Cutlet out!

I searched my own blog for dinner ideas tonight. Three hungry men, almost 4 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs with boiled potatoes and corn…..are.all.gone. This really hit the spot. I loved the easy cleanup!

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Chicken Cutlets with Quick Pan Sauce

This is a quick and delicious meal that looks elegant but is perfect for a weeknight meal. I serve it with Crispy Smashed Potatoes and steamed broccoli. It’s very quiet when the family eats this meal. Very.Quiet.

The original recipe calls for chicken cutlets, but I like to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are more flavorful than cutlets. You can often buy these thighs on sale. Buy several packages. Remove any extra fat, pound them to uniform thickness and toss them in the freezer. You can use these for a delicious Chicken Parmesan as well.

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

salt and pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 tbsp. butter

½ cut white wine

½ cup water or chicken stock

¼ chopped fresh parsley, or freeze-dried parsley, plus 2 tbsp. for garnish

1 lemon, juiced

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A tasty summer side dish

I made this tonight with Vidalllia onions. Its’ nice change from mayonnaise based salads. The vinegar and salt help soften the harshness of the onions and the sometimes bitter cakes. Try it!

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Cucumber Salad with Onions and Balsamic Vinegar

So many summer side dishes are filled with mayo and other fattening ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but sometimes you need tasty and low in calories. This cucumber salad fits the bill. This time of year the markets are brimming with Vidalias or Walla Wallas. This recipe is perfect for these onions. You can even double the amount of these because the recipe is written with red onions in mind. If you don’t have balsamic vinegar you can use only red wine vinegar. When you put the mixed salad in the fridge, the olive oil  may get thick. A few minutes on the counter will bring it back to a liquid form.

4 medium cucumbers

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 medium tomato, seeded and diced

½ cup of olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

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Toffee Crack

Happy Belated 4th of July!! Like many people I attended a cookout and brought some dishes that I hoped would be a hit. I started baking on Friday. Perhaps I should have started on Saturday. Have you ever had a day that you struggled in the kitchen and routine things just were not successes? That was my Friday. I wanted to bring a Pavlova with strawberries and blueberries to carry out the American flag theme. My first, (yes first) meringue was a flop. I didn’t have white vinegar so I used strawberry balsamic vinegar. Yeah, don’t do that. It was a flat brown, overcooked meringue. It tasted ok but it was not pretty, AT ALL. So I made another one using the white vinegar. The second was better but the kitchen had become hot and humid. The meringue spread out in the oven. It ended up being just okay. I planned to smother it in whip cream and berries so all mistakes would be covered up in sweeten whipped cream. Onto the next thing to be cooked. I tried to make a lemon buttermilk cake, from an expensive mix that not only stuck to pan, it was way too dark. Good-bye European butter and 4 eggs.My family will be eating this cake and pulling off the darkened shell. I needed one more dessert, so I decided to try something I saw on a blog. This cookie bar came out better than I had hoped. Maybe because I made it early Saturday morning. Maybe I shouldn’t ever bake on Fridays. Who knows! All I can tell you is this was a hit at the cookout. Try it. You will thank me!

Shortbread Toffee Bars

Shortbread crust:

¾ cup light brown sugar

¾ cup softened butter

1 ½ cups flour

Filling:

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 tbsp. butter

Topping:

2 cups milk chocolate chips

1 ½ cups toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper in a 9 X 13 pan.

For the shortbread, beat the butter and brown sugar together until combined, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in flour. This mixture will be slightly dry. Evenly press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes. It should be lightly browned. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.

To prepare the filling, heat the sweetened condensed milk with the butter in a saucepan. Make sure the butter is completely melted. Pour over the crust, spread evenly. Bake this for about 12-15 minutes. The filling should be bubbling and look like light caramel. Remove from oven.

Immediately sprinkle the milk chocolate chips over the hot filling. Place back in the oven for 2 minutes so the chocolate chips can soften.

Carefully spread the softened chips over the filling with an off-set spatula. Sprinkle the toffee bits over the melted chocolate. Press them down into the chocolate.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. I think they taste the best if they are chilled in the fridge. I like to cut them in longer, thin rectangles than squares. It makes them look delicate and pretty. I cut some of them into irregular sized tiny pieces, as if they were just broken. This is nice if they are cold, because they are a bit hard and the small pieces work better, unless you want to lose a tooth. Just kidding!

Here is the original recipe with step-by-step pictures. We ate it before I had a chance to take pictures.