Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What's Cookin Wednesday - Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast

It's summer time in the south.  Which means when I actually cook dinner it's usually fast and 1 pot (ie stir-fry).  But I made this to switch things up a bit (and convince my boyfriend I COULD actually cook ;-))

Recipe from here:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 4 fillets
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 3 slices extra lean turkey bacon, cooked and diced
  • 3 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.
  2. Using a mallet, pound out each chicken fillet to get a larger, thinner fillet, and then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine cream cheese, broth, cheddar, jalapenos and bacon.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture onto on half of each chicken breast fillet. Fold in half to close, and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place into baking dish and cover with foil. Make a few holes to allow steam to release.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through and is no longer pink in the middle.

Surprisingly I modified almost nothing for this recipe.  I DID use bacon bits instead of the bacon and only 1 jalapeno...because I'm a heat wimp.

This was awesome!  It took very little time to put together & bake, but tasted like I had slaved away for hours ;-)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From wood to wood

From wood to wood



I refinished this little guy this week. I originally bought him to paint, but something kept holding me back. I didn't really want to paint him. We got it over the winter, so everything looks a little dead and washed out.


But he had been through a lot, and was in need of a few things to reach his full potential. I had to sand off all the old finish which was flaking off. I also sanded the top, so that all the paint drops would come off. I then used one of my favorite tricks that my Grandmother taught me: Oxalic Acid to remove black spots in wood. She learned it in an old book on refinishing (when you could get Oxalic Acid in the pharmacy.) Now you have to purchase it online. I buy it by the pound, but a little bit goes a long way. Wear gloves and an eye mask if you use it! You mix it with water (paste consistency), spread it over the area, and let it dry. Oxalic Acid is a bleach, and it bleaches out the black spots on wood. I then vacuum up the particles that have dried. Then rinse it several times. Once it has dried, you can then use a cloth to wipe it down even more. 



I then stained and put a protective coat on the wood, used steel wool between coats of protective sealer, waxed it down with a furniture wax, and this is what we got!


The wood just shines and there is such a depth of color to it. 


See how well that top turned out?


I did put new pulls on it, since one was broken on the old ones. I will save them for a piece that needs 8 drawer pulls. These had a nice vintage look to them and matched the key holes on each drawer.