A light dinner

January 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Kitchen work | 3 Comments
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I purchased this book at my weight watchers meeting and made several good meals from it. 


I made this tonight and it was really good. I will definitely be making it again and again.  You can’t buy anything like this in restaurants around here.  The best part is you know what you are eating, no hidden calories.  


Here is the recipe. 

Pasta Salad with Apple and Chicken 

Serves 4 with 6 points each 

1/3 cup orange juice 

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 

1 Tbsp maple syrup 

3 cups cooked whole-wheat penne 

1 cup diced cooked chicken breast 

1/4 cup pecans 

1 small granny smith apple, cored and chopped 

1 large shallot, finely chopped. ( I substituted green onion) 

1 150g (5 oz) bag arugula ( I used mixed greens, baby spinach would be nice too) 

1. To make the dressing, whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup in a large bowl. 

2. Add the pasta, chicken , pecans, apple and shallot to the dressing; toss to coat.  

3. Divide the arugula evenly among 4 plates.  Spoon the pasta salad evenly on top. 

As I try more recipes I’ll share them here.

March Break

March 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm | Posted in farm life, Kitchen work | Leave a comment
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Well, the break has come to an end and spring is starting to appear.  It has been a very busy and emotional week.  We had to have our oldest cat, Barney put down.  She had heart disease and was starting to have breathing and circulation problems.  Poor old girl, she was such a sweetheart.  Never a nasty cat, always the lover.  I have many pictures of her with Maddie as a baby.  She was Maddie’s little nurse maid.  Never minded a squeal and the occasional tail tug.

Maddie had a friend visit, who had moved away a couple of years ago.  They have stayed in contact which is nice. She also took the babysitting course which I think she already knew most of. She has always taken an interest is caring for the little ones in our life.

Last night I read about the artisian bread at Mushroom Villagers and just had to give it a go.  It was delicious and I will definiately be trying it again.  I made a small loaf and will try a little larger size tonight. 


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