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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Chicken Cordon Bleu & Bubbles the Fish

Our nice neighbors down the road a bit gave us several kinds of irises last summer. This purple one has a light candy smell.
We had Chicken Cordon Bleu for supper Saturday, and oh, it was good. Goodman had to work all day even though he doesn't like to work on weekends, so this being one of his favorite meals helped a little bit. ;)
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices ham, thinly sliced
1/2 stick butter, melted slightly
2 small or 1 lg. garlic clove, minced
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
dash black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F
Pound chicken breast flat with a smooth object. ( I use a Corelle coffee cup, flattening the chicken with the bottom of it. One helpful thing here, it keeps flying chicken debris off the counter, your clothes & your face if you cover the chicken with plastic wrap before pounding...learned that the hard way. ;)
Lay each chicken breast skin side down & top with one slice ham & 1 slice of cheese each.
Mix 1 tablespoon of the slightly melted butter with bread crumbs, sage and black pepper. Place an even amount of crumbs over each chicken breast.
Roll up from narrow end and secure with toothpicks; leave them visible for removing before serving.
Place chicken fold side down in baking dish.
Combine the rest of the butter with minced garlic, stir and pour over chicken.
Place in preheated oven & bake for 40-50 minutes or till done. (Place a tent of aluminum foil over chicken halfway through baking to prevent over browning. Baste with juices about 2 times while baking to prevent drying.
Remove from oven, take out the toothpicks & place on serving dish.
This dish is great served with whole green beans cooked with 1TBLS. bacon drippin's & baked sweet potatoes smothered with butter & brown sugar. (Oh, yayuh ;)


I'm havin' a little battle with tennis elbow, so my knitting is at an all-time low. I just couldn't resist doing up this little guy though. Isn't he a cutie. Bubbles the Fish by Susan Mrenna can be found here. There's a Bubbles with Fins. And the basic pattern is, also, available in French. Cool, even you don't know a lick of French like me. I used Susan's basic pattern & just added a little ol' eye for him to see with. (Checkout her site as she has several patterns, free & for sale.) I think it'll make a cute washcloth for a baby or small child. I used P&C Pink Lemonade for this one.
Happy Bluebird family peeps are gettin' bigger fast. This little guy heard me tap on the box & nearly leaped out..I'm sure he thought Mama had arrived with a big, juicy worm. Ah well; thanks for the great shot, Junior. I won't bother you again till you start tryin' out your wings. Another of the irises Neighbors gave us. Iris you a happy week, Y'all!


  1. That looks like one really good supper and I love the fish cloth!

    from weathertop farm

  2. The irises are just beautiful! I love pass-alongs! The fish-cloth is cute, but sorry to hear your elbow is giving you trouble!

    Your chicken cordon-bleu looks so good, I'm going to try it tonight! I have some prosciutto I can use.

    Your little bluebird babies are getting so big! I had no idea they grew quiet so fast!

    Have a blessed week Tea!

  3. What lovely pics. My mother used to make chicken cordon bleu - I loved it. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

    Your Bubbles is very cute. I just made one yesterday and early this morning. Have to weave in the ends now. I changed the tail by going down to 5 stitches, not 4, and I gave him an eye with a simple yo, k2tog. How did you make your eye? I like yours better. :) I'll try to get a photo up soon.

    Sorry to hear about your elbow; I hope you're better soon.

  4. I hope your feeling better soon. Your flowers are beautiful, and your dinner looks yummy. The lil one likes the "fishy"

  5. Hey! We didn't get invites for supper! :(
    Love your Bubbles...just realized my little guy is blind as a bat. He needs an eye or two.

    Glad the little babies are doing well...can't wait to see them trying out their wings...if you can catch a photo.


  6. Beautiful flowers, and how cool is that baby birdlet! Get better soon, meantime. Your fish made me laugh, and thank you for that.

  7. The irises are gorgeous!! I saw your yellow. I hope to get a pic of it. Love the baby pic! Bubbles is so cute. Talk to you later!!

  8. Oh I love cordon bleu YUMMY!!! Aww they are getting bigger how adorable.
    Love bubbles!!

  9. The little "grand-birds" sure are growing up fast! Iris and peonies
    make me think of decoration day.
    wrote " buy chicken" on my grocery list!

  10. Lovely irises! I can smell them from here.

    Your meal looks scrumptious and I'm sure would take the edge off having to work a weekend.

    Bubbles is a cutie. I'm sorry to hear of the tennis elbow; it's no fun. I hope you recover quickly.

    Hi Baby Bluebird!

  11. You always have the prettiest pictures! Your baby birds have gotten so big. It's got to be fun, watching them grow.


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