Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 3, 2010

It has been an interesting day weatherwise here. The road was bare and the sun even tried to shine on and off. I started for town and by the time I got down to the county line the road was white and the snow squall was so bad that I couldn’t see far at all ahead of me, so I put the lights on bright. Within probably 10 minutes the snow stopped, but all the way to the state road there was quite a blanket of snow on the road. Thankfully I had no trouble, so I guess our winter tires really do keep one safe and are worth the cost.
When I returned from town the roads were mostly all bare and then all I found were the holes in the road that are becoming difficult to avoid. It is such a shame that we are getting those holes already. What are they going to be like by March or April?
The next day the roads were all bare. The sun even shone between the clouds but it was colder, making it seem more typical of January weather.
I am not sure if all the rain before this would be considered a January thaw or not but it sure took the snow and ice that was around here near the buildings, in the fields and mountains beforehand. It is always good to get rid of the ice unless you want to make homemade ice cream.
When I talked with my sister-in-law she said that we could get three inches of snow the following morning. When I mentioned it to everyone here they said it would be later or Friday. Well, I thought, we shall see what happens, so of course it was snowing when I woke up the next morning and everyone was taken by surprise. I am not sure whether the weatherman was wrong or we were hearing the forecast for another area. Whatever, now everything is all white again so when it turns cold later today and tomorrow the ground will have some insulation from the cold, especially if the wind starts to blow at 30 miles an hour.
I am so glad that I can stay inside where it is nice and warm with Spunky, our cat, and do other things like read a book.
I believe the Super Bowl will be Sunday, Feb. 7 this year. Since people who like to watch football seem to like to eat, here are some suggestions for snacks to enjoy.

Buffalo Wings
1 lb. chicken breast tenders, each cut cross-wise in half
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (1 oz.)
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fat-free (skim) milk
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Carrot and celery sticks for serving
Place oven rack 6 inches from source of heat; preheat broiler. Spray 15-1/2” x 10-1/2” jelly-roll pan with non-stick cooking spray. Toss chicken with ground red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place on prepared pan and broil 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, in microwave-safe small bowl, microwave cayenne pepper sauce, water and margarine on high 10 seconds. Add to chicken in pan and stir to coat. Broil 2 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
While chicken is cooking, prepare blue cheese dip: In small bowl, combine sour cream, blue cheese, mayonnaise, milk and Worcestershire sauce.
Serve with chicken with carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dip.
Makes 4 appetizer servings
Good Housekeeping February 2010

Mocha Fondue
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
Cubed pound cake, sliced bananas, fresh strawberries and pineapple chunks
In a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate chips, butter, cream, coffee and salt. Stir 1/2 cup into egg yolks; return all to the pan. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 160 degrees. Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm. Serve with cake and fruit.
Yield: 10 servings
2009 Taste of Home Annual Recipes