Thursday, August 04, 2022

Reading and Cooking
{Galbraith, Solomons, Harper and Parmesan Crusted Chicken}

I just realized I haven't posted since July.  There were a number of things going on which put blogging / visiting on the back burner.  We were going to take a trip out west then circumstances changed here / then we read about wildfire and other natural disasters which had us evaluate the time, money and more. But with those plans and other events at the house, etc I just didn't get online much.

Ok, that said - Let's get to it!  Here's my mini roundup of reading and cooking.

Books / I have been a fan of Catherine Steadman for quite a while and just finished her latest book The Family Game.  This is an ARC and will be published November 8, 2022.  Great suspense.  I am currently reading I, Mona Lisa by Natasha Solomons. 

Very much looking forward to the latest books by Robert Galbraith The Ink Black Heart (coming out in August) and Jane Harper's book Exiles coming out next January.  She is returning to the Aaron Falk series!!!

In the Kitchen/ I have been flipping through this cookbook and decided to make the Parmesan-crusted chicken cutlets.  Real Simple is a great magazine and this old cookbook is full of nice easy recipes.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
2 large eggs
1 TB Dijon mustard
2 1/4 cups finely grated Parmesan
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
olive oil

In shallow bowl whick together eggs and mustard. In a separate bowl combine Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.  Dip cutlets into egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then coat in bread crumb mixture.

Repeat with the other cutlets and then heat olive oil in a pan.  Cook cutlets, turning once, until browned - about 3 to 4 minutes per side.  You'll have to do this in batches unless you have an enormous frying pan.
This may be served on Boston lettuce with lemon wedges on the side.  That looks pretty.  

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Deb at Readerbuzz for Sunday Salon.

Marg at The Intrepid Reader for Weekend Cooking

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Sunday Salon

Cool Surprise / Loki is barking his fool head off so I walk outside and see our mailman driving up.  We didn't order anything so this was a surprise.  Thank you to my sweet friend in Texas! 

Watching / Cowboy movies.  Lots and lots of old cowboy movies.  We have been checking them out of the library and just about all of them are new to me.  I didn't grow up watching them but Doug has had some great suggestions. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was particulary good.

In the Kitchen/ I participated at Cook the Books and read Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour.  The inspired dish was Tomato and Eggplant Tien.

Books / Catherine Steadman's upcoming book The Family Game is keeping me busy right now.  I have read her three previous books and enjoyed them.  This one is an ARC from Netgalley to be published November 8, 2022.

Just purchased I, Mona Lisa by Natasha Solomons and looking forward to that.

That's my roundup. I am still sporting a knee brace but whatever it takes to keep moving (slowly). 

 Sharing with Deb at Readerbuzz for Sunday Salon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

 A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain is the latest selection at Cook the Books. Our host is Claudia at Honey from the Rock and her announcement may be found HERE.

Anthony Bourdain is the bad boy of the kitchen chefs. He could be obnoxious, crude and yet entertaining. The chapter called where food comes from was a bit gory. Did I ever feel bad for that pig and apparently, so did Bourdain.

One of the stories I enjoyed the most was called West Coast. He told how he managed to get a reservation at the French Laundry bringing his friends Eric Ripert , Scott Brian and Michael Ruhlman.  He worried Thomas Keller would not allow him to get a reservation and thought how he could accomplish this. Apparently the French Laundry reservation list can be a difficult and lengthy process as many people want to eat there. As Bourdain needed a camera crew into the kitchen as well as the dining room, having Keller approve this seemed like a doubtful proposition. Obviously he managed it.

The chapter titled back to the beach where he and his brother returned to a family home was excellent. They rented motor scooters, they went to small bistros, they enjoyed stinky cheese and baguettes, Bordeaux reds and oysters. 

That chapter made me think about the Williams Sonoma cookbook, Essentials of French Cooking.  From this book I prepared Tomato and Eggplant Tian.

Here it is fresh from the oven.  I will certainly make this again.  It's vegetarian and could be a main course but I served it as a side.

Tomato and Eggplant Tien

2 small globe eggplants

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

6 ripe juicy tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup coarse dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Trim stems off the ends of eggplant then cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange slices on a bakiing sheet in a single layer.  Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I lined the baking sheet with parchment paper and that worked well.

Cook until eggplant is slightly browned, about 15 minutes. Turn slices over and cook 10 minutes longer.  You'll be glad you used parchment paper so it doesn't stick.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop the tomatoes and place in a bowl with their juices. Add salt, pepper, garlic and thyme.

After the eggplant is removed from oven, raise temperature to 450 F. Coat a gratin dish with olive oil. Arrange eggplant slices in the dish, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with half the basil. Spread the tomato mixture over the eggplant, lifting the slices slightly to allow juices to run underneath. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs and dot with butter.

Bake until tomatoes are bubbling and bread crumbs are browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining fresh basil and serve at once. 

