Monday, May 23, 2011

Ginger Chicken and Rice Soup

I love the column in our newspaper, Desperation Dinners.  The other day I decided to find their blog so I could put my favorite recipes into my Paprika app.  This recipe is their most recent and I made it today for lunch.  It was really refreshing and good.  I highly recommend you give it a try.  You can find this recipe and more at

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1 boneless skinless chicken breast, 6 to 8 ounces
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
6 cups water
1/2 cup long-grain rice
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg
2 tablespoons 1-percent milk
Place chicken breast, carrots, onions and water in a 4 ½-quart or larger soup pot. Cover and heat to boil over high heat, and cook for 5 minutes, or until chicken is mostly cooked through. Reduce heat to medium, remove chicken breast to a plate, then add rice, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Dice chicken and return to pot. Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot, and cook for 15 more minutes or until rice is tender.
Meanwhile, stir together egg and milk until well blended.
Uncover soup and drizzle egg mixture evenly over soup. Stir well to blend and thicken soup and serve.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No More Wasted Bananas

I like unripe bananas. Once they get spots, they are gone to me. Usually people put them into banana bread or pudding or such, but I only like plain, sliced bananas. Or whole.

My daughter gave me this really cool book: Hometown Appetites, the Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate.  The first two recipes already intrigue me.  But more on that later.

Frozen Banana Dessert:  Simple
Peel and freeze ripe bananas.  Slice into bowl.  Either sprinkle with sugar and pour cream over them, or do as I did, and use flavored CoffeeMate.  Yum.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wedding Scrapbooking Begins

The wedding was last weekend and was Jenni's dream wedding.  It was amazing and perfect.  The new couple are now spending two weeks in the tropics, unplugged from the world.
Her mother is not unplugged, however.  I am back, immersed in PSE8.  Fiddling around with wordart today and made this:

I shrunk it down tiny for the web and lost much detail, but the pattern inside is of bubbles. As she came down the steps after the reception, the guests blew bubbles. So the pattern in appropriate.

I do not know why the background is black. oh well.