smoked paprika chicken with polenta

I don’t generally put my own recipes in my Living Cookbook database, but occasionally I do. It seems I found this one worth saving.

smoked paprika chickenMake polenta using your favorite recipe. Cut a boneless chicken breast into bite-sized pieces, season it with smoked paprika and cook in a skillet. Heat up spaghetti or marinara sauce. Put the polenta on a plate, add the sauce, put the chicken on top, cover it with a slice of Provolone and microwave it for about a minute. Good stuff!

This time I made a couple of variations. I threw in pieces of artichoke heart along with the chicken and used pepper jack cheese instead of Provolone. Even better stuff, I do believe.


Sacred Music Friday: All Creatures of Our God and King

from First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska


not for everything

I love my iPad and I use it every evening. But the iPad (or any tablet) is not good for everything.

iPad caseOne thing it’s not good for (to my mind) is magazines. As it happens I can get many magazines for my iPad free through the library. There are many quality magazines available, such as the New Yorker. But I’ve given up reading magazines that way. The iPad is too small to really enjoy them in that format. While I can increase the font size, that just becomes awkward and uncomfortable to read.

Magazines are best suited to the print format.


chili lime corn on the cob

chili lime cornTerry and I have started kicking our corn on the cob up a notch. I have collected a handful of recipes and I often pull one out when we have corn.

Recently we used a chili lime corn recipe. It was in Sunset but was by Guy Fieri, which is interesting as you usually don’t see recipes by Food Network personalities in Time, Inc. magazines.

In any case it included lime zest, chili powder, granulated garlic, and black pepper. Since I had the lime for lime zest I threw in some lime juice as well. It was excellent.

And the burger. Everyone says to use 80/20 for burgers, but Terry and I like 93/7. It gives us a nice lean burger with minimal fat.


bargain books

I read most of my books on my iPad Kindle app these days, but I was thinking recently about how much I have enjoyed bargain books in the past. Then what should show up in the mail but a catalog from Daedalus Books: one of the leading mail order sellers of bargain books.

Daedalus Books catalog coverBargain books come in three categories:

  • Remainders: where the publisher sells its stock of a title, usually but not always hardcover, to a distributor that gets the book out to retailers at a deeply discounted price.
  • Reprints: books, generally out of copyright, that are reprinted and sold in less expensive editions.
  • Imports: books imported from elsewhere and sold at a low price.

The catalog was just too tempting. I ordered three books, two for me and one for Terry: one remainder and two imports.

I love my Kindle books, but here’s to books on paper. And to bargain books.


Sunday dinner

Pressure CookerWhen I was growing up we would usually have Sunday dinner mid-afternoon. Dinner was, frequently, roast beef. It was a central part of my growing up.

Recently I got a bee under my bonnet and thought Terry and I should have our own Sunday dinner. Terry agreed. I put a spice rub on a chuck roast and cooked it in our Cuisinart CPC-6000 pressure cooker: 70 minutes plus ten minutes for natural pressure release with water and cooking port up to the level of the trivet. I boiled potatoes for mashed potatoes and Terry made the gravy.

Simple. Easy. Very tasty. Terry loved it.


Sacred Music Friday: Day by Day

“Day by Day” is something I need to keep at the top of my mind these days:

“See the more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly,
Day by day.”

I’ve shared this one before, but I really love this version from the Godspell revival earlier this decade.