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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Hodgepodge: Chicken, Rapini, Wings

Yes, we are still eating out of the freezer, however, we are really trying to watch what we eat and lose a few pounds. Exercise is part of it too. I'll never understand why it is so easy to put on and so hard to take off. We are real believers in the idea that you have to burn more calories than you take in. Basic. Some times of the year or some years it seems we get out of the exercise habit. We are now back in it.

We are getting in lots of strawberries and that makes breakfast easy. They are very good fresh; better than anything we have ever bought at the market.

I am still on the Moroccan theme at least once a week, both from the Weir book as well as Claudia Roden's book: The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. We had a great chicken with olives and served it with Israeli couscous with oyster mushrooms. We tried these big boneless pork chops sauted with peppers and onions, added wine and herbs and finished them in the oven so they were tender on yellow rice.

My husband has been hungry for rapini, also know as broccoli rabe and I finally found it at Whole Foods. Is is so easy to make a great one coarse meal with it. The recipe is out recipe of the week this week.

We are cooking for an outing tomorrow and since we are still trying to use up potatoes, we are going to make that yummy potato salad we had in a previous blog and sticky sesame chicken wings. It solves a couple of problems (freezer and potato excess) and should be great to boot. I'll try to get pictures and post them later.

Have a warm weekend.


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