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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 8, Thursday

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Bacon and Mushrooms
Roasted New Potatoes
Glazed Carrots and Onions

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     It's still spring, the weather inevitably turns rainy and cool, so we still have some indoor cooking....

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Bacon and Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    One cannot go wrong with mushrooms and bacon.... A bit decadent, perhaps, but life is for living. My bacon is very lean, so I have to sauté it in oil.  Use it or not, as needed.

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Bacon and Mushrooms Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted New Potatoes

Total time: 35 minutes
  New potatoes are very thin-skinned, immature potatoes.  They have a short shelf life, usually only a few days before they start turning green and need to be added to the compost pile.  You probably can only get them at the farmer's markets - but try, if you can.  They're worth it.  If not, substitute the small 'creamer' potatoes. 

Roasted New Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Glazed Carrots and Onions

Total time: 30 minutes
  A bit of sugar emphasized the natural sweetness of the carrots.  If you have a rippled knife it makes these quite pretty.

Glazed Carrots and Onions Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, baking dish, small skillet, lid
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Wash potatoes, toss with oil, put in baking dish
Roast potatoes
Roughly chop both onions, divide
Mince garlic
Chop bacon
Sauté bacon, garlic, onion
Clean, slice mushrooms
Add mushrooms to bacon/onion, sauté
Cut carrots

Move veg to side of skillet, brown chicken
Put carrots, onion, stock, herbs in small skillet
Cover, simmer
Turn chicken
Stir potatoes
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Add white wine to chicken, cover, simmer
      Pause while stuff cooks
Uncover carrots, cook off liquid
Remove chicken to plate, increase heat
Thicken sauce, spoon over chicken
Add butter, sugar to carrots
Remove potatoes
Finish carrots serve