Shrimp Franpi? More Phelps Phrenzy, A Stronger Anthem and the Name that Exotic Food Contest Week 5


Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Eggplant and Perciatelli with Parmesan

Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Eggplant and Perciatelli with Parmesan

How many of these names can I come up with? Shrimp Franpi is not as good as Frandarin or Franchurian Duck, but it works, kinda. Dinner was DEElicious though. It was simple on a day that I didn’t have time to prepare for tonight’s meal and Scampi with Grilled Eggplant and Pasta was the optimal choice. The most time consuming part of the meal was the peeling and deveining of the shrimp.

I am having a tough time writing the blog each night with Phelps Phrenzy on the tube. Each night when I finish the dishes and sit down on the couch, it’s Phelps time and I can’t focus on anything but cheering him on. I think the whole world will be sad if he comes away from a race without a gold. I am working late on Saturday so I am going to have to remember to set up the DVR, although by the time I get home it will be on YouTube and elsewhere.

Ok, another gold, so now I can go back to talking food. Speaking of food. Did you know that Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day? And that in one race he burns 4000 calories? Those are difficult numbers to wrap my arms around — pretty amazing.

Since we’ve seen Americans up on the medal stand so often each night, we get to hear the national anthem as many times. Do you remember the first night? The anthem was so weak and it was suddenly cut short. Since then I’ve noticed with each passing night the anthem seems to be getting stronger. The first night I was convinced that they were playing a recorded version, but in the ensuing nights something tells me it’s live.

I’m going to end short tonight. Phelps is getting ready to get back into the pool and I’ve got other work to attend to before heading to bed. It’s an early day at the store tomorrow nad I am hoping we will have air conditioning. It’s warmed up and the humidity is back and it’s time for the A/C to be on already! It’s been over 2 weeks. I think we are nearing 3 weeks now and that is just unacceptable. The heat has made us all tires and lacking in patience and even focus. It’s just generally not good for business, to say nothing about our health. So I am going to go to bed optimistic and planning to feel nice, chilled air by noon.


This week’s contest will be easy. Just answer this question in a comment box below. Tell me how you would prepare two chicken breasts. They can be boneless or bone in. You can use the oven, a grill, the microwave, a fryer, or whatever method of cooking you prefer. You can be as detailed as you like including a recipe, or you can make it simple. I will use a random number generator to determine the winner. I’m looking for DEElicious ideas! Please 🙂


I’m just going to add a note about tonight. I haven’t had much to say about the network, the problems, the lack of anything interesting, the copyrighted programming that continues to be broadcast, but tonight I want to point out that there appears to be no more Channel Bar. I thought it may have been a bug in the usual Thursday night install line up, but I am not so sure at this point. Although the guys had said that they were getting rid of the monkey, he appears to have made his way back with this.

The Monkey's Been Spruced Up

The Monkey

You can see him in the upper left hand corner of the image. I’m wondering if this addition caused the problems tonight. Viewer counts were reset to zero, but they are back now. There was some discontent with the zeroed out counts among broadcasters. People seem to live and die by the viewer counts so there was some angst. I would be more worried about the channel bar disappearing. Without that bar, the only way to know who is broadcasting is to receive email, a Twitter message or to check in the directory. It will take some work for people to find broadcaster.

I’d like to see some communications from the team. I gave up talking about it months ago. If they are going to make major changes, what would it take to get the appropriate person on the team to publish a blog post about it to keep people informed? I’m wondering if USTREAM, BlogTV, LiveVideo or any of the other networks do a better job of this?

Does anyone know?


12 Responses

  1. Great Job on the food, Justopia.
    I was saying about the shrimp pesto pizza. I would love how mom makes that as a special treat. Sometimes if it’s not shrimp, we would put some prosciutto on the pizza to substitute the shrimp. Some veggies would also be present on there, but very few. It’s mostly shrimp and crab with pesto and mozarella cheese.

    I’m very inspired on the food you made on my first visit, which was the wontons on Friday night.
    Tonight I actually had General Tso’s Chicken and opened up some pineapple. That made it just a little bit better.

    Here would my recipe for the chicken breasts you were talking about:

    Chicken Kiev:

    * 2 boneless chicken breast halves
    * 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    * 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    * 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
    * 1/8 teaspon white pepper, or black pepper
    * 1/8 teaspoon salt
    * 1/8 cup flour
    * 1 egg, beaten with 2 teaspoons water
    * 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs

    Blend the softened butter with parsley, chives, pepper, and salt. Divide into 4 portions and chill until firm.

    Flatten each chicken breast half to about 1/4-inch thickness by pounding each between wax paper or plastic wrap. Place a portion of the chilled butter mixture in the center of each flattened chicken breast half. Roll each to completely enclose the butter. Dust each roll in flour then dip in beaten egg and water. Roll in bread crumbs then place in lightly greased baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° oven for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer.
    Chicken Kiev serves 2

  2. My recipe for 2 chicken breasts would be the following:

    Chicken Breasts – washed and skins removed

    Dip them in melted butter and bread crumbs

    Put them on a foiled line cookie sheet and bake for 40 -45 minutes!

