Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chicken Cutlets with Basil Parsley Sauce

Chicken Cutlets with Basil-Parsley Sauce

This is from Rachael Ray,  I wish I could claim it but I really do not have those kind of skills.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken cutlets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano, a couple of handfuls
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (3-ounce) jar pine nuts (pignoli)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Olive oil, for shallow frying

Basil- Parsley Sauce:

  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
  • 1 Roma or plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped, for garnish

Directions

Season the cutlets with salt and pepper on both sides turn lightly in flour.
Combine next 7 ingredients in food processor and pulse-process the crumbs to chop the spices, garlic and nuts and evenly distribute the flavors throughout the crumb and cheese mixture. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Beat eggs in a separate shallow dish.
Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan, over medium to medium high heat. Coat the cutlets in eggs then breading and add to the hot oil. Cook cutlets in a single layer, in 2 batches if necessary, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, until cutlets' juices run clear and breading is evenly browned.
Return food processor bowl to base and add basil, parsley and lemon juice. Add a little salt and pepper. Turn processor on and stream in oil until a loose paste forms.
Serve chicken cutlets with a generous amount of basil and parsley sauce poured over the cutlets. Garnish the chicken with finely chopped Roma tomato. Serve Cheesy Risi e Bisi alongside.

I did not serve with Cheesy Risi e Bisi because peas and rice to me do not mix.  Plain rice was fabulous.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Prize Winning Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins...Totally lowfat...Just like Great Harvest's

They are not really prize winning but they should be and they are to me each time I eat them.  I said low fat but I am pretty sure they are fat free after all candy corn is.

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 16 oz pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I always use half applesauce)
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
12 oz chocolate chips (I am fairly certain I use way more than that, that is waht makes them fat free)

Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes.  Here is my tip.  I love them at Great Harvest how they are huge.  So I always fill my muffin cups to the top so they are huge muffins.  Love them so much.  I Think I could eat them everyday.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween Shirts



Here are some Halloween shirts that I made from one shirt I got at a thrift store.  I used the sayings on the shirt and then made one entire shirt out of the original shirt for my daughter.  Due to some cutting on the shirts by my adorable 2 year old, my daughters shirt is not very straight.  And because I can't find my normal needles I have yet to put the eyes on the mummy on my sons shirt.  Hopefully we will get some good use out of the them at least for the month.

Fall Garland




Here is a simple Fall Garland that I put together today.  It was very simple to do and turned out great.

Supplies Needed:
Styrofoam pumpkins or gourds
Ribbon (can use jute)
fake leaves
glue gun
large yard needle
drill and drill bit

Okay, first I gathered my supplies and then with the drill and drill bit, I drilled through the middle of my pumpkins and gourds.  Then I wanted to use jute but I could not find mine anywhere in the house.  I had some orange polka dot ribbon that is 3/8 inch wide.  I threaded my large yarn needle with the ribbon and threaded through the pumpkin and gourds.  I had to use a little thing to push my needle through.  Once I got that done, I made sure there 6-10 inches between each fruit item.  Are pumpkins a fruit or a vegetable?  Not really relevant I guess.  Then I started gluing the leaves between the fruits.  I made a loop on each end of the garland and hung it up.  When I looked at it hanging up some of the ribbon was all twisted and such so I glued some more leaves on both sides of the ribbon so when it twisted you wouldn't see the veins on the leaves.  It really added to my lack of Halloween decor items.