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Bakin’ With Bacon and King Ted

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Happy Almost July 4th Bacon Fans! 

I have a GREAT chicken recipe for you……………and it would make a nice addition to your July 4th table of goodies for your family and company if you’re having any.    It’s really pretty darn easy to make and very tasty.   My Mom will have these as an alternative for guests to other main dishes – lots of people prefer chicken over meat like steaks or ribs.   SO here it is – in all its’ glory – and I hope you try it – if not for the holiday for ANY DAY!

FETA AND BACON STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ pound bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • ⅛ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Step 1

    Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Step 2

    Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned but still soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Reserve the bacon grease in the skillet, and cool the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Once cool, mix the bacon together with the feta cheese, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Step 3

    Lay a chicken breast flat onto your work surface. Use the tip of a sharp boning or paring knife to cut a 2-inch pocket in the chicken breast. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Spoon the bacon mixture into the pockets. Pour the flour, egg, and bread crumbs into separate, shallow dishes. Gently press the chicken breasts into the flour to coat. Dip each into the beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs.

  • Step 4

    Reheat the bacon grease over medium heat. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides in the hot fat, about 2 minutes per side. Reserve the bacon grease in the pan. Place the breasts on a baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink and the filling is hot, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

     

    AS an extra added bonus today I’m sharing an incredibly EASY dessert you could serve AFTER you have your holiday meal………………oh boy is it good too!

EASY FROZEN FRUIT WHIP

 

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups frozen unsweetened blackberries
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine whipped topping and milk; fold in frozen berries. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Freeze leftovers; remove from the freezer 30 minutes before serving.

 

Happy 4th from Castle Baconia!

Teaser Tell All

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Hi Students!  It’s Tell All Time…………

Welcome back to class everyone – it’s time for us to let you know the “scoop” about yesterday’s Teaser……………….We’ll start with which students were first to get to school yesterday morning!

We had TWO First Commenters…………………..who were they?   Could we have a drumroll please??

Our First Commenters Were:    SHARON and INGRID!

And here is the badge each of you gets a copy of!!

I was one of TWO First Commenters on the Teaser post of June 28, 2022! YAY FOR US!

“Hey Man……I really did try to be a Firstie yesterday…..I kinda went a little FAST on my Harley!”

Our Teaser photo was a GUEST TEASER photo and we thought it might take a while for you all to figure it out…………………it really wasn’t to terribly long before the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER got it.    But before we go there, let’s thank our Head of Campus Security, Officer CLOWIE because SHE sent the photo in!

YAY Officer Clowie!  

We have a THANK YOU badge for you…………

My Teaser photo was used on the TEASER of June 28, 2022 at One Spoiled Cat!

Here’s the photo:

It’s Bingley Five Rise Locks and is located on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

at Bingley, West Yorkshire, England

Want some additional information?   Clowie provided this link!   CLICK HERE

Who was our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER?  (drumroll pleeeeeze)

Ingrid!

That means Ingrid was a DOUBLE WINNER…..Ingrid here’s a DOUBLE badge for you!

I was a DOUBLE WINNER on the Teaser of June 28, 2022. I was a FIRST COMMENTER and I also was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER!!! WHOOPEEEEEEE!

Did you also guess right?   Did you?   Well if you did, you get a copy of this badge of your very own!

I guessed correctly the location of the Teaser on the post of June 28, 2022 BUT I was NOT First!

AND if you guessed and were WRONG – you get this badge:

I was TOTALLY wrong with my guess on the Teaser of June 28, 2022 but I still get a cool badge!

Give yourselves a hand class!

“OOps I think I nodded off – why is everyone cheering????!!!”

Cheer Team – you’re ON!!

We’re here today to let you know
After all of you competed toe to toe
We had TWO First Commenters at the front door
Sharon and Ingrid who could ask for more!
We waited to see who would guess it FIRST
Who would win and leave everyone else cursed?
It was INGRID coming back for win number two
She looked at details and studied for clues
Congrats to you all for giving it your best
Now we’re heading to our locker room for a hot tub soak and rest!

