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Don’t Try This At Home

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

I really want a home range, but I will hold out for a different solution.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Syndicated From: Points In My Life

Turn a dish into a “creamy” meal and you’ll always have my vote! This smooth sauce with fresh herbs makes this dish taste like it came straight from a top restaurant! “Laura’s Restaurant”! 

Ingredients:

– 3, 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1/2 cup diced onions
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 1/3 cups + 1 Tbs chicken broth
– 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) – finely chopped
– 1/4 cup fresh basil, plus more for garnish
– 2 tsp. corn starch
– 1/4 cup heavy cream
– 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Place a long sheet cling wrap on top of a cutting board. Place chicken on top of plastic wrap and lay another piece of wrap over the top of the chicken. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet (or in my case, a cast iron skillet). Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (until chicken is cooked through).  Transfer to a plate and place another plate over the chicken to keep warm. Set aside.

Turn heat down to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and sauté a minute longer. Pour in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth, while scraping bottom of skillet to release browned bits. Place sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil in a blender and blend until tomatoes are chopped fine; or you can chop tomatoes and basil with a knife. Add mixture to the skillet and stir. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon of chicken broth with corn starch. Add to skillet, stirring constantly. Add cream and parmesan, stirring until cheese has melted. Remove from heat, and add chicken to the skillet mixture, spooning sauce over chicken. Garnish with more fresh basil and ENJOY! If you’d like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

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For The Love of Beer

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Some people really like their Budweiser.When fire broke out inside a home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, police say Michael Casteel rushed inside his apartment, in defiance of first responders’ orders, to save what he held most dear – two cans of Bud Ic…


No Rain at the Indoor Range

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

After missing all of last week, I was anxious to get in some trigger time this week. I had hoped this would happen at the outdoor range, but a prediction of several days of rain make that unlikely. Staring out of my office window at the heavy rain Monday made it hard to get motivated to even drive to the indoor range.

But, I did get motivated. I had a specific practice plan in mind for this session and started out shooting 50 round Julie Glob drill with the P320, this time at 10 yards. Shooting from low ready, I focused on quick target sighting and fast follow up shots when required. I jerked one of the head shots pretty seriously, and was a bit high on one body shot but was otherwise pleased.

After that I switched to the S&W Shield for some general practice. After several magazines with the smaller weapon, I went back to the SIG. The rest of my time was spent doing slower fire at 10 and 15 yards. I am feeling ever more comfortable with the new gun. For me, it points significantly differently than the P226, which I’ve put some 75,000 rounds through over the past 7 years. The good news is I’m starting to get used to the P320 and getting tighter groups, and pulling fewer shots.

That makes 1,025 rounds through the new P320. I gave myself a goal of 1,000 rounds before I tried out the gun in competition, or considered carrying it. Given upcoming fun family plans (and a less fun work calendar) over the next month or so, there is little opportunity for any pistol matches, so the round count will continue to grow through practice time.

I still hold out hope for a trip to the outdoor range later this week. If it doesn’t happen, perhaps I’ll plan another indoor trip. While my schedule allows, I’ll take every opportunity I can to shoot. One never knows when the next “dry spell” will hit. After all, shooting IS a perishable skill, and for some of us it perishes more quickly.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Shrimp Foil

Syndicated From: Points In My Life

A little play on “shrimp boil”, this tasty seafood dish has an incredible flavor that is magnified by the addition of smoked turkey sausage, potatoes, and a spice I cannot live without, Old Bay Seasoning! A very easy dish to make, with a preparation ti…


Patience Needed at the Bar

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

One way I judge bar service is by how long my beer glass stays empty before the bartender notices. The truth be told, if the glass is already empty when the server notices, they are behind the curve. We were traveling last weekend and stopped into the …


Marketing Genius

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

This would cause snowflake meltdown if it aired in the U.S.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]





St. Patrick’s Festival To Honor Jeff Fitzpatrick

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival at Adventure Brewing South (formerly Blue & Gray Brewing) has been renamed to honor the late Jeff Fitzpatrick. The Free Lance-Star reports…

Adventure Brewing Co. is raising a pint to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in memory of the late Jeff Fitzpatrick, the area’s first local brewer.

