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June 20. 2016 9:00 p.m.
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Gardening Vs Cooking

Just a recipe today.

I am suffering from writer’s block. That and I have been spending lots of time in the garden and don’t have time to do much cooking let alone write.

Below are a few pictures of my garden this year.

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Featured Recipe    Chicken with Wine and Herbs

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This is a quick and easy dinner and super tasty, too. A perfect dinner after  a busy, tiring day of gardening.

However, the best part of this recipe is the low cost.

This is what you need for 4 people:

3 or 4 skinless chicken breasts

Spray oil

1 large shallot

1 cup dry white wine

¼ cup chicken broth

About 6 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tablespoon unsalted butter cold

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional – chives*

  • I forgot to use them this time.
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If some of the chicken breasts are thicker than others pound the chicken breasts to a thickness of about 1 inch thick. Today mine were OK.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.

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Finely mince the shallot. Remove the thyme from the sprigs.

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Measure out the wine and broth, and cut the butter into small pieces and keep cold in the fridge.

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Here is what you do:

Lightly spray a large skillet with the spray oil. Over medium, heat the skillet until it is very hot.

Add the chicken to the pan. Let the chicken cook undisturbed until golden, about 2 minutes.

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Turn the chicken and cook another 1 to 2 minutes more, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm in the oven,

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If necessary add more oil and add the shallots to same skillet. Sauté about 1 minute.

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Add the wine and stir to release brown bits from bottom of the pan and until the wine is reduced by half. This will only take a minute or two.

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Add the chicken broth and simmer 1 minute more.

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Stir in thyme. Add any juices on the plate from chicken and remove the pan from the heat.

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Now swirl the butter piece by piece into the sauce until it is creamy.

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Place the chicken back into the pan and spoon the sauce over chicken.

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Serve with your favorite fruit or vegetables.

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Bon Appétite

Cost

3 chicken breasts                $5.03

Spray oil                           $0.05

1 large shallot                   $0.45

1 cup dry white wine          $2.40

¼ cup chicken broth          $0.20

6 sprigs of fresh thyme      $0.48

1 tbspn unsalted butter      $0.09

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.70
Cost per person $2.90

Quote of the Day

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank
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Got Dirt? I’ve Got Clean!

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Have you noticed how much cleaning items cost these days?

It strains my budget!!!!!!!

And don’t mention the cost of food!

I am sure many of you are in the same predicament.

So today I share a secret of mine.

1 cleanHow to save money cleaning your house.

The big problem is that there are SO MANY cleaning items!!!!!!  You have to buy one cleaner for the kitchen, one for the bedroom, another one for the bathroom, one for the windows, one for the dishes, and another one for the stove, to list just a few.

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It is a racket!

Just a racket. Especially when there is one cleaner that will work on most jobs.

My household secret is vinegar.

Yes. That sour puss can help you save money.

In many places across the USA you can get a gallon of vinegar for about $4.00.

That is far less than the cost of most cleaning items.

The cool thing about vinegar you can clean so many things with just that one cleaning item – vinegar.

Below is a very small list of things you can clean with vinegar:

carpets

windows

stoves

microwaves

kitchen sink

dishwashers

sanitize sponges

shower heads

toilets

kitchen surfaces

the bathroom

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1 a clean houseThis is by no means a comprehensive list. There are very few items vinegar cannot clean.

You should not use vinegar on marble counter tops, stone floors, hardwood floors – unless the manufacture says it is OK, egg stains, irons unless manufacture says it is safe.

If you are not sure ask the manufacturer.

You can also use vinegar in your garden. But that information will have to wait for another day and post.

Below is a video “10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks” to get you started saving money.

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Featured Recipe   Roasted Radishes & Green Beans with Sesame Seeds

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I also share a very budget friendly recipe today!

I have not shared many side dishes. Today I make up for that with a quick and a wonderful and tasty recipe.

Best of all coming in at only $0.62 per person it is also very easy on your pocketbook!

This is a Weight Watchers recipe.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 sprays cooking spray

½ pound string beans

8 large fresh radishes

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 medium green onion

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here Is What You Do:

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Toast the sesame seeds, set aside. Wash the beans, trim ends, and cut crosswise. Wash and cut the radishes into fourths. Thinly slice the green onion.

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Coat a flat roasting pan with cooking spray.

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Place string beans and radishes on prepared pan; drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat; spread into an even layer.

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Roast 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil in a small bowl or cup.

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After the 10 minutes remove from oven and toss.

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Place back into the oven and roast until tender and light golden in spots, 5 minutes more.

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When done cooking remove from oven. Line up the dressing, green onions, and sesame seeds.

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Put roasted vegetables into a serving bowl; drizzle with soy mixture and toss to coat. Top with the green onions and sesame seeds.

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Makes 1 cup. Recipe can be doubled.

Bon Appétite
Cost

2 sprays cooking spray          $0.12

½ pound string beans           $0.59

8 large fresh radishes           $0.55

1 teaspoon olive oil               $0.16

1 teaspoon soy sauce            $0.07

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice    $0.40

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil   $0.10

1 medium green onion           $0.07

1 tablespoon sesame seeds    $0.40

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $2.46
Cost per person = $0.62
Quote of the Day
The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.
W.C. Fields

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