Archive for September, 2009

Ghost of Girlfriends Past

Posted by: Frances

September 23rd, 2009 >> Movie Mania

Ghost of Girlfriends Past was a cute romantic movie.

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I thought it was slow going, but pretty good overall.  My favorite scene was Matthew McConaughey hitting on the brides mother.  That was quite a fun scene and she looked hot.  Matthew’s hair in this movie was awful too as well as Jennifer Garners.  This movie was not one of my favorites.

Caramelized Apple Stuffed Chicken with Fontina Cheese

Posted by: Frances

September 22nd, 2009 >> Cooking

This was a delicious dish.  Very tasty.  Everything about this chicken was good.  It was a great combination and very moist.  Definitely a keeper recipe!

Caramelized Apple Stuffed Chicken with Fontina Cheese

Ingredients

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  • 2 ounces red wine vinegar
  • 3 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 7 ounces olive oil
  • 8 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium Fuji apples
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter
  • 6 1/2 ounces Fontina cheese diced

Directions:

For the chicken: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Pound the chicken down flat and all one thickness.

For the marinade: Place the red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, the mustards, and honey in a food processor. Turn it on and drizzle in the olive oil until fully incorporated (emulsified). Marinate the chicken breasts for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Preheat grill or grill pan on high. Remove chicken breasts from the marinade and transfer to a plate. Season them with salt and pepper. Lightly cook chicken on one side only. The chicken breasts should still be completely raw inside. Hold breasts in refrigerator until ready to stuff.

For the stuffing: Peel, core, and very roughly chop the apples. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium/high heat and add the apples. Cook the apples for 5 to 10 minutes or until they are deeply browned. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the fontina to mix. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Take the chicken and place apple stuffing mix on top and fold chicken in half or roll.  Hold with a toothpick. When ready to bake, place on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until done. Serve

Asheville Brewgrass Festival

Posted by: Frances

September 20th, 2009 >> Outdoor Activities

The Boys at BrewgrassOn Saturday I went to the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC.  There were 40 breweries featuring 120 different kinds of beer.  I was the designated driver and did not drink.  I had a really great time and took pictures of all the nut heads I was with.  All of my Austin friends that love beer, i.e. Marcus and Libby, should come out next year for the festival.  The day started at 1230pm and we did not end up in bed until 130am, what a great full day of fun filled crazy events and excitement.  matt-and-francesFor instance, a few of the boys decided to do the drunken monkey dance and they all had a war of who can leave the best turtle bites under each others arms.  (Basically titty twisting, but on the under side of the biceps, OUCH!)  Above are some of the boys that came out to the Brewfest!  That night we all went out to dinner and I tried this new dessert.  It was fried oreos with vanilla ice cream covered with caramel and chocolate syrup.  Oh my it was super delicious!! A must try!

Must Love Dogs

Posted by: Frances

September 18th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

Want to know what the online dating scene is like, well this is the movie to watch. Must Love Dogs was a very cute movie.  I got a few great laughs too.  My favorite part by far was the condom race scene.  And Diane Lane looked HOT in that dress.  How cute was that?  I love it.  I was laughing pretty hard at that whole scenario.  If you like romantic, fun, movies with a slight twist, this is one for you to see.

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Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken

Posted by: Frances

September 15th, 2009 >> Cooking

I made Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken tonight and it was DELICIOUS and juicy!  I will definitely make this dish again!

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Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless Chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2.5 oz of gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup of cooked rice (left over rice works perfect)

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts flat.  Crack an egg in one bowl, put the flour in a ziplock bag, and the rice in another little bowl.  Place one breast at a time in the ziplock bag and shake covering the chicken with flour.  Remove and shake off excess.  Dip in the egg and then lay it out on a plate.   Pour part of the gorgonzola cheese on top spreading evenly.  Roll the chicken breast up and stick a toothpick in it to keep it rolled.  Take the rice and spread on the top and sides.  Place in cooking dish sprayed with pam.  Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until chicken is done.  You will love it!

Sunrift Outdoors Store & Hang Gliding

Posted by: Frances

September 12th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

So this morning Ground Industries were out at the HUGE annual Sunrift sale selling there boards and supporting the store.  It was a great success and a lot of fun.  frances-on-launch-at-glassy-mountain-1

Then, Matt and I went out to Glassy Mountain for an end of the day Hang Gliding flight.  There were a bunch of other guys that also came out and only Matt got up to cloud base.  It was a fantastic flight for him.  We had a great day all around.  That is Matt’s new U2 glider behind me.

Wall-e the movie

Posted by: Frances

September 12th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

wall-eOH my gosh, I saw Wall-e finally and it was such a mushy romantic movie.  I loved it!!!  It had such great points about so many real issues and was a really fantastic movie.  The windshield wipers on his eyes were my favorite!

State of Play

Posted by: Frances

September 11th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

state-of-playI rented State of Play with Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe.  That was a great movie.  It was intense and suspenseful with some action in it.  All the twists in it kept you guessing and it always surprised you.  I really liked Rachel McAdams in this too.  She was my favorite in the movie.  This was a movie I recommend watching.

Balsamic Glazed Halibut and broccoli

Posted by: Frances

September 8th, 2009 >> Cooking

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I made Balsamic Glazed Halibut and Broccoli.   I could really taste the Balsamic Glaze soaked into the Halibut.  This was excellent and would make it again.  It was easy to fix as well.  Not many ingredients either which made it nice.

Balsamic Glazes Halibut and Broccoli

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Whisk the vinegar, honey, oil, and garlic in a bowl. Put Halibut in an 8-inch square baking dish. Pour marinade over the fish, completely coating it. Cover and refrigerate at least 45 minutes.

Set oven on broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Remove fish from marinade, reserving marinade, and arrange the fillets atop the baking sheet. Pour the marinade into a heavy small saucepan. Broil the fillets until they are just cooked through and caramelized on top, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile bring the marinade to a boil and simmer until it thickens slightly and becomes syrupy, whisking often, about 15 minutes. Spoon off any excess oil from the sauce, if desired.

Transfer the fillets to plates. Spoon the sauce over and around the fillets, and serve.

Broccoli:
Just steam them for 6 -7 minutes.

Starting School

Posted by: Frances

September 7th, 2009 >> Educational

Today, is my first day of school at Widener University University College.   I reviewed each syllabus for my classes.  I am taking History 1865 – 1914, Intro to Sociology, and Medical Law and Ethics.  I am feeling alittle  anxious and overwelmed.  I have not been in school in over 3 years, so I feel out of practice.  Lots of papers to write, which is not my forte.  Day 1 assignments completed.  And more to come.