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Never Spare Me The ‘Sparagus

Yes, I know, I know;  I disappeared from the joys of expressing ones self in blogging.  A lot, and I mean a lot has been going on in my life, which I will get to writing as the days and weeks go by, but for now I am looking forward to getting my feet wet again with a simply delicious season-appropriate recipe.

Each seasons brings out natures finest in fresh food offerings.

Summer is probably best known for the berry season.  Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.  Then we have juicy plump tomatoes that are warm from the sun and we promise ourselves as we slurp the tomato we will never eat a tomato in the winter again.  And what do we do?  Buy tomatoes in December.  A friend grows heritage tomatoes and I got a bunch off her last spring and I ate one like an apple in the car on the way home.  O M G!  It is amazing how they taste like, well like a tomato should.
Falls’ crisp cool air is symmetrical to the crisp bite into an orchard apple or pear.
Fall also gifts us with beautiful squash, potatoes, garlic, leeks and the every delicious versatile cabbage family that doesn’t hold anything against the baby cabbage aka Brussel sprouts.

And then we have spring.  You know what is one of my favourite spring foods? You guess it.  ASPARAGUS!  Never spare me the ‘Sparagus.

Oh as an interesting FACT, did you know this about asparagus?

“Depending on which study you read, between 22% and 50% of the population report having pungent pee after eating asparagus. But that doesn’t mean only some people’s bodies generate that smell. Researchers believe that, during digestion, the vegetable’s sulfurous amino acids break down into smelly chemical components in all people. And because those components are “volatile,” meaning airborne, the odor wafts upward as the urine leaves the body and can be detected as soon as 15 minutes after you eat this spring delicacy.

But only about one-quarter of the population appears to have the special gene that allows them to smell those compounds. So the issue isn’t whether or not your pee is smelly; it’s whether you’re able to smell it. If you smell a funny fragrance in your urine after you eat asparagus, you’re not only normal, you have a good nose.”

Ref: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-pee-smells-funny-eat-asparagus

Good news (or is it), I have good nose.

Asparagus is also said to be good for Kidney stones.  I get stones and as soon as I feel them, and trust me YOU KNOW, I eat a bundle of asparagus and within 24 hrs I am feeling much relief.  I just make a point of eating asparagus 2-3 times a week when I feel the stones reappear (and hold my nose when I pee).

Ok, enough chatter, lets get your fork and knife ready, this is a doozy!

Chicken Breast stuffed with Asparagus & Provolone Cheese

Ingredients
4 chicken breasts
1 bundle of asparagus (always tastes best from your own backyard or a friends)
2 cups of bread crumbs – add garlic powder, basil, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.
2 eggs beaten
4 slices of Provolone cheese
Olive Oil
Cooking string

Put olive oil in pan.  Add enough to cover bottom of fying pan plus a little more.

Lightly steam your asparagus for 1 min.

Cut your chicken breasts in half but leave joined – butterfly.

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Add a slice of provolone and 3-4 asparagus pieces to the middle of your butterflied chicken breast.

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Tie up your chicken breast, but not too tight.  Just enough to hold it together.  Dunk the stuffed breast into the egg and roll it around to make sure it is good and covered.  Put in bread crumb mixture and cover completely.

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Turn on oil in pan to preheat while you do the rest.  med-high should work.
Place all your stuffed breast in the preheated pan and turn all 3 sides when browned.

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Preheat oven to 425 while your stuffed chicken is cooking.  Line a flat sheet (cookie sheet) with tinfoil.
Flip chicken breast to cook all around.

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Here they are, all browning up and ready to transfer to oven.

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Place in pre-heated oven, uncovered for 10-15 mins.  Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. **Remember to remove the string before eating**

Because I love asparagus, I also made a steamed batch of asparagus with fresh garlic and shredded lemon rind and a Greek themed salad.

Dinner is served and what a fine feast it was!

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Delicious!

And my 2 delicious sides!

Hope you give this recipe a try, it does not disappoint.

Cheers!!!

Sandy

A New Bloggers Expectations. WRONG.

As I begun my new journey into blogging, with no real definition I’ll admit, I’ve learned a lot about what not to expect for my next venture. Whatever that will be.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m an introvert. I’m kind of a contradiction to an introvert though as I have a lot to say and have been journaling it for some time. It was suggested for a few months that I blogs as I shared some writes in email format to family and friends. For me that was a scary concept; Opening myself to blind interpretation over the Internet. I’m more than sure we’ve all misunderstood someone or something or we’ve been misunderstood via text, email or social media. It’s represented without body language and tone, there is bound to be misunderstandings. So armed with that knowledge, I made a few rules for myself if I was going to blog. Stay authentic. Readers will either like or they won’t. Simple. I’m so beyond losing sleep over the haters. (Thanks Taylor). So with that in mind I wrote my first blog. Christmas gift gone wrong. Sent to family and friends. Got some feedback in email form and a few on the blog itself. In my email is also my link to the site. Nothing like self promotion right? Hahah!

Well. I sure have learned a lot. I’ve learned I was way off with what I thought would happen. I assumed my family and friends would follow along side my writes, like and maybe even comment on a few blogs. (Pretty self absorbed to think they should follow my every blog if I do say so myself.) I have one family member, my sister following, with my other sister reading and commenting here and there. Thank you sisters!! I have been blogging for approx. 1 month give or take, which has lead to 27 followers. Wow. That’s more than what I set out for myself after a year. I hoped to get 25 followers after a year. Hoped. This isn’t to say other family or friends aren’t reading etc., I just don’t know about it as they must be silent readers. I’m surprised and flattered there are 27 people who WANT to read a future blog and are interested enough in what I have had to say and might say next. I thought for sure I’d have a bit more support not necessarily from family but definitely from friends. Weird I have higher expectations for friends than family? I will admit I’m a bit disappointed with my own expectations when it comes to support, from family and friends. But those are my expectations. I own the disappointment.

The good part about me is …. well, onwards and upwards. As Taylor Swift would say, Shake It Off.

What I have experienced instead is an amazing amount of support from other bloggers. I feel like a goof when I get an email and someone has liked my blog or commented. DING. Email is here. Yay!! Dork!! It truly motivates me to try and find some time to write another post. I feel I have been warmly welcomed into an amazing community to which I originally approached with caution.

I’ve read so many amazing blogs and I can finally say I like social media. Blogging is like a social media right?  Speaking of social media, at some point in my life I need to figure out Facebook. I have my blogs posting there but haven’t been back to figure how to critique it. Anyhoooooooo… Back on track.

There is a whole world out there in blogging that I didn’t have a clue about. Do it yourself crafts, sewing, recipes, book reviews, self help, venting, moms, dads, diabetes, amazing writers, poets and the list goes on and on. I’ve never spent so much time on a computer reading about other peoples journeys before. I’m loving every bit of it. I feel like the bloggers world is a big family tree with many many branches.  Very cool!

I also noticed most blogs have more definition. It’s primarily about poems, or recipes, family stories, new stories, historical stuff etc., I haven’t narrowed myself down yet. I have a Heinz-57 mixture in there. It’s just me I guess.  Maybe one day I will narrow it down but for now I’m good with what’s there. Scatterbrain equals scatterblog.

Thank you for reading, even if it’s once. Thank you for warmly welcoming me into this form of social media and giving me my own platform to express who I am. It’s very liberating. I look forward to my continued exploration.

Cheers,

Sandy