Twenty Minute Chicken With Rice

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Twenty Minute Chicken With Rice

This super easy skillet dish taste great and will make you look like a pro!  Original recipe said it fed four people but they are a little nuts!  Perfect for two just as it is below with my “special changes”.  Prep time 10 minutes – cooking time 20 minutes or so.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil  (coat the pan)
  • 2 large skinless chicken breasts.  I like organic but whatever you are use to is fine.
  • 1 3/4 can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 cups instant brown rice.  Uncle Ben has it in bags– I used two bags
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli flowerets—


1.   Heat oil in pan – just make sure it covers the bottom/  SPLIT the chicken breasts in HALF if thick.  Otherwise the chicken will dry out!!!  Add salt and pepper.  I use Lawry’s salt and Seasonings Chicken Spices– Whatever you use to

season chicken is great.   Remove chicken from the skillet.

2.   Stir in soup, water, paprika and black pepper to the skillet and get to boiling.  Stir in the rice and broccoli and reduce to low heat.   Now if you want to use white instant rice that’s up to you and it will cook faster.  I prefer brown rice

for the texture and of course because it’s just better for you.  My opinion.

3.   Watch the rice as it will take at least 15 minutes to cook to al dente— longer if you like it softer.

4.    Return the chicken to the skillet as it will be almost cooked.  Cover until rice is done.

5.    Sprinkle a little more paprika and pepper on the chicken.  Will taste and look great.

A very tasty dish in a very little time!  Yum

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San Diego Gaslamp 2 Bedroom View Trellis Condo

This San Diego 2 Bedroom Trellis Condo is located right in the heart of the Gaslamp District walking distance to the San Diego Convention Center which hosts world famous ComicCon, the Wharf, Petco Park, popular restaurants including Nobu (Hard Rock) and Donovans one adjacent and one in building,  shops and all downtown has to offer.  Located on the seventh floor the views of Petco are immediate from the great room as well as the private patio area which is covered and perfect for intimate dinners.  Crown Molding surrounds the Great Room adjacent to the stainless steel and granite kitchen,  Separate Bedroom suites are perfect for privacy and look out to the city views.  Hardwood throughout adds that touch of sophisticated downtown living!  Building boasts state of the art gymnasium, community outdoor spaces and BBQ area, secure parking for two cars and washer and dryer inside the unit.

Experience San Diego at its very best when you live at The Trellis.  Right outside your door is the gateway to one of America’s finest cities.   AVAILABLE FOR SALE $495,000.

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Nestled among California Native Landscaping sits this beautiful single level home in Santa Fe Hills offers one of the most amazing lots in the neighborhood.  There is 12,300 square of property with home surrounded by beautiful plants, river beds, and blooming fruit trees.   The Solana Hills property offers four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  Both bathrooms updated and pristine.  A magnificent sky light is located in Family Room and kitchen areas drenching rooms with sunlight.  French Doors lead out to the magnificent yard and custom overhang that offers protection for those California Sunny days!  An above ground vegetable garden and gazebo add character to already fabulous yard.

Master is large and opens up to the outdoors and offers a European Style bathroom with Single Owned Solar System panel linked to water heater.  In Master Bathroom button next to sink can be pushed to circulate hot water immediately.  Secondary bedrooms are large and just need closet doors as two rooms used for mother in law suite.  Beautiful custom door separates the bedrooms.

The kitchen with custom tile has newer appliances and Maple Wood Floors and a Custom Beautiful China Closet built especially for the home.  Again kitchen is pristine and move in ready!

Details such as sloped driveway for rain to go directly to underground pipe and street, great storage, Solar Tube in Secondary Bathroom, Owned Solar System and so much more make this property a special space in Solana Beach.  Minutes from the beach and Village of Del Mar !  Call for additional information!

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Olde Carlsbad 3 Bedroom Single Level brand new on the market.  Situated in a lush 1/3 acre lot this home is pristine and ready for lucky new owner!  Amazing open layout with Granite custom kitchen leading out to the family room and dining room areas both framed by Satillo Tiles and Maple Wood Floors.  French Doors in most rooms lead out to the spacious vistas and wrap around patios.  Master Bedroom with its separate patio for private sunset glass of wine.  Art studio structure is separate from house but can also be used as office.  Bathrooms offer Granite and tile flooring.

Lowest price property in Olde Carlsbad located minutes from the Boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean!  Crown Molding and Recessed lighting throughout again add touches of elegance with Olde California feel!  Secondary bedrooms are spacious and recessed lighting and crown moldings offer yet addition special touches!  Carlsbad best neighborhood with amazing schools!

