Friday, December 26, 2008

Back Among the Living

I'm back! Did you miss me? I went to my folks for Thanksgiving and came back to computer problems.

So what have I been doing for the last month?

Let me see....

I've baked a mountain of cookies. I made Justine's and Fruit Rocks with my mom and aunt over Thanksgiving week-end. I made World Peace cookies, Apricot Pistachio bars, and Triple Ginger Biscotti for friends and family. I've made two batches of Chex mix and two batches of sausage balls.

I took my mom shopping one Saturday. That was an adventure.

I shot some mistletoe from the top of a tree. (I'm that good with a rifle!)

I read a few books. Wrapped an infinite number of presents. Made flavored vinegars.

I discovered a cool new store in my neighborhood.

And I seem to be fighting a seasonal problem with vertigo. It's like riding the Spider at the fair while sitting at your desk.

We had a party on Tuesday night with my book group buddies and I made Chicken Roumaki. It was very well received. No pictures, but here is the recipe:

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lb chicken tenders
1 lb hickory smoked bacon
1 can sliced water chestnuts drained
1/2 c soy sauce
1 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 c water

Mix together soy sauce, water, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, and ginger and set aside.

Cut chicken tenders into 1 1/2" pcs. Cut bacon strips in half. Place 1 water chestnut slice and one piece of chicken together and wrap with bacon. Pin together with toothpick. When all are assembled, place in soy sauce mixture and refrigerate overnite.

Preheat oven to 375. Place bacon wrapped chicken on a foil lined baking sheet and bake until bacon is crisp (approx 40 minutes).



Becky said...

Oh goodie! You're back. I had been wondering where you were. I hope that next week I can bake some more of those Triple Ginger Biscotti. Mike is going to Louisiana to see his Mom and I want to send a few things to her.

I'm impressed with your mistletoe prowess. Personally I have not tried to shoot mistletoe out of a tree since I got married. But seeing as how my brother gave me a 22 rifle a couple of years ago for Christmas, I could actually practice again.

Your rumaki sound good. I will plan to try them. And you are a good daughter to take your Mom shopping.

PhantomMinuet said...

Man, I love that roumaki. Even now, I'm thinking about how good it was.