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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Thursday, February 7, 2013 posted by Joan
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Serve this healthy and delicious Italian recipe over fettuccine or other pasta to soak up the gravy.

Ingredients:

3-4 pounds chicken breasts on the bone
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2-3 tablespoons canola oil
2 medium size sweet onions, chopped
3 red or yellow bell peppers, sliced
3 carrots sliced  at an angle
24 oz low-sodium marinara sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine
sliced mushrooms (optional)

Directions:

Cut chicken breasts in half.  Combine flour and pepper on wax paper..  Coat the chicken pieces evenly with the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.  In a large frying pan, over medium-high heat, warm the oil.  Brown the chicken in batches with skin side down and cook until golden brown on the bottom (about 7 minutes) .  Then turn the chicken over and cook until lightly browned (about 3 minutes),  Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker.

Add the chopped onions and peppers to the fry pan adding oil if needed.  Saute until vegetables until they start to soften, about 3 minutes.  Add peppers and onions to slow cooker.  Pour marinara sauce and wine over the chicken and vegetables.  Add the sliced carrots to the pot.  Cook on the high setting for about 3-4 hours or on the low setting for about 6-8 hours.  If desired, add the mushrooms 15 minutes before the dish is ready.  Serve chicken and sauce with pasta.

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Grapefruit League Baseball

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 posted by Martin
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It will soon be March, and that is the peak season for the Grapefruit League.  Some Major League teams practice in Arizona (Cactus League); however, the majority of teams hold their spring practice in Florida.  Even though the schedule is set, it is not unusual for additional practice games to be added or adjusted.

The games start during late February and finish at the end of March.  Although these contests are not as intense as playoff games, it is a good opportunity to catch a glimpse of the regulars and to see which rookies are good enough to make it to the Majors during 2013.  Ticket prices are a fraction of the regular season prices and because the stadiums are much smaller, you can take good pictures since you can get close up.  If you have a telephoto lens, bring it for really close up shots.  Also, bring a pen in case you are able to obtain autographs.  You are more likely to get them from the rookies.  Grapefruit League baseball is a great way to spend a day in Florida; and if you wait until the last minute, you have a better chance of guaging the weather.  Bring engraved pocket stones with you for luck.

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Why Is February Called February?

Saturday, February 2, 2013 posted by Martin
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Compared to the other months, February is as unique as an inspirational paperweight.  February was named after the Latin term FEBRUUM, which means purification, via the purification ritual FEBRUA held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.   January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a month-less period. They were added about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until about 450 BC, when it became the second month.

Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, leap years occurred regularly every fourth year, and in leap years February gained a 29th day to align the calendar with the complete revolution around the sun.  Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. It is also the only month of the calendar that once every six years and twice every 11 years, will have only four full 7-day weeks.

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