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What About Soy?

Soy scares me. It always has. The only reason I really had was the hormones that it contains. I never realized (and still probably don’t) the full extent to which soy reaches. It’s in so many things at the grocery store that we don’t even know. However, I didn’t know the other dangers of soy. The following article is a guest post at keeperofthehome.org that gives some good explanations as well as some other dangers of soy.

The Soy Decoy: Don’t Be Deceived

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Chicken (not really) Ravioli

DIY Day @ ASPTL

Though we rarely eat out, my husband just finished his semester last week and wished to go celebrate. Whenever we eat at a restaurant, I’m always on the watch for new dishes to make at home. I ordered a delightful little entree called simply “Chicken Ravioli.”  It turned out to be so much more than chicken ravioli. The ravioli were filled with chopped chicken and bacon and then smothered in a smoked gouda sauce. YUM!!! Even while I was eating I was dissecting the dish in order to reverse engineer the recipe. It was really quite simple but so scrumptious. I changed it a bit and made it with bowtie noodles instead of making ravioli. I have made ravioli once from scratch and it is so not worth the effort.

The players:

1 lb bowtie noodles

2 Tbsp butter

2 heaping Tbsp flour

2 cloves crushed garlic

2 cups WHOLE milk

Coarse salt

2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped

4 strips cooked bacon, chopped

And the main attraction:

2 cups grated Smoked Gouda, mmmmmm!!!

Cook the bowties, drain, add back in the pot.

Add the chicken and bacon to the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Add garlic and stir until it smells amAzing, being very careful not to burn the butter nor the garlic, this just takes a few moments. Please don’t walk away to get the camera as I did. I almost had to start over.

Whisk in flour and cook for a minute until flour and butter are well mixed and there are no lumps. Add salt (start with about 1/2 tsp – you can adjust it later.) Pour in all the milk at once and whisk constantly over low heat until the sauce is nice and thick and bubbly. Mix in the Gouda and let it cook for another minute or so.

Check for salt. Pour over pasta mixture and mix well. So sorry, I was too excited to take a picture of the finished product, but I assure you that not only was it tasty, it was pretty, too. Eat and delight your palette!


Purposeful Spending

I spent an inordinate amount of time this weekend reading about June Cutoff Cash and her husband, Marvin Gardens over at http://byebyebuy.blogspot.com/ (I’m not entirely certain that I used the word “inordinate” correctly, but June, if you ever happen to visit my blog – doubtful, I know, as you are waaaaay more famous than I – please know that I intended no harm to your proofreading sensibilities. Did I use the word “sensibilities” correctly?) Anyway, she has really made me think. I am very cheap, but I do not always spend purposefully. I used cloth diapers on my son (8 years ago, but I still get to cash in on that one, don’t I?), we use cloth napkins on a daily basis so as not to waste money on paper napkins, I mostly cook our meals, often from scratch, I grind my flour, bake my bread, and even, though a disputed fact around here, make lots of healthy, whole wheat muffins and other snacks. But I have of late become somewhat lax in these areas (except for the cloth diapers as we have been potty trained for some years) and find myself saying, more often than before, “Oh, let’s just grab some lunch or dinner.” So here I am on a Sunday evening, and the temptation often on a Sunday evening is to say, “Today is the day of rest. I would not like to cook.” So we end up eating Taco Bell or something. Not very purposeful. Well, after seeing how June and Marvin lived for a whole year of not spending any money (except for necessities) I felt inspired and motivated to cook dinner tonight and I realized that I should share this recipe since it’s like the easiest and yummiest thing to cook – like EVER. It is a chicken and rice casserole that I have been using for years from The Hillbilly Housewife. Over the years I have put my own spin on the recipe so I’ll share with you what I do. I usually buy the individually frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. This last time I went to Sam’s, I bought two bags and immediately baked one bag of the breasts. Then I cut up the chicken and froze it in 2 cup portions to have ready for such recipes as this (I seem to have a TON of recipes that call for 2 or 4 cups of cut up, cooked chicken.) I also never have mushrooms on hand for this recipe and only occasionally remember to buy the chopped pimentos. I’ve never put almonds in this as we are not big fans of the nuts-in-the-main-dish thing. And instead of frozen peas, I use frozen mixed vegetables as I always have a huge bag from Sam’s in the freezer -such a convenient thing and so versatile. It provides a little variety since I always forget the mushrooms and often the pimentos. Oh, and I use brown rice. So there it is. Please try this recipe. It is yummy and easy and cheap and fairly healthy, much healthier than fast food, and it’s pretty fast. Oh yeah, I also baked bread today. DSC01868DSC01869