Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Oven Chicken Cordon Bleu


6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 slices of deli ham

3 slices aged Swiss cheese, halved

1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

cooking spray


2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup finely shredded Swiss cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; arrange chicken in a greased 13x9 in. baking dish.
  • Top each with 1 slice deli ham and 1/2 slice cheese, folding ham in half and covering chicken as much as possible.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Carefully spritz the bread crumbs with cooking spray, keeping the crumbs in place. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and a thermometer insert in chicken reads 165 degrees.
  • For the sauce in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook or stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce to medium heat. Stir in the wine and Swiss cheese and stir 2-3 minutes or until cheese is thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat untill ready to serve.
  • Serve with chicken.
Serves 6

Recipe by Ronda Eagle, Goose Creek, SC

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bay Scallop Chowder


2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped unpeeled red potatoes

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 pound bay scallops

2 cups half-and-half

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup fresh parsley


  • Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan. 
  • Add onion and next 5 ingredients (onion through oregano). 
  • Sauté 10 minutes. 
  • Add clam juice and scallops. 
  • Cook 5 minutes (cover longer until vegetables cook).
  • Add half-and-half, salt and pepper. 
  • Cook until throughly heated. Stir in parsley.
Serves 4 
Recipe by Larry Olmsted

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Week 48

Graff provides a vivid perspective of 9/11 without becoming too emotional.

Week 47

Recalling George Santayana's famous quote, I engaged in my second graphic novel with a need to remember.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Week 46

Lacking Virgil’s sense of humor and missing Virgil’s snappy dialogue plus not being a page tuner might disappoint true Sanford fans. But Virgil’s old friends appear along the way.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Week 45

Where’s the mystery? If it was hidden among the explicit sexual passages, or the music/choir lingo, or the multitude of characters, then it eluded this reader.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Lillian’s Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Submitted by Nancy Dynes, Goose Neck, SC

Tapioca is used to thicken this comfort food dish. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute an equal amount of flour.


2 lbs. stew beef cubes

2 potatoes, peeled and quartered

3 stalks of celery, diced

4 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced

2 onions, quartered

2 c. cocktail vegetable juice

1/3 c. quick-cooking tapioca, uncooked

1 T. sugar

1 T. salt

1/2 t. dried basil

1/4 t. pepper

  1. Arrange beef and vegetables in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients; pour into slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on high setting one hour; reduce heat to low setting and cook 7 hours.

Serves 8

Monday, October 21, 2019

American Lady

Saturday Adventure Part 2

Sandy Creek
 Birch with Moss
Moshier Dam
Bridge Over Sunday Creek
You've Got Mail - Stillwater
Beaver River
Stillwater Reservoir

Saturday Adventure

Francis Lake Outlet
Francis Lake
Francis lake
Pine Cone
Francis Lake from boat launch

Erie Canal Lecture

Marilyn Fuller, Snatch, John  Anderson, and Tom Meier

Saturday Walk Around Camp Michael

Chickadee on neighbor's roof
Red-breasted nuthatch in neighbor's yard
Nest on neighbor's window
Temperature during walk
Autumn leaves
Beech Tree leaves
Ruby Meadowlark Dragonfly

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Week 42

Upon seeing James Poniewozik appear on the Newshour, obtained this book from a local library. President Trump has used television to capture America’s attention and spin stories.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tim's Pumpkin Patch

And the skies are not cloudy all day
John Denver 

More interpretations at Skywatch Friday.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Week 41

Upon seeing Tim Alberta appear on Washington Week, obtained this book from a local library. At a time when truth is under attack, Tim Alberta gives us hope.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Week 40

Do not expect Joe Pickett. But colloquial language regarding Montana makes for an excellent read.