March, 2011

Mar 11

Chicken Piccata

It’s about time for another post from me… well sorta. This one comes straight from my mom, well at least the recipe and pictures do.

Ever since I started this blog I’ve been trying to get my friends and family to guest post. It’s either they don’t know what to write or they forget to take pictures.  At this point, I’ll take what I can get from them and figure it out from there.

On another note, I like to say I inspired my friend to start a food blog, an Indian food blog.  I’m not sure if she would give me the credit for inspiring her but I like to think so.  She hasn’t official launched it and won’t tell me the name of it, but once she does, I will be sharing it on here.

Now on to the recipe shared by my mom…

Chicken Piccata

Serves 4
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

The Chicken Piccata Recipe comes from my favorite cook book.  It’s called Calico Pantry.  It is made up of  recipes  contributed to the charity United Cerebral Palsy  association of Nassau County, New York.  I’ve had this cookbook for 36 years.  The recipes are great and always come out perfect!! Even if you can’t cook you can’t go wrong  making any of these dishes.

From  the loud New Yorker : )

(BTW – ever since I wrote about finding a cookbook and referred to her as a loud NewYorker, she won’t let it go and now refers to herself as the loud New Yorker)


Ingredients Chicken Piccata

2 tbsp. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 lb. Chicken cutlet
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


1 tbsp. Butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup wine


Combine flour,salt, and pepper to coat chicken.  In hot butter, saute chicken until well browned.  Add wine,lemon, and parsley and simmer,covered, for ten minutes.  Remove chicken to serving platter and keep warm.   Discard lemon or keep for use as garnish.

Chicken Piccata


Slowly heat butter in same skillet (pan).  Beat egg yolk with wine.  Slowly  add

To butter in skillet, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat stirring until sauce is thickened and hot.  Pour over chicken and  serve.

Chicken Piccata Sauce
Chicken Piccata Close up
Chicken Piccata close upChicken Piccata on Plate

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Mar 11

The ultimate chicken wings

I wanted to write about these little guys back when the superbowl was happening but they wouldn’t of gotten the attention they deserved as everyone was writing about their superbowl recipes.  Plus, I was stuck in bed sick and not able to cook anything.

close up drummettes

So a few weeks back,  at the  anti-valentines day’s potluck ( Yes, this happened, we all wore black and drank lots and lots of wine), I made chicken wings. How appropriate right?  Actually, they were drummettes but wings sound better and the recipe still applies.

I got this recipe from my brother in law who actually got it from his mother.  As soon as I had them, I knew I had to have the recipe.


Mini Chicken Wings or Drummettes
garlic salt
garlic powder
celery salt
onion powder

These are the 5 top seasonings I use, but you can substitute one or two with one you prefer. I know this seems very sodium heavy, but they are really delicious so you must try them, just don’t eat all of them to yourself. It will be hard but trust me its for the best.



  • Preheat Oven at 350 degrees
  • Using a Cookie Tray – lay out the chicken drummettes evenly on the pan

chicken drummettes

Sprinkle each seasoning on the individual chicken pieces, then flip each piece over and sprinkle the other side.

seasoned drummettes

Cook for 45 minutes in oven.  Mid-way thru flip over each drummete. While baking, the chicken will create natural juices and will be flavorful inside and out.

cooked chicken drummettes

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Mar 11

Finding the right Cookbook

For my birthday, my sister asked me what I wanted. I said get me anything food related.

She then replied,  well what do you want exactly.  (In our family, sometimes its better to ask exactly what we want, it saves us time from returning).

I said just get me a cookbook.  I guess she felt it easier for me to just pick out a cookbook so I met her at Borders.

Now going into a bookstore not knowing a single thing about which cookbook to get is quite an overwhelming experience.  I can now understand why my sister just wanted me to pick out the cookbook myself.

How does one choose a cookbook? I know I probably should have done my research prior to heading to the bookstore but the trip to the bookstore was last minute. This Border’s location was closing down and everything was 20% off.

As I arrived to Borders, I headed straight to the cooking section.  I felt like their selection was limited, probably due to the fact that it was already rummaged through.

borders bookstore

I could of went for a cookbook that was made by a famous chef, or focused on a region.  I even thought about just getting a baking cookbook for cupcakes and cookies.  As I went through cookbook to cookbook, none had what I was looking for. And at the time, I didn’t know what I was looking for but I figured if I looked through enough cookbooks it would hit me.  Now, I didn’t want to get a cookbook by a famous chef, I personally feel like that its their way of promoting themselves.  Other cookbooks, had recipes that I knew I would never make or even like for that matter. I would have gone for a baking cookbook but I really was set on recipes that I could make for dinner.

When I finally saw the section for All Purpose Cooking. I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. I’m not ready for the big leagues and I knew I want something that I could cook that everyone can enjoy. Now to find the right cookbook…

The Final Three

Like I mentioned above, the store did not have a large selection. I saw three that peaked my interest.  I really liked the Cooking Light recipe book, but for me to pay (sister pay)  for this book, I might as well just order the magazine and get the recipes that way.

cooking light cookbook

The next book I came across was Better Homes but as soon as I saw Bridal Edition on the front cover I was completely turned off. I almost had a winner but for someone who is recently out of a 3 year relationship buying a Bridal Edition cookbook would just give me more anxiety then I already have. Sigh.

I finally stumbled on the Joy of Cooking. As I heard my mom calling my name from downstairs of the store, she sounds like a loud Jewish New Yorker, I had to quickly make my decision.  I browsed through the book quickly and saw it had recipes that I knew I wanted to cook. The only downfall is there are no pictures. But, hey back in the day, I don’t think there were cookbooks that had pictures. Food Porn did not exist. A world without Food Porn, crazy right?

joys of cooking

Anyways, I grabbed the book went downstairs and showed my mom and sister.  My mom’s first reaction,” isn’t that a very old book”

Does she not know that I just spent the last 30 minutes looking for a cookbook ??? Ugh! Who cares that its an old cookbook, the recipes don’t change that much.

I decided to get it anyways and figured you can’t go wrong with a book that’s been around for decades? Right? Either way I wasn’t about to go back upstairs and spend another 30 minutes looking for a book.

Lesson Learned

Next time, I’m heading to Amazon, virtually that is and doing my research. Don’t worry, I’m still intending on using The Joy of Cooking but I’m just planning for my next cookbook. :)

Plus, with my new outlet of Twitter you can just ask people what their favorite cookbook is. You may even find a cookbook aficionado like I did.

I was  browsing through Twitter and found @SimonCookSays. His description on twitter says

“Obsessive cookbook collector w/ nearly 800 cookbooks who loves to cook & eat. Professionally, by day and by night, I work around food.”

I knew he was the perfect person to ask.

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Next cookbook will be Mark Bittman. :) That was easy!

Now that I have your attention, hopefully I didn’t lose it with all my ranting, what cookbook would you recommend for everyday cooking?

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