4 thin chicken cutlets 1/2 c. dry breadcrumbs with Italian herbs
1/2 c. flour 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. butter
A good grinding of pepper 1 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg, beaten
Mix flour with salt and pepper. Mix bread crumbs with parmesan. Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg, then dredge in breadcrumbs. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Serves 2-4.
1/2 c. pastina (star-shaped pasta) 2 tsp. butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tsp. grated parmesan
2 tsp. butter Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook the pastina in salted, boiling water until cooked al dente, according to package directions. Remove from heat and add egg, allowing the hot pasta to cook it. Add the rest. Serves 2.
Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 tsp. sea salt (Maldon flaked salt is nice)
1/4 c. really good olive oil A good grinding of pepper
Whisk everything together well before tossing with greens. Makes enough for 3 or 4 salads.
Jeannene had hinted very heavily that she would not object one tiny bit should I start using our bread machine more and she always likes to have good bread with her pasta, so I made a loaf of potato bread to accompany the dinner. I used to make it a lot when the boys were little, but have fallen out of the habit. It was delicious all hot and crisp-crusted from the bread machine. Here's the recipe:
Easy Machine Potato Bread
1 1/3 c. water 3 tbsp. instant mashed potato flakes
3 tbsp. butter 3 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. bread machine yeast
1 tsp. salt
Put ingredients in bread machine in order, creating a little well in the flour for the yeast, and run machine on the setting for a large, sweet loaf. This makes excellent toast the next morning.