…and what a long, strange trip it’s been!
The very kind and generous fellow who was in charge of bringing me in to First Things (where I have been warmly introduced, although I’ve been unable to respond) has spent the last 8 hours -literally, 8 hours- trying to talk me through my small part in this techno-endeavor.
I had warned him early on that I was a pathetic techno-idiot who needed to be instructed in babyspeak as much as possible, but he insisted on treating me like an adult, so we basically got nowhere.
Then my Elder Son came home, rolled his eyes at me, sat down before my screen, read the email, followed the simple instructions that logged me in to my site, and announced that he was deeply ashamed of his mother.
I was appropriately chagrined. But I still managed to whine, whimper and wheedle until he agreed to cook supper for us (providing I cut up the chicken, because he really hates touching uncooked chicken).
I had many, many things I wished to write about today, all of it very important, and of course all of my observations were stunning insights of heartbreaking genius; I had, in fact, outlined a modest proposal on how we might, as a nation, come to grips with the issue of torture while dispensing with the political theater- but sometimes the Lord (or technology) will slow you down and force a change of plans.
I’ll talk about torture later; right now I feel fortunate simply to be able to wave hello to those First Things readers who are probably wondering what Bottum was thinking when he invited this fresh hell into his establishment. I’m glad to be here. I also thank Joe for his extreme patience and forbearance, and I’d like to shout out one last “thank you” to the gang at the Inside Catholic Blog, where I have sometimes posted and <a href="http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3558&Itemid=48&limit=1&limitstart=2"contributed&; while also running this blog and making random offerings on religion, <a href="http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obama-the-trophy-wife/""politics and whatever annoyed me at Pajamas Media.
Once I get through cutting some chicken for the <a href="http://www.firstthings.com/theanchoress/?p=9626"kitchen happy but salmonella-and-slime-phobic heir, I will hopefully give you something to read!
Because you’ve been patient, I will share his recipe (note; some difficult initially in communicating the ingredients – they are correct, now):
Garlic & Wine Chicken
- 1 tblspn olive oil
- 1 1/2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 white onion sliced
- 5-8 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 1/2 c dry white wine
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon butter
- salt and pepper to taste
Add olive oil and chicken to heated pan. Brown the chicken but do not cook it all the way (or it will be dry when done) and remove from pan. Toss onions and salt into pan and saute until tender but not yet transparent. Add garlic and thyme and cook for another minute or two. Add wine and scrape and stir everything; let wine bubble for a minute, it makes the house smell good.
Add the chicken pieces back into the pan with the pepper, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
While the onions had been cooking, you should have started cooking some rice, too.
Transfer the chicken to a warmed serving plate. Stir the lemon juice into what is left in the pan, and then the butter.
Serve over rice with a side of broccoli or fresh green beans.
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