mixture on the top of each cupcake and place under heated grill for 60-90 seconds or until golden. Arrange on a serving plate with spoonfuls of lemon curd if desired.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Cheats

 

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You’re Fabulous.

Brilliant Quote:

“Absolutely Fabulous” is only a thought away. 

It’s true! If you begin your day thinking, gads, I gotta do this today, I gotta do that today, I can’t get ahead, I have too much going on……yadda yadda yadda  You’re likely to have talked yourself right out of having  a good day. At the end of the day you’ll feel more like throwing your head back and screaming “WIIILLLSSOOONNN!” LOL

I’m guilty of this alot of the time.  I have learned that if I give myself a pep talk I end up having a much better outlook and thus a must better day.  “There are so many ways to do things for yourself that make you feel better about YOU and about everything else.  Here are 7 little tricks that I do:

1)        I put a wallpaper on my phone that simply says: “You’ll be okay”.  Amazing how each time i look at that screen I remember that all in all…I’m going to be OK.  Whatever my situation is, at the end of the day I will be OK. 

2)        I tell myself while I am getting ready for work that I will be awesome today. 

3)       I have signed up for various “positive” newsletters in my email so I know each and every morning that there will be something good there. 

4)       Send nice notes by email to yourself. DO IT.  Say something nice to yourself and make it sound like its from someone else.  Put what day you want to open the email in the subject line, like “Happy Monday!”, “Wonderful Wednesday!”, “Friday is YOURS!” then send yourself a nice note like, ” I know you will shine today, love!  Show them how amazing you are by keeping on smiling no matter what they throw at you.  You’re a STRONG woman and there is nothing NOTHING you cannot do.”  (I promise you, you’ll feel BETTER right then)

5)      Allow myself a treat.  I have several sugar free recipes listed here, my favorite being CINNAMON TOAST.  I have my special cinnamon toast each day as a treat.

6)      Meditate!  I have to do this in the evenings as there is no time in the mornings with my schedule.  When I meditate, I use some meditation or soothing music to download from itunes or some other place online and upload onto my iphone  so I can take it on my walk.  You don’t always have to be sitting or lying to meditate.  If you can just “get away” for a few minutes and focus on the voice of a guided meditation (using visualization helps) can really help you relax and ground.  Put the day behind you.  You’re HOME.

7)      Go walking. Even if you don’t use an ipod or a meditation download, get out and walk.  Notice things, take it all in.  You’ll find change (seriously, i found 27 cents last week! Just for walking! 🙂   Look at the changing leaves and breathe in deeply as you go along. 

You’ll see soon if you give these things a try in your daily life how much better you’ll feel and ultimately DO at your job and as a parent or a friend. 

Breathe……

Sheri

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Sunrise Sherbet Bombe

Note from Sheri: You know me! I’ll be using sugar free sorbets or sherbets! Gosh, I hope I can find sugar free chocolate wafers. This is INCREDIBLY easy and a must for a quick little something if you’re having ppl over.

By Wenderly | Published: September 19, 2011

 

You will never believe how easy it is to make such a stunning specimen.

This is what I did.

Placed my sherbet on the counter so that it could soften a bit.

I decided to use orange, strawberry and raspberry sherbet to match the stunning sunrise. You can use anything you wish, including ice cream or sorbet, in any combination.

Grab a box of chocolate wafers,

And give them a good pulse in a food processor. If you don’t happen to have a have a food processor, no worries, just put the cookies in a sealed plastic baggie, grab a heavy spoon & smash away.

Melt a stick and a half of butter and mix with smashed cookies until it forms a soft chocolatey mixture. Line a glass bowl with plastic wrap (allowing enough extra hanging over sides to cover the top before freezing) and with your fingers press the cookie/butter mixture onto the plastic wrap that is lining the sides of the bowl. This will become the outer crust.

Then begin spooning the softened sherbet into the cookie crust.

Add each additional flavor.

Smooth the last layer of sherbet and cover with the extra plastic wrap.

Pop the bowl into the freezer (on a flat surface) and let freeze for at least eight hours.

Once frozen, place a plate on top of bowl and gently turn over. (You may need to soak bowl in hot water for a few minutes to loosen.)

And “bada boom bada bing” …a bombe!

A stunning sweet sherbet sunrise to enjoy any day.

