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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Seeing with someone else’s eyes...

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Seeing with someone else’s eyes...
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…
Ephesians 1:18(NIV)

The heart has eyes which
the brain knows
nothing of.
Charles H. Parkhurst

I’ve been trying to write a cookbook for a while.  I started with my domain name “treatmetoafeast”, and finally began writing regularly in the form of this blog, which other people might enjoy, but which has certainly been my therapy.  But I’m still trying to write the cookbook.  I have friends encouraging me, including my BFF, about whose eyes I’m writing today.  We’ve been looking at the same things, but her loving heart saw things I didn’t.  She gave me my direction.

How frustrating is it that people in your home can walk past the things they seek to ask you where they are? My personal favorite is my children’s insistence that I have memorized the ever-changing contents of both our refrigerator and the pantry, so they can leave the kitchen to fine me wherever I might be, to ask if we have any (fill in the blank).  ARE YOU SERIOUS?

We don’t see what’s right in front of us.  I’m nearly at the first anniversary of my blog, and there are only a few recipes scattered amongst all my writings.  That was kind of supposed to be the point??? So, on a “hot and cold” day when I needed  some love and clear thinking, my BFF spoke the clearest, most obvious wisdom from her heart that I simply could not see…match each message with a meal.  Laughing, stunned even, I babbled out “today’s feast.”  So stay tuned, my dear ones, because it would seem, as I approach 12 months of writing, that I’ve always got something to say, and Lord knows I’ve always got something cooking.

So, my prayer is that the eyes of my heart might be enlightened to birth something wonderful and new for someone I love from what’s been right in front of them, all along, as my BFF did for me.  And when things are all around you, all the time, clarity of vision, the gift of seeing just the right thing at the right time, is an abundant blessing.  And that is further evidence that God is Good.

Today’s Feast: C (see) is for Chicken Tenders

Back story-My teenage daughter mentioned to her friends that I was making chicken tenders for dinner.  They asked her what brand.  Seriously?? It’s easy, less expensive, and so much healthier when you make it from scratch.

1.5-2 lbs of boneless chicken breasts
1 large egg
¾ c milk
2 t seasoning
1 C panko bread crumbs
Canola oil for frying

Wash and pat chicken dry, then cut into strips.  In a straight-sided bowl large enough to hold all the chicken, combine the egg, seasoning and milk to make a wash.  Add the chicken and marinate at least 20 minutes (you could do all this the night before to let the flavors deepen). Take the chicken out of the fridge long enough before frying to let it come to room temperature, cold chicken might result in uneven cooking.

Toss chicken in the bread crumbs, and place it gently, to avoid splashing oil, in the pot.  Do not crowd the chicken to ensure even cooking. Turn once.  When it’s golden brown, remove to absorbent paper.  Eat and enjoy.

Making it sexy….add in any or all of the following:

to the egg wash:
  • ·         Ground ginger
  • ·         Pesto
  • ·         Hot sauce
to the panko:
  • ·         Shredded coconut
  • ·         Ground toasted pecans
  • ·         Ground almonds

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