Growing up, the day after Christmas was always a day to play with all my new toys. Well, I’m happy to say that things haven’t changed. Yesterday I spent much of the day cooking and playing with my new “toys”!
New place mats and dishes! (I have a few more news ones that will be showing up in the coming weeks as well).
Keeping myself caffeinated while admiring LC.
Pureeing up a storm.
Whisking things with a new whisk (my old one was rusty! now I have a nice silicone one). And by things, I mean polenta. And spritzing myself with new scents.
Well, today was two days after Christmas so I had to take a little break from playtime. I can’t believe I’ve already had 5 days off – today is my 6th day of vacation! Scary. I really felt like I needed to start crossing some items off my to-do list today, so I ventured out on the town.
MegGoesNomNom To Do:
- Wash car
- Grocery shop
- Shop for New Year’s Eve outfit
- Buy glow in the dark stuff
- Organize pantry, cabinets (especially the “Spinny,” which is what I guess normal people call a “Lazy Susan” cabinet), guest bedroom closet
- Put away Christmas gifts
I tackled all of these tasks today, but still have several items left on my to-do list before going back to work next week. However, tomorrow I will receive a brief reprieve from these duties, as the hub and I are heading out of town for a mini-getaway.
Once I got home from the mall this evening, I tried a new dinner recipe from this new cookbook, a Christmas gift from my bro-in-law, who, naturally, lives in Florida! I love flipping through cookbooks, this was a great idea.
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta and Dried Tomatoes
From the “Best of the Best from Florida Cookbook”
I’ve been rather ‘heavy’ foods for the last few days, so I was in the mood for something a little lighter today, and this recipe seemed to fit the bill.
This recipe involved slicing two boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half, and then flattening them with a meat tenderizer between pieces of plastic wrap. I got to try out my new meat tenderizer tonight (another Christmas present – haha).
Once the chicken was flattened, I spooned in a mixture of:
- sautéed red onion and garlic
- sundried tomatoes, sliced into thin strips
- feta cheese
- grated Parmesan cheese
- dried marjoram
Next I rolled up the chicken and secured it with toothpicks, and then placed the chicken ‘rolls’ into a heated skillet for a few minutes, until the outside was browned. Cooking was completed in the oven, at 350F for 20 minutes.
While the chicken was baking, made another Pear Salad with green leaf lettuce, avocado, red onion, and candied pecans that I toasted in caramelized sugar on the stovetop, with a homemade red wine vinaigrette. On the side we had a brown rice and quinoa medley.
This chicken recipe was legit! A delicious combination of flavors.
THE Chocolate Pie
For dessert we had Chocolate Pie!!! Not just any chocolate pie; a handed-down family recipe on my mom’s side. My Aunt Becky has now taken on the tradition of making this luscious pie – and she has perfected the art. It is truly, and always has been, my very favorite dessert. It’s the crust. Mmm. And to boot, Tom and I received a WHOLE PIE for Christmas. SCORE!
Currently listening to: Us and Them – Pink Floyd.