The title of this post is a bit misleading, I must admit. The first time I saw this dish, I thought it to be a pepperoni pizza. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was chicken parm without the pasta. I was floored.
This dish came into my life at a restaurant on a Tuesday. My dear friend was visiting from LA and was meeting colleagues of ours at a restaurant close to my apartment. Knowing I would not join if the restaurant was downtown, I think Allison chose this location on purpose so I would have zero opportunity to beg off. Girl, you know me well. Anyway, as our meals were being served, I looked at her plate and said “I thought you were having chicken parm?” She too was confused and before we could say another word, the waiter said “That is the chicken parm.” Upon closer inspection, we realized they had taken the chicken breast and pounded it to a round pizza crust shape. Genius!
Below is my attempt to replicate the dish at home.
2 medium chicken breasts
shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. red sauce
Preheat oven to 350.
Whisk eggs with pinch of salt. Set aside. Season flour with a pinch of salt and place in a deep bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a third deep bowl.
Take chicken breasts and pound them with a meat tenderizer to a circle shape. Keep in mind a shape like a mini pizza while you are hammering away on that breast. Once you have obtained the shape, pat dry before covering in flour. Then dip generously in the egg, allowing excess to drip off. Finally, smother it in breadcrumbs.
Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until done. Remove and pour heated red sauce on top, covering entire surface. Toss mozzarella generously. Dot the area with pepperonis and sprinkle with oregano. Return to oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
Tags: chicken, easy, pizza, supper
Because the breasts are so thin and oven temperatures vary, please keep an eye on the breasts while they are in the oven. Don’t want to burn those beauties! I do not specify amounts of the various ingredients here because you should add each ingredient to your palate’s choice. I love cheese so I will go insane on the shredded mozzarella. Mounds. Those of you avoiding carbs, this is a great way to convince yourself that you are indeed having pizza.
The shape of the breasts make this a fun dish to serve to your guests. Keep ‘em guessing!
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As most of you know, I live in the heart of Manhattan. I spend a lot of time observing behaviors of thousands of people trying to move within a small space of sidewalk every day. Literally thousands. One can imagine the amount of both good and kind behavior as well as bad and unseemly. Today I need to speak on the bad and unseemly.
Last week I was walking through a very busy intersection. Intersections in Manhattan often remind me of two sides of a medieval battle where each warring faction lines up on each side of the street, waiting for the white walking human sign to illuminate. This night was no different. It was just a bit after six which meant most people were heading out of their offices and to dinner, the train, the gym, home, or anything else one can imagine. The two sides of the streets each had its own mob of humans. Once the light changed, traffic stopped and our walk sign lit up. After barreling through the oncoming mob, I got to the other side and noticed a blind man walking with a cane. I see this more frequently than I ever imagined and each time my heart swells with pride that these strangers are so strong that they can maneuver through this city. Truly amazing.
I digress. So I am on the other side of the street and notice a blind man with a cane stepping up onto the sidewalk and he proceeds to walk straight into a young woman carrying what appears to be a piece of art in a cardboard box (narrow, almost flat, perhaps 18 x 24). His cane has tapped around her so he does not realize she is there. She can clearly see him but stands there in his way without moving. He walks into her again and tries to get around her. She just stands there, like a deer in headlights not knowing what to do. He speaks “Excuse me” and she just stands there. Frozen. Unable to move. Unable to speak. He walks into her yet again and this time is able to get around her.
Either she has never seen a blind person before or she is simply ignorant. Many of you will write to me and comment that perhaps she thought standing still was the best way for him to gracefully make his way around her. I had thought that as well. The first time. But after the second and the third, I simply think she was so absorbed in her protecting her piece of art, she forgot to be humane and kind. I also wondered if there was a language barrier as I do live in a city with many languages. No words were spoken from her mouth. It was a very uncomfortable moment to witness and it took all I had not to pull her aside and hopefully teach her about the importance of being kind to those who have less than she. And by saying this man had less, I am simply speaking to his eye sight.
Some may ask what I would recommend one doing in this situation. Speech is the best course of action when in the company of a blind person. Their sense of hearing is much stronger than yours or mine and is your best way to communicate. Imagine that, communication on a busy street in NYC. I can only hope.
Be good to one another.
Tags: etiquette, Manners
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Yes, making blueberry cobbler out of season is a bit odd for me to recommend. I try to utilize fresh ingredients where and when I can so blueberries in the fall is unusual. Why this post is the exception to the rule is 1) I love blueberries and 2) I froze many quarts of blueberries in May while they were in season. Yay for freezing for the fall and winter! With that said, today I made a delicious blueberry cobbler for the doormen in my building. Seriously, you think I can keep these delicious treats in my home for me? I would look like Mama Cass if I ate every last morsel of the treats I bake.