    Serve with steamed brocolli and fried rice.

    (sound familiar?!)

  3. Here is an idea with two chicken breasts:

    Black Pepper Citrus Chicken

    1 T. canola oil
    2 6 oz. chicken breast halves (skinless and boneless)
    1 c. diced onion
    3 minced garlic cloves
    1/4 c. white cooking wine (or white wine if you have a bottle open)
    2 T. fresh orange juice
    1 T. fresh lemon juice
    2 T. chopped fresh parsley

    Heat 1 T. oil in a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken before adding it to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover it to keep it warm. Add 2 T. oil to the pan and when warmed, onion and garlic, sauté for 2 minutes. Add wine, cook for 1 minute. Return chicken to the pan. Add another 3/4 t. pepper and the juices. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. I love it and it’s so easy.

    My suggestion for a side dish: Lemony Baby Broccoli

    1 T. olive oil
    2 bunches of broccoli, tough ends trimmed
    2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1/4 t. crushed red pepper
    1 T. fresh lemon juice

    In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add broccoli, garlic, and, (if using), red pepper flakes. Cook until the broccoli is bright green, about 3 minutes.

    Add 1/4 c. of water to the skillet; cover, and cook until the broccoli is crisp and tender, 6-8 minutes. Add the lemon juice, and season with S&P. Toss to combine and garnish with lemon wedges.

    There you go! Some dressed up veggies, ready to go!

    if you want any other side dish I will leave that up to you.

    See ya!

  4. A personal opinion of JTV in response to what you wrote about JTV’s appropriate approach to keeping the community informed: I think this website is run by a group of unprofessional people who are rather immature and non-evolved personalities and as such, I believe they lack quite a bit of business knowledge, business modeling and poor projection to provide effective changes to their site.

  5. I have this other chicken breast recipe I make incase you don’t like my other suggestion:

    Carmel-Ginger Chicken

    1 tbsp. Vegetable oil
    2 tbsp. Sugar
    1 1/2 tbsp. Low sodium soy sauce
    1 tsp. Chili paste w/ garlic (or you can use Tabasco sauce some red pepper flakes)
    1 tsp. Grated fresh ginger
    3/4 cup Fat free chicken broth
    1 tsp. Sesame oil
    2 Chicken breast halves, sliced thin
    Salt and Pepper

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet on a medium heat. Add the sugar to the pan; cook it for about 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves and is lightly browned. Combine the soy sauce, chili paste, and ginger in a small bowl and then add it to the pan. Then add the chicken broth, sesame oil, and chicken (make sure you S&P it before you add it to the pan) to the pan and cook it for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is done; stir occasionally. Then remove the chicken from the pan; (I use a slotted spoon.) Then simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes or until it’s lightly thickened. Then place the chicken back into the pan and toss it to coat it. Then eat and enjoy!


  6. Correction to my last chicken recipe in your blog: It’s a Carmelized ginger sauce over Chicken Saute.

    Sorry 🙂

  7. Yes, Anonymous, I wrote countless blog posts about JTV and communication, or the lack of it for a year. It doesn’t seem as though it’s going to change, so it’s just to be expected that they will launch new features and we will find out as it happens.

    On the other side, there are far worse things to deal with in the world, so this is pretty trivial in the grand scheme of things — thankfully! 🙂

  8. In response to your comment above: A person of your wordly exposure and intelligence would benefit from going to other live casting sites where perhaps the brains behind the operation are more knowledgeable, where the entire process is better thought out and where there are better project plans for their website. is for toddlers who play in a sandbox and as such so is their content. See you on

  9. sorry justopia, i got bumped off your website on sunday night…had to reboot and had some problems, but Its okay I didn’t win. Maybe you might consider making one of my ideas one day. Oh and in so far as the rasberry ecstasy syrup?…take a bakery linzer tart (like the one that has rasberry filling in it), get some some rasberry sorbet and add it on top and add some slivered almonds or crushed almonds …I just made that up.

    See ya justopia!!

  10. Thanks Anonymous. I am not sure when lifecasting is going to take hold, but clearly it’s just random and a small group of people watch most channels on any of the networks. It needs more exposure and some marketing to break through.

    We’ll see what happens if YouTube ever launches their product, but they’ve pulled back and the articles are saying it’s just not time yet.

  11. Yum! Shrimp sounds delicious right about now :).

    We’d like to invite you to participate in our September apple and peach recipe contest (the recipe can be sweet or savory)!! All competitors will be eligible to win one of three prizes :)! Please email me,, if you’re interested.

    Thanks :),
    KI Chief Blogger

  12. Hi Sophie,

    Sounds like fun, can’t wait to hear about the details. I’ll be sending email shortly.

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