Chicken a la King with Fettuccine

A Can of Swanson's Chicken a la King

A Can of Swanson’s Chicken a la King

Don’t Cook Tonight!

Boy, it was a bad day here. I didn’t get to sleep until late last night. Spane made me crazy this morning while I was trying to video something that I haven’t put up yet, and he had got grounded for the day – no TV, no bike, etc.

To make matters worse, I had to fix my printer/fax machine. With Spane’s Dandy Walker Syndrome it’s really important that I can send and receive faxes, and today was the day that I decided to fix the silly thing. I am a computer whiz, or at least my friends say that, and it still took me TWO HOURS to get the darned thing fixed.

Finally, I got it fixed, and Spane and I were hungry. There wasn’t anything in the freezer that was quick or looked appetizing. I was about to give up when I looked up in the cupboard and saw a can of Swanson’s Chicken a la King.

Heaven Forbid!

Yes, I know I’m all about having things organic and freshly made. I reconstruct packaged foods all the time. But, Swanson’s Chicken ala King is something that I grew up with, as long as I can remember, my mother bought it at the PX when we lived in Germany, 50 years ago. I loved it then, and I love it now. So there!

Homemade Chicken a la King

Homemade Chicken a la King

If you don’t want to use the canned variety, and you have some time, then may I suggest making it from scratch? It’s a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken, and especially good if you have leftover grilled chicken. Here’s my recipe for Chicken a la King – Weber Style. Either way, enjoy this classic chicken dish.

Make it More Appetizing

Okay, so yes, you can make it more appetizing. That’s what I did tonight, and Spane and I loved it.

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First Holy Communion Reception – No Bake Recipes!

Spane standing near the Baptismal fountain waiting in the Sanctuary

Spane standing near the Baptismal fountain waiting in the Sanctuary

Recipes in this post

Spane’s First Communion was on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the 9:30am Mass at Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Glendale, California.

When I had Spane on November 21, 2003, I started thinking about what his First Holy Communion was going to be like. When he was Baptized at Holy Family Catholic Community Church on May 17, 2007, I started counting down the days. There were 1460 days, or 3 years, 11 months, 29 days until his First Holy Communion. In case you wondered, yes, I am counting down the days until his Confirmation, which should be about 2192 days, about 6 years from now.

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Not Your Ordinary Tuna Salad

This afternoon, when I went to the grocery store on a hunt for something good for dinner, I was walking down the tuna oil and a man was perusing the various cans of tuna. I made a remark that the Tonno Genova Tuna packed in olive oil had better taste, and was better for you, too. After I picked up my two cans, he put some in his basket as well.

There are some really good things about tuna packed in olive oil. First, because the tuna has more flavor, less mayonnaise is required, so according to [http://chickenofthesea.com/e_health_omega.aspx]

“It has been shown that tuna packed in oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise is actually lower in fat than tuna packed in spring water and mixed with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Starting with tuna packed in oil allows people to use less mayonnaise to achieve the desired consistency and taste, thereby cutting down on fat and calories and providing a better tasting salad.”

In addition, olive oil is good for you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_oil#Nutrition_and_health_effects:

“Olive oil contains the monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, antioxidants such as vitamin E and carotenoids, and oleuropein, a chemical that prevents the oxidation of LDL particles. It is these properties that are thought to contribute to the health benefits of olive oil”.

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