This recipe came from the lovely set of encyclopedias I bought several years ago. I have enjoyed exploring the recipes of yesteryear and this one is no different. It’s very simple and a good recipe for first time bakers.
2 c. blueberries (thawed if you are using frozen berries)
few grains salt
1 egg, well beaten
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
Preheat oven to 425. Add salt and sugar to taste to berries. Add egg and spread in buttered baking dish. Dot with butter.
Cream butter. Add sugar gradually and add egg. In separate bowl, mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Cover berries with batter and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
I dotted the blueberry mixture with close to a quarter cup of butter because that’s what I have learned from Paula Deen. I also generously sprinkled the top with sugar before I put it in the oven. Don’t forget whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Tags: berries, dessert, easy, simple
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Over there on the right hand side of this page is a list of sites I love. Go ahead and look, I will wait for you…
Find it? It’s a short list of sites I am confident in sharing with you as I know you will have great satisfaction with the content. Today, after many months of silence, I am back to my site for a myriad of reasons but the first one is to share with you the Cherry Socks site. It’s written by a very creative, uplifting and thoughtful woman. She is able to find meaning in many of life’s worst moments. I find her posts cheering, funny and always inspiring. She has given me many tips on how to better my home, my life and my waistline. She also happens to be my sister (in-law but who cares about the fine print?).
Just as you check in with me daily, I hope you will add her to your list of sites to visit.
Tags: Just Amy, tips
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Even though we stopped exchanging gifts a few years ago, I was surprised to have a few ‘stocking stuffers’ from my guy this year. Many stocking stuffers are nail polish, lip gloss or the like. All great treats in their own right. But mine were custom tailored to the things I love. I got this which is now sitting on my nightstand. Yes, I am a 10 year old boy at times. I also got a lovely collection of vintage Pennsylvania cookbooks. I was overjoyed when I was reading them because of all the unusual recipes and what many will feel are old-fashioned methods of cooking and baking.
As I hunted for my first recipe to try, I found myself entranced by the Favorite Recipes of Pennsylvania Meats. It appears to be a fundraising tool but does not say from whom it was purchased. The publishing date is MCMLXV or 1966. I thought I would begin with something simple and not too unusual like jellied veal loaf.
I chose this simple ground beef noodle casserole. It’s a great dish that can be quickly prepared on a school night. The leftovers also reheat quite nicely.
1 med. onion, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 8-oz. package noodles (I used egg noodles)
1 Tbsp. salt
1 can tomato soup
1 sm. can mushrooms (I had fresh and chopped 6)
1/2 lb. American cheese, grated (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
Preheat oven to 350. Brown onion in butter; add beef and brown. Cook noodles in 3 quarts salted water until tender. Drain; rinse in hot water. Add to meat. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Mix and place in greased casserole. Top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.
Mrs. Bert Wynn, of Rebersburg, PA contributed this recipe. You can add other vegetables like black olives, broccoli, zucchini and many others. If you have a large family, I suggest doubling the recipe so you are certain to have some leftovers. This is one of those dishes that tastes even better after an overnight refrigerator session. My guy gives the best gifts. Enjoy!
Tags: beef, casserole, easy, supper
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Today our nation honors one of the greatest public servants the world has ever known, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people will remember the greatness of this man in different ways. Some will visit his new memorial in D.C., others will attend special church services. Since many of you have the day off and are lovers of the kitchen, I am encouraging you to spend the morning baking. Bake as many cakes, pies and cupcakes as you possibly can. Then donate everything you have made to a local soup kitchen. Our soup kitchens in America are in crisis. The donations are at an all time low and many will go hungry tonight. Giving something of which you possess a great talent is low in cost and high in reward. Everyone loves dessert. It will be your service today and honor the service of Dr. King. Do for others today.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”–the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
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I have never met a jar of peanut butter that didn’t love me. I love it with chocolate, with marshmallow, and with a giant spoon.
When I was in college, I worked at a restaurant that was famous for their peanut butter pie. We sold more slices and complete pies than anything else on the dessert menu. I have been looking for a peanut butter pie that would remind me of this delicacy of yesteryear and, with this recipe, I just may have.
2 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
12-oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
9-inch graham cracker pie crust
Blend cream cheese and peanut butter together until smooth and creamy; set aside. Mix powdered sugar and whipped topping together; blend into cream cheese mixture. Spread in pie crust. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. Before serving, top with whipped cream.
I use Martha Stewart’s recipe for homemade whipped cream (for pie topping):
1 c. heavy cream
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
In a deep mixing bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle sugar over cream; beat until soft speaks return. Do not overbeat.
For the fresh whipped cream, chill the whisk or beaters and bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. I allowed the pie to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before I added the cream, cut and served. Next time I may crush some Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and sprinkle over the whipped cream. Enjoy!
Tags: dessert, easy, pie, simple
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