Category Archives: Wendy AAR

Easy, Ugly Cube Steak Casserole

I chose another dish when I submitted my “Winter Warmer”, cold weather, stick-to-your-ribs recipe – but this one ran a close second. Its delicious, easy and filling, but man, is it ever ugly. I’ll provide the ingredients and directions, and you can decide the quantities. Continue reading

NBC’s The Blacklist – Are you watching?

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NBC has a new drama that is surprisingly watchable. The fact that it stars the wonderful James Spader is a draw, of course, and the writing and excellent casting have kept me coming back for weeks. Episode 8 is next week and they haven’t jumped the shark, which bodes well for continuing quality. I don’t often gush over TV shows, but seriously, this one is worth an hour every Monday.

Winter Warmers – Chicken Roast

This delicious, easy chicken dish is made on the stovetop, similar to the traditional pot roast. You have control over quantity, so you can feed two or a holiday crowd.

Boneless Chicken Breasts (3-6 or even more. I use tenders)
Minced Garlic
Chicken Broth (bouillon OK)
Potatoes (chopped into pieces)
Onions (minced or fresh, chopped)
Carrots (peeled and cut. I use packaged baby carrots)
Vegetable oil
Water
Salt and Pepper
Bay leaf (optional)

Heat a couple of tablespoons vegetable oil in a dutch oven on medium. (I use a nonstick spray first)
Brown thawed breasts.
Add garlic and onion, salt and pepper to taste
Add carrots

Fill pot 1/2 way with chicken broth, add water if needed until carrots are just covered. Cook on high to boiling and then reduce heat to slow simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins or until carrots are about halfway done.

Add potatoes and cook until all vegetables are tender and ready to eat, adding broth or water as needed.

I didn’t provide measurements because the amount needed is subjective. If you’re cooking two breasts, obviously the pot you use and the amount of vegetables will be much smaller than if you’re feeding a large group. That’s the great thing about this dish. I’ve cooked it in everything from a sauce pan to a huge stock pot, as needed. It can be dressed up when serving or dumped into one bowl.

However you treat it, this meal will stick to your ribs!

Quest for Kitchen Item

517s5fvzFfL__SY450_We use a lot of paper plates around my house. It’s an environmental choice. Where I live in Texas there is plenty of landfill room, but not so much water. Also, I have teenagers that graze like an entire herd of buffalo that would run through all my real dishes in no time.

For years we’ve used those raffia or bamboo baskets that are designed for holding paper plates. They’re pretty sturdy, last for a long time, and can be washed with the rest of our dishes if they catch a spill. I always found them at the thrift store, taped together in a bundle, for only a couple of bucks. But this last year that source has dried up.

Not finding them at the thrift store for months, I finally started looking for them retail. They can be found new, but the only ones I’ve found are flimsy and too small to fit a regular sized paper plate. I’ve looked everywhere for good ones. Finally, this weekend I went to an event at a friend’s house, where she was using baskets just like the ones I used to find. When I asked where she got them she said “at the thrift store”.

So, where can I buy good, new, sturdy paper plate baskets? Since I’ve been burned trying to buy them at department stores I’ve been afraid to try amazon or ebay. If I knew who made the used ones I bought I might be able to find them aftermarket online. Any suggestions about where to buy them new, or who made them in the first place?

Wendy Clyde

Busiest Man on My TV

gr He has teddy bear-button eyes set in a face that looks like a knuckle, and he’s on my television, literally, half the time its on. And I just adore him. Yep, it’s Gordon Ramsay.

My TV-husband crush began earlier this summer when I was introduced to Kitchen Nightmares, which airs on BBC America. Before that Ramsay was just the mean guy I occasionally saw abusing cooks when commercials for some random show interrupted whatever I was watching. Now I know that “random show” is Hell’s Kitchen, and it is among the many, many Gordon Ramsay programs I watch. And there ARE many, many. There’s the travel one, and the prison one, and several cooking ones including two cooking contests, and two different incarnations of the Kitchen Nightmare show. There may be more of which I’m unaware.

That “mean” guy is actually quite funny, and he has a lot of charm on camera. If you watch him for just a few minutes it becomes apparent why he is such a huge reality TV star.

Do you watch Gordon Ramsay reality TV? Do you find him charming as well?

Wendy Clyde

Lose Ten Pounds in Three Days

dietBack in the 80s I had an overweight friend that wanted to join the Navy. To qualify for the placement he wanted he had to lose something like seventy pounds in a few months. To aid him, his mother, a nurse at the time, gave him this diet. My friend dieted three days a week, every week for a couple of months and easily lost the weight he needed. He gave the diet to me and I used it many times over the years, but eventually lost my copy. Internet searches yielded plenty of other diets, but none were the same unless I was willing to buy them, which I wasn’t. Then not too long ago I found my copy. Here it is for you, free… Continue reading

Bring On the Eye Candy

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So, lets see a show of hands – can we all agree that the Summer Olympics are the pinnacle of beautiful, fit bodies in motion? (Yes, I’m talking to you, U.S. Water Polo Team…)

I’ve always believed that summers without the Olympics are seriously bereft of half-dressed, muscular, eye-candy athletes, until now that I’ve discovered American Ninja Warrior. Its on NBC Monday nights, at seven central time, and re-run on G4 just about any time you tune into that channel. My goodness, those contestants are FIT. No matter your sexual, racial or age preferences there is someone to enjoy watching and to root for.

The boys in my home know to leave the women-folk alone to watch TV on Monday nights. Are you watching also? The video I’ve included is of one of my favorite contestants, Lance, a rancher from Idaho. He’s out of the contest now, but was fun to watch while he was competing. Do you have a favorite contestant?