We had a little leak in our kitchen faucet, no big deal. I gave my husband the perfect out to not bother with it since I hope in a few months we’ll be re-doing the entire kitchen, sink & all. But….
I had no idea that John was going to go ahead and “fix” the leak so when I heard all kinds of banging going on downstairs I swung by to see what was happening. It went like this:
John: “Damn spigot broke right off in my hand”
Me: “Ummm, do you think the hammer might have had something to do with it?”
Since this project was started on a Sunday and Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace didn’t carry this part and since the plumbing supply places are closed on Sundays, well…why don’t we just swing by Niki’s place and see what’s happening in her kitchen.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I have to say I not only enjoyed the holidays, I ate like the world was ending (alas, that didn’t happen so I need to do a little more running and boot camp – thanks a lot Mayans!). December is fairly quiet in public relations – journalists are starting to wrap up their stories for the year and go on vacation as well as many of our clients. Because of this “slow time” I am lucky enough to get a week and a half off at Christmastime. I had planned on making all kinds fabulous dinners that I found on Pinterest and I swore to my nutritionist that I didn’t have ANY issues because I don’t go to many holiday parties. Boy was I wrong!!!
Not only do I enjoy holiday parties, my birthday also falls in December along with three of my very good friends, Julie, Colleen and another Colleen. That’s cause for lots of celebration and needless to say I found myself beside a lot of cheese platters and dips over the month of December.
While I enjoyed all the festivities, some of my favorites included an impromptu mini vacation to Florida with my friend Taylor, a birthday ride on the Polar Express with the Murphys, many special birthday drink celebrations with friends and my first Christmas in Brighton that included skating on the famous Frog Pond in the Boston Common with my terrific boyfriend Tim.
All of that was topped with a fun New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston with my college friends and a special celebrity appearance by Tim’s brother Dan from Chicago.
Needless to say, when my girlfriends in Boston wanted to get together for the weekend we were all looking for a low-key night to hangout and not eat in a restaurant. I proposed the idea of having a potluck dinner at my apartment and a movie night. Of course all the girls wanted to know what I would be making to allow them to make appropriate sides to go with the main dish. I wanted to try something new and I stumbled upon a recipe for chicken wrapped in Prosciutto. I also found a recipe with chicken stuffed with basil and cheese wrapped in Prosciutto. I decided to combine these two recipes and put my own twist on it.
Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto
Chicken breasts (6)
One package of shredded mozzarella cheese
One bunch of fresh basil
3 garlic cloves
12 slices of Prosciutto
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Slice garlic and set aside
- Chop shallots and basil and mix together in a bowl, set aside
- Lay out prosciutto so it’s easier to deal with
- Take one breast and with a sharp knife cut into the side of the chicken breast
- Put 2 slices of the prosciutto down on the cutting board
- Put the chicken breast on top of the prosciutto
- Put a few slices of garlic on one side of the chicken then add some of the basil mixture on top and finally top the basil shallot mixture with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese
- Then fold over the chicken flap and start rolling the chicken in the prosciutto
- Finally put the chicken in an oiled baking dish and repeat the process for as many chicken breasts as you have
- Squeeze one half of a lemon over the chicken and top the chicken with a little bit of olive oil
- Put the chicken in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Side Dishes – Roasted Veggies
2 summer squashes
2 Tablespoons butter
- Chop zucchinis and squash and shallots
- Put in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter
- Dress with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper
- Sprinkle with your favorite Italian seasoning
Hope you enjoy! Happy New Year to all!