Security Guards & Smouthered Chicken

Last evening we went to watch the Ranger vs Angels play. We were excited to be going out to an evening of eating junk food without guilt. Why is it, when you are enjoying sports events or carnivals, car shows or festivals, we eat as though none of the calories will turn to fat? We pigged out on two tubs of popcorn, peanuts and foot long hot dogs. But we did have the sense to wash it all down with a diet Pepsi, after all, we do have to watch our cholesterol. We didn’t concern ourselves one iota with the fact that we had consumed more calories in one night that we had all week. But it was ok, we were watching baseball.

It was at this point in the evening, when we realized that we had eaten our way through the first 4 innings. We then began to notice two security guards, which walked back and forth, back and forth, right in front of us. The “lady” guard walked in front of “baby Huey” guard, neither one of them looking to the left or to the right, just straight ahead. We became so interested in them that we missed a homerun. We noticed that Baby Huey guard was probably not over the age of 25 and maybe was in training. If lady guard stopped, he stopped, when lady guard walked, he walked, always the same amount of space between them.  Baby Huey must have weighed over 300 lbs and I must say that there was no way he would have been able to run for help or chase anyone trying to steal 3rd base. I truly am in horrible physical shape and over weight. The heaviest thing I can probably lift would be a extra large piece of cheesecake to my mouth. The only time I even try to run is when the blue light comes on at KMart, but I am here to tell you, I think I would be able to beat Baby Huey to be first in line at the hamburger stand. It didn’t give us a sense of security at all. We both sat there and wondered, “what is the biggest size of security uniforms made”? As we watched the snack guys running up and down the stands, yelling, “hot dogs, cotton candy, ice cream”, we talked among ourselves about why didn’t they make these guys the security people? They are able to run up and down the stairs without having to carry an oxygen tank with them. They can throw a hot dog through the air like it was a feather. If a terrorist was running after me, I would vote for the hot dog guy to come to my aid any day before Baby Huey. At least he could stuff cotton candy down the terrorist throat, giving me a chance to hide under the hot dog cart. So we came away, knowing that we will be writing to the NBL with our suggestion that they switch the roles. Snack guys would become security people, baby Huey’s would become snack guys.

Ok, that is off my chest I can post the recipe that I am making tonight. We are headed to watch Forever Plaid and need to eat and run (well, not like the hot dog guys, we will take the car). This is a quick easy recipe that uses store bought rotisserie chicken.

1 (8 oz) package wide egg noodles

1 teas paprika

1 teas dried thyme leaves, crumbled

1/2 teas salt

1/2 teas pepper

3 tables butter

1 large onion, chopped

1 (16 oz) package mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

2 tsp minced garlic

1 (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup

1 cup milk

1/3 cup dry white wine (or more milk if you don’t want to use wine)

1 rotisserie chicken cut into serving pieces

1 tables chopped fresh parsley

Prepare noodles as directed on package. Set aside and keep warm

Stir together paprika, dried thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms and sauté 8-10 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in garlic and paprika mixture. Saute 2 more minutes. Add soup, milk and wine. Bring to just beginning to boil stage, stirring frequently. Add chicken pieces. spoon sauce over top of chicken. Reduce to a low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Stir in 1 tables parsley. Serve over hot cooked noodles.

Serves: 4

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