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  • Organic Chicken Breast – 2 Breasts- POUNDED thin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Egg – beaten
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • `  1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Olive Oil
  • Eight or so slices Fresh Mozzarella – thinly sliced
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Jar of White Linen VICTORIA Marinara Sauce – Cosco- AMAZING I swear!!  And I’m a fresh ingredients cook all the way — this is a savior for quick, easy and yummy!


Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

Season chicken on both sides – I use LAWRY’ Seasoning Sauce and Pepper

Dredge each breast in the flour – top off excess

Dredge the breast on both sides with PANKO

Add couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil to bottom of pan and add 2 chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on each side.  ( 2 minutes or so)

Transfer to baking sheet or lasagna pan and top each breast with some tomato sauce, few slices of mozzarella, salt and pepper and a tablespoon of Parmasean.

Bake in the oven 5 – 7 minutes until chicken is cooked and cheesed brown and crusty.  Decide how crusty you want it.


I served over wheat spaghetti with some sauteed eggplant that I topped with again THE SAUCE!

Couldn’t be easier!  I don’t have any idea WHO makes that Cosco sauce but they are my NEW best friend!!!  I guess I should ready ingredients and make sure its not full of anything scary but it tastes amazing!  THANKS Steve… my friend who loves it!

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San Carlos Single Level For Sale!

Lake-Atlin-Prof-House-HeroThe home features an amazing Modern Designer Kitchen with beautiful Silver/Grey kitchen Island,  Chocolate custom cabinets, Electrolux Stainless Appliances and state of the art hood.  Kitchen even features an electronically managed Sky Light.  The kitchen flows into the Family Room which opens up to the covered Loggia and newly resurfaced pool!  The oversize lot also features assorted fruit trees from Orange to Fig and Avocado.  Warm Maple Laminate Flooring flows throughout the home giving warmth yet easy maintenance.  The living and dining rooms are large and also open to the pool area.  A wood burning fireplace is featured in the living room.

Many extras including a leased Solar System which offers great savings to the new owner as well as tankless water heater.  The home offers three bedrooms and two full baths and ample storage in the garage.  If buyer needs even more additional closet can be added to existing storage unit.  The kitchen has a built in “office nook” in perfect place for watching children at plan or testing new recipes.  The home is bright and airy and perfect for young family or retirees looking for single level.  Located within minutes of San Diego’s best shopping as well as the sand of the Pacific Ocean.  In great condition give us a call for immediate showing.  Great price for this area and this quality of home!

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Corn Pudding Creamy and Delicious

Seriously this is the most delicious thing that I have made in a long time and it takes MINUTES of your time!!  I served it with Crown Roast of Pork and everyone raved about it.  Even made it the day before believe it or not and it stayed really well.  Just took it out and had it at room temperature and then put it in oven for few minutes.


  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted  ( one stick)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) dry corn bread mix
  • 1 – 15 oz can whole kernel corn – drained
  • 1- 15 oz can cream corn – NOT drained – duh!
  • 1 cup Sour Cream – I used the FULL fat kind


  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease baking dish – smaller lasagna dish works- or 9 x 9 baking dish.
  2. In medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, both corns and sour cream.  Mix well and spoon into baking dish.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated over until top is golden brown.  Stick tooth pick or sharp knife in the middle to make sure it is cooked thru and not runny.

I promise it is light as a soufflé and just yummy.  Serve with pork, beef, BBQ and I will serve this one with turkey chili on New Years Day.  Enjoy and the very best of 2016!!!  I’ll have this on you tube shortly!

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Just finished reading an interesting article about these “mystery” Millennials”.  Because most of my colleagues are well over 34 it’s becoming an entirely new world.  I remember the era when seminars were everywhere on how to “cold call” for business.  Which still makes me nauseous.  My partner can call anyone and door knock anywhere! But think Millennials don’t want to open their doors unless you text them first!

This generation between 18-34 will according to Zillow Report (2015) will be a huge home buying audience.  Our industry presently involves being on the phone constantly solving problems.   From this report these Millennials do NOT want to talk on the phone.  “text” me with information.  They seem to “date”on text, they read on “text” they “talk” on text, they break up on “text”.  Listen this works for me!!  Cuts out those agents that “talk” too much anyway!  If a client has a question I answer it immediately .  If I don’t have the answer I find it out!  It seems like this demographic is predicted to take over baby boomers as the generation purchasing the largest number of houses in the next years.

The Millinnial Buyers rely on technology.  More than 50% (Zillow Report) search for homes on their phones and among those 26% end up buying a home they found that way.  I have clients call me frequently with questions they received with “alerts”   There is NO way without going crazy that I could input information for say three clients and get alerts.  My phone would blow up.  HOWEVER the alerts they get are GENERIC listings that have gone on the market.  They need me to tell them – this one is what you should view – this one is not!They want information at their fingertips.  However they need that agent to decipher information that is on the internet.  This is the biggest purchase of their life and it needs to be done correctly!  Though still an adventure.

