|How quickly can you say Chicken and Noodles?|
|Male downy woodpecker eats fast. The female eats here, too. Not at the same time.|
|Birds were smart. They went from the tree to the feeder and back. Period.|
|Temp furniture bought for a song. Ours will arrive in two months after the snow melts. Argh.|
In a 3-4 qt heavy saucepan or small stockpot, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat and add chicken that you’ve salted and peppered well. Add vegetables, herbs, and spices. Let brown well 5-7 minutes; turn, stir, and let brown another 5 minutes.
Add stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, over low heat about 30 minutes.
Meantime, follow package directions and cook 6 oz frozen egg noodles in a separate pot for 20 minutes, adding frozen peas last 3 minutes.
Strain noodles and peas; add to chicken mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot. For a more chicken and dumplings feel, add 1/2 cup milk to the pot when you add the noodles and peas.
I’m reading… Books on Minnesota (duh), The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles, Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler. I just bought Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses by Rikki Carroll and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon but I haven’t started them. I’ve promised my Colorado Springs book club I’d read THE CURIOUS INCIDENT…by next Wed. Time to get going. By the way, Sara Miles book is life-changing and GOAT SONG is one of the most lovingly-written books of the decade. Where did he learn to write like that?
On Minnesota Public Radio this morning: We would need $21 million to feed the hungry in Minnesota; that would be for 8 billion meals.
Sing a new song,