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Happy new year! It wasn’t a resolution, but over winter break I have designed a healthy eating plan for myself, and have been exercising/lifting weights. I am feelings great, and am now a firm believer that one does not need to eat bland to eat well. Clean eating is enjoyable, and you feel so much better physically from eating this way that I don’t know if i’ll ever go back to not being more conscious of what I consume on a day to day basis. Here’s one of my go-to recipes when I want a fulfilling and flavorful meal.
I made this very simple and delicious meal for my mom, and while I wont be divulging my risotto recipe just yet, Chicken Francese is a perfect dish whether for date night or for a tuesday night pick me up. It can be served over pasta, and modifying the quantity is easy.
Flour (season with salt & pepper!)
Chicken Cutlets, Boneless, Skinless and Thin
Lemons: 1 lemon sliced, 2 juiced
Pinot Grigio or other white wine (optional)
Salt & (white) Pepper
Oil (canola is fine)
Heat oil in a sauté pan
Dredge the Chicken Cutlets in seasoned flower, and then dip in eggs
reduce heat to medium, and cook chicken until golden, about 5 minutes on each side
remove chicken, and hold in aluminum foil while you make the sauce
In the remaining oil, place slices on sauté pan, and cook until fragrant, hold on top of chicken cutlets in aluminum foil
deglaze with wine and/or chicken stock (3/4 cup white wine & 1 3/4 cup stock, for 2 1/2 cups of liquid total), bring to a simmer and reduce by 3/4
Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 a stick of butter, and lemon juice
Serve sauce over chicken, and sprinkle chopped parsley on top.
*Recommended wine pairings: Pinot Grigio, Pouilly-Fuisse, Sauvignon Blanc, or Champagne*
It’s been a long, busy summer, but I’m leaving to Cornell on Friday! This is so exciting for me– a new chapter! With that, I promise to post at least a LITTLE something every Sunday from here forward; I know I’ve been a tad neglectful. Here’s a bonus post on the world famous Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn- which I’m fortunate enough to live near!
Ironically, I didn’t eat cheesecake AT ALL until my 20th birthday. We got the chocolate Mousse & Red Velvet Cheesecake for three of us on National Cheese Cake day… and although I love red velvet, I was rooting for the chocolate mousse to be the tastiest but I didn’t love the tart cheese cake with it, though the mousse was DELISH! The Red velvet cheese cake was amazing because the tartness from the cheesecake frosting and buttermilk in the cocoa was already there, so I enjoyed that immensely. I also ate some of their brisket sandwich which was incredible, arguably some of the best brisket I’ve ever had… seriously!
How’s every one’s summer? has anyone visited somewhere exciting? enjoyed delicious dessert somewhere?
In honor of national ice cream month, here’s a recipe for DELICIOUS nutella gelato/ice cream without all of the hassle // so whip out your pre frozen bowl, and ice cream makers to indulge in a creamy Couture Cook favorite
Over low heat, incorporate:
3 cups of heavy whipping cream
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Once everything is well incorporated, stir in
3/4 cup of Nutella
Whisk together. Once all the ingredients are completely incorporated into one another, and chill in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 2 hours
On a piece of wax paper, spread out a thin layer of Nutella and put it in the freezer until solid, than chop into pieces
Once the custard is cool, add the Nutella pieces and put everything in the ice cream maker, turning until desired consistency
Put ice cream into a container and freeze in an air tight container, enjoy!
The 100th post from TheCoutureCook will be short, but all because of a busy schedule, and plenty of great, and exciting new developments! Also, we are now an official LLC.
The Couture Cook, LLC
After catering two events (both were planned to have +/- 200 people, so it’s been madness!) I finally decided that I’d be expanding to catering events, though only one or two a year, for up to 150 people! As a gift for all of my hard work, my mother treated me to the most exciting present ever, a new Knives Set! I’m super excited to continue building and designing new exciting recipes… all with the ever so precise, quality new knives set. Right now, the bids are in for a classic 9-piece Shun set; check them out! I was really set on viking but after talking to a colleague I think I’m in love!
New happenings have not slowed down, though. If you haven’t already, check out my new site: http://www.thecouturecook.com it’s not completely dont; but we’ve put it up and it will include all thecouturecook & doughnate information!
+ exciting news! We’ve been featured over at Couch Sessions for our work with Sneakers 4 Success; check out the interview here: The COUTURE COOK x Sneakers 4 Success
Photos from the events are coming soon!