Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chicken and Artichoke French Mini Movies!!!!! Bring Popcorn

Okay, this may be a complete waste of your time, because I'm not exactly a camera guru. I'm barely literate with the PHD systems: Push Here, Dummy!!!!

But I thought it would be fun to video tape the step-by-step of making chicken and artichoke French for Super Bowl Sunday. Therefore, you get to see my lame attempts, laugh at me, get HUNGRY when you hear that food sizzle, and if you're a Seattle fan, you're feeling mighty happy still!!!!

I'm feeling happy about THIS:


I'm not quite as happy about THIS:


Okay, so I was looking for a dinner that wouldn't require me to be in the kitchen during the game.  All cooking/clean up was done pre-game.


Here we go:

5 lb. bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 large jars of artichoke hearts
Extra virgin olive oil
2 sticks butter
Marsala wine (or dry sherry)
1 Quart lemon juice

For dredging:

A bowl of flour
A bowl of 6 beaten eggs, thinned with 1/2 cup water (I don't measure this, of course!!!)  :)

Drain artichokes. Pat dry with paper towel. Dip in flour first, then EGG....

Slip into heated olive oil in large "chicken fryer" type frying pan and cook on medium- medium low until cooked on all sides, golden with a hint of brown.... Don't use too high a fire and turn them every few minutes.

Then, when they're ALL GOLDEN, CRISPY NICENESS, you add in two tablespoons of butter,  1/3 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup wine. Let simmer for 5 minutes or so to blend flavors, then pour the whole thing into a big baking dish to be warmed up later...  Wipe down pan between batches to avoid burn spots.

Burn spots taste blech!!!!!

Repeat this until all artichokes are done.

When all the batches were done I put them into two BIG aluminum roasters and covered them with foil, kept them cold (in the car, LOL!!!!) until time to reheat... then all I had to do was boil water for pasta and burn the garlic bread.

Which I did, as usual.  :)

There are NO PICTURES of the burned garlic bread. None. I removed all cameras from the smoke-filled area.  Trust me. It wasn't pretty.

But there is a picture of THIS:  More to come on this amazingly delectable three-chocolate extravaganza delight!!!!

 And of course our signature Floating Island Punch made my Casey, my amazingly talented and beautiful helper!!!

This is Casey doing Crayon Art projects with kids this week... Yes, our kids are off this week, and some of my little ones are on cruises, one is in Florida, and the others are STUCK WITH ME AND CASEY.

Poor babies!!!!

We have now officially found the solution to KILLING OLD CRAYONS with no guilt or remorse!

Melt them!!!!


  1. You really had to go and make movies *with sound*, didn't you? I think you had a secret smell-evision going, too, because I swear I can smell that chicken. Now I have this craving for fried chicken marsala... and at 11:57 at night, it isn't going to happen. Thanks, Ruthy!!!

    1. Carol!!!! Wasn't that so fun????? I've never tried that before, and it came out okay for a newbie, and oh my stars, so absolutely delicious!!!!

  2. The crayon art, on the other hand, is a very cool idea. :)

    1. That's my mother's helper, Casey.... This week we're doing Casey and Ruthy's Excellent Adventures at my house for the kids who DON'T GET TO GO ON VACATION!!!!

  3. I've seen that crayon art on the pinterest fail blog, but this looked really cool!

    1. It was so fun.... and with the long lighter, the dots of dripping wax are more controlled. But what a great "background" page this could make for a school project, right? #OVERACHIEVERSHOWOFFMUCH?

  4. You're the only person in the world who could make this vegetarian watch a video on cooking chicken. :-)

    Love the crayon art too. Have you read your tribe The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt? After seeing what y'all do to crayons I can see why they would. :-)

    1. Kav, my secret wish (besides total world domination!!!) is to invent a crayon sharpener that WORKS and everyone buys two of....

      But killing them this way works, too!

  5. I could almost smell that chicken cooking! And you make it look so easy :) I'll have to try this.

    I love the Great Adventures week! No sitting around feeling glum for Ruthy's kids!

    Two of my kids tried the crayon art, but dead crayons? No way. They had to go out and BUY some. Something about making sure the colors graduated properly. The projects turned out looking pretty good, though.

    Besides, we're past the dead crayon stage at our house. We used to have a lot of them, but during one of the pre-move purges, they didn't make the cut.

    1. Our house is overrun with crayon tidbits, I mean we could do a crayon re-fitting store here and not run out for centuries.

      That might be a slight exaggeration!!!

      That chicken French is so good.... Oh my stars, bring some to class tonight, wouldja????

  6. yeah videos! can't get much sound here at work :-( but now coworker is hungry and so am I!

    1. HEARING THEM SIZZLE MAKES US HUNGRY!!!! What a great cause and effect that is, right???? Who'd a thunk that????

    2. definitely! the sound is low on my computer at work but coworker beside me goes 'what's cooking?!' and was watching and listening.

    3. ended up at chick fil a after work - q uicker LOL!

  7. Loved the videos! How fun. :) Now I'm craving fried chicken!

    1. Oh, fried chicken. I love fried chicken. Pan fried, deep fried, any-way-you-want-to-fry fried.... I LOVE IT, MISSY!!!!

  8. Okay, you had me until the chicken fryer. I am an opposed to deep frying. I grew up with it. But I will use a teeny bit of oil and pan fry it. YUMMY!! Looks and sounds amazing.

    The crayon art is cool too. And can't wait for the cake recipe.