Friday, December 10, 2010

Just in the Nick of Time!

An unexpected delivery to our Up North mailbox was just in the nick of time for the forecasted weekend of the big chill and maybe even blizzard like conditions. YIKES! to think winter does not even start till Dec. 21!!! It certainly was a surprise to receive these slippers from a friend. I am now making a new fashion statement for around the house attire. But I have found the need to be vigilant where these slippers are kept. Bella was sure they were a new type of toy intended just for her. Check out photo of an early holiday arrival.
In the newest issue of SCBWI bulletin I found an article about Alice Pope noteworthy. She has been the editor of the book Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market for 18 years but is now blogging as the industry expert for SCBWI. Check out her website:www.scbwi.blogspot.com
This informational market blog will cover: interviews with agents and editors, feature debut authors and illustrators, highlight markets and new imprints, hosting writers on blog tours and offering general publishing news of interest for authors and illustrators.
If my blog reaches you in an area where you are hunkered down because of cold wintry like conditions perhaps think about trying the following recipe to make the day more palatable with some comfort food.
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Chicken Ala King
serve over Pepperidge Farm Patty Shells
Ingredients:
  • 1 small package of mushrooms chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 5 TB. butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 4-0z jar drained diced pimento
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or ham
  • 1 cup cooked peas
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • optional 1/3 cup Sherry
  • 1 TB. parsley flakes
  • 1 TB. chives
  • pinch of nutmeg
Directions:
  • Cook mushrooms, green pepper, onion in butter
  • Blend flour with salt and other spices
  • Cook over low heat until bubbly with mushroom mixture
  • Remove from heat, whisk stir in cream and broth
  • Return to heat and slowly cook till thickened
  • Stir in chicken or peas, pimento, peas and sherry
  • Serve in patty shells

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