meals

double down = double disgusting – who is eating this stuff?

kfc double down

If you haven’t heard about the latest release from KFC, here is it. Looks like a heart attack on a plate to me.

Here, from the LA Times – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comments_blog/2010/04/kfc-double-down-sandwich-will-you-be-buying.html

 and this from the NY Times –

 http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/on-ingesting-kfcs-new-product-the-double-down/

and from ABC News – http://abcnews.go.com/Business/slideshow/calories-fast-foods-biggest-indulgences-10336424

and, of course, The Washington Post who reminds us that the other fast food offerings are as bad…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/19/AR2010041903165.html

Not your mother’s casserole – wild rice, chicken and mushrooms.

california wild rice -photo from california wild rice websiteThis is the wonderful chicken and rice dish that our hostess made for the Spring Fling lunch. The original recipe calls for leftover turkey and I am definitely keeping it on file for Thanksgiving leftovers.

I am making this today and will put up the recipe now. I will let you know if it came out as well as the original!

Many thanks, lovely hostess!

Wild Rice Casserole – (Chicken) Leftover Turkey

Feed 16 easily – we are having 8 people for dinner so I can easily cut this recipe in half.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 2 lbs. sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups of sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 6 cups cooked chicken (your choice of parts)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (if any nut allergies, just leave this out)
  • 6 cans chicken broth (I use boxed broth – I think three are comparable to 6 cans – will confirm)
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream

Wash rice thoroughly and cover with water, bring to a boil and remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain. (I did this last night and put the rice in a covered container)

Saute mushrooms and onions in 1/2 cup of butter until brown. Add the chicken, almonds and broth (not all, save out a can) and cream. Mix lightly and turn into two 2-quart casserole dishes.

Dot each casserole with 2 tablespoons of butter and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. (You can use one larger dish but this will add to the cooking time).

You can freeze these to be cooked later, chill the casseroles in the fridge, then wrap, seal and  freeze. When ready to cook, place covered casseroles – unthawed – in a 300 degree oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Take off foil and raise the heat to 350 degrees (now dot with the 2 TB. of butter) and bake for 1 hour more.

Enjoy!

Are you wondering just what the heck it is that Capability Mom does all day?

I know you are. It just occurred to me that if you don’t know me you may think that I cook all the time and when I’m not doing that I am at fundraisers. Patently untrue.

While I do cook or prepare three meals a day for four people (okay, husband makes his own breakfast and lunch – see, I do exaggerate), I am doing laundry, taking care of the dog, the house (cleaning, maintenance – you name it, I will tackle it), keeping track of appointments (medical, dental and other), keeping the activity schedule on track (sometimes I mess up and we are off but it is usually okay), grocery shopping and chauffering children to various activities. Are my children in school? Yes.  When they were younger – it was all me, all the time. So that is why I have time for lunches or volunteering.  Just saying.

I volunteer at three schools (in transition to one) and with two groups at the local library. I support my friends who are volunteering at various other organizations and I am glad I can. The volunteers are amazing and kind and energetic and intelligent and committed to doing the best that they can. Would I like to get paid? Sure. Do I? No. So far I have gotten some free chocolates and that was the best thing ever – great chocolates from Fancy Nancy. Hmm…I work for chocolate. Not a bad tag line.

I almost forgot to add that I do this. I blog. What a weird verb. I am learning about social media and SEO (search engine optimization),dabbling in HTML (so far reading stuff or watching tutorials – everytime I try to do something – the computer becomes unhappy), connecting with other moms, other mom bloggers and enjoying the process.

Spring Fling sprung even on such a cold, gray day with a lovely thank you lunch

volunteers with pre-auction baskets for newton Free Library Spring Fling fundraiserWe gathered at lovely artist friend’s home (so, so, so beautiful that it defies description except to say it is a perfect, perfect house) today to lunch and chat about the Spring Fling. I was (characteristically) late but (uncharacteristically) really late…on the upside, my hair looked really, really good (it only looks this nice when I have been to the salon and that was way past due).  So although I missed most of the lunch due to Boston streets tied up with pre-Marathon traffic, my lovely friend made me up a plate and I caught a few  minutes of the dessert and got the recipe for the chicken and wild rice that was incredible and just right for a raw, gray day. The fundraiser was a great success – we are sending out thank you notes – and it is put together by a few very trusty library employees, the Trustees of the Library and the sweetest volunteer committee ever.

Thank you to all who attended, helped and donated. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to working with this lovely group of women again next year.

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