This turn out better than I could have expected! I felt a tad out of my league but once I committed to this taking up a slew of dishes, it went pretty beautifully.
The only thing I didn’t include was mushrooms, as we’re not a fan of them. Also, I didn’t butterfly the chicken breasts as I used chicken thighs that were already pretty thin.
Instead of bowls, I use our plates, for creating the breading mixture and for the eggs. Our plates have a nice curved up edge, so I don’t worry about losing the egg over the side.
I’m getting better with breading chicken, I just recognize it is a skill that needs improving and congratulate myself on my progress. It is the little things.
With the cream sauce, we bought a small pint of heavy cream and I knew I should have put all of it in as we were never going to use the left over heavy cream. A pint, it turns out, is two cups and maybe an additional half a cup, some small difference there. I should have just used the whole pint.
For the pasta, I cut sliced the peppers (yellow and red) into small chunks. I do need to work on getting them smaller. Onions too, for that matter. I think, when it came time to mix the veggies into the pasta, I needed to stir it for maybe the full five minutes or something. They ended up mixed throughout but some of them were on the bottom of the pot and our bowls. They could have been more mixed in. I imagine more stirring or smaller pieces would fix that. That’s a prep issue I’m also working on. I’ll be impress with anyone that can prepare all of the steps within 15 minutes and it takes me like three minutes each, alone, to slice vegetables.
For breadcrumbs, I use the Progresso Italian breadcrumbs that we have plenty of left over from a previous dinner.
I cooked everything on the shorter time limit. So three minutes for cooking the peppers and onion. Three minutes with the chicken, on each side. I stirred for three minutes but I’ll change that to five minutes, next time.
I was going to slice the chicken into smaller strips but the breading was coming off with the first attempt so I ended up slicing the chicken thighs in half and letting us cut our own chicken into smaller pieces.
This was another recipe that killed our Parmesan cheese supply. Which reminds me, I used grated cheese for both the chicken and the cream sauce. That’s what we bought, so next time, I will buy shredded Parmesan cheese for the sauce, as I bet that would cause it be thicken up better and be more representative of the original recipe.
We really liked it, Walker Dennis ate the pasta, which I figure was going to happen. I have never ate at a Cheesecake factory, so I only had the one picture as a guide. I’m pretty sure my wife never had this dish at the restaurant so none of us have anything to compare the dish to, besides our personal taste.
Lots of dishes, a long prep time but all worth it in the end.
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No personal television time for me, this week. We did finish The Office Season Four, and now we’re into Season Five. Our next episode is Season Five’s Customer Survey.
We also saw two episodes of Arrow, so our next episode is Season Five’s What We Leave Behind.
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Video Game-wise. I played a slew of TMNT Legends. I unlocked Karai-Serpent, proper Baxter Stockman and Rat King. I maxed out Stockman-Fly, Leonardo, Karai and Newtralizer. So I’ve been mostly trying to get their DNA cards so I can level them up past level 30. So that was so much of a grind, and I kept imagining typing this sentence and didn’t like the idea of continuing to do all of that extra work. I’ll probably keep trying, in the mornings and at night, but it takes a lot of time and work to get 70 DNA cards (then to do it three more times!) that I’m not envisioning doing it for much longer. I enjoy the mini-missions, and such, but I’m not making much progress with unlocking other characters so I’m spending most of my time getting my main team to become competitive.
I’m on episode 59 of Living Between Wednesdays. Rachelle mention how much she enjoys playing Avengers Academy, so I gave that a chance this morning. I have Iron Man, Wasp, Loki and now Black Widow. That’s who you start with so I’m very much still just following the script. I see there is an Inhumans special event going on but I haven’t unlocked that mode yet. I also haven’t gotten to the point where I can change the settings so I can turn off the sound and music. I’m hoping the next time I log in, I’ll have those options.
I’m two episodes behind on Prinze and the Wolf, so I need to get back to that but I’m still loving my binging LBW but I can easily take an hour break (two!, now) and stay current with P&tW. I saw Eric posting that they were recording Turtle Soup 160, so I should sneak in an episode of Prinze and the Wolf before that episode drops. Which I just checked and it already dropped! So now I have to take that break. These are the problems, I enjoy having.
I’ve started a new mission on Pandora. I started the following channels, for these songs –
Weezer – In the Garage
Del tha Funkee Homosapien – Missing Link
Dinosaur Jr – Missing Link
. . . And You will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead – Ounce of Prevention
Linkin Park – H! VLTG3
I only really started this late Saturday and only made three attempts on each channel but I had the hardest time confirming these were the only songs that make reference to Kitty Pryde. I’ve made far too many Music/Song posts since 2014, so I couldn’t use my own website to confirm it. As far as I could see, these still are the only songs that reference her. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Dinosaur Jr., also who else Pandora fills their respected channels with. In these early days, I’m mostly down voting the non-channel name songs, voting up the correctly songs and then skipping those songs so I can continue the mission. Something dumb and it kills like three minutes. Eventually, I’ll hear one of these songs on one of these channels.
That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to, entertainment wise. I saw saw Trolls twice and Secret Life of Pets, one additional time.
I just checked the Wikipedia page for Marvel Avengers Academy, they don’t have any mutants like Magik, Kitty Pryde or Shadowcat, Cyclops and Wolverine. I checked to see if they had Lockheed and they don’t even have him! For shame! I may not commit to playing this game but we’ll see how long I stick with it. Like TMNT Legends, I’m a year behind on everything. Unlike TMNT Legends, who has all the characters actively available, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get the characters I’ve missed out on from Avengers Academy. Time will tell.