Monday, February 25, 2008

Fun Monday

Mariposa at Mariposa's Tales is our Fun Monday hostess this week and she's given us a double header. First, she wants to know why we named our blogs what we did. And secondly, she wants to know what the favorite or most commonly made dish made in our house is.


The name of my blog is pretty self-explanatory. I am a rotten correspondent. And I'm confessing to it. I don't know why I am, but I am. It was a little easier to rationalize back in the old days where you actually had to buy a stamp and mail a letter, but now there's no excuse. And even with e-mail I'm not great. I love keeping up with people. I adore receiving mail of all kinds. I just...lack motivation on my end.


When we moved from Southern California to Kansas in 1999 it got even worse. I had friends that I really wanted to stay in touch with...and didn't. Not because I didn't want to, but because (all together now) I'm a rotten correspondent. Last year I finally had enough. I woke up one day, sat straight up in bed and said "I'm gonna start a blog to keep in touch with people." And in March I did. Guess what I called it?

And in terms of strengthening old bonds and forming new ones, it's been a home run. Enough so that I could almost rename it Confessions of a (formerly) Rotten Correspondent.


Moving on to question two confuses me a little. This isn't easy to answer when you have three bottomless pit boys who all have different tastes and preferences in food. I'm also a compulsive recipe collector who loves to try new things, so the temptation to post something really fun and different is huge. But I'm not going to. I'm going with something I've made since the kids were tiny, something my mom made for me. The vegetarians have it with the mock chicken cutlets.


My kids call it Green Chicken. And it's terribly, terribly complicated and time consuming, so if tricky recipes confuse you, I'd skip it. Ready?


Take a bunch of chicken. Any pieces are fine. Skinless is fine. With skin is better. Plop 'em in a baking pan.


Sprinkle them liberally with garlic powder, seasoning salt and dried parsley flakes.


Toss them in a 350 oven for an hour-ish. Depends on what pieces you used.


Dinner is served. And it tastes a lot better than it sounds.


Now go see what everyone else is throwing on the table.

26 comments:

Alison said...

I love your name..because...well, I am one too!! You are right, the blog is definitely helping with that!

Your chicken sounds wonderful and easy, and I am all about easy during the week!!!

Celeste said...

I love you blog name, as well.

The chicken -- sounds good if it weren't for the fact that chicken ISN'T a vegetable (despite what my neighbors may think). I'm one of those weird vegetarian types. Sigh.

Sweet Irene said...

That's just about the easiest recipe I have ever seen posted, now I just need to get my hands on some seasoning salt. I'll have to ask my daughter to bring me some, if we don't have that here, and I've never looked for it, assuming that they didn't have it.

You are a not so rotten correspondent. It is a great way for people to keep up with your life, isn't it? I figure that I never have to email my friends in California, because they can just read my blog.

Faye said...

How true--blogs are a great way to stay connected to people you care about, but wouldn't write to or chat owith one the phone. Plus, what about all the new people you meet in the blogosphere. It's hard to explain this to non-bloggers.

Perhaps you should call that recipe "Pull Your Leg Chicken" Difficult indeed!

Maggie May said...

I will have to try that! YUM!
I throw pasta & tomato sauce about a lot, sometimes adding tuna & cheese! Tuna bake we call it!
I like your name but it takes up more space than some on the blogroll! Yes .... I have had it added! Save me going down the hundreds of bookmarked names I've got!

belle said...

I love your blog title. Mine sucks. It was the best I could come up with at the time. Which gives you a clue about how bad the other options were ...

Flowerpot said...

you seem to be an excellent correspondent RC judging by your blogs!

Laura McIntyre said...

I love your blog name, and the dish sounds great :)

softinthehead said...

Great name, great recipe, keep it up.

Lisa said...

I'm dangerous when I have a recipe. Cackle.

kathy said...

I love your blog name and I'm really glad you started it. I'm not a morning person, so to make me laugh every morning is a special treat.

kathy said...

wait not that today's blog was funny but they usually are, you know what I mean right?

aims said...

The name you chose and the pic that goes with it - are very you.

I couldn't think of anything really creative when I started. Now everyone thinks I'm a barn...sigh.

Akelamalu said...

You are definitely NOT a ROTTEN Correspondent!

Not sure I can follow that recipe - it's rather difficult! ;)

Dumdad said...

Rot Cor is a fine name!

Rudee said...

I like your blog name and your correspondence. It isn't rotten at all. If I wasn't in a work induced semi-comatose state right now, I'd run out to buy some chicken. There are plenty of birds outside today that woke me up early, perhaps I could make a substitute. Green Pigeon. Yum.

Sandy said...

and the parsley counts as the vegetable, right? A complete dinner right out of the oven, right? Aw, shucks, I knew it!

Great post.

-Ann said...

I've always loved your blog name. My grandmother used to call people lousy correspondents. She was an awesome correspondent - and she never went to email.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Mmmm, yum. Though the quorn fillets I use won't need that long in the oven, but hey, I can adapt it right, even though it is sooooo complicated.
;)

Diana said...

We take your green chicken that extra step to make our most often made dinner: Take that chicken, slice it up a bit, toss it on a plate of salad and pour some Newman's creamy caesar dressing atop it for chicken caesar salad.

Sometimes, if I'm feeling extra 'specially gourmet, I take that bottled dressing and drizzle a bit on the chicken before I cook it, 'cause sometimes it's worth the extra work, don' cha know.

ChrisB said...

I have often wondered how you got your name and now I know!

That chicken sound like a dish I could make while I'm blogging!!

Sauntering Soul said...

I don't know anyone who isn't a rotten correspondent. Especially me.

Michelle said...

Whoa!! I am gonna have to try that recipe. I love chicken and I love simple recipes even more!!

Joy T. said...

Everytime I've seen your blog name around the blogosphere I've always wondered about the name. I thought maybe you were a journalist. Shows how much I know. And the chicken sounds easy and great. Just my type of cooking!

Mariposa said...

Love your intriguing blogname! And another chicken fan here ha!

Happy (belated) Fun Monday!

Kaytabug said...

ha ha all this time I thought you were a Rotten TV correspondent...LOL!!
Your blog name makes so much more sense now. Love it!!

I can't wait to try that recipe it sounds so yummy and I am all about easy cookin!