Sautéed Chicken With Green Olives and White Wine

Sautéed Chicken With Green Olives and White Wine

Time: 45 minutes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 leg-thigh pieces chicken, cut in 2, or 8 thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups white wine
1 cup cracked green olives
1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed 1/2 cup broken walnut pieces 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

1. Put oil in a deep skillet or casserole, preferably nonstick. Turn heat to medium-high. When oil is hot, add chicken, skin side down, and brown it well, rotating and turning pieces as necessary, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

2. With chicken skin side up, add wine and olives. Adjust heat so mixture simmers vigorously, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. When chicken is almost done, place sliced lemon on it, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Arrange chicken and lemon on a platter, and stir walnuts into sauce. Taste, and adjust seasoning, then spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

Nice Pen-size LED Flashlight

This looks excellent:

LED flashlight – LED-LENSER V16 Pen Size Micro Flashlight

Ellen and I have started volunteering at the Fox Theatre (Allman Brothers in September…) and I need a nice flashlight for reading tickets. Ah, gadget justification. Now, I did buy the nice 2 x AAA squeezable flashlight with the nice Fox Theatre logo on it last night, our first ushering job (Bubbling Brown Sugar – the quality of the show was exceeded by the quality of singing of some of the cast). Well, I want something nicer than that, and here’s my chance. If only I can a place that will ship it for less than $10. It’s Sunday, and I can’t get the vendors on the phone and I don’t want to register at their website until I’m sure that’s where I want to buy it. I’m surprised it isnt’ more widely sold; U.S. vendors are difficulty to find.

The flashlight I want is made by ZweiBruder Optoelectronics, a German company. Some of their products are sold under the Eddie Bauer label at Target, but not the flashlight I want.

Harper’s: Morning in America: the rise and fall of the National Lampoon

A few weeks ago I finishd Tony Hendra’s Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul, his best-selling memoir focused on his relationship with a Benedictine monk who inspired and supported him through the key periods of his life. Hendra was a writer for the early National Lampoon, which started when I was in my early teens, and it had an impression on me. I remembered reading an article of his in Harper’s about NatLamp, which is here, and which must have been published there on its way to the book.

The most important aspect of the book for me was the profundity of Father Joe’s gift of listening. Hendra writes of how Father Joe listened – really listened closely – to his teen angst and adult emotional crises despite Hendra’s chronic self-absorption. Father Joe thoughtfully probed with careful questions, and never judged. He demonstrated that listening is an act of love, the most important for really knowing another.

Try it. Try to listen really hard, with as much concentration as you can muster, to your spouse, your friend, your mother or sister or brother. Listen, with as much love as you can bring to bear.


I’ve been accumulating drafts of links I want to remember, things I want to comment on, sites I want to explore but haven’t gone back to. So, some catch-up in the posts to come.