This came out well and I can recommend the recipe.  It doesn't call for Parmesan cheese but a sprinkling of fresh parm over the hot dish was good. 

There is still time to link up at Cook the Books - go check it out! Much thanks to Claudia at Honey from the Rock for hosting.

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I love eggplant.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday Salon
{Books, wine and cookery}

Sunday Salon time.......It's very hot here - we stay in quite a bit as it's like walking into a dog's mouth when you step outdoors. Our walk starts early before the humidity makes the air feel like we're pushing through syrup.  But inside time means more time to read and try new recipes.  The bright side of summer heat :-)

In the kitchen / I tried a new recipe called Greek Goddess BakeI've also made oatmeal in the slow cooker.  The slow cooker oatmeal is set up overnight so that's a handy thing. Waking up to breakfast prepared is very nice. 2 1/2 cups water and a cup of oatmeal.  Set the slow cooker to low before you go the bed.

I add a tiny bit of milk and raspberry jam, sometimes a handful of blueberries. We use Doug's ancient slow cooker as it's a smaller size, much better for the oatmeal than the bigger modern one I have.  This lovely avocado green device is about 48 years old and still works a treat!

Reading / Have I ever mentioned how much I love my Kindle.  It's very old and I hope I don't need to replace it anytime soon as then I'd need a new cover as well. It's great to have on RV trips. Anyway.......I liked Jenny O'Brien's final book in the Gaby Darin series called Cold Grave by Jenny O'Brien.  That's book 6 and the last one.  

Currently read Matt Haig's book How To Stop Time.  I liked The Midnight Library Better, so far.

Sipping / Sometimes Pinot Noir is too weak for my taste but this's wonderful.

That's it for me this week.  Still playing Wordle and comtemplating picking up crochet again. What is going on in your world?  I'd love to hear about your reading list.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Greek Goddess Pasta Bake

While I know recipes are abundant online I occasionally like looking through magazines.  Sometimes it's nice to do it "old-school" and once in awhile it's just easier on my eyes to flip pages instead of looking at a screen.

I have found several recipes to try from this Taste of Home magazine and here is the first one.  

This is the magazine photo. Much more appealing than my photo.


And here is how my casserole turned out.  Not appealing looking at all :-(  
That said, it was tasty the first evening.  If I make it again I will definitely cut the recipe in half as it's just the two of us.

This is chock full of spinach, feta, olives and onions and so, as I mentioned, the first night was good but I didn't think it heated over well. The person who contributed the recipe to ToH magazine stated she takes it to potluck and there is never any leftover.

Note: You could make this vegetarian by substituting tofu or TVP for the chicken.

Greek Goddess Pasta Bake

3 1/2 uncooked whole grain spiral or penne pasta

4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast 

1can (29 ounce) tomato sauce 

1 can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes, drained 

1 package (10 ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

2 small cans sliced olives, drained

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 teaspoon each dried oregano and basil

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 

Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to directions, drain into large bowl, combine pasta chicken, tomato sauce, tomatoes, spinach, olives, onions, green pepper, basil and oregano.

Transfer to a 13 x 9” baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese.

 Bake uncovered until heated through and cheese is melted, about 25 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with oregano or basil basil.

Sharing with Marg at The Intrepid Reader for Weekend Cooking.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

I did not give up blogging

Hello and happy Sunday! There was a dump of info I thought to share but it's way too complainy so I'll just give you a nutshell version. 

We took a trip in the RV but didn't have a signal much of the time, at least in campsite. So zero blogging. Tried to chase cooler temps, read a lot, fell and hurt my knee (again), headed home. I have probably been to Tallahassee Orthopedic clinic more in the last year and half than I ever wanted. Fortunately we have good insurance but I can tell you, our benefits were better before medicare. We did pay more then too but....

Ok, it's getting too whiny so here is my update. :-)

Books /  The Dr Ruth Galloway series was very appealing to me at first with the mysteries, police investigations and archaeology.  I enjoyed reading about the excavations of Roman villages.  Sadly there is too much drama as the series goes on.  I posted on these three titles on the book blog.   The Crossing Places ,  The Janus Stone and The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths was my limit for this series.

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark was good, got that one from NetGalley. This month I've gotten a few magazines to peruse. Paul McCartney turned 80 so I have the Time magazine and People special.  I was fortunate enough to have seen McCartney waaaay back in 1977.

Random things /  My friend Stacy in Texas told me about another word game. In addition to Wordle I now play Quordle. It's four times the Wordle game. 

 I don’t know why, but I really want this puzzle. 

And that is the non-exciting update from my part of the world. Hoping to get back into a groove and visit some folks online later. :-)

 Sharing with Deb at Readerbuzz for Sunday Salon.

Reading and Cooking<br>{Galbraith, Solomons, Harper and Parmesan Crusted Chicken}</br>

I just realized I haven't posted since July.  There were a number of things going on which put blogging / visiting on the back burner.  ...