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Pepperjack Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This recipe comes as another crowd-pleaser with only twenty minutes of preparation time.  This is perfect for a busy evening!  It serves four and has a cook time of 40 minutes. 


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded (up to 6 oz)

½ package of cream cheese

1 c frozen spinach thawed and drained (or fresh cooked spinach)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp Cajun seasoning

1 tbsp breadcrumbs

Sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Lots of toothpicks 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a heavy rolling pin, flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, cream cheese, salt and pepper.  Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl. 

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten the seams with several toothpicks.  This part requires a tiny bit of skill and it typically needs about 8 toothpicks in each roll to ensure none of the filling seeps out.  Be sure to count how many total toothpicks were used!

Brush each chicken breast with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side up onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup).  Then bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving.  Count to make sure you have removed every last toothpick.  Serve whole or slice into medallions.

This recipe can also be pre-prepared, covered, and refrigerated for a later bake time.  Steamed broccoli and carrots pair together to make a delicious meal!  

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Wednesday, January 232013

Growing for Market

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park

1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane

Kissimmee, FL 34744

Interested in growing produce to sell at farmer’s markets? Select Osceola County markets are now specializing in offering locally grown and crafted products. In this workshop, we’ll give an overview of growing tips for market farming, what consumers want to buy, market requirements, business considerations, and Q & A time.


Thursday, January 24th

Intro to Beekeeping


$25.00 fee.  Registration deadline is Jan 16th.

Taught by a backyard beekeeper, this seminar offers an overview of how to acquire your own bee colony: what tools and supplies are needed, handling bees, determining bee colony health and treatment, harvesting honey and more. It is recommended that participants attend a “Beekeeping: is it for me?” presentation prior to this seminar. Participants receive the 244pg. “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees”.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spring Vegetable Gardening

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park

1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee

Located at Bill Beck Blvd. & US 192

Learn the basics of growing vegetables in Florida, different vegetable seasons, common pests and diseases that may attack your crops.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Food Preservation (Canning) - Strawberry Jalapeno Jam

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park  Pre-registration is required

Do you ever wonder how your mom or grandmother used to can all of those tasty fruits and veggies? Now you can do it yourself in this hands-on class where you will make your own jar of jam from start to finish! Enjoy the sweet taste of strawberries mixed with the jalapeno’s subtle bite. Receive this recipe with other handouts so you can try more recipes at home. $10 fee per jar to cover cost of materials.


Tuesdays, January 29 - February 26, 2013

Master Wildlifer Online

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Landowners, land managers and wildlife enthusiasts can learn how to manage wildlife on their land by participating in the live online webinar format. A panel of renowned wildlife biologists, conservation experts and habitat managers for educational sessions on wildlife ecology and management and will include sessions on white-tailed deer, coyote, wild hog, non-game wildlife conservation and wild turkey.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Taking Control of Your Money

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park

1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee

Located at Bill Beck Blvd. & US 192

Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Limited Pesticide License Review

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park

1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee

Located at Bill Beck Blvd. & US 192.

A license is necessary for each commercial landscape maintenance person who applies pesticides to their customer’s properties. Applications are limited to plant beds and shrubs, not turf.


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