BBAC 2012: Day 25 - Christmas Feast

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I’ve really kind of fallen off the wagon here. Not much of an excuse for it, since I had plenty of time to plan. All I can say is, I can breathe through my nose now and go longer than 20 minutes without coughing. Yay, huge improvement! And next year, there’s going to be a new HOA officer election, so someone else gets to run this particular circus. (Sorry for going on about this, but it’s been an ugly-hectic six months at the end of a fairly peaceful two-year term as a board member.)

BBAC 2012: Day 25 - Christmas Feast

I made it to my parents, we got to their house, I unpacked, we had dinner…and then I slept for the better part of the last two days. Yes, I could have done this at home; but then I wouldn’t have gotten to see my parents, and my brother, and my aunt and uncle. And my parents’ cats. (The eldest, a 14-year-old black-and-white DSH, is thrilled because she has someone to pay attention to her instead of just to the two younger kitten-boys.)

While I was growing up, we did the traditional big Christmas dinner, planning dinner, setting the table, so on and so forth… Now, Christmas Dinner is a fairly calm affair. A few years ago my brother the genius instituted a stress-free Christmas tradition: Mom cooks frozen pizzas, people eat that and play cards and prep and clean-up are both short and simple. No stress, just enjoying each others’ company. But I do have an actual recipe to share with you: it’s what we had for dinner two nights ago.

<h4>Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken</h4> <p>Preparation time 5 minutes; cook time 10 minutes</p> <ul> <li>4 six-inch skinless boneless chicken breast halves <li>4 fresh sage leaves <li>4 2/3-ounce slices of prosciutto <li>1 tablespoon of olive oil <li>1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or, 1/4 cup of crushed tortilla chips) <li>1/2 teaspoon of salt <li>1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper </ul> <ol> <li>Pat chicken breast halves dry with paper towels. Place 1 sage leaf on top of each breast, and wrap each breast with a slice of prosciutto. <li>Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. While oil hets, combine flour (or tortilla chips), salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, and add to hot oil. Cook chicken 5 minutes on each side or until done. <li>Garnish covered chicken breasts with additional sage leaves. </ol> <p>Yield: 4 servings. Serve with salad, or a vegetable. Follow up with Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, watching movies and Doing Nothing Productive, because it's Christmas and you're supposed to relax and enjoy the day. (Just don't forget to turn the heat off. smile )</p>

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