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Food: Chicken Florentine

I decided to take this week off – from work and even the new /strange lifestyle we’ve all been living since the social distancing and all. It is a staycation naturally, where I had to find creative ways to be outdoors and away from San Francisco’s dreary ‘summer months.’ In case you don’t know, San Francisco has the coldest summer with heavy fog, drizzle, wind and nothing but gray. I’ll be talking about the staycation next week, once I’ve put my concept together on how to present the blog post to you all. In the meantime, just know, I am still cooking at home, in the evenings and this recipe is the winner for tonight’s dinner: Yes mother, we are having chicken 🙂 INGREDIENTS 1 large egg, beaten 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or use gluten free 4 boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (about 3/4 inch thick) kosher salt and pepper 10 tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed (see note) 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, smashed 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 4 ounces buffalo or regular mozzarella, torn 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup fresh basil, …

Food: Side Dish 101

I live for side dishes – and with each meal plan them carefully so to use up the freshest of ingredients I purchased from the grocers. Which is what led me to this list of side dishes to consider adding the perfect to the simply meal. I normally shift between roasted tomatoes, cabbage slaw, roasted peppers, roasted potatoes and sometimes rice. {featured image and source full credit}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Chicken Caesar Salad Altered

There is at least one day a week, I serve a chicken dish to the family – my mother included. However, when I mention that dinner would be chicken related, she cringes – not sure why. I do ask her, and she says, chicken is good. You do what you think is best. So, this pesto chicken Caesar salad recipe it is with a few alterations to fit our dietary needs: INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 2 cups torn ciabatta bread (no bread for us) 2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks 1/2 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and black pepper 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 8 ounces burrata cheese, at room temperature (this may be mozzarella instead) fresh herbs, for serving, such as chives, thyme, and basil PARMESAN TAHINI DRESSING 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil juice of 2 lemons 1/4 cup tahini 2 tablespoons dijon mustard {toss up on the dijon since family not a fan} 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1-2 cloves garlic, grated kosher salt and black pepper 1/3 cup grated parmesan {continued} Question of …

Food: Dinner Tonight- Coconut Basil Chicken

I’ve been craving flavorful meals, zesty, spicy and full of energy (yes food can have energy) so with chicken breast being thawed today, I am going to attempt this recipe for tonight’s dinner – in hope my mother will appreciate the cuisine. A little less on the spicier side for her palette INGREDIENTS 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, thinly sliced 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper using more or less to your taste kosher salt and black pepper 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 2 zucchini or summer squash, diced 2 ears sweet corn, kernels removed from the cob 2-3 medium shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly torn 2 cups cooked basmati rice toasted sesame seeds for serving {more} {featured image and recipe full credit and source}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Salad with Avocado, Mango and Feta Cheese

I bought mango over the weekend – not the usual kind but Ataulfo – which I remember having a version of it in the middle east as a child. Weird I know. But I did – in the hills of Lebanon, somehow, someone had sliced and chilled a few and served it to us one very hot summer evening, seated on a terrace, chatting up with friends and family. Anyway, this is the reason I bought the Ataulfo mango and I guess the internet realizing my nostalgia, offered up this recipe for me to consider for tonight’s dinner –  and instead of feta which I don’t have at home, I will be slicing up Cotija cheese. Recipe 2 ripe mangos, cubed 1 avocado, cubed 6 oz of feta, cubed handful of mint, chopped handful of chives, chopped handful of basil, chopped 1/4 cup of pistachios, chopped juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp good olive oil flakey salt to taste fresh ground black pepper to taste {more} {featured image and recipe full credit On another note …

Food: Saturday Brunch or Dinner – Includes White Beans

During the mad rush to stock up the kitchen cupboards, I decided cans of Cannellini beans would be in order. Since I do love them- cooked, drizzled with olive oil, dash of Thyme , sprinkled with Parmesan. Easy, and filling – it was also my go-to for lunch at the office. So, I stood with the cabinet doors opened, staring at four cans of Cannellini beans and two of chickpeas wondering how to spice it up – since as usual my mother would be my worst food critic to please. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome. Here’s the recipe I’ll be testing for this evening’s dinner minus orzo/pasta option. Can you taste it? I can: 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 medium onion, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 cups water 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups orzo or ditalini pasta 14 ounces diced tomatoes, juices included (one can) 14 ounces cooked cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained (one can) Finely grated zest plus juice from 1 small lemon 3 cups to 4 cups chopped Tuscan or curly kale, any …

Food: Eggplant Pasta

Here’s how my Wednesday mornings go – at 5:30 a.m. I start with a larger chain grocery store to purchase all the essentials – which include meat. But for some reason the abundant amount of chicken is no longer the case, nor the free-range and organic versions. Quality beef is scarce and seafood is now more prepackaged.  Which might be an indication that I need to slowly get my family used to eating more plant-based, and less meat or just keep on freaking out until the refrigerator sections are filled again. So an hour ago, I announced to my mother that we are not having meet this coming week and all recipes will be mostly veggie based. She batted her eyes at me, and said – whatever you think is best. Here’s what’s for dinner tonight: Eggplant pasta with not so much spice for the little old lady I refer to as MOM 😉  and lots of Parmesan cheese  – trust me. 2 medium eggplants 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black …

Dessert: Coconut Pie

I woke up today craving all sorts of desserts – so you know where my mind was about dinner tonight – or maybe after dinner tonight: INGREDIENTS CRUST 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar 6 tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed COCONUT FILLING 4 large egg yolks 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 (14 ounce) cans full fat coconut milk 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons salted butter 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 cup cold heavy cream zest of 1 lemon toasted coconut, for serving  {more here} Featured image and recipe source and full credit