Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sparky Cooks(!) and Other Amazing (or Boring) Stuff

Sarasota, FL       High:   87      Low:   75

We're excited to hear that there is going to be a Nik Wallenda street party in downtown Sarasota on June 23rd, the day he walks the Grand Canyon. They are going to have a Jumbotron showing his walk, along with a circus themed party---dancing, music and food. FOOD????   We'll be there!

Speaking of food...An amazing thing happened today, amazing for the Sparky and Eldo household, that is. Sparky cooked a meal from scratch! Well, sort of...Sparky likes the meals Publix cooks in the stores. They cook, you get to sample the food. They have the recipe cards and all the ingredients right there in one convenient spot to purchase and the recipes are usually easy and fast and use some convenience foods. This is an interesting recipe in that about half the ingredients are "healthier" options, but the rest aren't! But, it was delicious! So, Sparky bought all the stuff for "Chicken Pillows". Here's the recipe and ingredients:
1 deli rotisserie chicken (any type)
10 saltine crackers crushed (or potato chips)
3 T. fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1     8 oz. can reduced fat crescent rolls
8 oz. deli NY style potato salad
1/2 c. sharp shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 large egg beaten
1 cup reduced sodium cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.Remove white meat from chicken bones, shred or chop up. Crush saltines/chips, chop parsley.

Unroll dough and separate into 4 long triangles. Press diagonal perforations to seal. Combine chicken, potato salad, cheese and  peas. Divide mixture onto one half of each rectangle of dough Fold other half of dough over top of chicken, pinch seams closed on all sides and place on baking sheet. Brush egg over top of dough, then coat with saltines or chip crumbs. Bake 20-22 minutes.

Combine soup and half-and-half in small saucepan on low, cook and stir 2-3 minutes until hot. Stir in parsley. Serve chicken pillows with sauce over the top or sauce under the pillows.  Calories: 650 per pillow, 38 g. fat, chop 125 mg, sodium 1170 mg. (even with low sodium soup!)  fiber 2g.

You could use panko bread crumbs to cut down the sodium?, and low fat cheddar to reduce the fat even more. Eldo said, "M-m-m-m-m...this is pretty good!"

More food stuff...Sparky saw a photo on Facebook today....She thinks maybe she ought to print out a color print and post it on the fridge so every time she opens the fridge, she will think about making a healthy choice. HA! Well, at least she's thinking about it!

Stand Up Guys"...with Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin, three very talented, award winning actors. Their chemistry together in this movie is wonderful! Rated R for suggestive scenes, some violence implied but not shown, and sexual references--- but not shockingly so, in Sparky's humble opinion.
What else is going on today?   Laundry....sigh....BORING!  Rain...again...BORING! Time to rent a movie..."

Stand Up Guys is about a trio of guys, three decades later from their heyday as gangsters, who are reunited when one gets out of prison after serving a 28-year sentence for being a “stand up guy”. The guys go on an all night "bender" of a reunion that has you laughing, in tears and feeling empathy for these "old timers". The brothel scene is really funny! 

And that's another day under our belts....Until next time...


  1. Wow Sparky cooking I am impressed. Looks like an awesome recipe, another idea for supper, thanks for sharing.

  2. Just may have to try that recipe. Wish I could figure out a way to get that sodium down. But it sounds so good. I've added that movie to our list to see.

  3. You should cook more often. It looks like it turned out great.