Thursday, February 4, 2016


What's everyone doing for Superbowl?  I know a lot of people watch that game and/or go to parties even if they normally don't watch football.  I do watch football and though our NY Giants failed miserably this year, we are still looking forward to the game.  Mr. Helen lived in Colorado for a few years when he was in the Air Force so he considers the Broncos a back-up team.  I'm rooting for the Carolina Panthers, mostly because I love everything about North Carolina and also Cam Newton is fun to watch!

It will be a busy day for me because without realizing it was Superbowl when I set it up, I invited two of my younger friends to come for brunch mostly because I want to get some baby time lol!  So I've been working on my menu for that, which will include a sweet, savory, fresh, pastry, and drink. Though I'm not using her recipes, I got that idea from Smitten Kitchen's brunch builder.  Right now I'm planning a lemon blueberry baked french toast, a mushroom and cheese frittata, a salad with mandarin oranges and toasted walnuts, either scones or biscuits, and of course, mimosas, coffee and tea.  Most of the recipes (except the salad) are new ones to me so if any of them turn out well, I'll share them here at a later date.

Once I'm done with brunch I'll be on to Superbowl dishes.  Mr. Helen requested wings but this year I'm going to make a couple types of wings instead of just buffalo.  I'm also making a tater tot casserole just because it sounds fun, some crudites and dip, cheese and crackers, etc.  I'm actually going to try my hand at making Pimento Cheese.  I love Pimento Cheese but have always bought it.

I imagine I'll be busy Saturday prepping and making as many things as I can a day ahead of time but I honestly love doing this type of thing, as long as I have the time to pull it off the way I want to.


I haven't mentioned it here but I am no longer working my second job.  Not by my choice but by a corporate decision.  My last day was January 10th - a Sunday.  On Monday, my phone rang and it was my boss, whom I hadn't spoken too since before the New Year so I wished him a happy new year then asked what I could do for him.  He just flat out stated, "As of today, I don't have a job and neither do you."  Long story short, Simon Corporation who owns the local mall decided to remove the Guest Services booth from 61 malls and ours was one of them.  They didn't give any notice because we handled money.  So, just like that I didn't have a second job.  It was shocking and a bit frustrating at the same time as I'd made up my mind I was going to keep the job for a while.  In any case, due to all my "new" free time, I no longer have to batch cook for the entire week on the weekends.  It has been nice to be able to have a bit more variety in our diet for sure.  Last night as I was making this recipe it occurred to me that it is one of our favorites, easy to make on a weekday after work and I've never shared it here.   This literally takes about 35-40 minutes to make and tastes gourmet!

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

1 pound of thin sliced chicken cutlets (or cut regular chicken breasts in half/thirds yourself)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
4 Tablespoons butter, divided
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream

Heat 2 T butter in a large non-stick skillet.  While the butter is melting, mix the flour, salt and pepper together and dredge each piece in this mixture.  Add to melted butter and let brown until golden - about 5 minutes on first side, then flip and cook for only about a minute on the second side.  Put finished chicken on a plate and cover with aluminum foil.

Melt 2 T of butter in same skillet over medium high heat and add the mushrooms.  Saute, stirring occasionally, until they are a bit browned and cooked down.  Add garlic and thyme and saute an additional 2 minutes.  

Pour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth over the mushrooms and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat so that it's at a fast simmer and cook until about half the liquid is evaporated.  Add heavy cream, stir, then nestle the chicken back down into the liquid.  Slowly simmer for about 15 minutes to finish cooking the chicken and meld the flavors.

Serve with pasta or mashed potato and a green vegetable.  


  1. I think it's actually rude to give you notice like that. They really trust their employees it seems. This wouldn't be happening here. Of course if you steal, you are sent away immmediately but in other cases they tell you before.

    You won't be surprised that I don't watch the Superbowl :) But I do recognize it, it's the same here with soccer. If the National team plays even people (and yes I'm guilty) that never watch, suddenly watch it.

    I found the recipe for you, you have to calculate the grams to ounces

    1. Ooooh, thank you Fran!

      I agree, they should be able to trust us enough to give some notice but that's not the way corporate America works. At least I had my full time job - I feel very badly for those who only worked part time.

  2. I actually had a job in high school at a Dress Barn. I was scheduled to work on a Sunday, and as I walked up to the door I saw that there was newspapers all on the windows and the door was locked. Huh.

    I called my supervisor when I got home (before cell phones!) and she said "I knew I forgot to tell someone - yep, our store closed for lack of sales." So crazy!

    But I am happy for your new found time - doesn't it make all the difference when you don't work both jobs, which you know I've had to do from time to time.

    And that chicken dish looks amazing! I'll definitely try that one.

    1. I've almost felt like I have too much time on my hands lol! I'm slowly adapting back to working only 1 job though I will definitely miss the extra cash.

  3. That sucks. I have had that happen too many times working in food service when the owner comes in and said "Today is the last day, we're closing". It was becoming the joke that I was a curse LOL.

    John and I are hosting the SB party this year. I hope I don't have to cry in my dip like the last time the Broncos were in it. I don't think they will win, but if it is close, I won't mind so much. Getting blown out is miserable. We are doing a mix of regular superbowl foods and Mardi gras stuff since we aren't doing our usual Mardi Gras party (wahhh!). I wanted to have the party after Mardi Gras, but my mother said you can't do that during Lent :)

    1. Your mom is funny! It never even crossed my radar that Mardi Gras was during Lent - or that it might not be nice to have a party. I'm with you on having a great competition for the Superbowl; those blowout games are no fun.

  4. Sorry about your second job!!!!

    You are going to have a busy Sunday for sure!!!

    Me, I usually forget about the Super Bowl....or watch it for the commercials. My boyfriend is not a big sports fan so I doubt we will watch. ha ha ha

    1. Nowadays you almost don't even need to watch the Superbowl for the commercials as they seem to release most of them before the game.

  5. I'm coming to your house for brunch on SB Sunday, that's what I'M doing...ok, maybe just in my head, but wow, your menu sounds delicious! Actually I'm making a requested Boboli pizza - what can I say, Jeff loves my "homemade" pizza LOL!

    Your mushroom asagio chicken dish looks divine!!!

    1. Hey, hop on a plane, there will be plenty!

  6. Well, I have chicken tenders and some mushrooms, I might try a version of that mushroom dish--it looks so good!

    And yes, share your tea recipes!

    The way they ended your job is just rude. But I am happy you aren't working as hard, and have more time for yourself.

    1. You will enjoy it if you make it, even if you scale it back for yourself. It's just delicious.