Friday, December 28, 2012

Re-Do's For Family To-Do's

New Year Coming and New Room Do-Overs!

I want to share some Inspiring Photos of Rooms with a Theme.

The first one is one I would like to do in a similar way(a smaller budget) in my step-down, once-a-porch, to a living room to Entertain in.

The stenciling on the dining room ceiling was inspired by a Fortuny fabric, the light fixture is made of Indian lanterns, and a custom-made table is surrounded by 19th-century Italian chairs and Bullard-designed armchairs upholstered in a Schumacher linen; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Great White.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Holiday Recipes

I wanted to post some of my Holiday Recipes.  The traditional Christmas Dinner of course is Turkey. So how about this Entree for an Extra Choice.
From online source of "COOK THIS, NOT THAT".


It's French in name, but it feels American, right down to its molten cheese core. Normally, this chicken is stuffed, breaded, then deep-fried into submission. But our testing found that a high-heat oven provides all the crunch we want without all the calories we don't. If honey mustard feels a bit like gilding the lily, it is, but at 350 calories for the whole dish, why not?
You'll Need:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each), pounded to uniform 1/4" thickness
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 thin slices deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
How to Make It:
*Preheat the oven to 450°F. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Lay two slices of ham and one slice of cheese across each breast, then roll widthwise until you have a tight, jellyroll-like package.
*Place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Working with one rolled-up breast at a time, dip first in the flour to lightly coat, then in the egg, then immediately in the bread crumbs. Use your fingers to make sure the chicken is evenly coated with crumbs.
*Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the chicken is firm to the touch and cooked through and the bread crumbs are brown and crunchy.
*While the chicken bakes, stir together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, and mayo to make a smooth, uniform sauce. Serve the chicken with the honey mustard drizzled over the top.
Makes 4 servings
Cost per serving: $2.14
350 calories
12 g fat (6 g saturated)
710 mg sodium
Not That!
Mimi's Cafe Chicken Cordon Bleu
Price: $14.26
1,360 calories
81 g fat (33 g saturated, 1 g trans)
3,007 mg sodium
Save! 1,010 calories and $12.12!
Now a New Decoration or two!
I like to look through all my handmade heirlooms at home and put together a Simple Tablescape!
For Christmas Eve, Red and White for Card Gaming on my Bar Counter!

Another Tablescape as a tribute to my Mother!

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