Only 3% of agents are under 30.  My thinking is that is a Millennial buyer is say 32 – do they really want to deal with an agent that just GOT their license?  The beauty of this business is not only knowledge but WORLD experience.  Solving the 100000 problems and questions that constantly appear in transactions.  So our age group has to be UP on technology!  NO doubt!  Isn’t the magic bullet being our age with Tech knowledge and experience?  Do those buyers really need another friend?  Or a Real Estate Professional.

It’s the Google generation.  However it’s still about knowledge, service, immediate response, amazing problem solving and communications that bridges the age group and can do the job that is needed to service any age client!

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A rare opportunity to live ONE block from the sand and boardwalk to Carlsbad State Beach.  This Carlsbad Beach 2 Bedroom Townhome is located in one of the best locations of Carlsbad.  Walk to restaurants, the village and of course “the beach”!   Two stories with beautiful Maple Wood Floors, Fireplace, granite and stainless kitchen.   Patio and balconies off Great Room, kitchen area, and both Bedrooms.   Double Masters each with walk in closet and own balcony!  The property has been freshly painted and gone over with “fine tooth comb” and looks fabulous!

Located in the small Maple Street Townhome Complex the units are occupied with 95% owner occupancy- meaning great pride in how it is maintained.   The kitchen offers gas stove and stainless refrigerator and has pass thru window to the patio directly off the dining room area.  The great room is wide and open and floats just about any furniture décor.  The large Bedrooms again have granite bathrooms and either one can be the Master.  Located in the fabulous Carlsbad School District this is a very well kept and loved home!  Ready for the new tenant.  Owner seeks someone that would like a long term rental which are hard to find at this price and this location!  Come home to the beach!

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Empanadas de Pavo or Turkey Picadillo Empanadas are both fairly easy to make and yet different and super tasty!  I had an inkling for Sunday dinner to make something out of the ordinary for the weekly video.  I am Spanish and grew up with Spanish style food and for some reason these came to mind.  Basically Empanadas are from Spain, Portugal, South America, Cuba – all the “tasty food” countries!  Well my taste anyway!  I think you will enjoy these and as they can be made small for appetizers or larger for entrée they are yummy and versatile!   You can actually stuff these guys with cheese, fruit, meat, anything that you would put in a turn over.  You can also freeze them for a week or so if they are wrapped individually.  Just throw in oven don’t even have to defrost.

INGREDIENTS –  made about 10 appetizer size Empanadas

  •  2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2  medium onion – chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves – chopped – if huge use 4
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 12 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Cuban Seasoning
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • Stuffed Pimento Olives- large ones – about 10- chopped
  • 14 Oz Can Italian Tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 package Pillsbury Frozen Pie Crust Dough – BOTH crusts


FIXINGS – Heat oven – 425 degrees

Cook onion and garlic in heavy skillet – stir till soften.  Add Cumin, Oregano and Cuban Spices — IF you can’t find or don’t have Cuban Spices – and you have a lemon – just grate a little bit in with seasonings.  I cook by taste and improvisation!  Cook about 1 minute and stir in turkey!  You can totally use Beef-  we are just to use to turkey in our kitchen that if someone tells us it’s going to kill us we are DEAD!  Death by ground turkey!  News alert!

Cook until turkey has no lumps – stir stir stir!  It should be as fine as you can get it.  Add the raisins and the olives, Lawry’s seasoning salt, pepper and tomatoes with juice.     DON’T be SCARED!  Taste the sauce – if you want to add more olives or raisins GO for it!  It’s all about what it taste like to you – this is not exact science!!  Stir occasionally and cook until liquid is reduced but still MOIST.  Spread on large dish to cool!

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!  If meat is warm it will MELT the dough.  That is NOT pretty!

Take large sheet of wax paper- if its slippery use dampened towel underneath.  Roll out pie dough –  I only had a 4″ disk so my Empanadas were appetizer size.  It you want to use the tomato can as a disk you can make larger entrée size.  Actually you would have to use larger tomato can! Or very large wine glass.

Place a couple of tablespoons of the Empanada Picadillo mixture in the dough disk and top with slice of boiled egg.  Moisten edge of disk with water and fold over to form a semicircle, then crimp with fork.  See photo!

These can be fried — but then they are fried.  I find that putting them in the oven until they are brown and crispy works JUST fine for us that would like to stay in their skinny jeans!

SERVE WITH – Black beans, a little brown rice (or white if you prefer) and I fry some NORMAL bananas – not Plantains – in a little vegetable oil and top with dab of Pure Maple Syrup.  These bananas are to “die for”–and in my opinion much tastier than Plantains!


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