Yeah, Chicken Parm!
Nonni Laura in the Kitchen
In my last blog post, I introduced you to the one and only Nonni Laura who showed you (via this video) how to make a humongous pot of minestrone, Italian grandma-style. Yum yum!
I wanted to share another of our very favorite Nonni recipes: this time ooey, gooey chicken parmesan, a true Italian-American classic…. and a meal near the top of my kids’ all time “most requested” list. It’s pretty hard not to love that magical combination of rich tomato sauce, melty cheese, herbed breadcrumbs and juicy chicken.
This particular version of chicken parmesan is mostly Nonni’s recipe, but with a few added tweaks and shortcuts by me to make it a bit more doable for busy weeknights. [The recipe recently appeared in the “Fast and Furious Weeknight Cooking” column for the San Jose Mercury News.]
Hope you’ll give it a try…BTW the leftovers make killer sandwiches!
Get the recipe for Nonni’s Quick Chicken Parm.
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This super easy recipe is one that our kids can make by themselves in the kitchen. And easy in this case, doesn’t mean lacking in taste at all. It’s the perfect combination of French technique (“en papillote) and Asian ingredients. It’s kind of an origami project for the kids to wrap up the fish in foil or parchment. The drama of opening the packets table-side always impresses everyone. You can omit the chile paste if you want to, to make the dish more palatable to little taste buds. Happy weekend!
Check out the recipe on San Jose’s Mercury’s Quick Dinner Weeknight Cooking section……
As much as we love to cook with kids, periodically we teach grown-ups as well, at one of our favorite venues in San Francisco, 18 Reasons. We hope you can join us on Nov 13th at 4 pm for a super fun Indian tea-time class.
In this hands-on cooking class, we will teach you how to make a variety of sweet and savory Indian snacks from samosas to fritters, dipping sauces and, of course, spiced chai. Along the way we’ll cover the basics of sourcing and using Indian spices and other pantry staples, as well as tricks and techniques for simplifying these classic treats. The class will culminate in a tasting of dishes made in class (= tea party!).
Grab your tickets from the 18 Reasons website. Continue reading
The “Rebel Within” at one of our favorite treats in San Francisco, and Craftsman’s and Wolves in the Mission, is a revelation. I spent a good amount of time, after first eating it, trying to figure out how they make this super delicious savory muffin with a perfectly runny egg inside. You have to cut it into to half, before you eat it – just for the drama. Also, you have to cut it so you can share it (my little person is a fan!), because it is incredibly filling. Go early to enjoy this treat, as they do run out especially on weekends. It truly is a thing of beauty. Continue reading
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With summer behind us, we’re looking forward to more culinary adventures this fall when schools are out for teacher training, parent teacher conferences and public holidays. We’ll be exploring the cuisines of India (think Indian Street Food and an Indian Tea Party!), Japanese food through the amazing cuisine of Harumi Kurihara, the cuisine of Thailand and the unique food traditions of Scandinavia.
Hope your kids can join us for some of the day camps below, or let us know if you’re interested in organizing a class around your school’s schedule. [We love cooking with parents too….evening cooking classes, parents’ night out activities, etc.] Email us at email@example.com.
Indian Street Food (Oct 10) – 2nd to 6th grades
Indian Tea Party (Oct 11) – K-3rd grades
Indian Street Food (Oct 12): 2nd to 6th grades
Food of Scandinavia (Nov 2): 1st to 5th grades
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 3): 1st to 5th grades
Indian Street Food (Nov 4): 1st to 5th grades
Great Chefs of the World – Japanese Cuisine – Harumi Kurihara (Nov 10th) – 1st to 5th grades
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 11): 1st to 5th grades
Souvla’s frozen Greek yogurt with baklava crumbles is fun twist on an ice cream sundae.
After a very foggy summer in SF, it’s finally feeling like summer and I also finally got around to trying the signature dessert at the new-ish Greek rotisserie lunch spot Souvla in Hayes Valley. This sweet treat is a winner all the way — from concept down to the Greek coffee shop paper cups they serve it in — velvety, tangy frozen yogurt (Greek yogurt of course) drizzled with a touch of honey syrup and baklava crumbles. So many things to like all in one cup! And yes…. Souvla’s rotisserie situation did look pretty amazing so next time you know I’ll be checking out the spit-fired meats, veggies and house-made spreads!
Don’t you think this would be a fun & easy dessert to re-create at home using store-bought baklava and fro-yo? Not to mention a good excuse to drag out the ice cream maker and experiment with homemade frozen yogurt. Unlike a classic ice cream which requires making a custard (pans, thermometers, multiple steps and a good amount of precision), making frozen yogurt is really as simple as combining 5 parts yogurt with 1 part sugar (the sugar adds sweetness and also keeps the yogurt soft and scoop-able rather than icy), a pinch of salt and add-ins (if you like). Make sure everything is well chilled then dump it all in the ice cream maker and let it churn away. Very doable and an excellent project for kids to try.
Here’s a basic frozen yogurt recipe from Serious Eats and a slightly more involved one from America’s Test Kitchen (via the Splendid Table podcast).
These brothy, flavorful chimichurri beans are so versatile — a tasty base for soups and stews; a hearty sidedish; or, of course, a filling for tacos, quesadillas, tortas and yes… nachos! Simran developed this recipe after enjoying a similar dish when she was in Belize and it’s our latest article for our “Fast & Furious Weeknight Cooking” series for the San Jose Mercury News. Read the article and get the recipe right here. Continue reading