Easy Tuscan Style Chicken


This week’s easy recipe is based on a recipe from The Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook.  Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I added a few ideas of my own.  I like the recipe because it has all the great tastes of Italy but, for a change, there’s no pasta.  So, for  a super easy and tasty family style Tuscan Chicken dinner this recipe is for you.


8 chicken thighs – skinned

20 0z. canned crushed tomato sauces

1 medium white onion – thinly sliced

1 green bell pepper – sliced

1 red bell pepper – slicked

14 oz. can can cannelini beans

1 C water

1/2 C red wine

8 kalamata olive – halved

1 C water

1 tsp dried oregano

1/8 C Italian parsley

1/4 tsp dried red peppers flakes

2 cloves garlic- minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet heat olive oil and add skinless chicken thighs and cook until brown. Plate chicken and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

To skillet add onion, green and red pepper and saute until just soft.  Add tomato sauce, garlic, parsley, kalamata olives, oregano, wine, water, dried red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir bring to strong simmer.

Add chicken thighs and cook at simmer for 35 minutes stirring occassionally.

Drain, wash, and add cannelini beans and simmer for 5 more  minutes.

And that’s it, you just made a killer home cooked Tuscan Chicken dinner.


OK I admit it, I’m an airplane geek. I love jets and acrobatic flying. So its no wonder I go to the Miramar Air Show every now and then. I have dragged all my kids and sometimes their friends to the show.  She Who Must Be Obeyed has gone at least 3 times. So, couple weeks ago when I announced I was going again,  and asked who wanted to come with, the sound was….. ah there was no sound.  More to the point no one wanted to go.  Suppose I could have been put off, but that’s not how I roll.  This time I would go alone and have the freedom to look at and do  every darn thing I wanted.  From sadness to opportunity in the blink of an eye.

I wanted to arrive when the gates opened so I could see everything without crowds.  The alarm clock went off at 5:30 a.m. (there was a moment of that what the heck am I doing feeling). And in no time I was on the road.

This year I bought a pass to the Semper Fi Chalet.  Best $89.00 I ever spent.  I got preferred parking, like a mile closer than normal, breakfast, lunch, beer and wine, and beer, oh and both covered and outside seating stage center for all the action. Really a killer deal.  It was a beautiful sunny day so it was nice to take a break from the sun every now and then in the Chalet (huge 3 sided tent).

So what does an airplane geek do when he is one of the few early birds on the tarmac and the whole place is his?  I got this cool shot of a C5A tail while laying on my back.

My kids would have been so embarrassed. Moving along I had the opportunity to get a shot  of a Predator with missiles under its wings.  Note the guard, he’s looking at me like I suspect my son would have while I got the perfect shot.

And let’s not forget the Raptor, the absolute state of the art fighter in the world (in photo   demonstrating how it opens it’s  weapons door).

But at the end of the day it all goes back to the brave young men and women on the ground fighting for our freedom.


The real stars of the show, as  always, are the young marines.

So, Roger’s big adventure went off without a hitch. and now my airplane fix is satisfied for a year…. Oh what the heck, how abut one more really cool photo.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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