Although I am not a huge fan of chicken breasts, these chicken nuggets are really good. Take care in frying them as the pecans have a tendency to burn.
Cut 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts into small pieces
In a food processor pulse 1 cup of pecans until they are the texture of breadcrubs
Beat 2 eggs and skim milk
Dredge chicken in white whole wheat flour, dip in the egg bath and roll in pecans
Shallow fry in safflower oil
Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt
I serve this with my go-to Honey Mustard: Honey, Grey Poupon, a few grinds on fresh black pepper
Fish chowders are great in the summer, and this one is lighter than most. This recipe is best made with fresh corn off the cob. Until late summer, I have to settle for frozen only but the chowder is still worth making. Here is the recipe:
2 small leeks
2 or 3 celery stalks
1/8 cup sherry
thyme (dry or fresh)
2 bay leaves
3 ears corn+ ½ cup frozen
2 cups cubed Yukon gold potatoes
1 cup of raw shrimp, cleaned
Saute leeks and celery in olive oil
Add sherry and reduce
Add shrimp, milk, potatoes, herbs and corn
Bring to boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender
Add cream and fresh dill just before serving
This recipe works equally well with crabmeat, and I imagine it might be better still with lobster.
If you ask a grower of roses to name their favorite, many will declare this task to be impossible. If I had been asked this a few years ago, I too would not have been able to answer. However, over the years my climbing rose ‘Awakening’ has proven itself to be consistently reliable. ‘Awakening’ is a sport of the familiar ‘New Dawn’. I actually bought my first two ‘Awakening’ bushes when looking for ‘New Dawn’ at a local nursery. The crazy roseman that owns the place told me I didn’t want ‘New Dawn’, and he presented me with two small own root ‘Awakening’ bushes. It was an easy sale as I am a sucker for a high petal count and greater flushes of flowers. If it only had a strong scent it would truly be perfect.
Many roses in my New England garden have succumbed to black spot, the cold or various other ailments. Meanwhile, ‘Awakening’ has grown up and over my 8 foot arbor. Over the next few months the plan is to transfer ‘Awakening’ to a new larger copper arbor (courtesy of my future father in law).