Before the holidays I wrote a piece about the allegations about Bill Cosby, and expressed my sadness at the thought of a childhood hero falling short of one’s image of that person. There have been countless articles published (print and online) over the last few months, but Robert Huber’s piece, “Dr. Huxtable and Mr. Hyde,” from 2006’s Philadelphia Magazine, is really worth a read. It is quite surprising, actually, that Huber’s comprehensive feature did not receive more attention nine years ago when it was published.
Lamenting the loss of Thursday morning Serial updates in your podcast folder? Check out these eight literary podcasts selected by Electric Literature guaranteed to fill the void. There are several that I hadn’t heard of (like The Greenlight Bookstore’s Radio Hour and some that I already love like Longform or Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter’s A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment. (Hear their favorite reads of 2014 in Episode 11.) Are there any you would add to the list?
Ocassionally my husband will wax nostalgic about a small butcher shop in his hometown of Madison, Connecticut where one could buy delicious stuffed pork chops and Chicken Cordon Bleu to cook at home. Last week I happened to see a recipe on Pinterest for a Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole, so I decided to give it a try. And it was delicious and super easy to make! Here is the recipe:
For the casserole:
- 1 whole cooked chicken, bones removed, meat diced or shredded (rotisserie chicken is excellent, should have 5-6 cups)
- 1/2 pound very thinly sliced deli-style honey ham, rough chopped
- 1/4 pound thin sliced baby Swiss cheese
For the sauce:
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 3 1/4 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For the topping:
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried parsley or thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
Assemble as follows: line bottom of baking dish with chicken pieces, add the layer of diced ham, and then a layer of Swiss cheese (either shredded or sliced is fine). Combine sauce ingredients on the stovetop (until thickened into the consistency of a good bechamel sauce) before pouring over baking dish ingredients. Finally, top with panko bread crumbs and a bit of thyme and bake at 375 degrees for 30 min. Delicious!
This coming Sunday is the Super Bowl. And though my hometown team is playing, I confess that I will not be watching (I know, terrible, right?). Instead, I am planning to do my grocery shopping for the week (lame, but for the last few years that is what I’ve done!) or if I can find a likeminded friend to take in dinner and a movie, that is Plan B. I also found this (humorous) list: 45 Other Things To Do On Super Bowl Sunday, so here’s to having lots of choices!
Have a wonderful weekend!