photo journal: dog days of fall

Start of the walk, Cally is looking forward— (to it!)

Today has been driving rain, sunshine, wind, calm and breezy….typical fall weather

Our neighbours have finished cutting hay.  Next up…combining of beans and corn.

Milkweed:Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As the monarch larva consumes the milkweed leaves, it also retains the cardiac glycosides making the monarch toxic to predators.  Cool!

The apples I pick along the way are always a highlight of our walk for me…

and Cally!


Fresh food fast: chicken, prosciutto and sage on bed of greens with apple

This is what I made for dinner tonight, and it was awesome!  Simple inspiration came from the abundant supply of fresh sage…

This is my continuation for the  “no-recipe/ recipe”….keepin’ it simple:)

Pre-heat oven to 325 .  Two chicken breasts(bone in, skin on…why? 1.cheaper to buy.2.tastes so much better, even if you don’t eat the skin, it preserves moisture and adds flavour.

Simply lay fresh sage over the prosciutto, then “sandwich” the sage with more prosciutto….slide underneath the skin(there is a natural pocket between the meat and the skin)

Salt and pepper the skin and underside, as this too adds flavour and seals in juices while cooking.

Brown the breasts skin side down for 5 min.  on med/high heat.

Flip, and toss in any extra sage leaves…they will crisp up and be part of the dish!  Trust me, it is soooo good, and good for you.  Place pan in pre-heated oven for 45 min.

Remove and let stand for 5 min. so that you can handle the chicken.

Salad:  Place greens in deep wide rim bowl, or plate.  Make dressing combining olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon and salt and pepper.  A general rule of thumb is 2/3 oil to 1/3 acid.  Make it the way you want, just taste it to make it work for you…drizzle over greens

De-bone breasts; it’s easy!  Just pull the meat from the bone…sounds icky and odd, but the whole breast will fall from the bone, then its easy to slice…Otherwise, just put on the greens as is, and eat it off the bone:)

Slice and arrange on bed of greens.  Slice up wedges of apple and arrange any way you want!  Throw on the fried sage and enjoy!

PS*the apple provides a fresh contrast to the saltiness of the prosciutto and sage.