What have you been up to in the kitchen?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Simple baked chicken parmasan

This is quick, and simple, and tastes pretty good. I keep a jar of red sauce in the fridge and was looking for something new.

Take chicken breast or strips, slice into small strips about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long. Pour just enough olive oil into a skillet to coat the bottom and put the chicken in to simmer in the olive oil on med heat. Turn over the chicken and right before it's done pull the peices out of the skillet and dip into some bread crumbs with your favorite italian spices to bread it and put it back in to get the breading crispy (if you're like me don't worry if you can't get the breading to stick, it'll taste good anyway). After the breading is done, remove the chicken pour off any remaining olive oil. Put the chicken back in the skillet and pour in just enough red sauce to cover the chicken about 1/2 way and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Add in some shredded mozzerrela cheese, feta too if you have any. While the chicken/sauce is simmering prepare some noodles, I usually use alfredo noodles or else thin spaghetti (wheat is good), drain it and put it into a 10x10 casarole dish, add a layer of shredded cheese, a layer of red sauce, another layer of cheese, then the chicken and red sauce. Sprinkle more of the breading mixture over the chicken, add a little more cheese on top and pop in the oven somewhere between 350-375 for 15 minutes or so. Goes great with breadsticks and a bottle of Riuninit Lambrusco .

If you're picking up everything to make it for 2, the wine and everything should be less than $25 and you'll have enough chicken, redsauce, cheese, etc to make another meal of something else later. Labrusco is one of my favorite cheap dark wines, I keep a bottle just to sip on as it's sweet and dark oh yeah, and cheap :P

Speaking of wines, check out the hated walmart super center. They're carrying 2 brands of wine from NC, Biltmore Estates and a brand called Hattaras Vineyards or something like that. Both a nice wines, try a bottle you'll like them.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


So, in Costa Rica, bakeries are the place to be. Actually, they are the makers of heavenly food. They make cakes, pastries, bread, and things filled with meat. I have compiled a list of the best things to buy if you ever decide to come to Costa Rica and go to a bakery.

1. Torta Chilena-this is layers of the flaky pastry stuff with caramel between the layers.

2. Lucrecia-a crouissant filled with jalapeño, toasted cheese, ground beef, and onions.

3. Enchilada-also a crouissant filled with potatos, something spicy, and ground beef.

4. Pudding-not real pudding, but it's got the texture of pudding and is really good.

5. Tres Leches-the best thing in the history of the world. It is a normal cakes soaked in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and regular milk. Hence the name, Tres Leches.

That's it. There are tons more but these are the ones to look for.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Buccaneer Barbie

This barbie does windows AND shrimp.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter S'mores

We had a barbeque at the house saturday night, and decided to conclude the evening with s'mores roasted over the 'que. We went to the corner store and picked up graham crackers and hersheys bars, but when we got to the marshmallow isle found nothing but wee lil' mallows. Feelin' a tad defeated and more than a little desperate, we walked slowly back up to the checkout line. Along the way we passed the Easter stuff, and lo-and-behold! PEEPS! Those pink and yellow bunnies and chicks..made from...MARSHMALLOWS!! DING DING DING!