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Apr 102014
 

Chicken Nuggets Rumaki Style

"Home Sweet Home"

“Home Sweet Home”

When it rains it pours, literally and figuratively! Yes, Monday, Mother Nature decided we were dry enough and dumped another 4 inches of rain on us! We were just getting dried out enough that we were ready to get the guy in here to put rock down and BAM. We also found out that our newest addition to the family does not do well with thunder storms and Tuesday morning with a light rain still coming down, Jingles refused to go off the porch to go potty so I left her out thinking I was safe, oh no. The rain eased up enough that she went off the porch to do her business and decided to check out the neighborhood! After about an hour of walking around and calling her, Kenny decided to take the car so he could go even farther is his search and I came in to make some phone calls to the neighbors so they could be on the lookout too. Kenny came back empty handed and while looking out the back door noticed her at the edge of one of paths through the woods, he called her and she turned tail and ran in the opposite direction, disorientated in her new environment? About a half an hour later, my neighbor was beeping out in front of our driveway (have it roped off because of the muck), her husband spotted her way down at the end of our road and Beverly offered to drive me to where they saw her. After having to ford a stream about 3 inches deep running over the road, up the hill we went and when we reached the top, there she was. I jumped out of the SUV, and the first “Jingles” out of my mouth brought her running to me. You could just see her happy face saying, “Mom, you came to rescue me!”, it was so cute until I opened the door to the vehicle and she bolted in on my neighbors seat, mud and all! Neighbor was fine with it and Jingles curled up on my lap, happy as a lark to be going home!

So after the day I had had, I was not in the mood to do much cooking but still had some chicken that I needed to packaged up for the freezer and some of it ended up on the dinner table that night in the “form” of Rumaki. I love the real version of Rumaki, but husband is not a fan of any kind of liver, so I threw this together hoping it would work and it did. One of my dilemmas however, was the fact that the only water chestnuts I had were sliced instead of whole and they were a pain in the A** to keep inside the chicken nuggets! The last few times I had been shopping, no whole water chestnuts were to be found in the 3 grocery stores I had went to, a shortage on these now? However, yesterday on my shopping trip, they showed back up at 2 of my main shopping haunts and they are now stocked on my shelf here at home!

Would you believe we ate them ALL!

Would you believe we ate them ALL!

 

Chicken Nuggets Rumaki Style
 
Ingredients
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch nuggets
  • 1 whole water chestnut per nugget
  • ½ strip of bacon per nugget
  • Oyster sauce
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper, optional
Instructions
  1. Make a slit in each chicken nugget and insert 1 chestnut.
  2. Wrap with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  4. Pour oyster sauce over top of nuggets and then sprinkle each with a little brown sugar and cayenne pepper if using.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until bacon is nice and crispy.
  6. *I used one large chicken breast and it made about a bakers dozen!

 

Better stock up on bacon as there seems to be some kind of virus killing off our piggy supply here in the U.S.! Didn’t bacon just skyrocket not long ago? Here we go again bacon lovers………. Hope you enjoy, it’s just a simple dish, but ever so tasty……………….

Mar 212014
 

Stir Fried Brussels Sprouts

Meet Jingles!

Meet Jingles!

First off, let me tell you a little something about the newest member of our family, “Jingles”! We have been wanting another dog for awhile now and were waiting for just the right one to come along. Yesterday we went to check out a dog I had seen on the internet, who was located at a nearby animal shelter and was just what I thought I was looking for, NOT! Apparently the picture they had posted was when the dog was just a pup and he changed drastically since the picture had been posted. Kind of disappointed, we looked around the kennel and didn’t see anything that jumped right out and said “Take me home!”. Then the guy said to hold on a sec as he said that there was one dog who was a little shy and she hadn’t showed her face to us. We said OK and he proceeded to bring her into a room with us so we could meet. We took her out for a walk and found her to be quite loveable and just the right size for us old fogies to handle. She is said to be part Collie but I see more miniature Dobbie with maybe some Pointer but we don’t really care as she has made herself quite at home here out in the woods with us and she is here to stay! I guess I better get busy and make some of those homemade Doggie Treats that I used to make for our other pooch!

And with that, let me get on with some people food……..

All you need is a fork!

All you need is a fork!

The other day I picked up some nice fresh Brussels Sprouts that were on sale at the local market and wanted to pair them up with the chops we were having. Wanting something a little different I thought about adding a little Asian flare to them and the following is what I did:

Stir Fried Brussels Sprouts
 
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 cups of shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 4 scallions with tops, cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 teas freshly grated ginger root
  • ½ cup of slivered water chestnuts
  • Oyster sauce to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crisp, remove to paper towels to drain then crumble.
  2. Drain off all but about 2-3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and to this add the Brussels Sprouts, scallions and ginger.
  3. Stir-fry until sprouts are crisp-tender.
  4. Add water chestnuts and sauce and heat just until chestnuts are heated through.

 

Just simple and tasty, and great with the chops and a nice serving of fluffy rice. Not a bit leftover on our plates as we really enjoyed them and now it’s your turn………….Enjoy and have a nice weekend! Now it’s off to play with Jingles!

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