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Mother’s Day Calls for Mom’s Chicken

Cookbooks, recipe cards, recipe files, have all been replaced by Pinterest, online cookbooks and online recipe sites such as Cooks, Epicurious, Delish,  All Recipes, Cooking Channel, Taste of Home and more. It’s not a bad thing, but for sure, you will find a multitude of variations on anything you want to cook.

Wedding showers were the best. Often times, the gift was to include a recipe card for the bride’s recipe files. I vividly recall attending a friend’s wedding shower more years ago than I like to remember. As Connie opened her gifts with the attached recipe card, her mother proudly announced, “The next grease mark on any of my cookbooks will be the first!”  We all politely smiled and nodded in agreement. 

How things have changed. Cooking is now an ‘in thing,’ whether created by television cooking programs like “The Chew,” or perhaps drinking too much wine in a restaurant became hazardous to your ability to drive home safely. In any event, it has changed, and the new customs of sharing great memories of food with friends and family is deep-rooted in the days long ago when it was customary to many ethnicities. 

My mother, Marilyn, an artist, created a cookbook with matching bookmarks, many years ago and sold them at a local gift shop with the help of her sister, Dorothy, and Polly Paphilous, the food editor for the Akron Beacon Journal. It never made the best seller list, but I can assure you that anyone who purchased a copy was privy to some delicious recipes. One of my favorites and super easy is “Mom’s Chicken.” I typically use boneless, skinless thighs which I find more flavorful and moist. The Parmesan cheese forms a delicious crust. Remember to grease your pan.

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Dear Friends,

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you, your mom, or any woman in your life who has provided the unconditional love and caring that it takes to be a great role model and give children the ability to reach for the stars.

My mother is 87 this year and still loves to bake cookies for my father turning 90. I’m blessed, not only with still having them in my life, but also for the wonderful memories I will cherish forever. Watch for my next blog post, “Cookie Nirvana,” where I will feature some of my mom’s most delicious cookie recipes. Until next time….

MOTHER'S DAY       🍷Cheers! Laura

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EASY & FLAVORFUL MEALS…Winner, Winner #Chicken Dinner!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes? Amazing Siri seems to know all of the answers. Apparently, years ago in Las Vegas, the price of a bet at the roulette wheel was the same price as a chicken dinner. So, yep! Here’s a little known fact from a lesser known person!

So, today’s recipes are two winner, winner, chicken dinners! Easy, yummy and the way a Monday meal should be!

ROASTED CHICKEN & POTATOES with FENNEL

This one dish dinner takes about 10 minutes to prepare and fills your kitchen with a wonderful aroma! Serves 4

                                                                                                    TOSS TOGETHER:

  • 1 1/2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed & sliced
  • 1 C. shallots
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts tossed with olive oil & seasoned w/ salt & pepper

COMBINE:

  • 3/4 C. fresh bread crumbs or panko
  • 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan
  • 2 T. fresh thyme
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Toss potatoes, fennel & shallots with olive oil, salt & pepper
  3. Transfer to an oven proof skillet or baking pan.
  4. Roast 40 min.
  5. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, thyme, & olive oil.
  6. Season with salt & pepper.
  7. Roast 10 min. more.
  8. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

MOM’S CHICKEN

This flavorful chicken dish is sooo easy to prepare, and the savory, crispy parmesan crust  holds in the moistness of the chicken.
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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • milk
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • beer or wine (white, rose or red)
  1. Dip Chicken in milk.
  2. Roll in Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake 450* 30 min.
  4. Pour 1 T. wine or beer on each piece.
  5. Reduce heat to 375* & bake for 20 min.

 

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