In a Nutshell……………………….


…………It is SO good to be back blogging and sharing recipes with you all again.  My Thanksgiving and Christmas gift all wrapped in one nice little package.  🙂

1 a nuts



In fact, I am so happy today I am going nuts!!!!!

Well, nuttier than usual.

I have a confession to make. I love nuts – any and all nuts

I am especially fond of pistachios.






Well actually I have absolutely, positively no self-control around pistachios at all!! When I get a case of the hungries I often just eat a handful or two of them.

Pistachios are divine!

But then all nuts are. I cannot think of one nut I do not like.

And come to find out that is a good thing.


Health Food

You see, nuts, any and all nuts, are very VERY VERY healthful.

There is a lot of research that nuts are good for us. Most recent research shows that nuts also protect us from early death, especially from cancer and heart disease.


From USA Today

Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts. Eating nuts less often lowered the death risk too, in direct proportion to consumption.

The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29 percent and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11 percent among those who had nuts seven or more times a week compared with people who never ate them.

The benefits were seen from peanuts as well as from pistachios, almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts. The researchers did not look at how the nuts were prepared — oiled or salted, raw or roasted.[Emphasis mine.]

A bonus: Nut eaters stayed slimmer too.





In a nutshell, nuts are a cornucopia of healthy benefits and nutrients.

Who’d have thunk it?????

Delicious tasting health and diet food.

Go Nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Featured Recipe        Paprika Baked Chicken



This dish is so quick and easy to make you are going to love it just for that. The fact that it is also marvelously delicious is a huge bonus. It is quick and easy enough to make on week nights, yet so mouth watering divinely delicious you will want to use it when company is coming too.

This dish is not Chicken Paprika, nor is it intended to be a quick version of it. Paprika uses sour cream. It just uses paprika for color and taste.

This is what you will need for 4 people

8-10 pieces of chicken of your choice – I used thighs and wings

5 tablespoons butter, melted

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard *

3 tablespoons white wine **

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2-3 tablespoons paprika

2-3 tablespoons poppy seeds



Pasta of your choice


* Can use whole grain mustard for an entirely different look. If using grain mustard you may want to omit the poppy seeds.

** Can substitute lemon juice if you prefer

Here is what you do:

Heat the oven to 400 F.

Lightly spray the bottom of an oven proof dish with oil.

Place the chicken in the dish.


Melt the butter and mix in the mustard, wine, brown sugar.


Lightly baste or brush the butter mixture over top of the chicken.


NOTE: Forgot to put the paprika in the Ingredients picture. So here it is. DUH is me!!!!!

Sprinkle the chicken with the paprika.


Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how thick your chicken portions are.

Remove the dish from the oven and carefully turn the chicken over and baste this side with more of the mustard mixture. Sprinkle more paprika over the chicken.



Return the chicken to the oven for an additional 15 – 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and sprinkle both sides with poppy seeds.



Let sit for 5 – 10 minutes to let the juices redistribute.

Chop the parsley and sprinkle over the chicken.

Serve on a bed of pasta.


Bon Appétite

8-10 pieces of chicken of your choice        $5.34

Thighs $2.98

Wings $2.36

5 tablespoons butter, melted                     $0.77

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard                     $0.76

3 tablespoons white wine                         $1.14

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2-3 tablespoons paprika                            $0.15

2-3 tablespoons poppy seeds                    $0.60

Spray oil                                                 $0.05

Pasta                                                      $2.19

Parsley                                                    $0.08

Total cost = $11.00

Cost per person = $2.75

Quote of the Day

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.

Channing Pollock


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6 comments to In a Nutshell……………………….

  • Welcome back!!! I assume you are all new and improved– very nice! I love nuts. I just wish nuts loved me. Have to eat with caution or I get a stomachache. But yes, nuts are great food. Love the recipe too!

  • Nuts are wonderful! Cashews, almonds, the list goes on I love them all. Healthy fat and nice kick of protein!

  • I love pistachios too – a lot. When I first married my now ex-husband years ago, we were both in college and money was tight. One day while we were shopping I asked if we could afford pistachios and he said we’d have to scrimp on something else. I couldn’t ask him to do that for me so I walked on.

    Then a few weeks later I was reading a magazine and looked up and said, “Did you know that pistachios are an aphrodisiac? No wonder I like them!”

    The next day he came home from work with 3 pounds of pistachios and bought me some almost every week. I didn’t have the heart to say I made it all up. I felt only a little guilty.

    So glad your blog has its dress back on and you’re back with us. I really love this chicken dish.