“Don’t cry Stanley…..you may be our BIG WINNER next week!!!”

 

How about we head to the cafeteria for a celebratory meal?

OK Students, Teachers and Guests – the Cafeteria Line is open!!

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

Congratulations everyone!   See you next Tuesday for more TEASER FUN

Your Professors

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Greetings and Happy Sunday!    Time for all of us to show ourselves off with a selfie hosted by The Cat On My Head.    If you want to join in, you can click on the badge above and enter at the link.

No updated photos of yours truly this week (again) but I thought it might be fun to look back at my FIRST June 26th at my forever home.   When I looked at my old photos I didn’t HAVE one from June 26th that year but I did have this one which was from June 20th of my first year here…………….I have already beat up and shredded the “tent” Angel Sammy had left for me.   As you see I also had a NEW blue tent from Mom and Dad but I preferred the one Angel Sammy had left.

 

Mom decided to try a little Lunapic magic on this one and here’s what she came up with!

Mom used the “YARN” Art Effect  – looks just like yarn doesn’t it!!

We did a puzzle for all of you puzzlers too with this photo……………..

Click this mini-me for the puzzle!!   Good luck and………..

 

Happy Sunday

P.S.   Happy Birthday to my Auntie Carol (Mom’s Sister)

Hugs, Teddy

Bakin’ With Bacon and the King

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Welcome to the Castle Kitchen!   Are You Ready To Make Something YUM?

I have a REAL treat for you today.    Some of you know my Mom was born in Louisville, Kentucky MANY YEARS AGO (eeek) and while she has NEVER had this yummy sandwich before, she is going to allow me to make it for her – it’s rather famous and you MAY have heard of it before.  Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe this open-faced sandwich of turkey, bacon and creamy Mornay sauce, an invention of the The Brown Hotel in Louisville in the 1920s. The story goes that guests of the hotel’s nightly dinner dance began to grow weary of the usual menu, so chef Fred Schmidt created this dish to keep the dancers happy. The Hot Brown is now Kentucky’s signature sandwich!!   If you want to try something different and yummy – this is it!

The Famous Kentucky Hot Brown

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast (sliced thick)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 4 slices of Texas toast (crusts trimmed)
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined to form a thick paste or roux. Continue to cook roux for 2 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk heavy cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino-Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven-safe dish and cover with 7 oz. turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and two toast points and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Pour half of the sauce over the dish, completely covering it. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove and cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and serve immediately.

I know it sounds complicated and it is a TAD beyond most of the simple recipes I try to give you but just TRUST me – it’s so very worth the effort.    I’m sure you can do some improvising for some of this recipe as well as maybe some of the ingredients (like not everyone has access to Texas toast but it’s extra THICK bread)……….but you all can get creative.   Main thing is to try this combination because it’s YUMMY.

Yep – that’s what you’ll say when you wrap your mouth around a fork full of this – trust me. 

Nothing like a good laugh with a good meal!

Your King of Bacon………..Sir Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Hop

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Friday is here and so are the fill-in sentences from our two co-hosts for the HOP – Four-Legged Furballs and 15andMeowing!    You can join up if you want to by clicking on the badge above and linking up with us.    Just fill in the blanks our co-hosts leave for us and that’s that.

Here are this week’s four sentences.    AND – this week I filled all the blanks by myself!    (Mom was napping when I did them…haha)

 

1. The grossest food  I ever ate was – well I can’t answer this one because I refuse to eat anything that’s icky or chunky or too dry (yes I’m picky!)
2. The best tasting food I ever had was Royal Canin Loaf in Sauce – oh I do love it especially when Mom adds extra water.
3. I should probably stop waking my Mom up every morning at 3AM, but I won’t.
4. If I could have an unlimited supply of one item, I would pick FRESH AIR (outside!)

There you have it – fill-ins by yours truly without Mom.    I have to admit though she would have been good with answering a couple of these and my answers are lame!   Oh well – maybe next week we’ll share again!

Hugs, Teddy