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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fried Chicken Breast Po' Boys

Fried Chicken Breast Po'Boys

When I'm craving a fried chicken and a taste of New Orleans, I make a Po' Boy with fried chicken.  It's a simple sandwich, without coleslaw, but with big flavor! 


-8 fried chicken breast slices 
-4 French Bread Rolls (6 inches in length)
-2 cups of Mayonnaise
-1 large tomato, thinly sliced
-2 cups of shredded lettuce


1. Cut each of the French rolls in half, lengthwise.

2. To one side of the French roll, add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of shredded lettuce, and 2 slices of tomato.  (Do this for the rest of the French rolls.)

3. To the other side of the French bread roll, add 2 slices of the fried chicken breast.  (Do this for the rest of the French rolls.)

4.  Put the 2 sides of the French roll together.  Cut the sandwich in half and serve.  (Do this to the rest of the French rolls.)

Fried Chicken Breast Slices

Fried Chicken Breast Slices


-2 large chicken breasts, cut into thin slices with a thickness of about 1/2 inch
-2 cups of flour
-1/3 cup of chili powder
-1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
-3 cups of vegetable or grapeseed oil


1.  In a large flat bowl, add the flour the chili powder, and garlic powder. Mix well. 

2.  Add the slices of chicken into the flour one at a time.  Coat well with the flour.  Place the chicken onto a plate.

3.  In a large pan, add the oil.  Heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Add 4 - 5 chicken slices into the oil and cook for 7-8 minutes.  Turn the chicken over once, about half way through its cooking time. 

4.  Place cooked chicken onto a flat plate with two napkins on top it for about 30 seconds to one minute..  The oil from the chicken will drain onto the napkin.  Place chicken into a serving dish when it has finished draining.

Monica's Mexican Chimmichurri

Monica's Mexican Chimichurri

I love chimichuri and I love using lime juice in my recipes whenever I can.  So, I decided to change the traditional recipe, taking out the vinegar and adding lime juice instead.  This fresh salsa verde reminded me of a Mexican tomatillo salsa.  Yum!

1 cup of finely chopped Italian parsley
1 cup of finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup of chopped white or red onion
1 clove of garlic, grated
1/2 cup of lime juice
3/4 cup of olive oil
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt to taste

In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Use in tacos, on beef, poultry and fish. 

Know Where Your Food Comes From!

 Know Where Your Food Comes From!

 Many of our children today can not begin to describe to you where food comes from.  My students in middle school tell me that it comes from the market.  If I probe them further, they shrug thedir shoulders and say, "I don't know!"  When you attempt to explain to where and how it is actually grown, they respond, "Whatever...I don't care.  This is really boring!"  

It's like an older, more experienced woman once taught me, "Somebody, somewhere, needs to teach someone something."  She was absolutely right!  We need to teach children the importance of growing your own herbs, veggies and fruits.


Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs 

I have always made a conscious effort to grow herbs and veggies on my garden at home.  Anything that I had some success growing, I continued to grow.  There is a certain satisfaction in having fresh herbs and veggies growing right outside your door.  Besides the convenience of having them nearby, they have so much flavor! It's like having your own personal produce market.   What a wonderful, satisfying feeling.  

A great ephiphany I had recently is the money you save from growing your own herbs.  I have found that fresh herbs in the big supermarket chains are sold for .79 to 3.00 dollars.   If you decide to make a dish with a variety of herbs, you can spend a pretty penny just on herbs.  Ouch!

Decide which herbs you use the most in your cooking and grow them together in a big planter.  Herbs that grow well in pots include deill, cilantro, basil. mint, garlic, chives, rosemary and thyme.