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French Dip

So I should be raking the huge quantity of leaves that have fallen but instead I am looking up French Dip!
It’s whats for dinner. We are making our way through all the left over tenderloin we bought for our fall meal last weekend.

french dipWho knew there was controversy over the origins of the “dip”.
Here’s how I’ll make mine:

slice the tenderloin thin (already roasted to rare to medium)

slice the bread–panera vs first and last HMMMMM

assemble and dip in au jus made from the roasting dripping and knorr au jus mix



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The nephews are visiting and have a hankering for dumplings. I found this from a link on Simply Recipes.


Cover your nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.

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We’ll see how this goes:

I made this chicken last night, adapted from a recipe by Jamie Oliver (The Naked Chef), and it is the most delicious I’ve ever cooked.

Ingredients: 1 three- to four-pound chicken (preferably organic); 1 large lemon; 2 slices prosciutto or parma ham (thinly sliced); 2 garlic cloves, minced; 1/2 tsp dried thyme; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp black pepper; 1/4 stick unsalted butter, softened.

Procedure: 1) Preheat oven and roasting pan to 425 degrees. 2) wash and pat dry chicken 3) using your fingers, part the skin from the breast meat (push your hand gently down the breast, taking care not to rip the skin) 4) peel the rind from the lemon and chop it finely (save the lemon) 4) mix together the butter, minced garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and diced ham and push the mixture between the skin and the breast; massage any leftover butter mix into the rest of the chicken and place half the saved lemon in the cavity of the bird. 5) slash the thigh meat in a few places and place the chicken in the hot roasting tray. 6) Roast for about an hour, or until juices run clear. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

You can add cubed parboiled potatoes during the last 20 minutes of roasting. Turn frequently to brown evenly.

Unbelievably good

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One of my ideas for general wellbeing was attempting to eat locally grown meat.  Though some would dismiss the rants against feed lots (why???) it just grossed me out to the point I have given up my beloved TacoBell crunchy tacos.  Imagine my surprise at reading this poorly argued essay about locally grown food.  Hmmmm.  I have been eating beef from that I bought at Urban Oaks, and I have to say it does taste better.  Just as my husband swears by cable interconnects making sound better, so does the local farmer make better meat!  They get their supplies from Cedar Meadow Farms.

I was swept up in the iphone craze and left the better coverage of Verizon for ATT.  I hate ATT, love the iphone.  I am trying to figure out how to dump ATT for a chrome phone that works on Verizon network.  My wait may be over soon! Check out my favorite feed from yesterday:

Google, Openness Triumph!!

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