May all your days begin with splendor,

Wenderly

Sunrise Sherbet Bombe

Serves 8-10

What You’ll Need:

1- 9 ounce box of chocolate wafer cookies
1 1/2 sticks salted butter- melted
1 quart orange sherbet
1 quart strawberry sherbet
1 quart raspberry sherbet

What You’ll Do:

Place sherbet on counter to soften. Pulse cookies in a food processor (or pound with spoon in a sealed plastic baggie). Mix melted butter and ground cookies together until it becomes incorporated.  Grab a 3 quart glass container and line with plastic wrap (leave enough extra over the edge to cover top of bowl before freezing). With fingers, press cookie/butter mixture on top of the plastic wrap, around sides of bowl. Next spoon in softened sherbet. I used a little over 1/2 a quart of each flavor. Be careful not to overfill. Cover the top with extra plastic wrap. Place in freezer (on a flat surface) for at least 8 hours. Remove from freezer, place a plate on top of bowl, gently turn over to release bombay. You may need to soak bowl in hot water for a few minutes if bombaby seems stuck.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Cheats, Food & Health

 

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Reposted Happiness – Fall Decor

A dollar store fall wreath

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2010/09/dollar-store-fall-wreath.html

Hellooo there! I’m finally pulling out the fall decor this week! This is SO
late for me — usually I’m itching to get it out in August! This year I wanted
to make sure I was completely done going through the basement before I started
lugging the (cough. numerous.) bins up.

One of the projects I wanted to tackle this year was a DIY fall wreath. I was
inspired by this one last year:

But because I was too cheap impatient lazy
to come up with a rectangle shape, I just did a smaller, round one. It’s pretty darn cute, but also a bit
wimpy. 🙂

So this year, I was determined to make a large, square, fluffy fall wreath. I
started with some thick foam core board from Hobby Lobby for $5 – it was half an
inch thick and it was already 20 inches wide, so I cut it down to 20 inches in
length as well:

I wanted it to be four inches thick, so I marked a square in the middle
accordingly:

I used my jigsaw to cut it out (it cut like butta!), but you could probably
get away with cutting it with something else (especially if you use a thinner
foam board – I use scissors on that stuff) – just be careful!

Remember it does not have to be perfect – you won’t see the exact
shape when you’re done!

I did a really quick spray of the edges, (with red because it was the closest
to me) just in case they’d show through at all:

They don’t, so you can save the two minutes and skip this step.

You’re welcome. 🙂

Last week I bought four swags of leaves from Hobby Lobby to use for this
project, and they were half off, at $5 each. But the $25 price tag for all the
supplies was getting a little expensive for something that may not even turn out
how I envisioned.

I was trying to think of a cheaper way to do it, and remembered some packets
of leaves I bought at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago for another project. I
absolutely loved the colors, the texture, and they were large – perfect
for this project!

WHOO!!

I started laying them out to see what I liked:

Hmmm – it wasn’t random enough for me. So I tried a willy nilly way:

MUCH better, but the leaves were a bit flat for my liking. I wanted some
POOF.

Because they’re made with wire, that was an easy fix – I crumpled up a few at
a time (gently) and gave them some dimension:

(I ended up snipping off the wire stems.)

I fired up the hot glue gun and started placing them here and there, filling
in any empty spots:

There was no rhyme or reason to it – just stick ‘em on!

And less than an hour later, I had just what I was looking for!:

(Our door always photographs blue, but it’s a dark
brown.)

I love love LOVE these leaves! They look so real! They are made of a material
that reminds me of crepe paper – but not nearly as delicate:

You do have to be gentle with them though – they tear
if you’re not careful. I didn’t mind though – it made them look more real.
😉

If you have a door that’s exposed to the wind, you’ll want to add weights to
the “frame” because it is very lightweight. We don’t have that problem,
but I may add some sticky tack to the back just to make sure it stays put. And
I’m not sure how these leaves would hold up to the elements – so you may want to
test out a leaf or two.

Last year some of you suggested using a large frame as the base, and I
thought that was a great idea – it would be heavy enough too!

I absolutely LOVE it – lots of color, texture and it’s simple. The best part
is that it only cost $11 total! (Five for foam and six packages
of the leaves at a dollar each.) And that’s only because I got the thicker foam
– if you got a thinner piece from the dollar store, you’d get this done for well
under ten bucks!:

DIY fall wreath

It’s gonna look FAB with the rest of the fall decor on our porch! I’ll share
that with you next week!

It’s getting just a bit cooler here…slowly but surely. It was in the 80’s
today but there was so little humidity, it felt pretty fantastic! Yay…it’s
coming!!
🙂

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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