Basil Exposition

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"The recipes on your blog always look good, but they also look complicated. Give us easier recipes!"

That's what I heard a lot at a recent family reunion. So, as a shout out to my beloved family, let me share two great things that contain my favorite herb, BASIL.

The first is our favorite after-church meal.  No title for this one- it's just fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and sliced tomatoes sprinkled with cracked black pepper, kosher salt and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Serve that with slices of your favorite baguette bread, toasted (I love Cracked Wheat sourdough bread from TJs) .

You make little open-faced sandwiches - take the bread, put down a leaf of basil, a tomato slice, with the mozzarella on top. (Because it's meatless, some may not consider it a meal but it really is - filling, delicious, and so easy.) We have a tradition of eating this after church while watching a Masterpiece Mystery.

Second, it's a delicious recipe for the grill and very easy (no picture but just trust me):

Basil and Garlic-Slathered 
Chicken Breasts
(Renee Schettler, July 16, 2003,
(4 servings)

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (may substitute other fresh herb)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil to taste, plus additional for the grill

Few drops lemon juice (optional)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)

In a food processor or a mortar, process or mash the garlic together with the salt. Add the basil and pepper and continue to mix until well combined. Add just enough oil to make a paste. If desired, add a few drops of lemon juice. Set aside.

Pat the chicken dry. Place the chicken between 2 sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap and, using your hand, a skillet or a rolling pin, gently flatten it to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or a plate, add the basil paste and shake or smear to coat the chicken evenly. 

Preheat the grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the rack or pan.

Grill the chicken, turning once, just until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve hot.
Per Serving: 156 Calories, 5gm fat, trace fiber

Back in the Saddle Again

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hello, everyone!  Sorry we've been so remiss in our blogging.  We've received several complaints, which have been noted and filed with our complaint department.  Please think of the extra pictures below & the smiles in the pic above as an olive branch.

Life has been very hectic.  I'm currently working full-time again (just til November - more info later), and by full-time, I mean FULL, as in all-of-my-time!  As you can see, Little has been a busy bee too.  Yes, that's only one hand of support.

She even sat up by herself for about a minute at therapy the other day.  

Her rolling is coming along nicely.  She's practicing more and more (you'll have to trust us as there are no pictures on file).

She finds it easier to play with toys WHILE sitting up, another advancement.

And her smiles have become a daily occurrence...

She's a happy one.

She loves her little room.  It has been a wonderful tool; it helps with her memory, her play, and her movement (she has to reach and roll to grab things).

She gets to find toys on her own, not just have toys presented to her.

Look how big she is (yes, Mom, sorry about the diaper shot!).

From the roof of her room...

She's still Daddy's girl

...and she especially loves kisses on her hands lately.

Playing with Dad's hair, trying to keep him awake while he feeds her...

... unfortunately, not a success - her Dad's a sleepy one.

Thanks for continuing to keep tabs on us, even with our long pause in blogging!   

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