Ragin’ Cajun Chicken Plus Paper Whites

 Ragin’ Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Pepper Jack Cheese & Spinach

…..plus Paper White Fascination

I LOVE this spicy twist on a Florentine dish.  As with everything else, FLAVOR and bold taste are the ingredient CRITERION.  Pepper jack cheese easily made the ingredient cut and the homemade cajun mix provides the heat filled rub for this entree.

Ingredients:
Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 c frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning – see below for a homemade Cajun spice recipe
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.

Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten with toothpicks.

Brush each chicken breast with the vegetable oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side down onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup).  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving!

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix:

  • 3/4 tbsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp onion salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

 

Monterey Chicken

Just HAD to SHARE this from All Things Simple.  Included is an amazing Butter Pecan Sweet Potato recipe.

This recipe is one of those semi-homemade DINNERS where the ingredient list is short, the flavor is TALL and the prep time is quick! Love it.  I would top it with some FRESHLY chopped tomatoes and a tad bit of chopped cilantro.

 

 

Decor: Paperwhites on the Dining Table….     

 

I have a SECRET obsession with Paper Whites. Tall crispy green stalks and  pop-of-white COLOR are the  lures of this little BULB. Anything would taste DELICIOUS while …gazing at the whites.

Buy them in BLOOM….or force them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Force Paper Whites

Paper whites are the original “Just Add Water” plant. While paperwhite bulbs can be planted in soil, more commonly they are grown in pots or dishes with some stones or marbles to anchor them in place and a little water.

  1. Select a container that is about 3 – 4 inches deep (8 – 10 cm) and that has no drainage holes. 
  2. Spread an inch or 2 of stones, marbles or even gravel, along the bottom of the container. 
  3. Position your paper white bulbs, pointed end up, on top of the stone layer. Go ahead and squeeze them in. They not only look better in a large group, the tight fit will help keep them from toppling over. 
  4. Add another layer of stones to fill in any gaps and cover the bulbs up to their shoulders. The pointed tips should still be showing. 
  5. Add water so that the level just reaches the base of the bulbs. Allowing the bottom of the bulb to sit in water will stimulate growth. Covering the entire bulb with water could cause it to rot. 
  6. The bulbs don’t need light at this point and they prefer to be kept on the cool side, at about 65 degrees F (18 degrees C.) 
  7. Check your bulbs daily to see if they need more water. 
  8. When you see roots developing, move the container to a sunny window. The sunnier the better, but try not to let them get too warm or they’ll grow leggy. 
  9. Once the plants flower, they will last longer if moved out of direct sunlight, to a cool spot with indirect or diffused light.

You can start pots of paper whites every couple of weeks, for a continuous display throughout the winter.

Although problems are rare with paper whites, one annoyance is their tendency to become top heavy and fall over. For a Quick Tip on how to solve that problem, read how to water your paper whites with alcohol to keep them from falling over.

The NEXT time you are enjoying a martini….slip a sip to your PAPER WHITES.

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Lavendar Blue Dilly Dilly

It won’t be long before

the FIELDS are uncovered from their winter

protection and the GREENING of

the lavendar fields begins. The July calendar

is already marked with LAVENDAR Festival reminders.

COZY candle emits the sweet scent

that FILLS the room.

 

 

With seed catalogs CLUTTERING desks and bed-side tables,

 it’s clear gardeners are dreaming of the SEASON ahead.

                                                                

                    

 Lavendar WISPS  falling softly

                                                        down stairs like CURLS  kissing babies…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SICKLES and scissors cut bundles

bound in twine for DRYING.

A PROFUSION of color, scent and an 

opportunity for decorating SPLENDOR.

 

 

 

                              Lavendar LOVE goin’ on…………                                   (Marsha 4/26/12)

Seasonal Affection

Some things just say SPRING. A simple

 collection of otherwise ordinary pieces.

 ….. a birds NEST placed in just the right spot.

A wreath to celebrate the season of NEW growth…..

 SPRING eggs and little girls with BUNNY ears… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……Cracked egg candles and EXTRA wooly lambs

 

 

 

 

 

And TIME WELL SPENT

in the garden…..

Can’t help but harbor an affection for the season…

                                                                                                           Marsha 4/26/12