The Saturday Morning Market

This past Saturday I attended my first ever farmers market.  The wife and I got up early and headed to the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg.  Farmers MarketIt was a very nice experience, even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate to much that day.  There was allot of food vendors selling a variety of things beyond fruits and vegetables.  Also there was a section for crafts and many plants and flowers for sale.  We purchased a few things at the market a chili pepper plant, local made honey, and an eggplant.  I plan on making a recipe with the eggplant just not sure what as of yet.  I have always wanted to make eggplant Parmesan so be on the lookout for that article.  I would highly recommend attending a Market in your area, you never know what you will come across and you are supporting local grown produce and local vendors.  So you can’t beat that!

Farmers Market - Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Market - Chili Peppers

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian recipes to make at home.

It is easy to make and always comes out tasty.

Ingredients

• 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

• 3 eggs

• 1 cup flour

• 1 cup Italian bread crumbs

• 3 slices mozzarella cheese

• 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Newmans Own Marinara, it is the best jar pasta sauce I have ever had)

Items used to make this recipe

• Baking Sheet

• Knife

• Measuring Cups

• Cutting board

• 3 bowls

• Aluminum Foil

• Meat Tenderizer Mallet

Chicken Parmesan - Ingredients

 

Recipe

1. First pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Get out your baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.

3. Take your chicken breast out and place them onto a cutting board.  Trim them up and remove all of the fat.  Next take out your meat tenderizer mallet and pound the chicken breast until they are about a 1/2 inch thick.  I usually try and get the thickness of the chicken even so they will cook evenly.

4. Get out your 3 bowls.  Crack your 3 eggs into one of the bowls, and mix them up.  With the other two bowls place your flour and bread crumbs in them.

Chicken Parmesan - Mixing Bowls

5. Now that you have your assembly line ready to go, here is the order that you want to bread your chicken breasts.

6. First take your chicken breast and dip it into the egg mixture.  Make sure that they get good and covered with the egg mixture.

7. Next take the chicken and cover it with flour by dipping it into the flour bowl.  Now you want to take it back to the egg mixture bowl and get it good and covered again with the egg mixture.

8. Finally, dip your chicken breast into the bread crumb bowl and get it good and covered with bread crumbs.  Then place it onto the baking sheet.

Chicken Parmesan - Breaded

9. Place the chicken into the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes.  Check for doness, they should be white through out and at a temperature of 170 degrees.

10. While your chicken is cooking, heat up your pasta sauce and have it ready for when the chicken is done.

11. Once your chicken has finished cooking take it out of the oven and then place your mozzarella cheese on top and return it to the oven to melt the cheese.  After the cheese has melted, pour on your pasta sauce and you are ready to eat.

After you make this Chicken Parmesan at home restaurant Chicken Parmesan won’t be the same again.  Make some pasta as a side and top with your sauce.  Enjoy!

 

Chicken Parmesan - Done

Spring Cleaning Time!!!

Today is the first day of Spring.  So we all know what that means.  Time to do some spring cleaning.  This past weekend I decided to get a jump start and Spring Cleaning - Spicescleaned out the kitchen cabinets in our house.  My main goal was to relocate the all of our spices to another cabinet that was more on eye level.  Before I had them above the oven which was a bit high even for me.  So take a look at my picture.  I now have all of my spices organized and it is easier to find what I am looking for now.  I also went through all of the rest of our cabinets and re-organized all of our food and went through and threw out some of the food that had expired.  So take this next weekend and clean out your kitchen cabinets and throw out any old food.  Organize them and the next time you cook your life will be that much easier.

Happy Spring!

Happy Easter!

and

Happy March Madness!

Hearty Texas Chili

What goes with a cold winter day?  CHILI!!!  So here is my recipe for Hearty Texas Chili.  It is easy to put together but can be time consuming.  But the result is well worth the wait.  This recipe is not hot, but instead has a sweet tomato flavor.  You could add some hot sauce to the recipe for a bit of a kick.  Perhaps I will try that next time and let you all know how it came out.

Ingredients

• 2 lb ground turkey

• 1 large spanish onion

• 1 large green onion

• 1 – 28 oz can of tomato puree

• 1 – 28 oz can of diced or petite cut tomatoes

• 1 – 14 oz can of pinto beans

• 1 – 14 oz can of great norther beans

• 1 – 6 oz can of tomato paste

• 2 cups of water

• 8 teaspoons beef bouillon

• 2 tablespoons chili powder

• 1 tablespoon ground cumin

• 2 teaspoons oregano leaves

• 2 teaspoons sugar

 

Texas Chili ingredients

Items used to make this recipe

• Large Pot

• Knife

• Measuring Cups

• Cutting board

• Can Opener

• Spatula and a spoon

Recipe

1. First get out a large pot and put your ground turkey in it and brown the turkey.

2. While your ground turkey is browning up chop up your onion, and green pepper.  You want to chop them up into fairly small pieces like pictured.

3. Once your turkey has finished browning add in the chopped onion and green pepper.  Use a garlic press and press 3 cloves of garlic into the pot.  Cook and stir the onions and peppers until they have become tender.

Mix together ingredients

4. Now it is time to add in all of the remaining ingredients.

5. After you have added in the rest of the ingredients stir them all together and bring the chili to a boil.

6. Once the chili starts to boil reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Be sure to stir every 15 to 20 minutes.

Chili simmering

After about 2 hours we have our bowl of chili.  Just add your favorite cheese on top, and grab a spoon and enjoy!  It will be even better the second day but who can wait that long.

Enjoy!

Chili in the bowl ready to eat!