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chicken parm

Some recipes just have Parmesan cheese but mozzarella is also used.

kinda of a version that was on Cooks Country.

OK your supposed to have bread crumbs which I don’t have so slice and chop bread in processor.

Spent grain bread fro the crumbs.

IMG_5342since the crumbs are fresh, I’ll toast them in a fry pan.


very toasty ,perhaps a bit more than needed , the spent grain bread give very crunchy crumbs.IMG_5343Add an amount of grated cheese, parm that is ,and seasonings if desired to the crumbs.


Set up pans/bowls with beaten eggs, and crumbs close to fry pan, typical bread coating setup for frying.


extra dark and crispy

IMG_5349yep, these are course crumbs

transfer the chicken breast to a baking pan , apply some tomato sauce and mozzarella, broil till melted.

The chicken is not cooked in the sauce for maximum crunch.

IMG_5351top with additional sauce


Not the best looking pictures but delicious with outstanding crumb coating, good with a side of pasta.IMG_5353


brocolli pie/calzone

A mix of broccoli, cheese and diced onion.


formed into piesIMG_5356


thick crust on the bottom.IMG_5358


Oven Fried Chicken

 Since many people don’t actually fry  chicken any more, an alternative is to oven fry , remember Shake N’ Bake ?

One fav recipe we used to make was from the one printed on a box of Bisquick

Basically coat the chicken with Bisquick and bake with butter.

There are other variations.


 Cut chicken into serving size pieces

usually you can chop the breast and thighs into 2 pieces.

cut the bone from the end of the legs and separate the wings, pat dry.





IMG_5086The coating can be a combo of bread crumbs, flour, bisquick, and whatever you have available, left over cereal, potato chips and/or any crunchy crackers etc.

IMG_5088season as to your preference


ready for coating


melt a stick of butterIMG_5091

get ready to prepare the chicken IMG_5092dredge the chicken pieces in the melted butter and then circulate them in the crumb coating.IMG_5095


IMG_5093arrange the coated pieces on a sheet pan, parchment paper will aid in cleanup.

Bake the chicken , this is oven fried ! about 400 or better.

It mat be necessary to turn the chicken as it bakes.


IMG_5099 IMG_5100 IMG_5101place the chicken on a large platter and serve.

for me the refrigerated cooked chicken is a treat to carry for lunch or a snack.



Egggplant Calzone

some recipes in queue, and drafted,  haven’t posted in a while….

Pizza, Pizza,  Pizza, Pizza, Pizza  time for some change, a calzone, just a change up in the formation a pizza dough recipe ,split in half, one on the bottom, one on the top. (or you could make individual folded calzones.)

start by removing some of the water from the eggplant by salting both sides layering in paper towels and compressing, this will draw some of the water from the eggplant and may be an optional step. Do this first while preparing  the dough. (The eggplant has  first been semi peeled ,(leave stripes of the skin on for color) and sliced of course). Wash and dry the eggplant slices when the water has been drawn out.

Make a single loaf recipe of dough, utilizing a quick rise yeast, split the dough into equal portions and let rest while the filling is made.

In a skillet, fry the eggplant, diced.




olive oil is utilized




IMG_5278one half of the dough is pressed into a pan, I decided to use a large glass baking dish.





distribute the eggplant on the dough

IMG_5280Add other ingredients I had some leftover cooked pork rib meat.

IMG_5281and tomato sauce

IMG_5282don’t forget some cheese.

grated parmesan and asiago


prep the remaining half of dough


place in the pan on top of  the filled layer sealing as best as possible.


IMG_5286let rise as bit , while cleaning up some of the dishes, or relax , whatever.


Bake the calzone till goldenIMG_5288let cool, cut out a piece.

IMG_5289yes the formica is well worn

The best part is the calzone can be stored refrigerated, it’s even better the next day ,slice and wrap for lunch box.

The filling(s) of course can be varied depanding on what’s available.


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