Chicken Francese (& Parmesan-Asparagus Risotto)


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!)
Eggs, beaten
Chicken Cutlets, Boneless, Skinless and Thin
Lemons: 1 lemon sliced, 2 juiced
Pinot Grigio or other white wine (optional)
Chicken Stock
Parsley, chopped

Salt & (white) Pepper
Oil (canola is fine)

To Make
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*



Stuffed Chicken Breast

I love entertaining, and am always thinking of new ways to incorporate favorite ingredients to make dinner menus. This time around, we made a mozarella, spinach, and ricotta cheese stuffed chicken breast. The top marinade is parsley, garlic, oil, sale, and pepper- simple, and delicious! (If you’re uncomfortable fabricating chicken, you can buy boneless skinless breasts, and roll up the filling inside a roulade)

Stuffed, Roasted Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts, on the bone, skin on
  • Olive Oil
  • Parsley, chopped
  • rosemary, chopped
  • thyme, chopped
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
  • Salt, Pepper

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. in a bowl, combine 1 part spinach with 2 parts mozzarella, and 3 parts ricotta cheese, stir together and add salt and pepper. You can change the proportions to suit your tastes
  3. separate the very end of the bone lightly from the skin
  4. skin side down, cut a 2 inch long “pouch” in the chicken breast that should be at least 3 inches deep
  5. put the ricotta mixture into a piping bag, and fill pouches completely
  6. put the breasts skin side up on a sheet pan with oiled parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine oil with chopped parsley, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. brush the skin with the oil
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked, and skin is browned
  8. remove, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  9. enjoy!
pre-oven chicken breasts
chicken breasts at the halfway point

The stuffed chicken breasts go well with just about anything. I served them with green beans, and mashed potatoes (mostly because that was what I was in the mood for)


College Cooking Apartment Essentials

This will be the first year that I live OFF campus- in my very own apartment. I went out of my way to make sure that my apartment had two things:

  1. Allowance to have a dog. I am so excited to bring Sherlock to Ithaca and have him here with me! He’s big enough now to run/jog with me, so it will be nice to have an exercise buddy. 🙂
  2. A decent kitchen. I lucked out though, and found an eat in kitchen with a gas stove, as well as full size Stainless Steel appliances, ample counter and storage space, and good ventilation.

I am so excited to move in (August 1st!) and begin to decorate. Luckily, my mom is extremely talented at this sort of thing, and will be coming up to help me. I have, however, tried to figure out what I will need- regardless of color, etc. My kitchenaid mixer is a pale pink, so I think nudes, taupes, and beige will be prevalent, basically the colors of my blog, especially in the kitchen. My mom’s boyfriend got me an amazon gift card for my birthday, knowing that I’d go through it relatively quickly with all the shopping I need to do for the apartment.

Some of my favorite kitchen items so far [click on the photos to browse on amazon]:

Core Bamboo Prep Station with Measuring Bowls

I love that this cutting board is raised, has key conversions at the top right, and hold measuring bowls. I’ve also been looking for a better base to take photos of my food on, and this grained bamboo might be exactly what I’m looking for.

BlissHome Measuring Cups

I love these rosebud pink measuring cups! They are shaped like tea cups, and have a really fun vibe to them. I also love that the line is where items should be filled to, instead of the top like most measuring cups.

BlissHome Measuring Jug

Another version of the measuring cups in the same color would be this beautiful measuring jug. BlissHome by Nigella Lawson has so many amazing creme and rosebud pink accessories for the kitchen. The sleek lines and minimalist style drew me to them. If you aren’t familiar with Nigella Lawson and her culinary empire, definitely look into her!

What are your favorite items to have in the kitchen?



2013 Summer Break

Now Playing: Overgrown [album] – James Blake

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t left any time for myself. For the last two weeks, and for one week, I have began my extended studies program at the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to the hotel school, I’ll be spending a semester and change at the CIA getting an Associates in Culinary Arts. I am so excited, and cannot wait to get more familiar with classic cooking techniques. While I’ve always focused on pastry, it is so beneficial to work on knife skills, and prepare savory foods.

Friday was my twenty-first birthday. While birthdays have been difficult for me, after my grandmother passed away, I feel good this year. I’m finally starting to build an idea of what the rest of my life looks like, and in that I take great comfort.

Braised Short Rib with reduction, roasted root vegetables, and parmesan polenta

Also, since I’ve been living on my own in an apartment here in Ithaca while doing the culinary program, I’ve discovered the most amazing new product to come to Wegmans for those with a sweet tooth: Gü Puds. They are a line of delectable desserts, in individual sized portions, from chocolate soufflé to cheesecake, and fruit slices. The branding is amazing, the chic packaging and decadent flavors is so refreshing to see in the chilled section of the grocery store. Some of the desserts come in these beautiful, reusable glass ramekins. They’re not artificial and use real ingredients- perfect for me to have around when I want to take a break from the kitchen!

the Chocolate Soufflé Puds
Re-Using the Ramekins idea from the Gü Facebook Page

Oh, and Happy [almost] Summer!



Spring Break 2013

I finally had some time to relax! This week, I relaxed and got to try out a couple new things- from waffles trucks to setting the dining room table, and using my new knives. School keeps me super busy so it was nice to relax- here’s a quick photo journal of Spring Break 2013.

I’m always excited to go home and see Sherlock! I miss him so much. He’s gotten so big!
Waffles and Dinges is one of my latest dessert spot- theres a few trucks throughout the city
The line for spekulous spread is huge!
Amazing waffles- mine with Nutella, and their special- a gingerbread flavored sauce
Seasons 52 Spring menu is out- I’m always excited for the new menu!
Duo of Edamame and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
My newest prized possessions! Wusthof knives. I can’t wait to get home to use them this summer!

and Finally, Happy Founder’s day to my fellow Sig Delts! 96 years never looked so good.


Lastly, CHAG SAMEACH! I love Passover. Here are a couple of photos from our early Sedar!

Sedar Plate and Dining Table
Napkin Detail

Happy Holidays!


Chopp’d – (our 100th post!)

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: 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!