Perfect Boiled Eggs

I need to boil eggs.  My kids are excited to dye eggs for Easter and I'm excited to eat them for breakfast.  I try to boil a dozen eggs at a time so I only have to boil them once every week or so.  I have finally perfected the boiled egg.  Join me on my journey, won't you?
 I'm boiling white eggs this time so the kids can dye them pretty colors.  Don't get my wrong.   I like the brown organic eggs too but this time we'll stick to a blank canvas.  

 Put your eggs in a pan and cover with one inch of water.  Gently set pan on your stove.



Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi gang!  Today is one of my favorite childhood events.  St. Patty's day!  I always made sure I had a very small amount of green on me so I would be "mistakenly"  pinched for not wearing green.  I would then take my rightful pinches on the poor soul who pinched me.

You know the drill...I think everyone does the same thing around 3rd - 6th grade.

Anywho, enjoy these green photos to celebrate the occasion.

Broccoli.  Need I say more?  Sometimes I throw some of this stuff in my green smoothie.  Seriously.
Let me introduce you to the Cotton Candy Lantern from Barbocoa. You heard me right.  It is cotton candy spun around a little tea light sized brownie candle.  My daughter and I and some friends got it after a  David Archuleta concert.  It is delish.  See that chocolate swirl on the plate?  You take a piece of cotton candy and dip it in the chocolate and place it on your tongue.  Seriously so good.  Speaking of good; a David Archuleta concert.



Happy Pi

Have a piece of pie today to celebrate Pi day.  I know I will but mine may look a little more like this...  *blush*


A little Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli Fettuccine and a shout out

Hello.  It's me.

I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet..
to go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing... read that right.  It's me and I'm back!

After such a long sabbatical I'm craving a little comfort food.  Nothing and I mean nothing sounds better than Broccoli, Chicken and Bacon Fettuccine.  Can I hear an "amen"?

I want to give a little shout out to my girl Leslie Ogden for igniting my desire to continue this blog. I hope you like this recipe.

Let's get started...

Collect your ingredients.

You'll need heavy cream, lots of cheese and these noodles.  Please note that you can use the other hard noodles that come in a box but when you're in a hurry, the Buitoni noodles cook up in about 3 minutes.

Chop your broccoli and cook bacon until crisp.  Let it cool down and chop it up into bite-sized pieces.
I cooked my chicken before hand but you can cook it while preparing the sauce which is what the recipe directs.
I was a little anxious about making the white sauce because I thought if I didn't follow the recipe to perfection, it would turn out chunky and lumpy. But guess what?  The white sauce is easy to make...seriously.  
Get your water boiling for your noodles while you prepare the white sauce. Why so soon you ask?  Because I like to add my broccoli to the pasta for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.  The broccoli turns bright green and cooks quickly.  You're welcome.    
This is when the beauty happens.  The ingredients are fused together into a beautiful blend of cheese and bacon with a healthy sprinkle of broccoli.   The chicken ties it all together with a big fettuccini bow.   I dream about this dish.  You'll love it.  No, I don't have this dish plated because it wasn't on my plate long enough to be photographed *blush*.  I think you get a pretty good idea of how great it will look on your plate.  Enjoy!

Broccoli, Chicken and Bacon Fettuccine 
adapted from Julia's album

1 Tbs. olive oil
11/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 c heavy cream
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend.  You can use Parmesan, Mozzarella or a combo)
9 oz fettuccine
2 c broccoli florets
7-10 strips bacon, cooked
salt and pepper as desired

Chop broccoli and brown bacon until crispy.

Fill pot with water and follow package directions to cook fettuccini noodles.  When 2-3 minutes remain in cooking pasta, add chopped broccoli until bright green and fork tender.  Drain.

Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet.  Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.  Cook chicken breast on high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned.  Remove skillet from heat and keep the chicken covered to continue cooking it in its own steam until no longer pink.  You can also use pre-cooked chicken.  Slice chicken into thin slices.

Add minced garlic to the skillet.  Add heavy cream and milk.  Bring to a boil.  Add cheese and stir till it completely melts (don't boil).

Add cooked pasta and broccoli and cooked bacon to cheese sauce and mix it in.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Top with sliced, cooked chicken.   Yum!



Pumpkin Roll

 Have I ever told you I love pumpkin?  Anything pumpkin.  Pies, cakes, cookies, you name it.  One of my particular pumpkin faves is this delightful little pumpkin roll.  It is easier than you think to make it, and the end result is SO good.  



Santa Rosa Chicken Salad

This salad is my new all-time favorite salad.  My friend served it at book club and I couldn't get it out of my mind.  I have asked her for the recipe at least three times; so I'm finally putting it on my blog.  I could eat it every day of the week and want more.  It's so good I didn't even get a picture of the final dish.   (I have a hard time calling it a salad because it has no lettuce in it)  You'll have to trust me on this one.  Magnifique'!
Gather the following items:  Uncle Ben's Wild Rice, green onions, red bell pepper, Chinese pea pods, avocados and pecans.  The recipe calls for chicken breast too.  I have made it with and without.  Both are delicious.



Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie.  No, I really love me it is the pinnacle of Thanksgiving Dinner. I can't wait until the leaves change and the fall crisp-ness is in the air so I can start cooking with pumpkin.  But let's face it...some pumpkin pies are WAY better than others.  I found a recipe that is my favorite.  Guess what?  It's the recipe on the back of the Libby's canned pumpkin can.


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