NOTE: I have not been posting as I was without an internet connection due to router problems but wrote this to post whenever I got reconnected, which was yesterday late afternoon. So, don’t scratch your head when reading the title of the post. Neither one of us is crazy!
5 DAYS UNTIL CHANUKAH
I can’t believe Chanukah is so close! It scares me because that means that Christmas isn’t far behind, and that means that it is almost 2015! 201! Oy! Where does time fly off to? I don’t remember time passing me by. I didn’t see it coming, and now I don’t see it going. Time is an interesting topic isn’t it. Thousands, if not billions of people have probably studied it. Books have been written about it and it is a major genre of fiction. I love time-travel books. I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan. I can’t read enough about Jamie and Claire in her Outlander series. I also loved reading The Time Traveler’s Wife. I have so many reading interests. I like all genres of books, except horror. I’m an eclectic reader, I guess, and I’d like to be an eclectic writer, although I am not sure that is allowed. Why? It’s a marketing thing, or so I’ve been lead to believe. Someone told me that once you connect with a certain audience that in order to keep them you need to keep writing in the same vein. Do you believe that is true? I know that some of my favorite writers have veered into two or three different genres with success, but I think that came after they were well established. For example, my all-time favorite author, Andrew Greeley, has written non-fiction, love stories, mysteries and fantasy. .Nora Roberts writers love stories, mysteries and paranormal trilogies. Rich DiSilvio writes non-fiction and historical fiction. If you are unfamiliar with Rich DiSilvio, I highly recommend Liszt’s Dante Symphony. I couldn’t put it down. I have his latest book, A Blazing Gilded Age, but have not been able to read it due to lack of time and then misplacing it. This distresses me as I look forward to reading it. I’ve done the same with Diana Gabaldon’s latest book. You see, I have a pile of books and stuff all around my house and I don’t know where anything is. This is my tragic character flaw.
Where is this leading to? I had no idea that I was going to write about time-travel this morning. And what does it have to do with Chanukah? Oh, no! I can see it now…another story idea. Last night I began a new story…story ideas flow out of me so freely, but it seems that is as far as they get. Last night I began a story about a fairy and a giant. I have no clue as to where that one is going to lead me but I do know that prejudice is going to be a major theme in it. And now, writing this, my head is churning and I’m wondering what would happen if I make a Jewish character time travel to another time. This is scary territory for me though. Why? Because being Jewish makes me scared. I am so afraid of another Holocaust being carried about against us that I often have nightmares about it. I am proud to be a Jew and I love our religion as I see it as a religion of tolerance, good rules to live by and a religion of personal freedom. I love our traditions and sense of family. I love our food. So, what era would I send my hero and heroine back to? What would he/she face? Hmmm….the beginnings of another book idea. Do you have this problem of coming up with so many story ideas that you cannot concentrate on one? Any ideas on how I can learn to concentrate? Any and all suggestions are welcome, as usual.
Progress report. I now have 5 pages written of my first book, the one I’ve been tell you about here. Not much, but it is something. I wanted to check this blog last night about midnight to see if anyone had replied to yesterday’s blog and I wanted to check my email, but my internet connect is out. This is the second time this week that this has happened. I can’t understand why. There is no big storm here. I am frustrated. I am a person who needs instant gratification. I haven’t called Time Warner yet. I haven’t finished breakfast yet and can’t deal with other people till I’ve had my breakfast and either played one of my games or written, so I chose to write this blog before calling Time Warner. You, my readers, are much more important than playing a solitary game. No, not the game solitaire, which I do enjoy, but any game that I have downloaded on my computer. It used to be games such as World of Warcraft, but I got tired of that and didn’t play for five years. I tried to play a different game last year but I found the people were horrible. I am a social gamer. I play to make friends and socially interact. I do enjoy the medieval environment games. I do enjoy the fantasy aspect. I hate the fighting, especially the pvp (person-vs-person) fighting. I love the guild structure, especially when I’m in charge as the Empress, as I was for 20 years. Oh well, that tale is for another time…oh no! Another story idea just popped into my head. I should tell the tale of the Treslok family! Hmmm…
OK, I’m back. I had to jot those ideas down in my program. They’re too good for me to forget them.
Now, what was I trying to get to? Ah, yes, my progress or lack thereof. I think I am satisfied with the progress on my book as the holidays and other things are interfering right now. I think the process is also getting in my way…the process of learning. So I’m not worried. I have a deadline for the completion of my first book though…I want to end it before I die. I’m hoping that is a good number of years away yet, so I’m not too worried! I don’t like pressure, so I set what I feel is a realistic goal.
So what recipe shall I leave you with that ties in with today’s blog theme(s)? I know, I’ll post a recipe that I consider timeless as it is a family recipe…let me see if I can find one without going on the internet which is where most of my family recipes are now stored. Well, I’m going to have to put this post on hold until I get connected with the internet again. Please bear with me for a while. Ah, I have decided upon one of Paul’s great recipes. This makes a very nice company dish! Enjoy and have a wonderful Chanukah!
PAUL’S STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
This is one of the fabulous recipes my dear husband dreamed up! He’s much more creative in the kitchen than I am! The stuffing reminds me of Clams Casino! The is a great recipe to make, especially in the summer, but all year around. Nice company dish! This stuffing is also good for fish.
CRAB MEAT STUFFING:
1/2 pound IMITATION Crab Meat**
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Red Pepper
1 stalk Celery
1 MEDIUM Onion
1/2 cup SEMI-COURSE Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon Margarine
6 BONELESS, SKINLESS Chicken Breasts*
1/8 cup Rose Wine
1 dash Thyme
1 dash Garlic Powder
1 MEDIUM Onion; sliced
1 dash Pepper OR Paprika
CRAB MEAT STUFFING:
1 Chop and saute red and green peppers, celery and onion with 1 tablespoon of margarine.
2 COARSELY chop imitation crab meat. Mix with vegetable mixture, then mix in 1 egg.
3 PAUL’S NOTE: You will have leftover stuffing but will find uses for the leftovers.
1 Put as much stuffing on each chicken breast as you dare! Roll up the breasts jelly-roll style and secure with NON-COLORED, NON-FLAVORED WOODEN toothpicks.
2 Place the chicken rolls in a microwave-safe casserole. Pour wine over all and sprinkle chicken breasts with a dash of thyme and a dash of garlic powder. Put a few slices of sliced onion on top of each chicken roll.
3 Microwave on HIGH for approximately 5 minutes (based on a microwave purchased in 1986 and using *single breasts of chicken; if you use double breasts, add a minute or so, checking after every 30 seconds.
4 Sprinkle with a dash of pepper OR paprika before serving. (MARILYN’S NOTE: I think paprika makes it look nicer!!!)
MARILYN’S NOTE: Read the ingredients carefully on packages of Crab Meat. Some have crab or crab juice in them. Look for packages without in order to keep dish Kosher!
Source: Marilyn and Paul Sultar
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