Thursday, May 15, 2008

Quote of the Week
From The Zen Path Through Depression by Philip Martin

Two monks were arguing over a philosophical question as their teacher passed by. They stopped him and asked him to settle their disagreement. The first monk explained his understanding, to which their teacher replied, “You’re right.” The second monk protested, and made his argument, which was the complete opposite of what the first monk had said. The teacher then answered the second monk, saying, “You’re right.” A third monk who had been listening asked in frustration, “But, Master, you tell both of these monks that they are right, when their explanations are contradictory and couldn’t possibly both be correct.” The teacher replied, “You’re right.”—Zen Story (80)
There is a lovely thought in A Course in Miracles which asks would you rather be right or have peace? Sadly, I have lost a few friendships along my life's path due to one or the other of us wanting to be right. Each loss became easier not because I became harder but because I held each person more loosely. More importantly, I held my need to be right more loosely. I still fall into the misbelief that I am Right, with all that implies, but I voice my self-righteousness less often than before and there are pages and pages in my journal in which I surprise myself with "I was wrong."

Life was so much easier when I was right and knew what was right. But easy is not always better and I am happier now than I was before.

It is a rare thing I can find a recipe that Joe likes so when I find one I simply have to share it with others. (BTW, the image is not of the dinner I made but taken from a website. I forgot to take a picture of what I actually cooked but will do so from now one when I am trying new reciepes.)

New Chicken Parmesan
(from Bon Appétit, June 2008)

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
½ teaspoon salt
1 12-ounce container grape tomatoes
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Large pinch of dried crushed red pepper
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
1-1/4 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese in water, drained, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 500° F. Whisk first 3 ingredients in large bowl. Place tomatoes in medium bowl; mix in 2 tablespoons garlic oil, then oregano and crushed red pepper. Add chicken to large bowl with remaining garlic oil and turn to coat.

Place 1 cup Parmesan in pie dish. Dip 1 side of each chicken piece into cheese to coat; arrange chicken, cheese side up, on 1 half of large rimmed baking sheet. Scatter tomatoes on other half of sheet.

Roast chicken until just cooked through and firm to touch, about 10 minutes. Arrange mozzarella slices atop chicken. Return to over; roast until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer chicken and tomatoes to 4 plates. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.

I am not much into labels and I certainly couldn't care less about designer labels but I adore this Dolce & Gabanna belt. You can't see but the little chain that dangles from this creation has a tiny little key for the lock. Rawr!

Aries Horoscope for week of May 15, 2008

I hope you've been trying to bolster your stick-to-it-iveness, Aries. I trust you've been pumping up your follow-through and supercharging your determination. If you haven't been attending to this unglamorous yet heroic work, play catch-up. Your final exam will be administered no later than May 24. Here's a sneak preview of some of the material you'll be tested on. If a teammate drops the ball, do you: a. quit the game; b. throw the ball in your teammate's face; c. pick up the ball and start running in the direction your teammate was supposed to?

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