Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snow...SNOW?!?!

I never thought I would begin with the word Snow. Living in the South gives me very few opportunities to see snowfall. But that is exactly what happened yesterday. In the South, if the weatherman even hints of a winter storm all havoc breaks loose. Schools are closed, work is closed early, and don't forget that the milk and bread disappear from grocers shelves faster than you can shake a stick! I can't even talk about the increase in battery sales to compensate for the fear of losing electricity!! It began earlier in the week, the predictions - that is. "Georgia needed to hunker down for a wintery mix." I must tell you, I wasn't impressed. I didn't give it a second thought. They get it wrong so often...

So, yesterday morning, I awoke to a cloudy day, very overcast, and very cold (for Georgia standards). I made my coffee and settled in for a hard day at work. The weather was pretty uneventful until about 3:30pm. I was deep in thought and barely glanced outside the window, when my eye caught something. Low and behold, to my surprise, it was SNOWING. It was pretty snow. It was light and fluffy with enormous flakes. If I wasn't such a sissy in cold weather, I would have run outside in my barefeet!! So, I grabbed a camera and recorded this event for historical purposes. Here is the proof of the beautiful snow. The snow that fell in Georgia.



The snow continued until about 6:30 pm. It was so peaceful and beautiful. I can almost understand why people live in areas with frequent snowfall...well, almost. The wintery storm came in like a lamb and pretty much left us that way as well. Peaceful.

So, what does this have to do with food?!? Nothing. I just couldn't write about my chicken without talking about the beautiful snow!! Since, I was "snowed in", I had to make due with ingredients on hand. I had some very nice chicken cutlets and didn't want a boring chicken dinner. I mean, I could have just grilled the chicken, but that didn't sound good. So, I made a parmesean breading for my chicken and pan-seared it. I served it with a nice easy green salad. It was a light dinner, but it hit the spot!! I guess you can tell from my plate.




Parmesean Chicken
8 chicken cutlets (you can use 4 chicken breasts as well)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of grated parmesean cheese
1 cup of Italian fine breadcrumbs (I crushed mine in a mini-food processor)
2 eggs
Splash of milk
salt and pepper

Set up a breading station with flour, then egg wash, then breadcrumbs.

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a plate. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with a splash of milk. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
Begin with the flour, coat the chicken breasts on both sides. Then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb parmesean mixture, making sure to coat evenly.

Heat a little bit of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken cutlets for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more oil and cook the rest of the chicken cutlets.

What to Drink: Well, I must admit, I only drank water. Can you believe it? It is true. In my defense, it was a work night and my hubby has a very bad cold. But, if I were going to pair this with a wine, I would have chosen a very crisp and cool Rombauer Chardonnay. It would have worked well with the parmesean chicken. Sigh.....next time. It makes me want a glass right now.

Until we can visit again, raise a glass and Cheers to You!!

2 comments:

JGF said...

There is nothing wrong with a little snow -- and the Northern Climes would suit you just fine once you learned to dress for them! It was beautiful -- I loved your picture--I hope Jamie feels better soon! JGF

Renee said...

He is on the mend!! Thanks for the the comments. I would definitely need advice in the wardrobe department for cold weather!!