Wednesday, August 22, 2012

*I Cook Barefooted!* ~ Call 'em To The Table Chicken Parmisan

Barefoot Love!

It's me.
Yeah. I know. It's been a while.
You know that time I said, "I need me some more kids!"
Well, even if it was just yesterday.
Indeed... I do NOT need me some more kids.
I'm up to my neck in them, actually.
Teenagers. Frankly.

Oh, how I've missed summers when we trudged skipped gaily 
through snake and turtle and tick infested woods
searching for the perfect rock  for our goldfish pond.

How I yearn for the days of tie-dye, paint and wet cement staining our back porch
in the hopes of providing a meaningful distraction from ~ Everything.

How I rejoice weep for all of those critters (snakes, lizards, toads) 
who no longer know what it is to be invited into The House.

How I do miss those kids.
And when I do, I just remember this...
They still pick their tomatoes out of the sauce,
peppers off their kabobs, 
and moan incessantly about how they don't like mushrooms to touch their food.
They didn't go far.

I know you've heard me say a few times, I am no cook!
I do, in fact, beg, borrow and steal recipes when given the opportunity.
(Except that A-mazing salsa recipe I am sworn to secrecy to protect! Nope. Can't do it.) 
 To ease my return after a Long HOT Summer, ripe with teenagers...
I thought I would share something relatively new to our house.
 Take a gander at the back of a Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs box
and you'll see the recipe I'm stealing from... with a tiny twist or two.

I think the addition of Homegrown Tomatoes and YOUR favorite pasta sauce 
makes all the difference! 
 So, grab your kids... All of the little darlings!
And set the table.
It's suppertime.

  Chicken Parmesan
 1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onions (optional)
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 - 3 cups of Homegrown Tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Leftovers of your family's favorite pasta sauce (about 2 cups or so)
4 boneless chicken breast, cut in strips
1/3 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1-3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large sauce pot, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
Cook onions (optional) and minced garlic for 2 minutes and stir occasionally.
Stir in your finely chopped, homegrown tomatoes; sugar, salt and pepper.
Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
Add your family's favorite pasta sauce. 
(I use Prego Fresh Mushroom)
Reduce heat; cover and simmer.

Cut your chicken breasts into strips.
Grab two shallow bowls, filling one with beaten eggs.
Fill the other with your bread crumbs and grated parmesan, and mix.
Dip your chicken strips into egg, then into bread crumb mixture.
Place your strips in a large skillet (with a lid) with the rest of the olive oil.
Cook chicken on med-low burner for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning once.
Pour your tomato sauce over top of chicken in skillet. Reduce heat.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top of that; and cover with lid till melted.

Serve with green salad and warmed french bread!


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  1. Glad to see you're back! My 1st baby just left for college, but he still texts me when his fish looks sick; so you're right...they never go too far.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! It's an easy start, but a start just the same. (:

      Our 1st baby just started college too. He's knocking out his first two years in the engineering program close to home. It feels good to have him for a little while longer... even if our backyard is his lab! Stay strong on fish duty!

  2. Good to have you back! And it's great to hear that your son's in college.

    I have three college students living at home--I'm so thankful that we have a great university just down the street from our house. It saves them lots of money, and I love hearing about what they're learning.

    1. It's good to be back, Connie! Thank you for stopping in to say, Hi!

      Two more coming up behind our college boy, just like you! And yes, staying close to home for the first two years will save US and HIM tons of money!

      When they said, kids are expensive... They were right. When they said, life will never again be the same... They were right. When they said, you'll love them like no other...

      I had no idea just how much!

  3. Yay!! Hip-hip-hoorYAY! Scarlett is baaaack! Awe.Some.

    How I've missed your writing and YOU! I knew when you got back you'd have something fine to say, and so you have. Lovely post done in your lovely style, Scarlett. Plus you gave us a recipe, too! Cool.

    My son is grown and out of the, I miss those days from when he was small and loved to bring all manner of critters indoors. I even miss the teen years when getting him to talk was like pulling those proverbial teeth. "They still pick their tomatoes out of the sauce,
    peppers off their kabobs, and moan incessantly about how they don't like mushrooms to touch their food. See...They didn't go far." Haha! You're too right!

    Hope all is well and that we'll be seeing you regularly around these parts. I've been gone for a bit myself too, so it's nice to be back. Can't wait to catch up with you. Can we find a nice shady spot? You bring the wine and I'll bring us some snacks. Or vice-versa, makes no never mind to me! xoxo

    1. What a sweet welcome! I've been lurking round your place thinking... What if she's under something heavy and can't get up. Should I give her a nudge? A rap on her door? Alert the proper authorities? And who exactly would that be? The blogger police? (;

      Good thing we both showed up, eh?

      As you can see, my Monday post is non-existent. Been thinking on it though. I promise.

      Mmmmmnnn... wine and snacks. Yes, please.

    2. A rap on the door might have worked, then again, the door to my oubliette is way overhead. I may not have heard it. Bake some brownies and I'm up and out in a flash. Weird, eh?

      Thinking is good. I often do that myself. Can't wait to read what you've been thinking. :)