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Parmesan Pesto Chicken June 24, 2008

Filed under: thoughts — hey2blondie @ 8:36 pm
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Tonight I cooked something new–Parmesan pesto chicken!  Wow! It was delicious. I got the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Chicken Recipes 2003. I made the pesto using sweet basil from my garden. The chicken was so tender and juicy. I paired it with pine nut couscous, steamed fresh zucchini and yellow squash. Below is the recipe:

prep: 30 minutes  cook: 20 minutes

6 skinless; boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds total)

salt

ground black pepper

1/2 cup Parmesan Pesto * see recipe

2 T butter

1 T olive oil

Parmesan Pesto:

1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup olive oil

1 small garlic clove

cover and blend in food processor until smooth, stopping as necessary and scraping side of container. makes 1/2 to 2/3 cup

Chicken:

1. place chicken breasts in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly into rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Salt and pepper.

2. Spoon a slightly rounded tablespoon of the Parmesan Pesto onto each chicken breast; spread pesto over chicken. Fold in sides of each chicken breast; roll up into a spiral. Secure w/ wooden toothpicks.

3. Heat butter and oil in a 12 in. skillet over medium heat. Add chicken rolls; cook, uncovered, about 20 min. or until chicken is no longer pink, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Remove toothpicks.

4. Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with basil sprigs if desired.

makes 6 servings.

nutrition facts per serving: 333 cal, 21 g total fat, 87 mg chol, 397 mg sodium, 4 g carbo. 

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Dog Days June 10, 2008

Filed under: editing,etheree,revising,wn entry — hey2blondie @ 7:09 pm
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Dog

Days of

My summer

Slowly evolve

With lazy escapes

Under the sunny skies

Sun-kissed skin glistening bright

Afternoons quickly rush evenings

Of buzzing, chirping, and nightly sounds

Bringing contentment close to you daily

 

I wrote this etheree today at our annual writing marathon for The West Tennessee Writing Project. It was fun getting into groups and writing. I got to meet new people and it was invigoratingto my writing needs. I just love writing etherees because they force you to use good, concise words. They also make you edit and revise. I think students writing etherees would be a good first step to editing and revising their work because they have to choose what works best for them. My first draft of this poem wasn’t perfect the first time writing it. If my scanner was working, I would show you my revisions. I plan on doing more modeling of revision and editing for my students.