Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Italian night

Yesterday during my cooking marathon. I roasted an extra eggplant, a red onion, and a red pepper and made a batch of my favorite Roasted Eggplant Spread. I used it last night in this version of Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan.

Shelly's Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan

2 boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, sliced in half and pounded out (so you end up with four pieces)
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 teaspoon Marjoram
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of freshly ground black pepper
1 batch of Roasted Eggplant Spread (reserve 1/2 cup*)
1/2 cup Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
Olive Oil

Mix flour and seasonings together. Lightly dredge pounded breasts in seasoned flour. Saute in olive oil (about a Tablespoon) until golden on both sides. Place 2 breasts in baking dish. Top with 1/2 the Roasted Eggplant Spread. Place the other 2 breasts on top. Top those with the remaining spread. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*the reserved 1/2 cup of Eggplant Spread is going to be used tonight as a topping on a couple of Tortilla Pizzas.

Here it is and it was awesome!

Topped with the remaining Roasted Eggplant Spread, Provolone, Parmesan, and Italian Seasoning.

It was nice dinner was so easy. The days go so fast lately. I feel like such a slacker friend. If I owe you an email, PM or call. I apologize. I'll be more like myself after the holidays and my trip to NY. Today I spent my day on line at the post office. Errr could they not sell European stamps in the machine.

Hey I thought I would share a few WOW moments I have had recently. I went to the DMV (another all day affair) to renew my DL and for the first time in my life I didn't BS on the weight.

I tried on coats last night. My hooded sweatshirt just isn't cutting it and I'm starting to freeze my toosh off. I have been looking at freezing as good practice (acclimatizing) for NY but really I needed a buy a coat. I bought a pea coat in my favorite color green. Wanna See? Anyway... the WOW was that I had so many choices. I remember have 2 or 3 choices if I was lucky at Lane Bryant or Avenue and settling for something I was not really pleased with because hell at least it fit. I was thoroughly jazzed with the coat I just bought.

Highlights of the day:

* Cards done. I'm not sending many paper ones out this year. So if you don't get one expect a digital greeting. I'm being a cheap environmentalist.

* Excellent dreams last night. I'm dreaming more since I've been sleeping in my bed. I must be entering REM sleep more.

* I cleaned my desk finally. It was getting scary. Which led to me cleaning the den. Well the organizing bug hit me and when it hits me and it's rare I like to take advantage of it. I tackled the hall closet. The result is I have oodles of things to donate. I spent most of the morning sorting through clothes and things. I need to bag them up and get them over to the thrift. I'm celebrating Boxing Day early this year.

Listening to: Ingrid Michaelson "The Way I Am" I love this song. You've heard it in an Old Navy commercial.

1 comment:

Sn@pple said...

Shelley, I made your Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan for the family last night! Huge hit! The Eggplant spread is so delicious I saved some to put on a sandwich for work. It is going to become a staple. My surgery is in July and I'm slowly making my way through your recipes to see what I'll like post-op. I haven't been disappointed yet. Last week I made your mini bacon cheeseburger meatloaf. Good Lord, I heard the angels singing on the first bite! Thank you for all you do! You're an inspiration!