Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan-Garlic Crust

1 cup bread crumbs, preferably fresh (see hint)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6-7 oz each), trimmed
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1/4 cup mayo
Lemon wedges for serving (optional)

- Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl.
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels and transfer to 9x13-inch baking dish.
- Combine basil and mayonnaise in small bowl and spread mixture evenly over chicken.
- Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over mayonnaise, pressing lightly to adhere.
- Bake until crumbs are golden brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees, 18-22 minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges.

- To make fresh bread crumbs, process 2 slices of hearty white sandwich bread in a food processor until coarsely ground.

Submitted by Kelly

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Strawberry Salad

Salad Ingredients
- bag of fresh spinach
- pint of fresh strawberries

Poppy Seed Vinegarette Ingredients
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 Tbs poppy seeds
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 cup veg oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire
- 1/2 tsp minced onion

Caramelized Almonds Ingredients
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 1 cup sliced almonds

- Rinse spinach, remove stems and tear into pieces
- Slice Strawberries
- Combine vinegarette ingredients in blender and blend until emulsified
- heat 3 Tbs sugar in frying pan over med heat until liquid *WATCH sugar carefully so it doesn't burn-it'll taste horrible*
- Toss sliced almonds in melted sugar until coated & golden brown
- Remove from pan & spread out to cool
- Combine spinach, strawberries, sugared almonds and dressing in serving bowl
- Serve immediately

- Baby spinach doesn't need to be stemmed and torn into pieces but regular spinach does
- Almonds will cool quickly on aluminum foil in the freezer
- Don't burn the sugar

Submitted by Corinne