Adventure bought Blue & Gray Brewing Co. in Spotsylvania County and are continuing his tradition of holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Adventure’s owners have renamed the event in his honor.

“We’re excited to host the parade this year,” said Stan Johnson, one of Adventure’s owners, in a news release. “The parade is a tradition for the families of Fredericksburg, so we’re glad to have the opportunity to continue that, and to honor Jeff’s legacy in the craft beer scene.”

This is a fitting tribute to this pioneer who brought craft beer to the Fredericksburg area. This quote from Jeff, a faithful Irish Catholic, fits his humor perfectly, and I can imagine the smile and laughter on his face when he said it. “We said ‘Kids eat free,’ and I ought to have known better than to invite a bunch of Irish Catholics to have their kids eat free.

See “Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade renamed in memory of Fredericksburg area’s first brewer” for the full story.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

 

Event: Adventure Brewing Oktoberfest

Since Adventure Brewing purchased Blue & Gray Brewing, the most frequent questions I’ve heard from folks revolve around the future of the popular St. Patrick’s Day and Oktoberfest celebrations held each year at Blue & Gray. I’ve been told that …

 

Blue Mountain Beer Dinner

On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a beer and food pairing with Blue Mountain Brewery at Capital Ale House. The beers were not ones that are usually available at the restaurant, and the food dishes were specially created for the event as well.The MenuHors d…

 

Stealing the Flying Dog Glass

Tuesday evening the Flying Dog RV was spotted outside Capital Ale House. The occasion was a Flying Dog “Steal the Glass” night, featuring four Flying Dog beers served in an attractive etched glass. How could we resist going in?The four beers featu…

 

Isley Beer & Cheese Pairing

Thursday evening Capital Ale House set out a Cheese & Beer pairing featuring Isley Brewing Company. Three Isley Beers were paired up with three cheeses; Tall, Dark and Hopsome Black IPA with Lusk Gouda, Off the Boulevard Irish Red Ale with McClure …

 

Rappahannock Political Forum 09

Local bloggers are coming to the rescue of local politics again this year in the form of the Bloggers Forum 09. Yours truly is one of several panel members participating in this event to showcase those running for Stafford and Spotsylvania VA superrvisor positions. For more info, click the banner to the right of the […]

 

Local Bloggers Pass 4,000 Posts!

Today marks a milestone of sorts. Actually it’s more of a surprise. I was checking some stats and FBurgNews.com has logged more than 4000 posts from local Fredericksburg, VA area bloggers. Way to go team! As we grow together, I’m working on changes to the website to group blogs.  You’ll all still end up in […]

 

City Taxes Going UP-UP-UP

For those of you that vote in Fredericksburg VA, here’s who you can thank for higher real estate taxes. Councilwoman Greenlaw made the final motion to raise the rate to $0.705 of every $100. That’s almost 26% percent. It was seconded by Vice-Mayor Devine. Councilman Kelly put forward an alternative $.68 of every $100. It […]

 

A few blog changes

First, a new addition.  http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ is a photographic view of Fredericksburg, with a bit of history about those places appearing in the shots. Death of a blog, that’s what happens when things start getting out of hand when ‘friends’ take posts in a direction not intended.  Of course I’m talking about the Fred Vegas Chronicles.  Fredericksburg’s very […]

 

Kindle Mania! Fredericksburg Hits the Big Time

Now get the area’s hottest news delivered direct to your Amazon Kindle!   FburgNews.com tries to bring together a diverse set of blogging content, and it is now available in more formats than ever. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029U2X8Q Hopefully they will drop the price to make getting the local inside story more affordable.