Tuesday, March 22, 2011
For Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Now here's a day that just about everybody can relax and enjoy. It's a day to do anything and everything.....except what you're supposed to do today.
Assuming you won't get in trouble at work or school, go ahead and play some golf, or play video games all day. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with your favorite friend. Or, just read sit down and read a book or watch TV. This day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.
1/4 pound bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced medium
1/2 cup butter
pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
1/4 cup brandy
3 cups red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
1 small handful fresh thyme taken off stem
16 ounces white mushrooms sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons flour
Drain pan with water and bacon. Add onions both types to bacon pan. Cook until bacon is brown and onions have sweated down. Add the brandy to the chicken and carefully ignite. Swish the pan until flames go out. Pour the wine, beef stock and water into dutch oven of chicken. Then add bay leaves, thyme, garlic, onions and bacon. Cover and cook over medium low heat 25 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking saute the mushrooms along with 2 tablespoons of butter also salt and pepper to taste. There should be no bloody look toward the bone on the thigh when the chicken is done. Once done take chicken out of pan. Set to the side. Take bay leaves out of pan and discard.
Skim all of the fat off the top of the broth. Turn up heat and reduce to about 2-1/2 cups. Cream together flour and 2 tablespoons of butter. Take broth off of heat. Whisk the flour mixture into the broth blend well. Return sauce to low heat it should begin to thicken. Add chicken and mushrooms back to pot. Cover and cook over low heat until chicken is warmed back up. Serve hot
From St. Patrick’s Breastplate, 5th century
May the soft winds freshen your spirit;
May the sunshine brighten your heart;
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you;
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.
A bit of love from someone near…