JUST THINK ABOUT THIS
Now, after all holidays have been situated on our rear view mirror, just think about this.
Most or all of your Christmases have been happy, flavorful and unforgettable. More than likely there was lovely, tasteful and abundant food, lots of friends, family and acquaintances. There were decorated homes, full of spirit and warmth; enough for everyone.
Over the holidays people leave their issues behind; at least for the time being. There are shiny smiles on everyone’s faces, constant toasts, remembering other people, other times, and other places. There are unimportant conversations, with silly subjects but all of them are enjoyable. You thank the All Mighty for family, food, both new and old friends, new born babies and recently married couples.
What else can we wish for, we have everything! Since we have everything, don’t you think we could give something to someone who needs a little help? We seem to take many thing for granted; the ability to have a nice Christmas, to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family, and to go to bed each night in a comfortable dry bed, just to name a few. Do we ever stop to think that there are other people who don`t have anything at all? If we haven`t taken a moment to realize how fortunate we are don’t you think it’s time we do so? Isn’t it time for all of us to think about those who for whatever reason don’t have anything to eat, they don’t have a roof over their head, that don’t have a friend or family, not even a pet.
Most people wait for New Years to make a resolution, a promise, or a commitment which we forget about before Valentine`s Day. Could this year be a little different? Forget about the commitment you made at midnight on New Year’s Eve, because you are not going to honor it anyway. I invite you now, yes now, to think only for a moment; how would you feel without something to eat, a place to sleep, a friend to talk to, a family member to lean on, or a pet to love? Compare yourself to those who have nothing, put yourself in their place; feel the sadness, the loneliness the unreachable hope, feel the emptiness and the dry tears.
Make a commitment with yourself now, don`t wait for a specific moment. Share some of what you have, don’t be selfish, give now! When you and the rest of your family are together, think of others, be compassionate, we all have so much more than a lot of other people; give something to the less fortunate, it doesn’t have to be much, whatever you can afford. Not only will you make someone feel very good, you will feel better about yourself.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and will have a wonderful 2013.
Today’s recipe is a common dish with just subtle but delicious difference.
One whole chicken; cut up into fours
One half cup of flour
One half cup bread crumbs
One tablespoon garlic powder
One tablespoon onion powder
Six slices bacon
One teaspoon salt
One teaspoon black pepper
Cook the bacon until crispy (save the fat), using a food processor; finely grind the bacon
Mix together the bread crumbs, flour, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and bacon
Place the mixture in a plastic bag together with the chicken; shake it until the chicken is fully coated
Place the chicken on a baking tray and pour the bacon fat over the chicken; trying to cover it all. If necessary combine it with a little canola oil
Place it in a preheated oven at 350f
Cook for 45 minutes or until the inside temperature of the chicken thigh reaches 165f
Serve it with Mac and Cheese or whipped potatoes, collard or mustard greens, or just select one of your favorite side dishes, use your imagination
Don`t forget to finish it with smile.