Recipe of Day-Crab Dip

Crab Dip

2 Lg Ripe Avocados chopped

3 Tbs Sour Cream

3 Tbs Lime Juice

1 Lime Zested

2 Tbs Chives Chopped

1 Cup Crab Meat

½ Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Basil sliced thin

½ Med Jalapeno diced

1 Bag Baked Tortilla Chips

½ Tsp Salt

½ Tsp Pepper

In a large bowl, mash avocados to chunky consistency; mix in sour cream, with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into a clear Serving bowl creating a smooth layer. Set aside. Gently squeee crabmeat to remove excess liquid. In a small bowl, mix crabmeat, mayonnaise, basil, jalapeno and remaining ½ Tbs lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon crab over avocado mixture. Serve with chips. Serves 4

Note: This recipe is loaded with carotenoid-rich green produce and iodine-rich crab. These nutrients show very beneficial in thyroid studies.

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Is It Just Me? Serendipity

Serendipity

I have been experiencing a great deal of serendipitous events lately.  With the energy of the Universe changing at such a rapid rate these days is it any wonder?  I’ve been dreaming (to remember) more often and the last two births I dreamed of have been announced as pregnancies within weeks.

I’ve been delayed in travel or detoured off my intended course to do another task three times lately, and in each instance, I later learned that there had been a bad wreck in the area or that some unusual traffic tie up occurred.  Aborting my intended course had saved me from encountering each.

I kept getting my mental reminder to have routine work done to my car.  I took it in and also paid for a travel inspection to check all systems before a trip. I found that a engine part was showing some stress and had I not found it and tended to it…my car may have broken down on the trip.

A good crone will always remind you to tune in,  and turn on your “serendipity radar” at all times.  A diva well tuned will save herself much hassle and often, likely be saved from stress or even worse harm.

Keep meditating and praying. This will keep your radar well tuned; and above all listen to the still small quiver within that works full time to keep you safe and stress free.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Recipe of the Day-Baked Brie

Baked Brie

Oven 375•

1 Round          Fresh Brie

1 Can               Crescent Dough

4-5 Tbsp         Raspberry or Apricot  Jam

Place parchment on a baking sheet spray with cooking spray.  Place the crescent dough flat on the parchment. Place the Brie round in the middle of the dough.  Drop 4-5 Tbsp of Jam on top.  Wet the edges of the pastry and gently fold around the brie round.  Cut off any excess once the dough is tightly sealed around the cheese.   Bake at 375•  for about 20 minutes until dough is golden brown.  Place on a decorative cheese platter with water table crackers, grapes and other fresh fruit. Add a cheese knife to serve.

VARIATION:  You may also want to put chunks in small tart shells and dab on the jam  and bake  till cheese is melted.

Today’s Thought-Animal Medicine

Many Native American Cultures believe in the signs of animal totems. Recently I have been seeing a “Kentucky Cardinal” land in front of me every morning as I park my car at work.  So I thought I’d look and see what some of the Animal Medicine sites say about this totem.  One of those is listed below.  Here “Self Importance” is NOT about ego but gratitude and awareness……

“CARDINAL”

Recognizing
your
Self Importance

Cardinal reminds us that no matter what time of the day or year it is,
there is always the opportunity to recognize
the importance of our life purpose. 

If a Cardinal appears, it is time to pay attention
to your health and well-being.
It is also a time to listen to the feminine side,
the aspects of creativity and intuition.
Cardinal people are in tune to the number 12.
Twelve months or a year’s time is very important
to a Cardinal totem person.
They remind us to add “color” to our life and to remember that
everything you do is important.

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/cardinal.htm

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Recipe of the Day-Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

8 Lg                         Chicken Breast (recommend use boneless; skinless).

1 Cup                      All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp                        Sea Salt

1 tsp                        Fresh Ground Black Pepper

5 Tbsp                    Olive Oil

5 Cloves                 Garlic Minced

3 Cups                    Sliced Fresh Mushrooms (recommend cremini)

3 Tbsp                     Dried Parsley Flakes

1 Cup                       Chicken Stock

Between sheets of wax paper flatten chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness. In a medium bowl mix flour, salt and pepper.  Coat each piece of chicken with flour mixture and shake.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook garlic, mushrooms and parsley 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add chicken to skillet and cook about 9 minutes turning once until brown.  Add chicken broth.  Cook 8-10 Minutes or until chicken is no linger pink in the center.  Suggest serve with favorite pasta, garden salad and garlic bread.

Recipe of the Day-Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Caramelized  Brussels Sprouts

(with Green Onions and Cilantro)

2 1/2 Tbsp                      Lime Juice

1 Tbsp                             Honey

1 Tbsp                             Low Sodium Soy

2 Tbsp                            Shallots Minced

1 Tbsp                             Water

2 1/2 tsp                          Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp                              Olive Oil

1.5 Lbs                             Brussels Sprouts Quartered

2 Tbsp                             Unsalted Butter

1 (1 in.)                            Ginger Peeled and minced

1/2 Cup                            Chopped Green Onion

1/4 Cup                            Chopped Cilantro

Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl and mix. Set aside.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat; add sprouts.  Cook until they begin to brown. Stir in butter; cook 4 minutes or until caramelized and crisp-tender.  Add Shallots, ginger, and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stir repeatedly. Add lime juice mixture to pan; cook 3 minutes or until syrupy.  Stir in green onions and cilantro.  Serve immediately.  Serves 8.

Recipe of the Day-Egg Free Chocolate Mousse

Egg Free Chocolate Mousse

1 Cup                  Heavy Cream or Non Dairy Whipped topping

8 Oz                    Semisweet Chocolate, meled and cooled

1 Tbs                   Instant Espresso Coffee

2 Tbs                   Amaretto or Coffee Liqueur (Optional) Use Good Vanilla Extract if no liqueur

1 Cup                   Confectioners Sugar

Topping:           Whipped Cream or  Non Dairy Whipped topping, Chocolate Shavings (optional)

On high speed, beat cream until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, whisk together melted chocolate, coffee and liqueur until smooth.  Add Sugar; stir until combined.  Pour Chocolate mixture into whipped cream.  Beat lightly until mostly combined, then use rubber spatula to fully blend.  Spoon into small fluted dessert dishes or glasses. If desired top as shown.